Out of the Mist - Olympic Wilderness Stories

The Storytellers:

Dave SkinnerDave Skinner has spent most of his life on the Olympic Peninsula backpacking, climbing peaks, working on trails and doing glacier research for the University of Washington.

Harvest MoonHarvest Moon has become an ambassador and historian for the Quinault Indian Nation and the Coast Salish through her popular storytelling and basket weaving artistry.

Dane BurkeDane Burke has backpacked hundreds of miles on multi-day trips exploring some of the most remote off-trail areas in the Olympic Mountains.

Tim McNultyTim McNulty has lived on the Olympic Peninsula for over 40 years, authored several books and essays on natural history, writes and teaches poetry, and speaks out on behalf of wilderness.

A Crest Pictures Film
Produced & Directed: Robert and Kathy Chrestensen
Filmed & Edited: Robert Chrestensen
Music Composed & Produced: Annastasia Workman
Additional Footage: Dane Burke
      Annastasia Workman, piano
      Annie Ford, violin and viola
      Dayton Allemann, flute
Filmed on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington
Running Time: 48:32 minutes

Background photo: Kathy Chrestensen

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Experience the magic of the wild Olympics...

Crest Pictures is pleased to announce the completion of their newest feature film, Out of the Mist ~ Olympic Wilderness Stories.

Out of the Mist chronicles the life experiences of four individuals who share their deep love and respect for the Olympics. The scenery is stunning…their stories are inspiring. Filmed over several years of hiking and backpacking in some of the most unique and remote wilderness areas of the Olympics.

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Celebrate the Earth at the 2014 Annual EcoFest

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Crest Pictures is proud to announce our support and participation in the upcoming 15th Annual EcoFest festivities at 26059 Barber Cut Off Rd, in Kingston. This is a one day family friendly sustainability fair featuring energy and eco-info booths, a native plant sale, ongoing Out of the Mist screenings, continuous music and other entertainment, face painting and farm animals for the kids, and FOOD. Sat, May 31 from 11 am to 3 pm. Admission is free (no pets please since this is a wildlife reserve). There will be a shuttle to and from parking lots at Gordon Elementary, Bayside Church, and the Kingston Farmers Market at the Ferry Terminal. The screenings are co-sponsored by the Wild Olympics Campaign and Stillwaters Environmental Center. For more info go here.

A Recent Thank You Note...

Hi Kathy,

We just watched "Out of the Mist." Amazing. A stunning documentary on so many levels. The video is remarkable, a real feast for the eyes just watching it. If the documentary were simply the video, it would be a great piece of work. But the addition of four such interesting and unique people telling their stories of their connection with the Olympic Wilderness really makes this a special film.

While I'm familiar with Tim McNulty, and admire his work, the other three individuals were just as fascinating and expressed so well how powerful an impact close connection with the Wilderness can have on people.

We could not have enjoyed "Out of the Mist" more... and your "Special Features" segment was frosting on the cake... thanks for including these additional features.

Also, thanks for shipping it so quickly! The very best to you and Robert with Crest Pictures and your future projects. You guys are doing amazing work.

Thank you, Doug, Alaska

Great Holiday Gift Idea

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The perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiast, especially one with a passion for the Olympics. We have a small stash left for this season, so get them while they last. Visit our store.

Portland ... Here We Come, December 11th!

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So stoked about our first show in Portland. We know how you Oregonians frequent the Olympics and love them as much as we do. And, a big thanks to the Mazamas for sponsoring this special screening on Dec 11 at their Mountaineering Center, 527 SE 43rd (SE 43rd and Stark St). Admission is free and open to the public. The program begins at 7 PM, but come early since we always fill our venues to standing room only. We plan to be there to introduce the film and to do a brief Q & A afterwards. DVDs will be available for purchase too. Looking forward to meeting you all.

Movie Night in the Barn...Sept. Screening in Leavenworth

On Friday, Sept 13 at 8:15 PM ... Out of the Mist will be screened at The Barn, 347 Division St, in Leavenworth as part of the FWOC Annual Fall Conference, co-sponsored by the Wenatchee River Institute. Registered attendees will be admitted for free. The public is also invited for a $10 admission at the door to benefit the valuable work of these organizations. This year's conference theme, which we wholeheartedly support, is Change and New Challenges for Conservation. We hope to be there to introduce our film and to have DVDs for sale.


After a full house at the historic Rose Theatre in Port Townsend on April 28, and having to turn some people away, the organizers asked if we could come back for an encore. We thought hmmm, not sure we can fill that place again...but yeah we'd give it a try. As of today, only 45 advance tickets (which are free btw) are left. We recently had a full house at Meaningful Movies in Seattle, too. It's been quite a ride since our big premiere in early Dec where we had to open a second venue that night to accommodate everyone who attended. We feel both very humbled and very grateful that so many people are still digging the film.

