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Michael Brown: Public Speaker
Serac Adventure Films Founder and President Michael Brown is available for speaking events. He draws on a lifetime of expedition experience including five summits of Mount Everest and films on all seven continents to deliver stories that explore risk, sacrifice and triumph against the odds.
Michael's presentations explore the allure of risk and consequences when risks don't pay off and ultimately explore why it is that we have to take risks to have meaning in our lives.
"There was one other surprise awaiting those who attended Ignite Boulder 6, and that was the stunning and awe inspiring talk by Michael Brown that bookended the night. His presentation Risk and Reward wasnít humorous or pithy. Instead, he discussed making documentaries in extreme situations. He talked about friends who had died in the process, and people who had given him a new perspective. Unlike other Ignite presentations, the crowd was silent and reverent. I could feel the magic of the moment, and it was not one I had expected... Itís hard to pinpoint what was different with Michaelís talk, but one thing that clearly made a difference was passion. Michael spoke from the heart and was honest... For this, he should be lauded, and I can only hope more people follow in his footsteps."--- Ace Harmon, Worldwide Ace Blog
"Michael Brown presented on his work as an adventure filmmaker both for our evening crowd of about 200 people and for a local high school filmmaking class. His presentation was filled with photos and footage interspersed with engaging personal anecdotes. Michaelís presentation style is exceptional; he strikes deep chords with audience members. His accomplishments (including summiting Everest 4 times, most often behind cameras) are enormous. Yet, he was able to describe his adventures to us in such a way that we felt a personal connection to the places and especially the people he encountered. His work with film to showcase personal stories from remote places is exceptionally effective in bringing the world back to our homes. With live footage and photos, and even rolling out a 6-foot-long stretch of IMAX film, the audience walked away understanding more about filmmaking, and the people and images in front of and behind the camera. In short, it was fascinating and inspiring; a transformative evening. I would highly recommend having Michael as a guest speaker. His experience, personality and thoughtfulness are rare and welcome."
--- Fraidy Aber, Executive Director, Vail Symposium
"In listening to Michael Brown speak one quickly realizes that he truly has been everywhere and done everything! Fantastically engaging and insightful, his passion for the world around him is made obvious through his decorated career in filmmaking." --- Corey Rich, Photographer
"We have had the honor of hosting Michael Brown both last year and this coming year at our annual event! Not only do his films make a fabulous contribution to our festival but his participation in the festival truly makes him an honored guest. He's not there to melt into the background, he wants to be a part of the experience and make it meaningful. He realizes that attending an event is more than just a presentation but meeting the people who attend and hearing their stories. His presentation last year on "Adventure Filmmaking" drew a huge crowd at our Activist Center. Everyone was really engaged on learning the skills you need to make an adventure film. Michael is great example of "if you have an idea, make it happen." And that energy transfers to all who meet him." --- Susie Sutphin, Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Michael's Speaking engagement clients include:
TEDx, Wells Fargo Advisors, The Vail Symposium, The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Ignite Boulder, The Optimist Club, Explorers Festival, Banff Mountain Film Festival, Montana State University, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, The Higher Purpose Project, Boulder Digital Arts, Rock & Ice Magazine, Pelican Products, the Leeds School of Business and many others.
"... a proven master of gut dropping action ... not just the balls it takes to creep along the crumbling edge of a crevasse, the ability to invest the action with real drama - or self-effacing humor... " - Men's Journal
"swashbuckling librarian." - Outside Magazine
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