Xenia, Ohio (January 3, 2017) – When six experienced hunters head into the Idaho wilderness in hopes of harvesting their first elk, they come away with far more than they bargained for in the new film “MORE,” a finalist in the 2017 Badlands Film Festival.
There are no guarantees on any bowhunt, but the chances of harvesting an elk in Idaho are notoriously slim. The hunt is demanding, taking an emotional and mental as well as physical toll on participants. It was this journey that Ben Steiger, founder of Heart of the Outdoors, set out to capture in “MORE.”
“There is an emotional piece to hunts like this, when you’re in the backcountry and completely disconnected,” said Steiger, for whom this was his fourth elk hunt.
Steiger brought together five friends and a film crew and spent the better part of a year helping them prepare for the trip both mentally and physically. The film highlights their training regimen as well as their experiences in the field.
“I had a bunch of guys who were experienced hunters but had never hunted elk. They were simply longing for adventure—for something more,” Steiger said. “This film, this trip, was about getting out in God’s creation and getting unplugged so we can see and hear clearly.”
The film is about living in the moment, engaging in creation and coming to terms with personal obstacles and shortcomings. In fulfilling their desire for more challenge, the hunters find a renewed focus on their life’s purpose. With emotions on full display, the film is a powerful exploration of the doubts, fears, personal triumphs and determination of the human spirt.
“Here at Tribe Archery, we take the MORE approach with our lives and how we operate,” said Heath Painter, founder and director of marketing of Tribe Archery, a sponsor of Heart of the Outdoors. “We’re blessed to have the opportunity to work with people who share the same vision and beliefs. This is a powerful film and an even stronger message.”
“MORE” was selected as one of five finalists out of 40 entries in the feature film category. The video will be screened at the Badlands Film Festival on January 11 at 7 pm at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis. The film festival coincides with the Archery Trade Association Trade Show, the archery and bowhunting industry’s largest show.
“Being included in the film festival is a tremendous privilege, and being selected as a finalist is incredible,” said Steiger. “We are so honored to be able to share our message with other hunters who understand that call for adventure.”
The video will be posted on Heartoftheoutdoors.org following its screening at the film festival.
About Tribe Archery
Tribe Archery is dedicated to delivering superior performance for hunters and archers who take their passion seriously. Founded by a hunter for hunters, Tribe designs leading-edge risers, compound bows and youth bows that are engineered for greater precision and more power. Based in Ohio, the company proudly manufactures and builds all of its products in the USA. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TribeArchery.
About Heart of the Outdoors
Heart of the Outdoors believes everyone is given passions, talents, and abilities not just for their own enjoyment but also to help those around them. Although the organization has been founded around the sport of hunting and raw adventure it has evolved into a multifaceted organization that equips individuals, churches, camps, and other organizations around the world to better reach their communities. Join them on Facebook www.facebook.com/heartoftheoutdoors.