Muir Song: A Tribute To The PNW And One Of America's Greatest Naturalists

Janssen Powers

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings."



In January of 2016 my wife and I made the decision to move our production company, Powercity Films, from the Pacific Northwest to New York City. Living in New York had long been a dream of ours, but doing so meant leaving the beauty of Seattle and the wilderness surrounding it. During the summer, fall and winter leading up to the move I chose to create a film as my way of giving back to the PNW for all it had given to me.

The inspiration for this film came from our time living and being active in the PNW. My goal was to capture the energy and attitude of exploring Washington through the eyes of people who do so religiously. The film is set to a quote by legendary conservationist, John Muir, and narrated by infamous mountain climber (and PNW native), Lou Whittaker.

As a documentary filmmaker I learned the power of becoming fully submersed in a story early on in my career, and the decision was made in preproduction to forgo hiring actors and instead use real hikers, climbers, surfers, mountain bikers, etc. I wanted to film real people in real locations even if it meant days of hiking or frozen fingers. The Pacific Northwest is so dynamic, and my plan from the beginning was to truly experience my film with camera rolling.

Cover photo: Janssen Powers

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Published: April 20, 2016

Janssen Powers

Film Director and Cinematographer at Powercity Films - PNW raised, currently Brooklyn based.

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.

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