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Dawn Borchardt sits down with the most interesting voices in indie film to talk about professional and personal growth in their filmmaking experiences, what their stories mean to them, and how their personal beliefs and histories interweave with the stories they share on screen.
 
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Learn more about and watch ‘Godspeed Los Polacos’ here: https://sourlandstudios.com/ Hammer Factor Subscription Options Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/amongstit-inc/id1095013227?mt=2 Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/john-grace/the-hammer-factor?refid=stpr RSS Direct Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/HammerFactor Youtube: https…
 
An intimate portrait of mothers and daughters and the effects of trauma, JACINTA follows a young woman in and out of prison as she attempts to break free from an inherited cycle of addiction, incarceration, and crime. Now streaming on Hulu. Follow the film: Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NbcehOCClU Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ja…
 
On this episode Dawn sits down with Colombian-American filmmaker Emily Cohen Ibañez for her documentary FRUITS OF LABOR. They discuss trickle down issues from systemic racism and immigration policies, children of immigrants having to step up to help support their families, food insecurity, and finding peace in connecting to our food and land. A Mex…
 
In the episode of the whitewater podcast, Eric Giddens joins us to discuss covering paddling in the Tokyo Olympics. From there we apologize for not checking our voicemail and cover a wide range of listener mail. Enjoy and as always thank you for listening. Access to the Ottawa story: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/whitewater-residents-fight-…
 
On this episode Dawn talks with documentary filmmaker Brooke Swaney for her newest film DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD. The film follows adoptee Kendra as she discovers her Native culture that she didn't grow up with, is welcomed in, meets her birth mother and other blood relatives, and learns more about how her story fits in with the bigger picture of IC…
 
On this episode Dawn chats with Director Adam Nawrot and Producer Sonia Szczesna for their debut feature doc GODSPEED, LOS POLACOS! They talk about their sense of adventure that matches the subjects of their film, some behind the scenes stories, and their Polish roots. The film tells the story of five kayakers on the edge of adulthood who skillfull…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Scott Lindgren and Rush Sturges who give us all the inside beta on the release of their new film, ‘The River Runner’. Alongside learning about the film’s creation we take a deep dive into the storied career of Scott Lindgren, one of the most influential paddlers of all time. From pioneering whitewater films, tackli…
 
On this episode, Dawn has a powerful conversation with filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein and film protagonist Claude Motely about gun violence in their home city of Milwaukee, trauma and its ripple effects, healing, the justice system, and the importance of community, friendship and family. Claude Motley thought he’d beaten the odds: a business owner who…
 
On this episode, Dawn talks with filmmaking partners Willow O'Feral and Brad Heck for their documentary Sisters Rising. The film is an intimate portrait of 6 Native women who have survived sexual violence and/or domestic violence in their lives, and how that has transformed them. Through their trauma, they have become inspiring women who are fighti…
 
On this episode, Dawn talks with filmmaker Mariem Pérez Riera about her new documentary RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT. It's an inspiring story of the first Latina EGOT winner, and the struggles she had to go through to along the way. Through therapy, she has been able to heal and move forward and continue being an inspiration to…
 
On this episode Dawn connects with filmmaker Wes Hurley for his autobiographical narrative POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA. Hurley is a Seattle-based, Soviet Union-born LGBTQ filmmaker. POTATO is based on his upbringing in the Soviet Union watching pirated American films on a secret tv channel, and then moving to America seeking a better life after his Mo…
 
Order North Fork Championship Live Here: https://hammerfactor.com/nfc-live/ Purchase Hammer Factor 1 Non-Fungible Token Here: https://opensea.io/assets/0x60f80121c31a0d46b5279700f9df786054aa5ee5/1062457 This show is stacked! First, we have some big Hammer Factor Announcements with Live Coverage coming to the North Fork Championship. See some of the…
 
On this episode Dawn chats with fellow Midwesterner Tasha Van Zandt about her debut feature AFTER ANTARCTICA. The film focuses on Minnesota-based explorer Will Steger via archival footage from his historic International Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1989-90, and then today as he continues his expeditions at age 75. The film is a beautiful reflectio…
 
We have all seen sex trafficking popping up in the news at alarming rates recently, making many of us realize that it is not just happening overseas, but in our own backyards. THE ZEN SPEAKER: BREAKING THE SILENCE is a personal portrait of Amy Ayoub, a prominent public speaking coach, confronting her traumatic history to help change Nevada sex traf…
 
Get your Whitewater Journal HERE Eugene Buchanan has been traveling the world exploring rivers for nearly 40 years. Along with being an accomplished expeditionst he is an award winning author and publisher. Enjoy this episode and learn more about Eugene at: https://www.eugenebuchanan.com/ Hammer Factor Subscription Options Itunes: https://itunes.ap…
 
WILD INDIAN is the feature directorial debut from Native filmmaker Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr, which had its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Corbine Jr. is one of Variety's 10 Directors to Watch. On this episode, Dawn and Lyle discuss the experience Native actors have when they get to play multi-dimensional characters, generational tr…
 
