Film tells story of Aboriginal youth who helped build Yukon bike trails

Kelly Milner’s ‘Shift’ tells story of aboriginal youth who built Carcross’s renowned biking trails

By Paul Tukker, CBC News Posted: Sep 25, 2016 8:00 AM CT Last Updated: Sep 25, 2016 9:20 AM CT

'Everytime people watch this film, they say, 'It’s just so beautifully shot,'' Milner said, giving credit to director of photography Dave Hamelin.

‘Everytime people watch this film, they say, ‘It’s just so beautifully shot,” Milner said, giving credit to director of photography Dave Hamelin. (Shot in the Dark) Related Stories

Yukoner Kelly Milner is still gobsmacked by the news this week — her short documentary film, the first she’s ever made, will be screened at a high-profile festival this fall and may end up touring the world.

“I’m still not sure that I’ve come down from it, in terms of realizing what we’ve been able to achieve with the film, and the story,” she said.

“It kind of seems like a dream.”

The film, Shift, tells the story of a group of Aboriginal youth in Carcross, Yukon, who spent years helping build what have become world-renowned mountain biking trails. So renowned, in fact, that they’ll be visited next week by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

 ‘It kind of seems like a dream,’ says Kelly Milner, a Yukon filmmaker, whose first film is heading to the Banff Mountain Film Festival next month. (Archbould Photography/Shot in the Dark)

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