Director: Connor Ryan, Tim Kressin
Meet the Directors:
A proud Hunkpapa Lakota and passionate skier, Connor Ryan was born and raised on the Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute homelands at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Ryan considers these places among his biggest inspirations and closest relatives. Ryan seeks to decolonize, reconnect and learn to better honor all his relations through adventure and activism. Skiing is his dance and prayer, a ceremony of its own. Lakota traditional ecological knowledge helps Ryan understand the true value of the sacred land and water we ski on in deeper and more tangible ways.
Tim Kressin is passionate about asking hard questions, calling people into adventure and diving deep into friendships. Kressin does this mainly through film and tacos. Based in Seattle, WA, Kressin has led the creative charge on stories from climbing gyms in Memphis, TN to communities affected by violence and war in Syria and the Middle East. In all of the work he produces, his goal is to evoke empathy, compassion and ultimately show new perspectives that can create change.
Cast & Crew
Skiing in Ute Territory has always raised questions about the relationship between the past and present for Connor Ryan. This story is a poetic reconciliation for Ryan, between Native American heritage and the injustices that have displaced the Utes with ongoing colonization, erasure and extraction. Spirit of the Peaks connects a conflicted past to an awakening in cultural awareness that can create an equitable future for Indigenous people and skiers around the world.