Facing Your Danger

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Facing Your Danger
Directed byEdwin E. Olsen
Produced byGordon Hollingshead
Written byDeLeon Anthony
Starringnon listed
Narrated byKnox Manning
Music byRex Dunn
CinematographyEdwin E. Olsen
Edited byDeLeon Anthony
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • May 11, 1946 (1946-05-11)
Running time
10 minutes
CountryUnited States
River runners at Pipe Creek during filming, July 23, 1942

Facing Your Danger is a 1946 American short film. The cameraman was amateur filmmaker Edwin E. Olsen. Using a Cine-Kodak and 16mm Kodachrome film, Olsen shot the film in 1942 on a Grand Canyon river trip conducted by Norman Nevills. Another amateur cameraman on the trip was Otis R. Marston. When Olsen ran out of film, Marston, who had brought 6,000 feet of Kodachrome magazines, provided Olsen with what he needed. Olsen edited the film and sold it to Warner Brothers in 1946. Lee Anthony and Gordon Hollingshead collaborated to re-edit and shorten the film to a one reel for theater release.

Facing Your Danger won an Academy Award at the 19th Academy Awards in 1947 for Best Short Subject (One-Reel). This was the first time an Academy Award went to a film shot by an amateur filmmaker using a 16mm camera.[1][2]


  1. ^ "New York Times: Facing Your Danger". NY Times. Retrieved May 18, 2008.
  2. ^ Marston, Otis R., (2014). "From Powell To Power; A Recounting of the First One Hundred River Runners Through the Grand Canyon. Flagstaff, Arizona: Vishnu Temple Press, p. 427, 430 ISBN 978-0990527022

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