Filmography

The American Alpine Club

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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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    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 / Climbing Journal

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    Ice revolution

    Josh Lowell (2011)

    Ice revolution is a documentary about ice climbing that takes place in Helmcken Falls. It was directed by Josh Lowell in 2011 and produced by Big Up Productions. It is a part of the series Reel Rock 2011 (Reel Rock 6). It features Will Gadd and Tim Emmett.

    USA / 13 min

    Ice revolution

    Josh Lowell

    • 2011
    • USA
    • 13 min
    Ice revolution is a documentary about ice climbing that takes place in Helmcken Falls. It was directed by Josh Lowell in 2011 and produced by Big Up Productions. It is a part of the series Reel Rock 2011 (Reel Rock 6). It features Will Gadd and Tim Emmett.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Far away

    Samuel Crossley (2019)

    Far Away is a climbing area where Jenny Fischer and Kat Whipple attempted a first ascent on their Live Your Dream Grant trip, sponsored by the American Alpine Club, to Liming, China. Liming is China's Indian Creek. A premier destination for sandstone climbing that while has gained notoriety with the trad routes, the most recent wave of development has focused on sport climbing. A film by Samuel Crossley Media.

    USA / 21 min

    Far away

    Samuel Crossley

    • 2019
    • USA
    • 21 min
    Far Away is a climbing area where Jenny Fischer and Kat Whipple attempted a first ascent on their Live Your Dream Grant trip, sponsored by the American Alpine Club, to Liming, China. Liming is China's Indian Creek. A premier destination for sandstone climbing that while has gained notoriety with the trad routes, the most recent wave of development has focused on sport climbing. A film by Samuel Crossley Media.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

    Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

    Richard 'Dick' Leonard (1932)

    A film by Richard 'Dick' Leonard produced by the American Alpine Club about mountaineering in Sierra Nevada (California). Richard Manning Leonard was an American rock climber, environmentalist and attorney. He served as president of the Sierra Club and the Save the Redwoods League, and was active in the Wilderness Society and the American Alpine Club.

    USA

    Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

    Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

    Richard 'Dick' Leonard

    • 1932
    • USA
    A film by Richard 'Dick' Leonard produced by the American Alpine Club about mountaineering in Sierra Nevada (California). Richard Manning Leonard was an American rock climber, environmentalist and attorney. He served as president of the Sierra Club and the Save the Redwoods League, and was active in the Wilderness Society and the American Alpine Club.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Break on Through Vod

    Break on Through

    Matty Hong (2017)

    In high-end modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a grade achieved by only a few men and never by a woman. Margo Hayes, a little known 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, is determined to change that. To be closer to the world’s hardest routes, she has moved to Europe, where she trains and climbs with the goal of succeeding on two of the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. But pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first.

    USA / 26 min

    Break on Through

    Matty Hong, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen

    • 2017
    • USA
    • 26 min
    In high-end modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a grade achieved by only a few men and never by a woman. Margo Hayes, a little known 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, is determined to change that. To be closer to the world’s hardest routes, she has moved to Europe, where she trains and climbs with the goal of succeeding on two of the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. But pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Above the Sea Vod

    Above the Sea

    Josh Lowell (2017)

    Chris Sharma remains the world’s greatest practitioner of deep water soloing — climbing ropeless above the sea. Ten years after his generation-defining ascent of a majestic arch, Chris returns to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca where he discovers a beautiful, sweeping wall with small holds running up its face. If he can link the moves, and endure the numerous heart-stopping plunges into the sea, he will establish what may be the world’s hardest deep water solo climb.

    USA / 17 min

    Above the Sea

    Josh Lowell

    • 2017
    • USA
    • 17 min
    Chris Sharma remains the world’s greatest practitioner of deep water soloing — climbing ropeless above the sea. Ten years after his generation-defining ascent of a majestic arch, Chris returns to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca where he discovers a beautiful, sweeping wall with small holds running up its face. If he can link the moves, and endure the numerous heart-stopping plunges into the sea, he will establish what may be the world’s hardest deep water solo climb.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Acceptable risk DVD

    Acceptable risk

    Greg Winston (2003)

    In pure documentary style, this film takes you inside one of the most accomplished mountain rescue units in North America. With unprecedented access from the National Park Service, adopted by the climbing rangers, filmmaker Greg Winston takes a seat in the rescue helicopter, and clips into Rangers ropes, to go along on rescues to capture footage never shot before. Archival footage and photographs illustrate the beginnings of mountain rescue with the first climbing rangers, veterans of the 10th Mountain Division. Former rangers reminisce about the North Face rescue of 1967, the most difficult high-angle rescue of its time.

    USA / 119 min

    Acceptable risk

    Greg Winston

    • 2003
    • USA
    • 119 min
    In pure documentary style, this film takes you inside one of the most accomplished mountain rescue units in North America. With unprecedented access from the National Park Service, adopted by the climbing rangers, filmmaker Greg Winston takes a seat in the rescue helicopter, and clips into Rangers ropes, to go along on rescues to capture footage never shot before. Archival footage and photographs illustrate the beginnings of mountain rescue with the first climbing rangers, veterans of the 10th Mountain Division. Former rangers reminisce about the North Face rescue of 1967, the most difficult high-angle rescue of its time.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    The old breed - Training day

    Rufus Lusk (2012)

    The old breed - Training day is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Mount Shivling and Cathedral Ledge. It was directed by Freddie Wilkinson in 2012 and produced by Cowboy Bear Ninja. It features Mark Richey and Freddie Wilkinson.

    USA / 5 min

    The old breed - Training day

    Rufus Lusk, Freddie Wilkinson

    • 2012
    • USA
    • 5 min
    The old breed - Training day is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Mount Shivling and Cathedral Ledge. It was directed by Freddie Wilkinson in 2012 and produced by Cowboy Bear Ninja. It features Mark Richey and Freddie Wilkinson.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Showdown at Horseshoe Hell Vod

    Showdown at Horseshoe Hell

    Nick Rosen (2015)

    Showdown at Horseshoe Hell is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Horseshoe Canyon Ranch. 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 Nic Berry, Mason Earle and Alex Honnold.

    USA / 20 min

    Showdown at Horseshoe Hell

    Nick Rosen, Peter Mortimer, Zachary Barr

    • 2015
    • USA
    • 20 min
    Showdown at Horseshoe Hell is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Horseshoe Canyon Ranch. 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 Nic Berry, Mason Earle and Alex Honnold.

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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 / Portrait

    Dean Potter tribute Vod

    Dean Potter tribute

    Nick Rosen (2015)

    Dean Potter tribute is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in El Capitan. 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 Dean Potter.

    USA / 7 min

    Dean Potter tribute

    Nick Rosen, Peter Mortimer

    • 2015
    • USA
    • 7 min
    Dean Potter tribute is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in El Capitan. 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 Dean Potter.

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