Today’s finalist for the 2020 Stimmie Awards: “A Warrior’s Story” from Cameron Cushman.
From the filmmakers: A Warriors Story tells the story of Will Cannon, a U.S. Army Cavalry Scout Veteran who spent time in both Afghanistan and Iraq as a soldier and then again in the civilian sector as a contractor.
After his time in the service he was diagnosed with cancer and during his treatment he found how powerful the outdoors are and what they can do for not only him but for all of those dealing with trauma. This is when he decided he needed to start a foundation that provides these important needs to other combat veterans.
When he formed The Iron Freedom Foundation, a Midland Texas based non profit, they were doing kayak fishing trips throughout the hill country on rivers such as the Devils and the Guadalupe. The organization has plans to branch into multiple outdoor activities such as fly fishing, backpacking, and hunting in the future, outside of the already successful kayak fishing trips.
On this trip, Cameron brought Will to the Rio Grande National Forest of Colorado in pursuit of native Rio Grande Cutthroat trout. They are joined by John Brandon, a Marine, and Marcos Mazzola a Venezuelan filmmaker.
This film was created in hopes of showing not only the power of the outdoors, but to share Will’s story in hopes of inspiring others to find organizations like The Iron Freedom Foundation.
As one of the finalists in the Stimmies Virtual Vote, “A Warrior’s Story” is now open to public voting. You can cast your ballot for this film over at the International Fly Fishing Film Festival website.
Be sure to check out all of the finalists before submitting your vote. There are some great films ready to be seen!