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No Man's Land Film Festival

No Man's Land Film Festival

Panelist Bios

Part of Women in the Outdoors Week

No Man's Land is the only adventure film festival to exclusively feature women-identified athletes. Join us at The Cliffs of LIC for an evening of films, raffles, a panel discussion, and more! Films included are Sjo Tarn, Quincy, Meet the Moxie, The Honey Moon is Over, Finding Wide, Within Reach, Stumped, Fast Forward, My Desolate Eden, Why Not Now, and Where the Wild Things Play.

Pre-film panelists include Mina Okpi of Black People Who Love Outdoors and Adventure, climber Whitney Boland, Brown Girls Climb leader Laura Edmondson, Discover Outdoors senior guide Lauren Skonieczny, and activist and musician Alexis Krauss.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Cliffs and Peak members; $15 for non-members.


Climbing at The Cliffs at LIC (11-11 44th Drive, Long Island City)

Post-climbing panel and discussion at The Local (13-02 44th Ave, Long Island City)


Friday, June 15th
Doors at 6:30 PM
Panel at 7:00 PM
Films begin at 8:00 PM


This event is open to everyone.

Panelist Bios


Mina is a the founder and self described “Life activist” at Black outdoors and Adventure, a company/ group that started on in 2015 and now nears 2000 members. After noticing very few people of color taking part in outdoor activities, Mina began BLPOA and plans and organizes events with a goal to introduce people of color to outdoors and adventure activities, break stereotypes and stigmas within and outside the community. The group’s slogan captures it all “Are you comin' outdoors or nah?”


Whitney Boland is a climber and freelance writer currently working on a master’s in acupuncture. Her climbing has spanned over 17 years and taken her to countless crags throughout North America and Europe. She has ticked V10, 5.14 on bolts and 5.13 on gear, the latter of which was mostly in her current home crag of the Gunks. Though collecting ascents is all well and good, for Whitney nothing compares to climbing’s stellar, tight-knit community and the life-long friendships it has granted her.


Lauren is the operations manager and a senior guide at Discover Outdoors. Lauren started exploring the woods from the time she could walk and grew up hiking and camping throughout the northeast. She has found herself on adventures both personally and professionally in the Presidentials and Adirondacks, the Pacific Northwest, Iceland, Dominica, and to the top of Kilimanjaro multiple times. When she’s not guiding, Lauren plays Aussie rules football, runs ultramarathons, plays with her (adorable) dog, and googles phrases that start with “Best Hiking in…” Lauren loves to share her energy and excitement with other New Yorkers - helping them learn about the beauty in and beyond their backyard and to discover the great things they’re capable of accomplishing. She is the creator of Women in the Outdoors Week New York.


Laura Edmondson is rock climber and community leader for Brown Girls Climb. Laura grew up in Tennessee where she fell in love with outdoors by camping and hiking in the Smoky Mountains. After college she moved to Jackson, WY where she was first introduced to climbing. Laura has a wide variety of climbing experiences despite only three years in the sport. After leaving Wyoming, Laura took a year-long climbing trip around the world. After she decided to settle in the North East and now manages a non-profit called Best Buddies that strives for the social inclusion of people in intellectual and developmental disabilities. When she’s not working, Laura enjoys exploring her new home in New Hampshire and climbing at Rumney Rocks. Her favorite climbing spots are Kalymnos, Mae Sai in Thailand and Lander, WY.


Alexis Krauss is a singer, songwriter and front-woman of the band, Sleigh Bells. She is co-founder of Beauty Lies Truth, a website dedicated to educating consumers about the ingredients in personal care products and promoting sustainable and non-toxic skincare. Alexis studied International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College, and then received New York State certificates for elementary and bilingual education at Pace University. After completing Teach for America, and meeting her bandmate Derek Miller, she began her career as a full-time musician. A long time lover of the outdoors, Alexis is a Senior Guide for Discover Outdoors and a Wilderness First Responder. An avid rock climber, she’s recently combined her passion for climbing with outdoor education and helped launched the Young Women Who Crush mentorship program in partnership with the Discover Outdoors Foundation and the Cliffs at LIC. She’s currently fighting to protect public lands in Utah with the Our Land project and has raised thousands of dollars in support of Utah Diné Bikéyah a Native American organization at the forefront of the effort to save Bears Ears.



What is Women in the Outdoors Week?

Women in the Outdoors Week is a week of events focused specifically on women and their relationship with outdoor adventure. Events include panels, speakers, classes, social events, and outdoor trips.

Why is it important?

The outdoors is a source of empowerment, confidence, and community and we believe that those tools can help women succeed in all areas of life. Women's success benefits everyone in a community and society, contributing to economic gains, increased creativity, and a higher standard of living. In today's current climate, it is more important than ever for women to feel confident and connected.

Is it just for women?

Some events are open to everyone while others are open specifically to women and those who identify as women. Each event page indicates whether the event is public or for women specifically.

We think it's important for men to hear and be a part of conversations about outdoor inclusivity so we invite everyone to attend our panels and hear our speakers. However, our goal is also to give women their own space to practice skills and ask questions. While we acknowledge that we have a community of supportive, accepting men, many women do still feel intimidated in mixed groups. Through women's only events, we aim to help attendees build confidence and feel comfortable as they grow in their outdoor sport.