Zen and the Art of Highlining

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An excerpt from Highliners, a documentary in progress by Grant Thompson, features Jerry Miszewski as he describes why he fell in love with the sport. Highlining is a variation on slacklining -- literally walking a line higher above the ground, ideally in a spectacular natural setting. The title of the video is Cherish Your Stoke, and the term is used liberally throughout, so I asked Thompson to define it. "Stoke is a more common way to say passion or enthusiasm amongst these communities," he explained, "when someone is stoked, they are very passionate and dedicated to something." 

For more videos by Grant Thompson, visit http://www.highlinersfilm.com/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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