Michelle Smith

While attempting to climb the Enclosure Couloir on the Grand Teton in August 2010, Michelle suffered a harrowing fall resulting in a broken back and shattered right leg. As her partner stabilized her and called for helicopter rescue, she pulled out a camera to document a story that was not certain to end well. Thankfully it did, and as she recovered from surgery, she worked through emotional trauma by creating her first short film, and in the process, a new career was born. Though she still thrives on outdoors adventure, Michelle gets an even bigger rush from telling stories through filmmaking and editing. Her short documentary, The Frenchy, is a 2018 selection for festivals around the world including Banff, MountainFilm, and 5Point, where it won the Pure Joy award.