Filmography

John Gill

12 films

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Blocheads Vod

    Blocheads

    Alastair Lee (2016)

    A story of adventure, rocky passions and mutant fingers. It’s the story of a search for bouldering gold. In following the fearsomely strong Blocheads – as they quest for new lines and push the limits of human ability – we delve into bouldering’s murky past. Once it was just a bit of fun outside the climbing hut. Now it’s ‘a thing’. From the first recorded bouldering in the 19th century, through to the rise of this discipline as a sport. 'Blocheads' includes numerous first ascents, off-the-scale gnarly moves and hair-raising highballs.

    UK / 59 min

    Blocheads

    Alastair Lee

    • 2016
    • UK
    • 59 min
    A story of adventure, rocky passions and mutant fingers. It’s the story of a search for bouldering gold. In following the fearsomely strong Blocheads – as they quest for new lines and push the limits of human ability – we delve into bouldering’s murky past. Once it was just a bit of fun outside the climbing hut. Now it’s ‘a thing’. From the first recorded bouldering in the 19th century, through to the rise of this discipline as a sport. 'Blocheads' includes numerous first ascents, off-the-scale gnarly moves and hair-raising highballs.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    John Gill across time Vod

    John Gill across time

    Pat Ament (2012)

    This is a gorgeous ode about rock climbing and time passing, with John Gill, the spiritual genius, at its center. Remarkable voices emerge to paint the picture of the great master boulderer, John Gill. Individuals who have been part of it all, such as Ron Kauk, Rich Goldstone, Tom Higgins, Royal Robbins, John Sherman, and filmmaker Pat Ament himself. New footage uncovered of Gill enriches these images, and his voice too comes alive with detailed analysis of some of his iconic climbs. As deep and touching as the first film, 'The disciples of Gill', this second incarnation continues but stands alone as well, as a work of art itself.

    USA / 59 min

    John Gill across time

    Pat Ament

    • 2012
    • USA
    • 59 min
    This is a gorgeous ode about rock climbing and time passing, with John Gill, the spiritual genius, at its center. Remarkable voices emerge to paint the picture of the great master boulderer, John Gill. Individuals who have been part of it all, such as Ron Kauk, Rich Goldstone, Tom Higgins, Royal Robbins, John Sherman, and filmmaker Pat Ament himself. New footage uncovered of Gill enriches these images, and his voice too comes alive with detailed analysis of some of his iconic climbs. As deep and touching as the first film, 'The disciples of Gill', this second incarnation continues but stands alone as well, as a work of art itself.

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    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Upward Bound

    Upward Bound

    Roger Seiler (1987)

    The keys to success in rock climbing are the same as in any difficult endeavor - patience, flexibility, stamina, attention to detail and mental discipline. In Upward Bound you'll see top climbers performing in spectacular settings, while explaining how they attained the pinnacle of their sport - high achievers who are inspiring examples of excellence. Adapted by Roger Seiler from the film: On the Rock by Katheryn Johnston and Iain Stobie.

    USA / 10 min

    Upward Bound

    Roger Seiler

    • 1987
    • USA
    • 10 min
    The keys to success in rock climbing are the same as in any difficult endeavor - patience, flexibility, stamina, attention to detail and mental discipline. In Upward Bound you'll see top climbers performing in spectacular settings, while explaining how they attained the pinnacle of their sport - high achievers who are inspiring examples of excellence. Adapted by Roger Seiler from the film: On the Rock by Katheryn Johnston and Iain Stobie.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    High and mighty Vod

    High and mighty

    Peter Mortimer (2015)

    High and mighty is a documentary about bouldering. It was directed by Peter Mortimer in 2015 and produced by Sender Films. It is a part of the series Reel Rock 10. It features Daniel Woods.

    USA / 20 min

    High and mighty

    Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell

    • 2015
    • USA
    • 20 min
    High and mighty is a documentary about bouldering. It was directed by Peter Mortimer in 2015 and produced by Sender Films. It is a part of the series Reel Rock 10. It features Daniel Woods.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Rocky Mountain Highball Vod

    Rocky Mountain Highball

    Scott Neel (2010)

    Rocky Mountain Highball is a documentary about bouldering that takes place in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was directed by Scott Neel in 2010 and produced by Yama Studio. It features Pat Ament, Tommy Caldwell, Daniel Woods, John Gill, Lynn Hill, Kevin Jorgeson and others.

    USA / 75 min

    Rocky Mountain Highball

    Scott Neel

    • 2010
    • USA
    • 75 min
    Rocky Mountain Highball is a documentary about bouldering that takes place in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was directed by Scott Neel in 2010 and produced by Yama Studio. It features Pat Ament, Tommy Caldwell, Daniel Woods, John Gill, Lynn Hill, Kevin Jorgeson and others.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Brave new wild Vod

    Brave new wild

    Oakley Anderson-Moore (2014)

    Stumbling upon her father's hi8 tapes, a daughter discovers a world of delinquent oddballs and wino nomad-poets who dedicated their life to an absurdist art form: rock climbing.

