Filmography

Jim Aikman

7 films

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Siguniang 1981

    Graham Zimmerman (2017)

    In 1981 Jack Tackle, Jim Donini, Kim Schmitz, Jim Kanzler, and Greg Thomsen traveled to the newly opened mountains of central China to attempt the South Face of then unclimbed Mt Siguniang. Retreating from the mountain in defeat, the team engaged in outrageous hijinks that, until recently, were too embarrassing to share publicly. This film gathers the four surviving members to learn about their experiences in China in 1981 and highlight their hilarious account with animated images from the expedition.

    USA / 12 min

    Siguniang 1981

    Graham Zimmerman, Jim Aikman

    • 2017
    • USA
    • 12 min
    In 1981 Jack Tackle, Jim Donini, Kim Schmitz, Jim Kanzler, and Greg Thomsen traveled to the newly opened mountains of central China to attempt the South Face of then unclimbed Mt Siguniang. Retreating from the mountain in defeat, the team engaged in outrageous hijinks that, until recently, were too embarrassing to share publicly. This film gathers the four surviving members to learn about their experiences in China in 1981 and highlight their hilarious account with animated images from the expedition.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Latok 1978

    Jim Aikman (2017)

    In 1978, an elite team of American alpinists set off for an unclimbed peak in the remote mountains of Pakistan. The infamous attempt is now considered one of the greatest failures in the history of Amerian alpinism. Jim Donini, Michael Kennedy, George Lowe and Jeff Lowe nearly succeeded on the long and committing Latok's North Ridge in 1978. They came within a few hundred meters of the summit, but they retreated after Jeff Lowe nearly died from a sudden onset of altitude sickness. 

    USA / 7 min

    Latok 1978

    Jim Aikman, Graham Zimmerman

    • 2017
    • USA
    • 7 min
    In 1978, an elite team of American alpinists set off for an unclimbed peak in the remote mountains of Pakistan. The infamous attempt is now considered one of the greatest failures in the history of Amerian alpinism. Jim Donini, Michael Kennedy, George Lowe and Jeff Lowe nearly succeeded on the long and committing Latok's North Ridge in 1978. They came within a few hundred meters of the summit, but they retreated after Jeff Lowe nearly died from a sudden onset of altitude sickness. 

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Jeff Lowe's Metanoia Vod

    Jeff Lowe's Metanoia

    Jim Aikman (2014)

    From the top of the world to the end of the line, this film follows the life and climbs of Jeff Lowe through his visionary ascents around the world up to his current dance with a chronic disease.

    USA / 78 min

    Jeff Lowe's Metanoia

    Jim Aikman

    • 2014
    • USA
    • 78 min
    From the top of the world to the end of the line, this film follows the life and climbs of Jeff Lowe through his visionary ascents around the world up to his current dance with a chronic disease.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Hold Fast

    Jim Aikman (2017)

    While making a summit attempt to an unclimbed peak in Nepal in 2016, Conrad Anker suffered a heart attack. With his climbing partner, David Lama, able to do little more than look on, Anker self-rescued from 20,000 feet. It marked the end of his long and storied career as a high-altitude mountaineer, but not his passion to climb. In Hold Fast, Anker returns to one of his favorite big wall climbs — El Cap, in Yosemite National Park. With him is Alex Wildman, an ardent amateur climber and close friend. The good news is that Wildman is a cardiac nurse. But he has never before climbed a big wall. And he has a serious health concern of his own.

    USA / 56 min

    Hold Fast

    Jim Aikman

    • 2017
    • USA
    • 56 min
    While making a summit attempt to an unclimbed peak in Nepal in 2016, Conrad Anker suffered a heart attack. With his climbing partner, David Lama, able to do little more than look on, Anker self-rescued from 20,000 feet. It marked the end of his long and storied career as a high-altitude mountaineer, but not his passion to climb. In Hold Fast, Anker returns to one of his favorite big wall climbs — El Cap, in Yosemite National Park. With him is Alex Wildman, an ardent amateur climber and close friend. The good news is that Wildman is a cardiac nurse. But he has never before climbed a big wall. And he has a serious health concern of his own.

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  • Drama / Comedy

    Fast and light

    Austin Siadak (2015)

    Fast and light is a drama about rock climbing that takes place in Yosemite National Park. It was directed by Jim Aikman in 2015 and produced by Outdoor Research. It features Austin Siadak and Graham Zimmerman.

    USA / 4 min

    Fast and light

    Austin Siadak, Jim Aikman

    • 2015
    • USA
    • 4 min
    Fast and light is a drama about rock climbing that takes place in Yosemite National Park. It was directed by Jim Aikman in 2015 and produced by Outdoor Research. It features Austin Siadak and Graham Zimmerman.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    The Kyrgyzstan project Vod

    The Kyrgyzstan project

    Matt Segal (2012)

    In 2000, John Dickey went on an expedition to Kyrgyzstan and was kidnapped by violent militants who held him and his partners at gunpoint for six days - until the climbers made a harrowing escape through the mountains of the Kara Su valley. This film chronicles John's return to Kyrgyzstan in 2012 and his quest for resolution.

    USA / 20 min

    The Kyrgyzstan project

    Matt Segal, Jim Aikman

    • 2012
    • USA
    • 20 min
    In 2000, John Dickey went on an expedition to Kyrgyzstan and was kidnapped by violent militants who held him and his partners at gunpoint for six days - until the climbers made a harrowing escape through the mountains of the Kara Su valley. This film chronicles John's return to Kyrgyzstan in 2012 and his quest for resolution.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    High and hallowed - Everest 1963 Vod

    High and hallowed - Everest 1963

    Jake Norton (2013)

    High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 is the deeper story of the greatest Himalayan climb in American mountaineering history.

    USA / 48 min

    High and hallowed - Everest 1963

    Jake Norton, David Morton, Jim Aikman

    • 2013
    • USA
    • 48 min
    High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 is the deeper story of the greatest Himalayan climb in American mountaineering history.

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    Video on Demand

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