Dirt Diaries presented by SWATCH

Crankworx and Whistler Blackcomb celebrate the creative spirit, and storytelling culture of mountain biking in this video throw-down that’s produced some iconic content over the years.

Six filmmakers bring us the ride of our lives this summer, showcasing a slice of one athlete’s diary. These four to six-minute videos begin production early summer and hit the big screen during Crankworx Whistler. Teams must include the Whistler Valley and Whistler Mountain Bike Park in a quarter of their film—from there it’s free creative licence. They choose the size and scope of their team, their supports, their geographical boundaries. This is the blank canvas of the Crankworx culture beat, shining the spotlight on shooters on the cutting edge of their game.

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza – Free spectators’ viewing at Whistler Olympic Plaza and bike valet will be available.

Date: Thursday, July 27th

Time: 8:30pm – 10:00pm

Started in: 2012
Past winners: Leo Zukerman (2012)Richie Schley and Leo Zuckerman (2013), Ross Measures and Matt Dennison (2014), Kyle Norbraten and IFHT Films (2015), Dylan Forbes and Mitch Gulliver (2016), Micayla Gatto & IFHT Films (2017), Damien Vergez (2018), Damien Vergez (2019)
2022 winner: Peter Wojnar

Kelsey Toevs

Kelsey Toevs is a North Vancouver based filmmaker and photographer. Her passion for snowboarding and mountain biking led her into the world of filmmaking at a young age. When she met local freerider Steve Vanderhoek, over 16 years ago, she started creating fun videos for friends. These creative ventures evolved into a great business together where the two are committed to learning new things and pushing each other to progress in the mountain bike industry. Kelsey was proud to be a Filmer for Redbull Formation in 2022 and her work has been featured in magazines and countless notable company social media outlets.

Website: http://www.kelseytoevs.com/ 
Instagram: @toevs

Ohad Nir

A 30-year-old filmmaker from Israel, Ohad has spent the past 4 years honing his art of filmmaking. In 2019, he spent his first summer in Whistler, where he had the opportunity to witness the Dirt Diaries competition for the first time. Since then, participating in the competition has been one of his career goals and is excited to have the chance to be competing this year.

Website: http://ohadn.com/
Instagram: @ohadnir1

Ryan Kenny

Ryan Kenny is a Canadian based director and cinematographer specializing in action sports and documentary series that fulfils his passion for nature and storytelling. Through the years his talents have been recognized in the Banff film festival, Whistler film festival and nominations for other prestigious awards.Ryan’s direction in documentary series has earned him international recognition, however his passion is to document the people in his own back yard of Whistler BC.

Website: http://www.ryankennyproductions.ca/ 
Instagram: @rtkenny

Kris Dontas

Kris, in collaboration with his brother Kevin and Ryan Proctor, make up the terrific trifecta that is Two Dontas One Proctor Productions. Three Whistler friends who have a passion for filmmaking, sports, and being funny. Their backgrounds vary in film and movie making – but are united by a good joke.

Website: https://www.thedontasmedia.com/ 
Video: Would You Rather

Cole Nelson

22 years young. Born and raised in B.C. It didn’t take long for Cole to realize his handwriting was pretty illegible, so, the camera became a way to write stuff down. Spending a lot of time like every B.C. kid, in the mountains chasing adventures he has always loved the challenge and the memories the camera creates. And that drive to capture the next adventure keeps him behind the lens. 

“I’ve grown up watching the dirt diaries series each summer, and to now be a part of it, I’m excited to showcase whatever I can capture for this year. Thank you for the opportunity!”

Instagram: @colenelsn
Video: CMNCL Volume I