The Land

An Adventure Play Documentary

A new documentary film about Adventure Play. 

The Land (2015) is a short documentary film about the nature of play, risk and hazard set in The Land, a Welsh "adventure” playground.  At The Land children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own.  

The Land premiered at the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  

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Erin Davis, Director

Erin Davis is an artist, filmmaker, radio producer and educator living in Vermont, USA.  She studied documentary at The New School & The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, in the studio with Albert Maysles and in the field on films like The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant and Remote Area Medical.  Her radio work has aired on NPR's All Things Considered,  WNYC's Studio 360, WBEZ's Re:Sound, ABC Radio National, Australia and elsewhere.  To support her documentary habit, Erin teaches courses in radio documentary at Middlebury College.  Her favorite game is catch. 


Erick Stoll, Director of Photography

Erick Stoll is a founder and primary cinematographer for New Left Media, a popular online political documentary series. His short film Lifelike premiered at True/False Film Festival in 2011. His recent freelance work includes camera work on the upcoming documentary feature Remote Area Medical, and Sparkle, a short documentary by oscar-nominated filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichart, which premiered at Silverdocs. 


liz Cambron, camera & sound

Liz Cambron holds a BFA in filmmaking and has been freelancing for the past five years in the documentary industry. She has made work for Public Radio, Planned Parenthood, and worked with many award winning documentary filmmakers and organizations.  She is a producer and writer for internet documentary series New Left Media and her first short film, 'Park', received critical notoriety and was selected to compete in Slamdance Film Festival 2011.  She also has an affinity for cats and screams in a punk band; her tumblr rocks too.


Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert, co-Producers

Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar were nominated for an Oscar for their 2009 documentary, "The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant". Their 2007 documentary, "A Lion In The House", won a Primetime Emmy and was nominated for an award at the Sundance Film Festival as well as an Independent Spirit Award." They live in Yellow Springs, Ohio.


 In fact, we're all from Ohio.  The birthplace of flight.  The heart of it all. 


Photo by Nancy Rudolph

Photo by Nancy Rudolph