Presenting Real Montana Finalist, Tyler Hensleigh

April 27, 2015

What about Montana inspired you to create your short?

I was born and raised in Kalispell, Montana, and when I heard of the competition I knew that the location I wanted to shoot was Glacier National Park, specifically the Going to the Sun Road. I have ridden my bicycle up and down it for years now and it never gets old for me. In my travels, when I talk about it with other people they have never heard of it in other parts of the country. I feel strongly that the beauty of the road should be shared by all!

Still from Tyler Hensleigh's Riding To The Sun

Still from Tyler Hensleigh’s Riding To The Sun

 What other videos competing in Real Montana did you enjoy and why?

I really enjoy Abbey Nelson’s Montana: Defying Expectation, the narrative and the humor behind it as well as the stunning video that correlates with it is amazing! I show it to others on my travels as well, since I think it does an incredible job of showcasing other parts of Montana as well as showcase a lot of different activities you can enjoy while visiting.

What is your next project?

My next project is to create a video of my bicycle tour, once I finish in Chicago.

What do you plan to do with the prize money if you win?

I am overjoyed that I got into the second round! The prize money will go towards my education in addictions counseling so that I can further help those in need who are struggling with substance abuse issues.

Watch Tyler’s film “Riding to the Sun” and vote for it in the Real Montana Finals.

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