Filmography

Barry Blanchard

12 films

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Dirtbag Vod

    Dirtbag

    Dave O'Leske (2017)

    Fred Beckey is the legendary American 'Dirtbag' mountaineer whose name has evoked mystery, sarcasm and adulation since the 1940s. His stubborn determination to climb one peak after another was translated into a solitary life on the road, where he left a trail of furious climbing partners and abandoned lovers. At the age of 94 he is still obsessed by the mountains and plans ambitious expeditions, but the man who once cavorted over the rock and ice now has to come to terms with everyday life. The story of this athletic rebel, who inspired generations of climbers with his monumental first ascents and impassioned books, is recounted for the first time.

    USA / 96 min

    Dirtbag

    Dave O'Leske

    • 2017
    • USA
    • 96 min
    Fred Beckey is the legendary American 'Dirtbag' mountaineer whose name has evoked mystery, sarcasm and adulation since the 1940s. His stubborn determination to climb one peak after another was translated into a solitary life on the road, where he left a trail of furious climbing partners and abandoned lovers. At the age of 94 he is still obsessed by the mountains and plans ambitious expeditions, but the man who once cavorted over the rock and ice now has to come to terms with everyday life. The story of this athletic rebel, who inspired generations of climbers with his monumental first ascents and impassioned books, is recounted for the first time.

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  • Drama / Action

    Vertical limit Vod

    Vertical limit

    Martin Campbell (2000)

    A high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett, who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2, the world's second highest peak. Confronting both his own limitations and the awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements, Peter risks his life to save his sister, Annie, and her summit team in a race against time. The team is trapped in an icy grave at 26,000 feet - a death zone above the vertical limit of endurance where the human body cannot survive for long.

    USA / 126 min

    Vertical limit

    Martin Campbell

    • 2000
    • USA
    • 126 min
    A high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett, who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2, the world's second highest peak. Confronting both his own limitations and the awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements, Peter risks his life to save his sister, Annie, and her summit team in a race against time. The team is trapped in an icy grave at 26,000 feet - a death zone above the vertical limit of endurance where the human body cannot survive for long.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Beyond gravity Vod

    Beyond gravity

    Aaron Black (2000)

    An exploration of the diversity of the climbing lifestyle - from rock, ice, aid and alpine climbing to big-wall expeditions, bouldering and free-soloing. Narration by Greg Child, with interviews of profiled athletes - many from the Bow Valley.

    Canada / 49 min

    Beyond gravity

    Aaron Black, Aaron Jackson, Sean White

    • 2000
    • Canada
    • 49 min
    An exploration of the diversity of the climbing lifestyle - from rock, ice, aid and alpine climbing to big-wall expeditions, bouldering and free-soloing. Narration by Greg Child, with interviews of profiled athletes - many from the Bow Valley.

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  • Drama / Comedy

    Sister Extreme

    Glen Crawford (2003)

    Middle Sister remains one of the most terrifying walls in North America. The cream of Canada’s climbing crop quail at its mention and whisper in hushed tones of its dangers. Can our intrepid duo surmount its challenge? Prepare to laugh your socks off at this hilarious spoof of the modern climbing film.

    Canada / 32 min

    Sister Extreme

    Glen Crawford, Brad Wroblewski

    • 2003
    • Canada
    • 32 min
    Middle Sister remains one of the most terrifying walls in North America. The cream of Canada’s climbing crop quail at its mention and whisper in hushed tones of its dangers. Can our intrepid duo surmount its challenge? Prepare to laugh your socks off at this hilarious spoof of the modern climbing film.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Higher ground

    Alstrin Films (2008)

    Higher ground is a documentary about ice climbing that takes place in North Chasm View Wall and North Ghost. It was directed by Chris Alstrin in 2008 and produced by HG Productions. It features Mike Anderson, John Chilton, Audrey Gariepy, Phil Gruber, Shawn Huisman, Sean Isaac and others.

    USA / 84 min

    Higher ground

    Alstrin Films, Alex Lavigne

    • 2008
    • USA
    • 84 min
    Higher ground is a documentary about ice climbing that takes place in North Chasm View Wall and North Ghost. It was directed by Chris Alstrin in 2008 and produced by HG Productions. It features Mike Anderson, John Chilton, Audrey Gariepy, Phil Gruber, Shawn Huisman, Sean Isaac and others.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    This mountain life

    Grant Baldwin (2019)

    Martina Halik and her 60-year-old mother Tania embark on a six-month ski trek through the treacherous Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. This journey has only been completed once before, and never by a female duo. Their adventure is interspersed with unheard stories of high-altitude human endurance and passion: a group of nuns inhabiting a mountain retreat to be closer to God, a photographer who is later buried in an avalanche, an impassioned alpinist, a focused snow artist, a couple who have been living off-grid in the mountains for nearly 50 years. What is it that leads these adventurous people to sacrifice everything – comfort, family, personal safety – for a life in the mountains?

    Canada / 78 min

    This mountain life

    Grant Baldwin

    • 2019
    • Canada
    • 78 min
    Martina Halik and her 60-year-old mother Tania embark on a six-month ski trek through the treacherous Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. This journey has only been completed once before, and never by a female duo. Their adventure is interspersed with unheard stories of high-altitude human endurance and passion: a group of nuns inhabiting a mountain retreat to be closer to God, a photographer who is later buried in an avalanche, an impassioned alpinist, a focused snow artist, a couple who have been living off-grid in the mountains for nearly 50 years. What is it that leads these adventurous people to sacrifice everything – comfort, family, personal safety – for a life in the mountains?

