'Being Here' captures the distinct feeling we carry with us after spending time in nature. Photo: Courtesy of Becca Skinner

‘Being Here’ captures the distinct feeling we carry with us after spending time in nature. Photo: Courtesy of Becca Skinner

The simplicity of pulling on a pair of cold climbing shoes. The hiss of a Jetboil camp stove. Stretching your limbs under a fading desert sun. These micro-moments make up a feeling many of us have experienced, but few of us can articulate.

Good thing we have writer and director Hilary Oliver to do it for us.

Simple moments are often the most impactful, as evidenced by Hilary Oliver's directorial debut. Photo: courtesy of Becca Skinner

Simple moments are often the most impactful, as evidenced by Hilary Oliver’s directorial debut. Photo: courtesy of Becca Skinner

“I think we all probably have those moments when we just want to ‘get out,'” she tells GrindTV.  “We’re overwhelmed, overstimulated and just worn out with modern life. Sometimes it just take a little time in someplace quiet, under a big sky, to start to remember what we’re really made of.”

Oliver captured the sentiment in her directorial debut, “Being Here,” which she produced with her sister, Whitney Oliver, and photographer Becca Skinner. The short film scored the People’s Choice award at the 5Point Film Festival and recently premiered online.

Behind the scenes of the production of 'Being Here.' Photo: Courtesy of Ashlee Langholz

Behind the scenes of the production of ‘Being Here.’ Photo: Courtesy of Ashlee Langholz

“I had the opportunity to live out of a van, traveling around the American West for a couple of years,” says Oliver. “And when my boyfriend and I finally settled back into an apartment, I found myself craving that feeling of waking up with the sunrise, hearing the birds sing — basically, understanding that I exist within the world of nature. That feeling of craving wildness, and finding it, and then taking it back with us to our ‘normal’ lives is what this project was born from.”

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