Grizzly Country – A Life Spent Saving the Wild
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A Short Film Examining A Life Spent Saving the Wild by Giving Voice to the Voiceless
Grizzly Country, is a short film by Moonhouse Films and Peak Design, that spotlights the extraordinary life of famous “Monkey Wrencher,” Doug Peacock, and his tireless quest to protect the North American grizzly bear and its declining habitat. Peacock’s story reminds us that we’re often callous to the wild things we fear, and without advocating for the voiceless, we risk losing them forever. Grizzly Country debuted as an official 2019 Banff Mountain Film Selection as well as a selection for the 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival.
After serving as a Green Beret combat medic in the Vietnam War, Doug Peacock sought spiritual refuge in the rugged wilderness of Wyoming and Montana. It was during these frequent backcountry trips that Peacock made contact with the grizzly bear and awoke a deep sense of personal humility. The bear’s presence became the foundation for Doug Peacock’s recovery and from that point forward Peacock felt duty-bound to be their voice in the human world. While Doug Peacock may be known as the model for author Edward Abbey’s famous character, George Hayduke in The Monkey Wrench Gang, it is Peacock’s work documenting and defending the grizzly bear that has defined his life for the last 50 years.
Grizzly Country examines Peacock’s crusade as more than just a fight for the grizzly, but as a metaphor for the relationship between humans and wild places. If future populations of grizzlies suffer because of global warming and widespread human development, it is not a lack of adaptation on the part of the bear. For Peacock, it is the absence of human deference to places we cannot control that ultimately fails grizzly bears.
Through the lens of Peacock, Grizzly Country is a poignant reminder that wild places and its inhabitants are essential to our own learning and understanding of habitat. As Peacock bluntly states, “without our arrogance and firearms and dominion, we’re just another flavor of meat.” Peacock understands that the faster humans champion this relationship, the more knowledge we save for future generations to unearth. “Grizzlies and homo sapiens evolved out of the same habitats and still walk the common path. We are brothers. With the beast of climate change ravaging the earth, the mingled fates of men and bears are sealed forever.”
Director Ben Moon lends his stylistic approach to the filming and production of Grizzly Country. In collaboration with San Francisco based Peak Design, the film hopes to bring light to the critical work of Doug Peacock founded organizations Round River Conservation Studies and Save the Yellowstone grizzly.
About Peak Design
Since 2010, Peak Design has been building innovative carry solutions with a simple overarching design directive: make the best things. The idea for our first product was born on a motorcycle trip through Southeast Asia and has since expanded to include a cross-functional ecosystem of bags, pouches, slings, straps, and clips. We’ve won applause along the way, but we’re most proud of the fact that we’re 100% crowdfunded and 100% employee-owned. We’ve raised over $20.8 Million through 8 Kickstarter campaigns, allowing Peak Design to stay investor-free and focused on the things that matter most: designing great products, fostering happy employees, and taking care of our customers and the natural environment. Learn more at peakdesign.com