Sharing The Important Places


Tori Shepard

A father and son reflect on their lifelong journey with one of America's greatest national treasures

Gnarly Bay's short film, The Important Places, follows father and son on a whitewater expedition down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, where the narrator hopes to recapture something of his father's bygone youth, years after his father first completed the trip as a young man.

Through slow, careful narration and beautiful footage, we see the Grand Canyon and Colorado River as places of awe. The sheer scale and force of the landscape make the old seem younger, the young seem wiser, and everyone seem equally a way-finder, seeking their own paths back to the important places.

Published: July 7, 2015

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