The Outpost

PA-C and creative consultant on this 2020 film. They invited me for a cameo. (I had one line.) The combat medicine showcased in the film was on point. The high praise and critical reviews reflected the incredible teamwork of everyone involved.

A small unit of U.S. soldiers, alone at the remote Combat Outpost Keating, located deep in the valley of three mountains in Afghanistan, battles an overwhelming force of Taliban fighters in a coordinated attack. The Battle of Kamdesh became the bloodiest American engagement of the Afghanistan War in 2009, and Bravo Troop 3-61 CAV became one of the most decorated units of the 19-year conflict.

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Internal & Regenerative Medicine

PA-C: M. Scott Mortensen (UC San Diego, MPAS Loma Linda University, M.Ed. Pepperdine University) is passionate about Internal and Regenerative Medicine. As a Clinical Director with 27 years experience in the medical field he champions whole body health by optimizing labs and delivering autologous technologies such as platelet rich plasma for healing. PA Mortensen specializes in sports medicine, medical weight loss, hormone balancing, anti-aging and telemedicine. Prior to his work as a Clinical Director he was a medical officer and adventure filmmaker who successfully summited Mt. Everest, received a Guinness Book of World Records for rowing across the Arctic Ocean and served underprivileged patients in Honduras, Thailand, Haiti and Mexico. His work experience as a Critical Care Flight Medic, Fire Captain, and Search & Rescue Specialist fuels his present-day passion:

“After decades of emergency response, I’ve learned that prevention is the cure. Optimizing patient health before they are sick is the key to limiting injury, illness and pain.” – M. Scott Mortensen

The following is a portfolio of sorts, documenting his work in his own words.

Mt. Everest: Rescue in the Death Zone

Mt. Everest was a collaboration with premiere Canadian guiding company, Peak Freaks.  Our successful summit bid included two rescues in the Death Zone and made international news in Men’s Journal, Outside, Explorer’s Web, etc.  In the end, adventures aren’t about conquering big oceans or big mountains.  They’re about braving a journey of the human spirit.

I have enduring respect for Tim & Becky Rippel’s Peak Freaks Expeditions and the sherpas who risked their lives not only for the summit, but to save other climbers’ lives. I was fortunate to have medical training and rescue skills to contribute to the team but it is one’s character that is tested in extreme environments. Our team pulled off what many said was impossible. Instead of stepping over 2 different climbers in peril and returning to base camp with our successful summits in hand, we short-roped those in distress back to safety. 36 hours post-summit with no oxygen while assembling rescue supplies in Camp IV (26,000 ft / 7925 m) I finally hit the wall. Rolling up a sleeping bag for a downed climber still stuck on the South Col suddenly became one of the hardest tasks of my life. My body was screaming for me to surrender to sleep inside the safety of my tent. No one would blame me if this was my limit. Our team had done more than enough. But my teammates – guides and sherpas alike – were cut from a different cloth. They were relying on me to keep going, to finish the job no matter how small it might seem. It may sound like a terrible predicament, but it was one of the best times of my life. After surviving the night below the Balcony the downed climber stumbled back into Camp IV leaning heavily on his rescuers. The first thing he said was, “That sleeping bad saved my life.” I smiled, pointed to the sherpas and guides and replied, “No, these guys did.”

*Side note: Many years ago, I had the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama and learn firsthand about the struggle for Tibetan self-determination. Speaking out on this issue was also a big part of my climb.


Guinness Book of World Records: Arctic Row

Guinness World Record

Chief Medical Officer / Adventure Filmmaker.

The Arctic Ocean is the only ocean that has never been rowed across. August 28th, 2012, a team of four young explorers completed an unsupported, non-stop, record-setting voyage in one of the exploration world’s last great firsts.

After 40 days and 1000 miles, Collin West, Neal Mueller, Paul Ridley & Scott Mortensen powered their way along a dangerous section of the fabled Northwest Passage.  Their survival story for the ages included scientific collaboration with water sampling to understand climate changes in the Arctic region.

