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    Touching the void - Return to Siula Grande DVD

    Touching the void - Return to Siula Grande

    Kevin Macdonald (2004)

    The story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates' return to the mountain of Siula Grande for the making of the film 'Touching The Void'. The film recounts a fateful climb Joe Simpson and his mountaineering partner, Simon Yates, undertook in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. This making of the film Touching the Void throws up some interesting and possibly conflicting insights into what happened following the attempted rescue and subsequent survival of a young mountaineer on the west face of the Siula Grande. When Simon and Joe collaborated on the film in 2003, they had not seen one another for 10 years.

    UK / 26 min

    Touching the void - Return to Siula Grande

    Kevin Macdonald

    • 2004
    • UK
    • 26 min
    The story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates' return to the mountain of Siula Grande for the making of the film 'Touching The Void'. The film recounts a fateful climb Joe Simpson and his mountaineering partner, Simon Yates, undertook in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. This making of the film Touching the Void throws up some interesting and possibly conflicting insights into what happened following the attempted rescue and subsequent survival of a young mountaineer on the west face of the Siula Grande. When Simon and Joe collaborated on the film in 2003, they had not seen one another for 10 years.

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    The making of the beckoning silence DVD

    The making of the beckoning silence

    James Tovell (2007)

    The footage for the Making of The beckoning silence was shot by art director James Tovel while working in the movie. The documentary, made for the DVD extras, is mostly on how the action scenes were filmed. It follows the team while filming on the wall and includes the comments of Joe Simpson and the film crew. The images are accompanied by the comments of Brian Hall, mountain safety supervisor, who is interviewed at the studio.

    UK / 24 min

    The making of the beckoning silence

    James Tovell

    • 2007
    • UK
    • 24 min
    The footage for the Making of The beckoning silence was shot by art director James Tovel while working in the movie. The documentary, made for the DVD extras, is mostly on how the action scenes were filmed. It follows the team while filming on the wall and includes the comments of Joe Simpson and the film crew. The images are accompanied by the comments of Brian Hall, mountain safety supervisor, who is interviewed at the studio.

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    The making of The Alps DVD

    The making of The Alps

    Betsy Comstock (2007)

    This is a look behind the scenes at the making of the Imax movie 'The Alps' and delves in to the detail of moments in the film as well as preparation for shooting on the mountain. There are interviews with producers, the director, editor, and the principles of the film who share stories of the making of the film. Featuring some of the most spectacular giant screen imagery ever seen – captured by intrepid helicopter and mountaineering crews – the making of The Alps was a vastly ambitious undertaking that involved a team made up of climbing luminaries, hardy mountain guides and award-winning nature cinematographers.

    USA / 40 min

    The making of The Alps

    Betsy Comstock

    • 2007
    • USA
    • 40 min
    This is a look behind the scenes at the making of the Imax movie 'The Alps' and delves in to the detail of moments in the film as well as preparation for shooting on the mountain. There are interviews with producers, the director, editor, and the principles of the film who share stories of the making of the film. Featuring some of the most spectacular giant screen imagery ever seen – captured by intrepid helicopter and mountaineering crews – the making of The Alps was a vastly ambitious undertaking that involved a team made up of climbing luminaries, hardy mountain guides and award-winning nature cinematographers.

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    The making of Mount St. Elias DVD

    The making of Mount St. Elias

    Gerald Salmina (2009)

    Mount St. Elias is a dramatic and awe-inspiring feature documentary following three of the world's greatest ski mountaineers to the Mount St. Elias in their attempt to realize the longest ski descent of the world. Why did they came up with such a project idea and how did they made it? In the run-up to the breathtaking documentary, the producer and alpinists answer these questions in an equally exciting making of.

    Austria / 60 min

    The making of Mount St. Elias

    Gerald Salmina

    • 2009
    • Austria
    • 60 min
    Mount St. Elias is a dramatic and awe-inspiring feature documentary following three of the world's greatest ski mountaineers to the Mount St. Elias in their attempt to realize the longest ski descent of the world. Why did they came up with such a project idea and how did they made it? In the run-up to the breathtaking documentary, the producer and alpinists answer these questions in an equally exciting making of.

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    Surviving vertical limit DVD

    Surviving vertical limit

    Jay Berriman (2000)

    In 1999 a film crew ventured into a perilous realm to film a drama, set on the most dangerous mountain on earth. That's how the making of Vertical limit is presented. The documentary takes a look at 'the dangers' that were faced during the making of the picture. After a promotional introduction, the film starts by following the actors while they are trained in rock climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing for one month. Then it shows the logistics problems of filming on the mountain (the mountain scenes were shot in the New Zealand's Southern Alps) and presents the story and the main characters. Finally it focusses on the work of the director and Ed Viesturs comments us about the featured mountain, K2.

