Filmography

Chris Alstrin

12 films

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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

    Life in a legend's shadow

    Chris Alstrin (2015)

    Opportunities may be handed to you a little easier when you’re the son of a legend but that doesn’t guarantee success. Being dragged to Pakistan at the age of 1 for a climbing expedition only to come home with Chicken Pox and being told 'You’re never going to be as good as your father' would make any young child stay as far away from climbing as possible. Jess Roskelley the son of Legendary climber John Roskelley and the only American to receive a Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award for his climbing achievements thought the same way throughout his childhood until that one climb changed his entire life.

    USA / 5 min

    Life in a legend's shadow

    Chris Alstrin

    • 2015
    • USA
    • 5 min
    Opportunities may be handed to you a little easier when you’re the son of a legend but that doesn’t guarantee success. Being dragged to Pakistan at the age of 1 for a climbing expedition only to come home with Chicken Pox and being told 'You’re never going to be as good as your father' would make any young child stay as far away from climbing as possible. Jess Roskelley the son of Legendary climber John Roskelley and the only American to receive a Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award for his climbing achievements thought the same way throughout his childhood until that one climb changed his entire life.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    The triple 14

    Chris Alstrin (2017)

    Carlo Traversi has been an inspiration to a lot of climbers from bouldering V14 to climbing 5.14 on multi-pitch walls. This films documents Traversi trying his ultimate challenge—to climb a V14, 5.14, and a 14er in one day: A feat that has never been accomplished. The perspective of difficulty is forever changing. With new ascents, new feats of strengths and new discoveries constantly raising the bar, a climber’s perception of what’s possible is always shifting. But perhaps the greatest proponent behind the ever-evolving standards of what’s truly challenging lies within one simple act … that of giving it a darn good try.

    USA / 12 min

    The triple 14

    Chris Alstrin

    • 2017
    • USA
    • 12 min
    Carlo Traversi has been an inspiration to a lot of climbers from bouldering V14 to climbing 5.14 on multi-pitch walls. This films documents Traversi trying his ultimate challenge—to climb a V14, 5.14, and a 14er in one day: A feat that has never been accomplished. The perspective of difficulty is forever changing. With new ascents, new feats of strengths and new discoveries constantly raising the bar, a climber’s perception of what’s possible is always shifting. But perhaps the greatest proponent behind the ever-evolving standards of what’s truly challenging lies within one simple act … that of giving it a darn good try.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    The pursuit

    Chris Alstrin (2014)

    The Pursuit film takes you into the mind of Aaron Mulkey and his pursuit of mother nature’s greatest watery treasures. Interviews with his friends reveal that true adventure awaits those who choose to pick up the phone when he calls. With over 100 first ascents of frozen waterfalls and nearly 20 first descents of rivers and creeks around the world, Aaron Mulkey has proven he is not afraid to walk a little farther to explore unknown places.

    USA / 25 min

    The pursuit

    Chris Alstrin

    • 2014
    • USA
    • 25 min
    The Pursuit film takes you into the mind of Aaron Mulkey and his pursuit of mother nature’s greatest watery treasures. Interviews with his friends reveal that true adventure awaits those who choose to pick up the phone when he calls. With over 100 first ascents of frozen waterfalls and nearly 20 first descents of rivers and creeks around the world, Aaron Mulkey has proven he is not afraid to walk a little farther to explore unknown places.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    The Escape from Alcatraz

    Chris Alstrin (2005)

    The Escape from Alcatraz documents Rich Purnell on a mixed route he has dreamed of climbing for close to 10 years. In the summer of 2004 Rich started bolting the route with Eric Malmgren. After several attempts to reach the cave in the summer Rich and Eric ended up climbing a full pitch of 5.9 rock to reach the cave. After 8 days of attempting the enormous roof, Rich Purnell finally climbed the route and rated it M14. This film portrays frustration, enthusiasm, and motivation to climb one of the hardest mixed routes in North America.

    USA / 13 min

    The Escape from Alcatraz

    Chris Alstrin

    • 2005
    • USA
    • 13 min
    The Escape from Alcatraz documents Rich Purnell on a mixed route he has dreamed of climbing for close to 10 years. In the summer of 2004 Rich started bolting the route with Eric Malmgren. After several attempts to reach the cave in the summer Rich and Eric ended up climbing a full pitch of 5.9 rock to reach the cave. After 8 days of attempting the enormous roof, Rich Purnell finally climbed the route and rated it M14. This film portrays frustration, enthusiasm, and motivation to climb one of the hardest mixed routes in North America.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Humble pie

    Chris Alstrin (2015)

    Mayan Smith-Gobat, who holds the female speed record on the Nose, teams up with Niels Tietse to have their go at freeing 'Free Rider' on El Cap and The Regular Northwest Route of Half Dome within one day’s push. As always with ambitious goals, success was uncertain. 5,000 vertical feet of technical climbing (more than 1.5km) can get the better of even the best of climbers. A Mind Frame Cinema film by Chris Alstrin.

