Conversation with Aisha Weinhold
Aisha Weinhold, founder of No Man's Land Film Festival, lives with her husband, Steve, in Aspen, Colorado, in a small duplex-like apartment, but it feels more like a tree house. You enter through the garage filled with any tool you could possibly need, then walk up the stairs to their main living space. They have bunk beds. A large window fills their space with natural light which breaks through the gold aspens that surround their home. Arriving at 9pm on the Thursday night before the second No Man's Land Film Festival kick-off tour, I found Aisha hunched over the table cutting hand-made name tags for volunteers, ambassadors, and filmmakers, her crutches close by because she had knee surgery earlier that day.
The following few days leading up to the event I witnessed the drive, leadership, and focus that Aisha has poured into this event from the first day she was struck with the idea. She describes it as lightning. She was enrolled in a sailing program through the Sea Education Association at Boston University which requires you and your fifteen crewmates to sail from California to Hawaii. At 2am one morning Aisha was on bow watch, which means you are in charge of the boat. Looking out into the middle of the ocean, with the absence of light or another soul, Aisha recalls the moment like a spark. She remembers thinking, "I'm going to start an all female adventure film festival. This is what I'm going to call it and this is what the logo is going to look like."
Aisha's vision was born at sea out of a boredom with adventure films that only featured boys. Aisha says, "I wanted to see and connect with women who enjoyed and navigated the world in a similar style as myself."
No Man's Land Film Festival is a collaboration and celebration of men and women who are deeply engaged in enhancing female presence in the adventure arena. The goal of this festival is to connect like-minded individuals who are action-oriented, wish to support a shared vision of gender equality, have a desire to experience their passions and environments through a uniquely female lens, and above all, love adventure. - Aisha Weinhold
This is a conversation between Aisha and myself one month before I came to Carbondale to meet Aisha, help with the festival, and get to know her tight-knit, amazing family and community.
SIDE NOTE...In the podcast annoucements I mention that Will Nazarian of Smith Rock is rebolting routes at Smith. Spread the word and donate what you can to his selfless volunteer efforts to make our beloved climbing destination better: Re-Bolt Smith Rock!