Presenting: Being Here, a short film

Being Here

Remember that time when you found the peace you were looking for out under a stretch of stars brighter than any back home? The time you felt more confident and true to yourself after a long, lung-busting trail run or a climb that pushed you past your limit? It seems we humans need wild places and wide, open spaces to get back in touch with what makes us tick.

Photographer and filmmaker Becca Skinner and I started talking about this during a four-day walk through The Maze in Canyonlands last spring. I’d written a script about the idea—how the desert seems to nourish our souls in such a deep way—and Becca was game to shoot some footage for a short film to go with it. We roped in some friends and asked my sister, Whitney Oliver, to edit it. At its premiere at the 5Point Film Festival this April, it received the People’s Choice award, and now we’re proud to release it out into the world. I hope you enjoy it, and that maybe it will urge you to visit to a wild place, for the health of your own wild heart.


A deep and sincere Thank You to our sponsors, Outdoor Research and Chaco Footwear, as well as the 5Point Film Festival!

21 Responses to Presenting: Being Here, a short film

  1. I absolutely love this. I’m so glad you made it.

  2. I have watched over and over these past few days. Thank you for sharing your words; they resonate so much with me. Women in the wild forever.

  3. Daphne says:

    Just lovely and inspiring. Greeting from The Netherlands.

  4. Heather Korb says:

    Beautiful! Inspiring!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Great film! This is very inspiring. I too love climbing at Indian Creek and am looking to get into adventure film making to share more stories like this of women out there rocking it and living their truth. Nice work!

    • Hilary says:

      Thanks, Jennifer! I’m so glad you liked it. And psyched to hear you’re also gearing up for some filmmaking! Go get ’em!!

  6. Dave P says:

    So Amazing – and centering. Truly, thanks to you and all those involved for putting this together!

  7. Stephanie B says:

    This film resonates with how I feel exactly!! I feel so at home being outside in nature in the mountains. SO at peace. You made this so real, thank you for capturing it. It’s my absolute favorite.

    • Hilary says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and very happy to hear that you related to it. Thanks so much for the kind words!

  8. Liz Barney says:

    I like the line “the wild in us is just as endangered as these wild landscapes.” Excellent writing, lady!!

  9. “so i’ll keep coming back here.
    where it’s quiet enough for me to hear my heart.
    what i’m really longing for.
    and where this wild thing inside me remembers to be just that.

  10. John Horgan says:

    Awesome video. Absolutely loved it – and makes me miss the mountains. Gotta go back!!! Thanks for making this.

  11. Josh Braun says:

    Gave me chills!! And may have inspired a trip to the desert next week!

  12. Katie says:

    I watched this video right when I needed to. When I was feeling down and missing my adventures. Thank you for the beautiful video and the inspiration!

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