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Humanitarian Work

Disaster Relief in Haiti.  Anti-human trafficking in Thailand.  Social entrepreneurship in Honduras. One thing I’ve learned in my years working with 501(c)(3) organizations is that charity alone cannot resolve massive global problems like poverty, inequality and environmental degradation. This is why I’m a proponent of the social entrepreneurship framework. Generous donations may alleviate immediate suffering but they rarely alter the underlying crisis. To create equity, society needs to replace good intentions with great ideas that spur systemic opportunity. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Sometimes it feels like a drop in a bucket but trying to make a lasting difference is always rewarding. Here’s some projects I’ve worked on that help me focus my creativity on being an agent of positive change:

DISASTER RELIEF, HAITI:

Published article: January, 2010: The sunrise in Haiti was especially hot. Our team of 39 of doctors, nurses, EMTs, and humanitarians pitched our tents at the New Life Children’s home, an orphanage just a few minutes’ drive from the Port-au-Prince airport. The longtime director of the orphanage told me about the heartbreak of raising funds to educate the children, only to see the 7.0 earthquake that occurred on January 12 result in the cancellation of school for the year. The uniforms, books, buildings, and many of the teachers were gone.

As the saying goes, “With each sunrise we start anew.” How desperately that adage was needed here in post-quake Haiti. Fortunately, because my learning technologies degree is centered on concepts in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, my professors allowed me to miss a week of schooling to join my church and use my skills as a videographer and paramedic to assist with crisis work such as distributing medical supplies and rebuilding. Just one month before the earthquake I had driven to Bakersfield in California to study one of my professor’s projects called Haitian Creations—an e-commerce site that empowers Haitian women by selling their handcrafted purses online. Now, unbelievably, here I was in Haiti taking my Action Research, part of my academic program, one step further.

The morning sun shed light on the magnitude of the horror. Though it was two weeks after the earthquake, devastation was everywhere. There were so many people who needed critical assistance. In the outlying communities we found patients with head trauma, broken bones, burns, lacerations, and severe infections. Many of the children were malnourished, dehydrated, and orphaned. The media footage of rioting and angry mobs that we watched before our departure was unseen once we were on the ground in Haiti. The reality was that everywhere our team went, whether we were dishing out prayer, medicine, or food, the communities responded with a heartfelt, “Merci.”

My goal in obtaining this degree is to research ways that we can harness technology to create a more compassionate society. The challenge in Haiti was an opportunity for me to make a difference. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed at the magnitude of the job and powerless to effect the change I envision. But, as Abraham Linclon once said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” With each new sunrise, my hope for a better tomorrow is renewed.

AUTISM AWARENESS: HAWAII:

When two surfing legends learned that their friend, famed underwater cinematographer Don King (RIDING GIANTS; LORDS OF DOGTOWN), was making a film to heighten awareness of autism, they pledged to help in a manner both memorable and unique. As recounted in this documentary by King, athletes raised funds by embarking on a grueling bike and paddleboard journey of more than 500 miles across the Hawaiian Island chain.”

PANDYTOWN YOUTH CENTER, HONDURAS:

Economically, it’s a tough time for grassroots philanthropy.  But sustainable community development doesn’t happen overnight. That’s why I’m proud to have worked with Pastor Hank Stanley on Roatan for over two decades. Our collaboration seeks to equip at-risk youth, empower women, protect the environment and expand social services on the Bay Islands of Honduras.

ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING, THAILAND:

Visiting Thailand on behalf of Heart Ventures was a transformative experience. Afterwards, my good friend Matt Elam and I rode our bicycles across the USA to raise awareness and funds for an orphanage in Chiang Rai. The orphanage, called the House of Miracles, rescues children from poverty, drugs, and child prostitution. Below is an introspective video I posted on the subject.

Stay Light: Photos

Some photos instead of text. Shots of adventure-philanthropy in Hawaii, humanitarian work in Russia, sustainable development in Honduras, summiting Mt. Everest, a trip up Kilimanjaro and disaster relief in Haiti.

Tahiti / Hawaii “Adventure” Commercials

Guinness: MADE OF MORE

An example of commercial work as an on-set medical officer in the most dangerous of physical environments.

Photography by Brian Bielmann (http://www.brianbielmann.com/)
Filmed by Daren Crawford & Scott Mortensen
Directed by Scott Mortensen.

Huge thanks to Mike Prickett for Production support:
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Independent Films

Internationally published author, photographer and award-winning filmmaker.

