Dream Job is a comedy documentary about female leaders in the big-mountain ski industry. Comedian Katie Burrell gives us insight into the lives of top industry professionals, as she searches for her dream job.
Three female mountain professionals thrive despite challenges, in a male-dominated mountain industry.
Local comedian Katie Burrell steps onto the stage in front of a live audience. The Revelstoke venue is intimate and familiar. The crowd cat calls and she quips back with humorous jabs. The stage is set like a late night talk show. Three women have come to share their stories and bare their soul at the mercy of Burrell’s candid questions about what life is like for women who take the lead in the big-mountain industry. Diny Harrisson, Trailblazer - first certified female mountain guide in Canada. Christina Lustenberger, Extreme Skier - known for her first descents and big lines. Leah Evans, Community Builder- created one of the strongest communities of female skiers the sport has ever seen. To outsiders they are “living the dream”, but that has not come without challenge and sacrifice.
This team is stacked with small town women who dream big.
Christina 'Lusti' Lustenberger - The Extreme Athlete - shares what it takes to reach an elite level of performance. An ex-ski racer, high-performance training has been part of her life since her teenage years. Despite multiple injuries, she always comes back strong, often out-performing the men with her big lines and first descents.
Leah Evans - The Community Builder - gives insight on why mentorship is so important, and what drives her to nurture a community of women in skiing. At the age of 17, with an entrepreneurial spirit and the purpose to connect women in the sport, Leah started Girls Do Ski. Her freeski camps offer women of all ages to develop their ski and mountain skills in a supportive and fun environment. A professional freeskier, ambassador for Patagonia and filmmaker, Leah’s stacked up a long list of achievements before her 30th birthday.
Diny Harrison - The Trailblazer - known for becoming the first internationally certified female mountain guide, Diny is not afraid to challenge the conventions of the status quo in other areas of her life as well. She offers us a look into the past and how things have changed for women in the guiding industry over the years. As she turns 60 this October, she reflects on a career that seemed to propel itself forward through her love for adventure sport and her desire to be outdoors. Her quick wit and dirty jokes make an encounter with Diny memorable.
Leah Evans created Girls Do Ski when she was 17 and it has grown to establish a cult following. Her freeski camps provide women with coaching and a supportive environment to learn mountain skills. By involving the Girls Do Ski community in the film I hope to bring attention to the culture of inclusion that is nurtured there.
There is no doubt that Revelstoke is a community of adventurers. The history of Revelstoke is full of interesting stories of settlment, stuggle and taming this wild landscape. That history is dominated by the stories of men. This is an opportunity to share the stories of the amazing women who are shaping the mountain industry and are leading in their own unique way.
We can include the local community by inviting them to a show hosted by local comedian Katie Burrell. This will achieve a few things. 1) it will get the local community excited to see the film. 2) the local community will learn about their local heros and perhaps be inspired by them and 3)the local community will be given the gift of laughter and entertainment which often creates a bonding experience.
As part of the film we plan to shoot a live 'talk-show' in Revelstoke with comedian Katie Burrell, in front of a local audience. Burrell knows how to bring the crowds and always delivers a great show. This will no doubt garner the film some attention.
Our team includes local writer Cassidy Randall, who has connections with major travel media platforms, including Travel + Leisure and BBC Travel, that promote place-based content like this. We also have relationships with editors at major outdoor magazines and media platforms like Outside, Powder, Backcountry, FREESKIER, Teton Gravity Research, and others that will likely be interested in covering this film.
Through out the filming process we will be posting and sharing the experiences we have on Instagram and Instagram TV. This will be a great opportunity to learn and explore the new Instagram TV platform. Combined, our team has a fairly large audience on social media to draw upon. As professional athletes both Leah and Christina have big sponsors such as Patagonia, Arc Teryx and Salomon. Often sponsors are supportive of their athletes endeavours and its possible we can achieve further reach through their social channels as well.