    USA / 76 min

    Brave new wild

    Oakley Anderson-Moore

    • 2014
    • USA
    • 76 min
    Stumbling upon her father's hi8 tapes, a daughter discovers a world of delinquent oddballs and wino nomad-poets who dedicated their life to an absurdist art form: rock climbing.

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    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    The silent climber

    The silent climber

    Pat Ament (1976)

    The silent climber is a documentary about bouldering that takes place in Pueblo. It was directed by Pat Ament in 1976. It features John Gill and Jim Holloway.

    USA / 10 min

    The silent climber

    Pat Ament

    • 1976
    • USA
    • 10 min
    The silent climber is a documentary about bouldering that takes place in Pueblo. It was directed by Pat Ament in 1976. It features John Gill and Jim Holloway.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    The disciples of Gill Vod

    The disciples of Gill

    Pat Ament (2009)

    The disciples of John Gill is a documentary about bouldering that takes place in Pueblo and Flagstaff Mountain. It was directed by Pat Ament in 2009. It features John Gill, Pat Ament, George H. Lowe, Jeff Lowe, Jim Holloway, Barry Bates and others.

    USA / 50 min

    The disciples of Gill

    Pat Ament

    • 2009
    • USA
    • 50 min
    The disciples of John Gill is a documentary about bouldering that takes place in Pueblo and Flagstaff Mountain. It was directed by Pat Ament in 2009. It features John Gill, Pat Ament, George H. Lowe, Jeff Lowe, Jim Holloway, Barry Bates and others.

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    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Instructional

    On the rocks DVD

    On the rocks

    Katie Johnston (1985)

    An overview of the sport of gymnastic rock climbing including 5.13 routes in California, Colorado and Wyoming and interviews with John Gill and Warren Harding.

    USA / 29 min

    On the rocks

    Katie Johnston, Iain Stobie

    • 1985
    • USA
    • 29 min
    An overview of the sport of gymnastic rock climbing including 5.13 routes in California, Colorado and Wyoming and interviews with John Gill and Warren Harding.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Friction addiction DVD

    Friction addiction

    Bennett Scott (2003)

    "Friction Addiction" brings you an amazing summer of daring run-outs and highball first ascents from the sharp end of South Dakota's Black Hills. John Gill provides historical insights into the cradle of American bouldering, and John "The Verm" Sherman, Kurt Smith and a host of Dakota and Colorado locals check their mettle against the crystalline South Dakota granite.

    USA / 70 min

    Friction addiction

    Bennett Scott

    • 2003
    • USA
    • 70 min
    "Friction Addiction" brings you an amazing summer of daring run-outs and highball first ascents from the sharp end of South Dakota's Black Hills. John Gill provides historical insights into the cradle of American bouldering, and John "The Verm" Sherman, Kurt Smith and a host of Dakota and Colorado locals check their mettle against the crystalline South Dakota granite.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    The best of Horsetooth Reservoir bouldering

    David Lloyd (2000)

    The best of Horsetooth Reservoir bouldering is a documentary about bouldering that takes place in Horsetooth Reservoir. It was directed by David Lloyd in 2000. It features John Gill.

    USA / 39 min

    The best of Horsetooth Reservoir bouldering

    David Lloyd

    • 2000
    • USA
    • 39 min
    The best of Horsetooth Reservoir bouldering is a documentary about bouldering that takes place in Horsetooth Reservoir. It was directed by David Lloyd in 2000. It features John Gill.

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  • Documentary / Biographical

    Bachar - Man, myth, legend DVD

    Bachar - Man, myth, legend

    Michael Reardon (2005)

    In every sport, there are men, myths and legends. In the world of rock climbing and free soloing without a rope, there is only one name that fits all three – John Bachar. Controversial and uncompromising, Bachar pushed the boundaries of what was possible and raised the world’s standards at a time when climbers merely pursued the physical in climbing. A true rock star as a teenager, he soloed 5.11 when 5.12 didn’t exist, created the first 5.12 in Yosemite Valley, bouldered harder, climbed stronger, and refused to compromise his ethics along the way. Then, at the height of his fame, he disappeared. This is his story.

    USA / 52 min

    Bachar - Man, myth, legend

    Michael Reardon

    • 2005
    • USA
    • 52 min
    In every sport, there are men, myths and legends. In the world of rock climbing and free soloing without a rope, there is only one name that fits all three – John Bachar. Controversial and uncompromising, Bachar pushed the boundaries of what was possible and raised the world’s standards at a time when climbers merely pursued the physical in climbing. A true rock star as a teenager, he soloed 5.11 when 5.12 didn’t exist, created the first 5.12 in Yosemite Valley, bouldered harder, climbed stronger, and refused to compromise his ethics along the way. Then, at the height of his fame, he disappeared. This is his story.

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