“Before 2016, I’d never put the two words ‘outdoor’ and ‘industry’ together,” says documentary filmmaker Faith Briggs. The Brooklyn, New York, native worked for the Discovery Channel after graduating from Yale. But while on a shoot with the National Park Service in 2016, Columbia Sportswear offered her a position as a Director of Toughness, a gear-testing and storytelling role. She accepted, and the gig let her travel, play outdoors, test gear, and ultimately find a new professional home in the outdoor industry.
Briggs now lives in Portland, Oregon, and works as a freelancer on outdoor industry and conservation films. She’s currently producing and starring in an upcoming film called This Land. In it, she’ll go trail running with local activists through national monuments at risk of losing territory.
Her goal: use media as a tool to raise awareness, and ultimately to change lives. “I believe everyone has a right to clean air, clean water, and access to green spaces,” she says.
Follow her on Instagram at @faithevebee.
Watch This Land below.