    USA / 6 min

    Humble pie

    Chris Alstrin

    • 2015
    • USA
    • 6 min
    Mayan Smith-Gobat, who holds the female speed record on the Nose, teams up with Niels Tietse to have their go at freeing 'Free Rider' on El Cap and The Regular Northwest Route of Half Dome within one day’s push. As always with ambitious goals, success was uncertain. 5,000 vertical feet of technical climbing (more than 1.5km) can get the better of even the best of climbers. A Mind Frame Cinema film by Chris Alstrin.

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  • Documentary / Biographical

    La vie de Guy Lacelle

    Chris Alstrin (2010)

    This film commemorates the life of Guy Lacelle, who was regarded as one of the world’s leading ice climbers. In 2009, at the age of 54, Lacelle was killed by an avalanche during a climbing competition in Bozeman, Montana. A pioneer in the ice climbing world, Lacelle was the first to show what can be done on vertical ice and established some of the most difficult ice climbs in the world.

    USA / 17 min

    La vie de Guy Lacelle

    Chris Alstrin

    • 2010
    • USA
    • 17 min
    This film commemorates the life of Guy Lacelle, who was regarded as one of the world’s leading ice climbers. In 2009, at the age of 54, Lacelle was killed by an avalanche during a climbing competition in Bozeman, Montana. A pioneer in the ice climbing world, Lacelle was the first to show what can be done on vertical ice and established some of the most difficult ice climbs in the world.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Making Tommy

    Chris Alstrin (2012)

    Tommy Caldwell may be the hardest-working man in climbing. From his epic free routes on El Cap, to his early days of cutting edge sport climbing, Caldwell continues to push the limits of hard free climbing. In this recent video, Making Tommy, filmmaker Chris Alstrin explores Caldwell’s roots, beginning with his first climb in Estes Park at the age of three, to his current battle with El Cap’s Dawn Wall project.

    USA / 8 min

    Making Tommy

    Chris Alstrin

    • 2012
    • USA
    • 8 min
    Tommy Caldwell may be the hardest-working man in climbing. From his epic free routes on El Cap, to his early days of cutting edge sport climbing, Caldwell continues to push the limits of hard free climbing. In this recent video, Making Tommy, filmmaker Chris Alstrin explores Caldwell’s roots, beginning with his first climb in Estes Park at the age of three, to his current battle with El Cap’s Dawn Wall project.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    WayPoint Namibia

    Chris Alstrin (2009)

    WayPoint Namibia is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Orabeskopf. It was directed by Chris Alstrin in 2009 and produced by Alstrin Films. It features Majka Burhardt, Peter Doucette and Kate Rutherford.

    USA / 31 min

    WayPoint Namibia

    Chris Alstrin

    • 2009
    • USA
    • 31 min
    WayPoint Namibia is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Orabeskopf. It was directed by Chris Alstrin in 2009 and produced by Alstrin Films. It features Majka Burhardt, Peter Doucette and Kate Rutherford.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    The continuum project DVD

    The continuum project

    Chris Alstrin (2010)

    The Continuum Project follows some of the world’s best climbing talent around the globe to document bold new routes and daring repeats on ice, rock, and in the alpine.

    USA / 84 min

    The continuum project

    Chris Alstrin

    • 2010
    • USA
    • 84 min
    The Continuum Project follows some of the world’s best climbing talent around the globe to document bold new routes and daring repeats on ice, rock, and in the alpine.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Wide boyz Vod

    Wide boyz

    Chris Alstrin (2012)

    Two climbers from England, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, explore the strange sub-culture of offwidth crack climbing. They embark on a tour of the USA which culminates in the first ascent of Century Crack, the world’s hardest offwidth.

    UK / 48 min

    Wide boyz

    Chris Alstrin, Paul Diffley

    • 2012
    • UK
    • 48 min
    Two climbers from England, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, explore the strange sub-culture of offwidth crack climbing. They embark on a tour of the USA which culminates in the first ascent of Century Crack, the world’s hardest offwidth.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Luxury liner

    Chris Alstrin (2008)

    In 1976, Indian Creek was a little-known, dried-up, ancient riverbed in southeastern Utah. But in that year the impossible became the possible: Earl Wiggins climbed 'Supercrack', a 300-foot vertical sandstone fracture, from the ground up. Indian Creek is now considered one of the finest international climbing destinations in the world. 'Luxury Liner' is the story of a bold man behind an unthinkable idea. It pairs historical footage of the first ascent of 'Supercrack' with recent interviews that reminisce on an earlier time, when climbing necessitated fearlessness, confidence, finesse and humility.

    USA / 48 min

    Luxury liner

    Chris Alstrin

    • 2008
    • USA
    • 48 min
    In 1976, Indian Creek was a little-known, dried-up, ancient riverbed in southeastern Utah. But in that year the impossible became the possible: Earl Wiggins climbed 'Supercrack', a 300-foot vertical sandstone fracture, from the ground up. Indian Creek is now considered one of the finest international climbing destinations in the world. 'Luxury Liner' is the story of a bold man behind an unthinkable idea. It pairs historical footage of the first ascent of 'Supercrack' with recent interviews that reminisce on an earlier time, when climbing necessitated fearlessness, confidence, finesse and humility.

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