Three women reflect on their willingness to sustain broken bones, concussions, and organ damage as professional mountain bikers

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For the third year in a row, the Vimeo Staff Pick Award is coming to Mountainfilm Festival and we couldn’t be more excited. From the virtual mountains of Telluride, CO, the second Vimeo Staff Pick Award Winner of 2021 is Josephine Anderson’s “On Falling,” a documentary exploration of three professional mountain bikers as they meditate on injuries, vulnerabilities, and the will to push forward.
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From high speed crashes to anecdotes on love, Anderson operates from the premise of falling in a supremely critical yet lighthearted fashion. She even establishes a play between dream state and reality through gorgeous editing: echo chamber-like sequences intersect with slow-mo action to put us through the clouds, archived crash footage from previous races grounds us soon after.

At any particular time we’re learning about what has made these three women tough people, but what makes this film extra special is the range of that exploration. Anderson moves from hilarious side notes to deeply personal introspection with ease, and it results in a film that gives us more humanity than it does sport.

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Encased in a whimsical soundtrack that tingles the senses, with questions that hit harder on second impact, Anderson’s “On Falling” registered with our team, and continues to register with nationwide audiences from Tribeca to Vancouver.

Featuring downhill world champion Miranda Miller, Enduro World Series medalist Andréane Lanthier Nadeau, and pro rider/Winter Olympic medalist Brittany Phelan.

With support from: TELUS OPTIK

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