I grew up in an old farmhouse on a big hill in a small town in upstate New York. For my friends and I, my backyard was our playground, and we spent our days exploring the woods. I was lucky enough to be raised by parents with a lasting sense of adventure, as our summer vacations were spent kayaking in the Great Lakes or backpacking through Alaska. Although I loved the outdoors, I spent my whole life, from age five through my four years of college, playing soccer. Soccer taught me how hard work breeds success, and how skill means nothing without passion and spirit. It wasn’t until I spent the summer of 2011 enrolled in a NOLS Mountaineering course in the Wind River Range, that I began to apply that passion to other areas. I fell in love with the mountains and recognized the infectious attitude of those who explore the outdoors. This is the attitude that Give’r embodies. To live inspired has an exponential affect on the lives of those around you.
But what caught my attention to the mission of Give'r the most was the idea of sharing experiences. As a filmmaker, sharing experiences is the goal in everything that I do. I believe storytelling is a medium that can be used to inspire, raise awareness, build meaningful conversations, and to affect change. In May of 2013, I graduated from Connecticut College. I couldn’t swallow the idea of a desk job, so instead I decided to make a documentary about the situation my peers and I all faced. Starting on October 1st 2013, I will be driving across the country making a film about the struggles of recent graduates as they look to enter the job market. I will spend six months interviewing graduates throughout the United States to hear their stories, and I will work wherever I can to begin making my loan payments. My goal is to create a meaningful discussion about the economic and social prosperity of our future generations. It is companies like Give’r, which embody and thrive on a positive can-do spirit, that give me hope for what is to come. I am proud to wear their logo as I make my way across the country, hoping to represent all those who ask “why not?”
The film is called “What Now? On the road with America’s young, educated, and unemployed”. View the Kickstarter page here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/102668313/what-now-0
View more of my work at: www.winslowmurdoch.com