MORFAR'S VIEW OF THE WINDS
In 1842 the first published image of the Rocky Mountains was drawn by Charles Preuss, perched atop a rock in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. This image, combined with John C. Frémont's report from the expedition, paved the way for the Great Western Expansion of 1850 including the California Gold Rush, the Oregon Trail, and the Mormon migration to Salt Lake City. The rest is history. Well, it's all technically history.
This is a film about exploring an old frontier in a new way. Morfar's View of the Winds tells the story of an 80-year-old photographer, Dr. Conrad Smith (Morfar), who has spent nearly a decade trying to locate the exact rock within the Rocky Mountains where Charles Preuss sat in 1842 while sketching one of the most influential images in United States history. This film follows Dr. Smith on the final expedition in August of 2019 to verify the location where the drawing was created in order to reproduce the image in photographic form 177 years later.