Zen and the Art of Highlining

A short documentary about the joy of walking a highline, featuring Jerry Miszewski

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/.

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

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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