24 Leeches


Filmmaker Aaron Peterson’s 10-year-old son died in 2019. He lived an adventure-filled and wise life. In
24 Leeches, his son narrates a family canoe adventure to the Slate Islands in Ontario, Canada. He reflects on camping, the changing climate of our Earth and especially his beloved Lake Superior. Part family adventure and part environmental film, 24 Leeches is also a tribute to a father’s best friend and adventure partner. “I ache to know who he would have become,” says Peterson. 

Director: Aaron Peterson

Duration: 10:26


Watch this film in the Lakes Program







Director Biography - Aaron Peterson

Aaron Peterson burst onto the adventure filmmaking scene in 2014 with the seminal winter cycling film Cold Rolled (20 min). In 2016 he followed up with an unlikely story of Midwestern ice climbing, The Michigan Ice Film (71 min) and its festival version Fallen Feather (10 min). Peterson's film and photography career has been at the center of shaping the outdoor identity and culture of the Great Lakes region and his work has found a cult status within the region. His work has been featured at MountainFilm, Kendall, New Zealand Mountain Film Festival and more. In 2016 he launched the Fresh Coast Film Festival to help foster a culture of outdoor, adventure and environmental film in the Great Lakes region.