  • Summited Mt. Everest as a climber, filmmaker and EMT for Peak Freaks film.
  • Writer/Director/Producer on mission critical humanitarian projects covering anti-human trafficking in Thailand, environmental protection in the Arctic & cancer awareness in the US.
  • Director surf unit on PERFECT WAVE, 2014.
  • Associate Producer, DAWN PATROL, 2014.
  • Writer/Director TARZEN DIET, Honolulu International Film Festival Accolade Award.
  • Writer/Editor WATER MAN, Best Cinematography at the Surfer Poll Awards.
  • Writer/Director 35mm indie feature, BEAUTIFUL AMERICANS, San Diego Film Festival.
  • Short Film THE CYCLE selected at Telluride Film Festival.
  • The Changers “Dream wedding” for Jessica Jimenez, an inspiring human being who was battling Stage IV Breast Cancer.

Nike Girls Get Their Breasts Done

Social entrepreneurship projects for Nike/Transworld/Keep-a-Breast.org.  Top surf phenoms, Carissa Moore, Coco Ho and Monyca Byrne-Wickey get their breasts cast for Keep-a-Breast.org –a non-profit whose mission eradicates breast cancer through youth outreach, prevention, early detection and support.

Nike Girls Get Their Breasts Done

Casting the breasts of surfing superstars with the Keep-A-Breast foundation.

“To celebrate the release of Nike’s new chick flick, Leave A Message, TransWorld SURF teamed up with Keep A Breast Foundation to get the breasts of four of the film’s stars—Laura Enever, Carissa Moore, Coco Ho, and Monyca Byrne-Wickey—casted in plaster. Keep A Breast’s founder Shaney Jo Darden and her crew of casters have been making plaster casts of famous female breasts for years, and the list of breasts they’ve touched (casted) is incredible. In the surf world, Shaney and company have casted Lisa Andersen, Keala Kennelly, Stephanie Gilmore, Paige Hareb, Sofia Mulanovich, Lee Ann Curren, Claire Bevilacqua, and Megan Abubo, just to name a few. No one on Earth has touched more famous breasts than Keep A Breast, and thankfully, they’re putting all that breast touching and casting to good use. We asked Shaney Jo to give us a little bit more info about Keep A Breast and, more specifically, what it’s like to touch so many amazing breasts.”

TransWorld SURF: How does casting breasts raise money and awareness for breast cancer?

Shaney Jo Darden: We sell these casts at galleries around the world to raise funds for our awareness and prevention programs. The breast casts are the foundation of KAB—they really harness the power of art to communicate complex feelings and thoughts about health, and ultimately about breast cancer. I think people want to purchase them because not only are they beautiful and painted by some of the leading artists of our generation, but they are painted on breasts! What a great way to support a good cause.

Were the Nike girls nervous to have their breasts done?

All the girls were so excited to be a part of Keep A Breast. They look up to a lot of the surfers in the industry and in Hawaii that have volunteered and become ambassadors for Keep A Breast. Carissa was a little shy at first, which is funny because she’s one the best and most famous surfers in the world. But once she met us and learned about the process she was excited to get involved.

The guys here at TransWorld SURF don’t have breasts, but we love them—how can I help Keep A Breast?

You do have breasts! Men get breast cancer, too. Also 20 percent of self-diagnosed cancers are found by the partner, so make sure to love your lady’s breasts too! Also, just by spreading the word on Keep A Breast, volunteering, and being our friend on Facebook.

To learn more about Keep A Breast and to get information about breast cancer testing, go to keep-a-breast.org.

 

Glow: Frankenreiter & Bielmann

“Glow” video from Donovan Frankenreiter —highly tuned surfer-musician, ambassador of good vibes.  All photos by perennial lens man, Brian Bielmann.

Download Donovan’s Glow album here.

Check out Brian’s photography here.

 

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Brandalism: Client Work

On-set safety and content creation for AGIT Global, Guinness, ABC, Honda, Nike, Souplantation, Stand Up To Cancer, Sundance Channel & Warner Bros. Studios. Includes television, radio, print, billboards and shareable digital content.

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Pandytown Youth Center

Getting learning technologies in the hands of youth in far away places is incredible for education and economic development. At Pandytown Youth Center in Roatan, Honduras we even got the kids involved with a little music video. It’s budget but that’s the point. Doing the best you can with what you have is a recipe for success. Patrick “Conk” Busch from Roatan spills his words of wisdom.