Everybody has a different association with the place they come from. Some can never stand the thought of leaving. Some can’t wait to get away. Others find themselves pulled in all directions — a constant tug on the sleeve to pack up and see something new while nostalgia whispers on the other end, “go back home, go back home.”
Over the course of two years, Micah Evangelista and his mother Julianne made a film about the latter.
Evangelista was born and raised at the foot of Mt. Baker, Washington — a place mom skied for the first time at 25 years old. She set roots there and watched her son grow up in a world-class backcountry playground.
“We just wanted to introduce you to these activities that changed our lives,” Julianne tells Micah in BOURN. “But what you did with it from there was totally up to you.”
What came of it all was the grooming of one of this generation’s rising backcountry talents. Micah sat his mom down throughout the two-year project to talk about her experience of getting to Mt. Baker, falling in love with skiing, and sharing that passion as she watched her children grow up.
“What I watched is you sticking with things,” Julianne says. “You’ll spend entire days building a jump, scoping out the jump, and then you’ll go back and start trying it. And you’ll fall a lot. You just get back up and try it again.”