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Duluth adventurer Emily Ford featured again at Banff Film Festival

The new film highlights last winter's ski adventure across the top of Minnesota.

Emily Ford and Diggins cross Boulder Lake.
Emily Ford and her dog, Diggins, will be featured at the Banff International Film Festival that starts later this month in Canada. The film features the duo's 28-day winter trip across the top of Minnesota along the Minnesota/Ontario border.
Steve Kuchera / 2022 file / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — For the second year in a row, adventurer Emily Ford will be featured in an independent film showing at the Banff International Film Festival in Canada.

The festival, in Banff, Alberta, from Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, features outdoor and adventure films from around the world.

The short film, “A Voice for the Wild,’’ follows Ford and her dog, Diggins, on their 28-day, 200-mile cross-country ski trip across the top of Minnesota last winter. She skied (and Diggins helped pull their supply sled) along the Minnesota/Ontario border from Voyageurs National Park, through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to near Lake Superior.

After 69 days on the trail, Ford becomes only the second person on record to complete a winter thru-hike of the trail.

Ford was featured last year in the film “Breaking Trail’’ that highlighted her nearly 1,200-mile winter thru-hike of the Ice Age Trail across Wisconsin. Since then, she has gained national attention for her solo adventures and her message that the outdoors is open for everyone, regardless of race, gender identity, economic background or sexuality.

The film and expedition were a collaboration with Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, a nonprofit group that has been protecting and promoting the Boundary Waters for almost 50 years. In addition to promoting diversity and inclusivity in wild spaces, Ford raised awareness of threats posed by copper mining near the BWCAW.


Both films were directed by Jesse Roesler, owner and founder of the Minneapolis-based studio Credo Nonfiction.

Audiences can stream “A Voice for the Wild'' beginning Oct. 29 as part of the Online Film Festival, which can be accessed at banffcentre.ca . It will premiere in person Nov. 5 at the Jenny Belzberg Theatre in Banff.

The Duluth resident and her dog trudged nearly 200 miles through deep snow and extreme cold.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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