I recently had the opportunity to screen the new hunting film, “The Trembling Giant” presented by Danner. Let me rephrase that, it’s not a hunting film but rather a film about hunting, or even an outdoor film with hunting as a theme. This has almost nothing in common with most of today’s ‘hunting films’. The focus is on the people and the stories. There actually isn’t a bit of hunting in the first 40 minutes of the film. But I loved it.
The Trembling Giant follows three groups of hunters as they chase the legendary wapiti. As someone who dreams of elk hunting this film made me want to literally drop everything, cram my gear in my little Mazda and just start driving west! Hearing people tell stories of past hunts, reminiscence about hunts with deceased hunting buddies and share in the excitement of a hunt to come kept me drooling the whole time. While elk are amazing creatures the only thing that rivals their beauty is the landscape they inhabit. The film does an incredible job of capturing the bond that is created between buddies in hunting camp.
One of the groups featured is some older guys that have been going out for the last 7 or 8 years. Some have gone for years without a shot but keep coming back each year. What impressed me the most about this crew was that elk hunting keeps them alive quite literally. They aren’t ‘that’ old but elk hunting is their motivation to exercise and stay in shape. The moment that stuck out the most to me was one of the men facing the camera, tears running down his face discussing how much he dreads the day he’s no longer able to elk hunt. He’s not killing record book elk each season or even any elk. He’s simply that in love with the process, the company and the landscape.
Whether you elk hunt, deer hunt or even if you don’t hunt you should see this film. It’s a little longer with a 1 hour 20 minute run time but it goes quickly. Check the info below for dates, times and venues:
August 15 – Portland, Ore. – 7:00 p.m.
Bagdad Theater – Hosted by the Danner Factory Store
August 19 – Twin Falls, Idaho – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
College of Southern Idaho – Hosted by Sportsman’s Warehouse
August 21 – Cheyenne, Wyo. – 6:00 p.m.
Atlas Theatre – Hosted by Sportsman’s Warehouse
August 23 – Colorado Springs, Colo. – 6:00 p.m.
Historic City Auditorium – Hosted by Sportsman’s Warehouse
August 24 – Grand Junction, Colo. – 6:00 p.m.
Mesa University Ballroom – Hosted by Sportsman’s Warehouse
August 25 – Farmington, N.M. – 6:00 p.m.
The Totah Theater – Hosted by Sportsman’s Warehouse
August 27– Orem, Utah – 6:00 p.m.
SCERA Center for the Arts– Hosted by Sportsman’s Warehouse
September 6– Sandpoint, Idaho – 6:00 p.m.
The Panida Theater – Hosted by Big R
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