Filmography

Jim Donini

7 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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  • 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 / Expedition Journal

    Eye of the gods

    Eye of the gods

    Mike Hoover (1979)

    A mountaineering expedition chooses the Amazon jungle for a very dangerous and difficult venture: to climb a solemn and severe six hundred meter precipice in the heart of the Amazon.

    USA / 33 min

    Eye of the gods

    Mike Hoover

    • 1979
    • USA
    • 33 min
    A mountaineering expedition chooses the Amazon jungle for a very dangerous and difficult venture: to climb a solemn and severe six hundred meter precipice in the heart of the Amazon.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Return to sender Vod

    Return to sender

    Peter Mortimer (2005)

    Return to sender is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Indian Creek and Happy Boulders. It was directed by Peter Mortimer in 2005 and produced by Sender Films. It features Timmy O'Neill, Renan Ozturk, Didier Berthod, Jim Donini, Michael Reardon, Micah Dash and others.

    USA / 96 min

    Return to sender

    Peter Mortimer

    • 2005
    • USA
    • 96 min
    Return to sender is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Indian Creek and Happy Boulders. It was directed by Peter Mortimer in 2005 and produced by Sender Films. It features Timmy O'Neill, Renan Ozturk, Didier Berthod, Jim Donini, Michael Reardon, Micah Dash and others.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    The Cerro Torre enigma

    The Cerro Torre enigma

    Leo Dickinson (1978)

    In 1959 Italian climber Cesare Maestri claimed to have scaled the Patagonian peak of Cerro Torre with Austrian Toni Egger. The claim has been disputed in some quarters ever since. Skepticism toward Maestri's 1959 account mounted as it became evident how difficult the alleged route is even with the advances in technique made through the first decade of the next century. In the documentary, Maestri defends his version of the story and comments on the 1970 attempts by the compressor route. Jim Donini speaks about the clues he found on the 1959 route while climbing Torre Egger in 1976. The film also follows the successful ascent made in 1974 by the 'Ragni di Lecco' climbers.

    UK / 26 min

    The Cerro Torre enigma

    Leo Dickinson

    • 1978
    • UK
    • 26 min
    In 1959 Italian climber Cesare Maestri claimed to have scaled the Patagonian peak of Cerro Torre with Austrian Toni Egger. The claim has been disputed in some quarters ever since. Skepticism toward Maestri's 1959 account mounted as it became evident how difficult the alleged route is even with the advances in technique made through the first decade of the next century. In the documentary, Maestri defends his version of the story and comments on the 1970 attempts by the compressor route. Jim Donini speaks about the clues he found on the 1959 route while climbing Torre Egger in 1976. The film also follows the successful ascent made in 1974 by the 'Ragni di Lecco' climbers.

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