Eric Hanson's film project of Zion National Park — the subject of this week's Utah Crowd-Funding post — has been beset with obstacles. And that was before the park was closed last week as part of the federal government's shutdown.
Hanson aims in his short film, "Rock of Refuge: A Year in Zion National Park," to capture the park's four seasons in time-lapse photography — and to chronicle the adventures of canyoneers and big-wall climbers who explore the slot canyons there.
"These slot canyons are incredibly beautiful places, like tranquil sanctuaries of rock, color, and light," Hanson, a filmmaker from Las Vegas, writes on his Kickstarter page. "Many of these slot canyons require technical gear and skill to traverse, and can be very dangerous places in the wrong conditions."