A therapeutic film...with lots of blood. VIOLATION is a horror film built from trauma, about a woman trying to reconnect with her sister while dealing with relationship problems, and then a life-altering experience with her brother-in-law. On this episode Dawn chats with VIOLATION co-directors Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli about bonding…
 
Dawn and Edson Jean dive deep into personal experiences and family histories in this episode. They talk about the immigrant experience, the importance of finding your community, financial literacy of lower and middle classes, the power of story and a whole lot else. LUDI is about a Haitian immigrant living in Miami overworking and getting caught in…
 
Recorded just before their Sundance premiere screening in the Midnight section, on this episode Dawn chats with Swedish filmmaker Frida Kempff and KNOCKING star Cecilia Milocco. KNOCKING is thriller about a woman who is released from a psych ward after experiencing a mental breakdown following the death of the one person who truly understood her. N…
 
Get your Whitewater Journal HERE Benny Marr has a long list of whitewater accomplishments ranging from mind-blowing first descents to freestyle innovations on some of the world’s biggest waves. This two-time Rider of the Year who has bested Dane Jackson more than once shares compelling stories about not only the river but the mindset involved with …
 
On this episode Dawn interviews filmmaker Angela Washko after the world premiere of her documentary WORKHORSE QUEEN at the Slamdance Film Festival. WORKHORSE QUEEN follows RuPaul Drag Race contestant Ed Popil (Mrs. Kasha Davis) as he navigates his career and personal life post-Drag Race. Mrs. Kasha Davis stood out from the rest because she was an o…
 
On this episode Dawn talks with filmmakers Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley for their Sundance hit STRAWBERRY MANSION - a wildly imaginative film about a dream auditor who finds his time-transcending soulmate while on the job. They talk about childhood inspiration for the film, the creative and quirky set and prop design, and share some of their …
 
Happy Valentine's day everyone! I thought this was the perfect episode to celebrate this holiday. This episode features Swedish filmmaker Ninja Thyberg for her feature debut PLEASURE, which just had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. PLEASURE is about a young Swedish woman who moves to LA to get into hardcore porn, and the experiences both…
 
Welcome to Season 2!! Kicking off this season with an interview with the talented NYU alum Erin Vassilopoulos for her debut feature film, SUPERIOR. SUPERIOR had its world premiere last week at the 2021 virtual Sundance Film Festival. Dawn and Erin talk about the importance of collaboration, shooting on 16mm, location and vintage prop scouting, and …
 
Dawn shares one of her favorite Q&As she hosted from the Freeland Film Fest! CURRENT SEA is a documentary directed by Christopher Smith and stars journalist Matt Blomberg. Christopher and Matt are covering a wild and inspiring story of marine conservationist, Paul Ferber, who has had to resort to physically protecting the sea animals off the coast …
 
Get your Whitewater Journal HERE In our last episode of 2020, we are joined by Antoinette Lee Toscano to discuss Whitewater TV and her ‘clapback’ of a previous episode of The Hammer Factor. From there we bring on Chris Hipgrave to get the scoop on whitewater boat designs past and future. Next Grace gets roasted for being nervous about the Coronavir…
 
In this episode Dawn interviews fellow Utah filmmaker Robert Machoian for his newest film THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS. They talk about their academic backgrounds, local art scenes and the influence of place and home in filmmaking. The film premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was bought by Neon. It's currently scheduled to be out in theat…
 
Get your Whitewater Journal HERE LISTEN TO 78 HERE In the second part of the series, Evan kicks us off with his Southeast Paddling experience. From there, our hosts talk about everything from boat design to the new Covid-19 vaccine. Of course, we shut this two-part series down with some epic rants and raves! Thank you for listening and enjoy. Hamme…
 
Get your Whitewater Journal HERE In part one of this two-part series Louis kicks os off with some important policy announcements. From there, our hosts dig into some disgruntled listener mail taking aim at Louis. From there we move into a Green Race recap with insider details on the live stream. Finally, we bring Evan Garcia on to discuss all thing…
 
In this episode, Dawn interviews Native filmmaker and writer Sterlin Harjo for his newest documentary feature, LOVE AND FURY. They discuss the traditions of family storytelling, and the importance of modern Native storytelling through writing, filmmaking, music, painting, and more. Harjo also shares his newest project, FX series Reservation Dogs, t…
 
In part two of this series, we hear about the huge turnout at the Upper Yough Race. From there we bring on the shadowy Instagram figure Meme Boof to discuss his page and somewhat genius sense of humor. From there we dig into listener mail, rants and raves and more! LISTEN HERE Check out the complete LVM set here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lvm Hamm…
 
In part one of this two-part series, we get a first-hand account of what may be the greatest whitewater rescue story ever told! Sam Davis describes how a small bobble at Kanawha Falls led to a nearly seven-hour struggle to survive while at the same time Corey Lilly and an incredible crew of paddlers worked relentlessly to rescue him. There are many…
 
