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Award Winning Conservation Documentary

denizens of the steep

Official Selection at 9 Film Festivals:

Wild and Scenic Film Festival
International Wildlife Film Festival
Napa Film Festival
Backcountry Film Festival
JH Wild - World Wildlife Film Day
Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
Wydaho Film Festival

No Man's Land Film Festival

Wild & Working Lands Film Festival

The Challenge


Outdoor recreation has exploded in popularity, and the conservation of our most cherished wild places face new and unprecedented challenges. In Grand Teton National Park, ongoing field research suggests that backcountry skiers and snowboarders are threatening an iconic herd of Bighorn sheep.


Orijin director and filmmaker Zach Montes was tasked with communicating the direct threat that backcountry users posed to the native Bighorn Sheep without enraging a historically passionate user base. Enter: Denizens of the Steep, a short film championed by backcountry skiers and conservationists alike.


Utilizing our expertise in film and backcountry travel, Orijin Media produced and executed over 5 days of backcountry ski shoots, 20+ interviews, and created a powerful, relevant storytelling tool for the several private and public sponsors.

The Outcome


Winner of the 2% for Conservation Media Award

>30K views on YouTube

Official selection at 10+ film festivals

Collaboration + distribution with Teton Gravity Research, Osprey Packs, Fat Tire, PBS and more


Denizens of the Steep came at a prescient time - 6 months after the premier, the Jackson community became embroiled in debate sparked by proposed winter wildlife closures. Denizens was screened as a reference and example of good stewardship.


The future of the Teton Sheep herd is still uncertain. The discussion continues, facilitated by the federal agencies and backcountry users alike.

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