Meaningful Movies

The good folks at Meaningful Movies in Seattle are sponsoring a special screening on Friday, May 24 at 7 PM. It's being shown at the Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N, in the Wallingford District. Admission is free and open to the public. A spokesperson from the Wild Olympics Campaign will be there to share information and lead a discussion about the WOC.

The Rose...

The Rose Theatre Show in Port Townsend

Wow! The Rose Theatre in Port Townsend is a real class act! Everything about it...the ambiance, the decor, the staff...top notch stuff. Our recent screening there was state of the art...with excellent sound and stunning color. So, thank you Rose Theatre! And, a very special thanks to all the sponsors for their hard work promoting it on behalf of the Wild Olympics Campaign. And, again as always thanks to our wonderful cast and crew...we love you guys. And finally a big thanks to all the folks who packed the house, and signed the petition for the Wild Olympics. It was a great success. And, very sorry to those who were turned away when the show got sold out, but we're looking into doing another show there in the very near future, so I hope you come back. Trust us...it's definitely worth it!

Out of the Mist in Theaters Now...

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Just kidding...but still it was really cool seeing Mist up on the theater marquee. We had great turnout for the Olympic Mountain Rescue fundraiser in Bremerton the other night. We want to give a big thanks to all those involved who helped make it a success. Our next special screening will be at the historic Rose Theatre in Port Townsend, WA on April 28. Go to Watch for screenings in your area for the details and for other upcoming shows.

Benefit Show for Olympic Mountain Rescue

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The Kitsap Sun and Olympic Mountain Rescue are co-sponsoring a second screening of Out of the Mist in Bremerton. This time at the Admiral Theatre, 515 Pacific Ave on Thurs, Apr 4 at 7 PM (doors open at 6 PM). It will be full evening of film, starting with Mountains Don't Care, followed by Out of the Mist. Tickets are just $12 ... for the benefit of Olympic Mountain Rescue. Famed outdoor author and Kitsap Sun columnist Seabury Blair will be there to introduce the program; Crest Pictures and the cast of Mist will also be on hand. Show your support of OMR and their valuable volunteer work by attending. We want to fill the theater for this great cause!

Standing Room Only Crowds!

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We've been screening Mist to standing room only crowds ever since the premiere in Dec. DVD sales are brisk too. Admittedly we're pretty overwhelmed by how much folks have embraced the film. We sincerely believe it's all about their own personal connection to the beautiful and magical Olympics...and their deep understanding and appreciation for the intrinsic value of the Olympics. One young guy told Robert that it made him weep...with joy. We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the past few months by sponsoring our shows...and especially our inspiring storytellers...Dave, Harvest, Dane and Tim...without whom there wouldn't be an Out of the Mist. We love you guys! Our next screenings are at the end of March. The venues rock and both are benefits for two worthy causes...the Olympic Mountain Rescue at the Admiral Theater in Bremerton, and the Wild Olympics Campaign at the eclectic Rose Theater in Port Townsend. Details to come soon.

Robert and Annastasia Appear on KBTC PBS

Robert and Annastasia, our talented composer, were interviewed on KBTC's Northwest Now tonight about the making of Out of the Mist. Thanks so much to Tom Layson for having us! If you missed it...no worries...you can still watch the interview and see a few clips here.

Premiere Night Big Success!

WOW! We had a huge turnout last night at the Mist premiere. When we showed up at 6:30 the theater was already overflowing and they had to start turning people away. But the good folks at Huxley College grabbed another screener from us and quickly opened up another hall for a simultaneous screening so they wouldn't have to go home disappointed. All in all there were 400 people attending. Pretty overwhelming for us to see so many people there and have such a great response to the film. It was the perfect place to premiere ... these folks are passionate about their Olympics. Thanks to everyone involved!

Out of the Mist DVD

The DVD has arrived and is now available online in our store. If you prefer to purchase by mail find the instructions there and follow them closely. They can also be purchased at any of our upcoming screenings where you will save with no S & H. And soon to be in shops around the Olympic Peninsula.

Out of the Mist Premiere

Out of the Mist will be premiering on December 6, in Port Angeles at the Little Theater on the Peninsula College campus. Friends of Olympic National Park and Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment are co-sponsoring the event. After the screening there will be a meet and greet reception with Crest Pictures and the cast. DVDs will be available for purchase.

There will be a follow up screening sponsored by the Peninsula Wilderness Club on December 10 in Bremerton. The public is welcome. DVDs will be available for purchase.

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