In this episode, we bring Eric Jackson, founder of Apex Kayaks on the show to discuss his new business and Kickstarter campaign. As well we discuss upcoming Upper Yough race, boat materials, listener mail and much more. Thanks for listening and enjoy! Check out the complete LVM set here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lvm Hammer Factor Subscription Opt…
 
On this episode of Faux Reel we travel back to the Sundance Film Festival where Dawn sat down with MUCHO MUCHO AMOR co-Director Kareem Tabsch. They talk about the influence of Walter Mercado on the Latinx and Latinx gay communities, and what it's like to meet your idol. Mucho Mucho Amor is now streaming on Netflix. https://www.netflix.com/title/812…
 
In this episode, Ben Luck shares his recent FKT of 15 hours and 2 minutes on the Middle Kings River. Your hosts discuss the launch of Eric Jackson’s new carbon fiber kayak and learn about a massive foamie boat river under construction. Enjoy and thanks for listening. Check out the complete LVM set here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lvm Hammer Factor …
 
Check out the complete LVM set here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lvm And just like that Covid is over! The crew is back with a jam-packed show discussing everything 2020: coronavirus, social unrest, the Great American Outdoors Act, Gauley Fest, North Fork Championship and more. As always thanks for listening and stay well.…
 
Check out her book, Amazon Woman, HERE. Darcy Gaechter, the first and only woman to run the Amazon River source to sea, owner of Small World Adventures, and published author, joins us for this episode of the Hot Seat. Darcy talks about the planning, dynamics, and struggles of a 148-day expedition, coming face to face with yourself while writing a b…
 
In our fourth episode, I interview Berlin-based documentary filmmaker Elke Lehrenkrauss for her first feature, LOVEMOBIL. Her film tells the stories of sex workers living and working in RVs in rural Germany. We discuss what it takes to tell a good story as a documentary filmmaker, her experience shooting in tight spaces, the dangers and the strengt…
 
In this episode I sat down with Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson, director of SUMMER WHITE. We discussed the authenticity of an autobiographical narrative, the challenge of casting a child actor and non-professional actors in a market dominated by soap operas, the importance of balanced and honest characters instead of just good vs evil, how secrets can fest…
 
For a limited time, use discount code ‘GTFOutside’ for 10% off your entire cart. (get the fuck outside!). https://coloradokayak.com/ Races, freestyle comps, free camping and more in New Mexico! MothersDayWhitewater.com Take advantage of your free time: https://squareup.com/store/hammerfactor/ Welcome to Hammer Factor Episode 72, ‘Paddling Through A…
 
In this episode we go down the AI rabbit hole with CODED BIAS director Shalini Kantayya. We dig into the pernicious creep of AI, the power of its gatekeepers, "the coded gaze” and the presence of women in science and tech shaping a vision of our future. CODED BIAS premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition. Follow t…
 
On the first episode of Faux Reel, Dawn sits down with Alana Carithers and Mel Eslyn co-producers of HORSE GIRL. They discuss making independent films with various approaches to improvisation, aliens, time travel, horses, DNA tests, trick photography, the "Three Rules,” the benefits of creating a good set environment, and the ever shape-shifting ro…
 
Get Your Journal Here: https://squareup.com/store/hammerfactor/ Ladies and gentlemen, we are back! 70 freaking 1…how did this happen. Anyway, we have an obnoxiously packed show lined up: – Things are looking grim for clean water. The Trump administration has ‘clarified’ the Clean Water Act. Louis explains. – Eric Jackson’s new company Apex Watercra…
 
This episode is brought to you by the Whitewater Journal. Paddle more in 2020. Get your journal here! https://squareup.com/store/hammerfactor/item/whitewater-journal-1 We start this week’s show with a lashing from Kayak Pucon Hostile. Next, we discuss what Eric Jackson’s next moves may be. From there we get into listener mail and of course rants an…
 
Big thanks to Ekstremesportveko for sponsoring the show! Check Out Ekstremsportveko Here! https://ekstremsportveko.com/hammerfactor/ Weeks of pent up energy and the news that caused it can’t be contained for another second. Let us begin. We have a great interview with 15-year-old slalom phenom, Evy Leibfarth. Next, it seems The Hammer Factor was co…
 
Better late than never! We continue our discussion on the whitewater industry, from there we get into some pre-Green Race banter, listener email and epic rants! Enjoy! Hammer Factor Subscription Options: Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/amongstit-inc/id1095013227?mt=2 Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/john-grace/the-hammer-factor…
 
We got us a hell uva’ show lined up. Industry news, CO water rights with Dan Niemala and Kristina Wynne, Gore Race wrap-up with Hattie Johnson, and double rants and raves. Yes that’s right, we had several folks complain about rants and raves not being in the last show so we’re gonna open with rants and raves and close with rants and raves. Enjoy! H…
 
In this episode, we get Scott Byers, brand manager at Confluence Outdoor, on the show to set the record straight on rumors of trouble at Dagger Kayaks. Next, we dive back into Swiftwater Rescue. Lastly, we get Great Falls Race organizer, Geoff Calhoun on the show to talk about this year’s event. Enjoy! ***Dagger Outburst Auction***: https://www.eba…
 
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