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    The Vaseline Research Everest '94 Expedition

    David Breashears (1994)

    A brief recount of the 1994 Everest Expedition to the Kangshung Face in Tibet. With Alex Lowe, Barry Blanchard, David Breashears, Steve Swenson, Sandy Hill. The Kangshung Face or East Face is the eastern-facing side of Mount Everest, one of the Tibetan sides of the mountain. It is 3,350 metres (11,000 ft) from its base on the Kangshung Glacier to the summit. Most of the upper part of the face is composed of hanging glaciers, while the lower part consists of steep rock buttresses with couloirs between them. It is considered to be a dangerous route of ascent, compared to the standard North Col and South Col routes, and it is the most remote face of the mountain, with a longer approach.

    USA / 11 min

    The Vaseline Research Everest '94 Expedition

    David Breashears

    • 1994
    • USA
    • 11 min
    A brief recount of the 1994 Everest Expedition to the Kangshung Face in Tibet. With Alex Lowe, Barry Blanchard, David Breashears, Steve Swenson, Sandy Hill. The Kangshung Face or East Face is the eastern-facing side of Mount Everest, one of the Tibetan sides of the mountain. It is 3,350 metres (11,000 ft) from its base on the Kangshung Glacier to the summit. Most of the upper part of the face is composed of hanging glaciers, while the lower part consists of steep rock buttresses with couloirs between them. It is considered to be a dangerous route of ascent, compared to the standard North Col and South Col routes, and it is the most remote face of the mountain, with a longer approach.

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  • Documentary / Making Of

    Extreme winter DVD

    Extreme winter

    Jon Long (1999)

    Extreme Winter includes rare footage and personal interviews with a special group of athletes, including a number of past and current world champions, as they challenge the most intimidating forces of nature during her most volatile year, and share 'how' and 'why' they challenge the limits of convention.

    Canada, USA / 68 min

    Extreme winter

    Jon Long

    • 1999
    • Canada, USA
    • 68 min
    Extreme Winter includes rare footage and personal interviews with a special group of athletes, including a number of past and current world champions, as they challenge the most intimidating forces of nature during her most volatile year, and share 'how' and 'why' they challenge the limits of convention.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Extreme Vod

    Extreme

    Jon Long (1999)

    Extreme is a documentary about ice climbing that takes place in Indian Creek and Delphine Glacier. It was directed by Jon Long in 1999 and produced by Neils de Jong Franken. It features Barry Blanchard, Catherine Mulvihill, Lynn Hill, Nancy Feagin, Francine Moreillon, Brian Keaulana and others.

    USA, Canada / 45 min

    Extreme

    Jon Long

    • 1999
    • USA, Canada
    • 45 min
    Extreme is a documentary about ice climbing that takes place in Indian Creek and Delphine Glacier. It was directed by Jon Long in 1999 and produced by Neils de Jong Franken. It features Barry Blanchard, Catherine Mulvihill, Lynn Hill, Nancy Feagin, Francine Moreillon, Brian Keaulana and others.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Cirque of the Unclimbables - Canada DVD

    Cirque of the Unclimbables - Canada

    Richard Else (1998)

    Cirque of the Unclimbables - Canada is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Cirque Of The Unclimbables. It was directed by Richard Else in 1998 and produced by Triple Echo Productions. It is a part of the series The Face - Six great climbing adventures (1/6). It features Barry Blanchard and Nancy Feagin.

    UK / 29 min

    Cirque of the Unclimbables - Canada

    Richard Else

    • 1998
    • UK
    • 29 min
    Cirque of the Unclimbables - Canada is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Cirque Of The Unclimbables. It was directed by Richard Else in 1998 and produced by Triple Echo Productions. It is a part of the series The Face - Six great climbing adventures (1/6). It features Barry Blanchard and Nancy Feagin.

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  • Documentary / Instructional

    On ice

    On ice

    Scott Ayers (1995)

    On ice is a documentary about ice climbing. It was directed by Scott Ayers in 1995 and produced by Cliffhanger Productions. It features Alex Lowe, Kitty Calhoun, Greg Child, Duncan Ferguson, Lyle Dean, Conrad Anker and others.

    USA / 64 min

    On ice

    Scott Ayers

    • 1995
    • USA
    • 64 min
    On ice is a documentary about ice climbing. It was directed by Scott Ayers in 1995 and produced by Cliffhanger Productions. It features Alex Lowe, Kitty Calhoun, Greg Child, Duncan Ferguson, Lyle Dean, Conrad Anker and others.

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  • Documentary / Making Of

    Surviving vertical limit DVD

    Surviving vertical limit

    Jay Berriman (2000)

    In 1999 a film crew ventured into a perilous realm to film a drama, set on the most dangerous mountain on earth. That's how the making of Vertical limit is presented. The documentary takes a look at 'the dangers' that were faced during the making of the picture. After a promotional introduction, the film starts by following the actors while they are trained in rock climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing for one month. Then it shows the logistics problems of filming on the mountain (the mountain scenes were shot in the New Zealand's Southern Alps) and presents the story and the main characters. Finally it focusses on the work of the director and Ed Viesturs comments us about the featured mountain, K2.

    USA / 25 min

    Surviving vertical limit

    Jay Berriman

    • 2000
    • USA
    • 25 min
    In 1999 a film crew ventured into a perilous realm to film a drama, set on the most dangerous mountain on earth. That's how the making of Vertical limit is presented. The documentary takes a look at 'the dangers' that were faced during the making of the picture. After a promotional introduction, the film starts by following the actors while they are trained in rock climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing for one month. Then it shows the logistics problems of filming on the mountain (the mountain scenes were shot in the New Zealand's Southern Alps) and presents the story and the main characters. Finally it focusses on the work of the director and Ed Viesturs comments us about the featured mountain, K2.

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    DVD / BLU-RAY

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