500 days without a shower – Documentary filmmaker Dianne Whelan preps her new adventure

Meeting Dianne Whelan and her dog Lily was so uplifting. I didn’t intend to write such a long article for the Women in Film blog, but then Dianne gave me all this input I couldn’t refuse. Well… here she is, preparing her next adventure.

Women in Film and Television Vancouver Blog

Dianne Whelan with her 18-year old Jack Russell, Lily, on Granville Street. August 22, 2014. Photo by Katja De Bock Dianne Whelan with her 18-year old Jack Russell, Lily, on Granville Street. August 22, 2014. Photo by Katja De Bock

If you’re experiencing the moviemaker blues it’s time to get inspired by local WIFTV member, journalist and photographer-turned-filmmaker Dianne Whelan. If you know Whelan’s former work, you’ll remember her expeditions to the Canadian Arctic and Mount Everest’s base camp, both turning into award-winning films.

“I made 55 days without a shower on Everest, and might break the record on the next project,” says Whelan, whose next expedition may well lead to 500 days in the dirt. “I’m trying to be the first person in history to do the [entire] Trans Canada Trail.” 

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