    USA / 25 min

    Surviving vertical limit

    Jay Berriman

    • 2000
    • USA
    • 25 min
    In 1999 a film crew ventured into a perilous realm to film a drama, set on the most dangerous mountain on earth. That's how the making of Vertical limit is presented. The documentary takes a look at 'the dangers' that were faced during the making of the picture. After a promotional introduction, the film starts by following the actors while they are trained in rock climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing for one month. Then it shows the logistics problems of filming on the mountain (the mountain scenes were shot in the New Zealand's Southern Alps) and presents the story and the main characters. Finally it focusses on the work of the director and Ed Viesturs comments us about the featured mountain, K2.

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    Pour un vieux rêve DVD

    Pour un vieux rêve

    Gilles Bour (2009)

    Making of the film 'Au delà des cimes' by Rémy Tézier about the famous French climber Catherine Destivelle. The film, was shot between 3,000 and 4,500 meters above sea level, in the Mont Blanc massif. Rémy Tézier explains how his vocation was born after watching Marcel Ichac's film 'Les etoiles de midi' with Lionel Terray when he was 15 years old: 'It was a revelation for me! The film finished and I had only one desire, to become filmmaker to film what made me want to live: the sea and the mountain'. Rémy Tézier founded his own production company in 2000. 'Au delà des cimes' is his first cinema release.

    France / 52 min

    Pour un vieux rêve

    Gilles Bour

    • 2009
    • France
    • 52 min
    Making of the film 'Au delà des cimes' by Rémy Tézier about the famous French climber Catherine Destivelle. The film, was shot between 3,000 and 4,500 meters above sea level, in the Mont Blanc massif. Rémy Tézier explains how his vocation was born after watching Marcel Ichac's film 'Les etoiles de midi' with Lionel Terray when he was 15 years old: 'It was a revelation for me! The film finished and I had only one desire, to become filmmaker to film what made me want to live: the sea and the mountain'. Rémy Tézier founded his own production company in 2000. 'Au delà des cimes' is his first cinema release.

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    Making of Nordwand DVD

    Making of Nordwand

    Carlos Gerstenhauer (2008)

    The shooting of Nordwand started in 2006 in the Bernese Oberland using real-life alpinists as stunt doubles to capture frequently impressive shots of the ascent of the Eiger. From the beginning, a team of the Bavarian television accompanied the film crew to produce a documentary on how the film was made. Part of the movie was shot in pretty tough snowstorm situations at the Eiger, and scenes like the one of the last bivouac were shot in a minus-15-degrees-Celsius freezer that was used as a studio. To make it more realistic, snow canons rented from ski resorts were used to produce snow, so actors were literally covered with real ice and snow and under strong cold conditions in the shots.

    Germany / 44 min

    Making of Nordwand

    Carlos Gerstenhauer

    • 2008
    • Germany
    • 44 min
    The shooting of Nordwand started in 2006 in the Bernese Oberland using real-life alpinists as stunt doubles to capture frequently impressive shots of the ascent of the Eiger. From the beginning, a team of the Bavarian television accompanied the film crew to produce a documentary on how the film was made. Part of the movie was shot in pretty tough snowstorm situations at the Eiger, and scenes like the one of the last bivouac were shot in a minus-15-degrees-Celsius freezer that was used as a studio. To make it more realistic, snow canons rented from ski resorts were used to produce snow, so actors were literally covered with real ice and snow and under strong cold conditions in the shots.

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    Everest - Shooting the impossible DVD

    Everest - Shooting the impossible

    Tim Conrad (2011)

    Documentary on the making of feature film The Wildest Dream, in which renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker and professional rock climber Leo Houlding climb Mount Everest in 1920s style to try to clarify if George Mallory and Sandy Irvine could have been the first to summit the highest mountain on earth in 1924. Mallory and Irvine were last seen on the upper ridge just 250 m below the summit and 'going strong for the top'. Then clouds obscured the view, and they disappeared into history.

    UK / 60 min

    Everest - Shooting the impossible

    Tim Conrad

    • 2011
    • UK
    • 60 min
    Documentary on the making of feature film The Wildest Dream, in which renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker and professional rock climber Leo Houlding climb Mount Everest in 1920s style to try to clarify if George Mallory and Sandy Irvine could have been the first to summit the highest mountain on earth in 1924. Mallory and Irvine were last seen on the upper ridge just 250 m below the summit and 'going strong for the top'. Then clouds obscured the view, and they disappeared into history.

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  • Documentary / Biographical

    Die Macht der Bilder - Leni Riefenstahl DVD

    Die Macht der Bilder - Leni Riefenstahl

    Ray Müller (1993)

    The controversial mountain film maker looks back on her life, her climbs, her loves and her connections with the Nazis. Leni Riefenstahl at the age of 90 goes back to the places throughout the world where her career lead her: the Italian and Swiss Alps, the Maldives, Japan, the USA and the Nazi centres of Nuremburg and Berlin. She answers questions openly about all the issues which have made her such a controversial character, loved and hated, condemned and admired at the same time. Her remarkable films made in the 1930s with the Luis Trenker and Arnold Franck brought the Bergfilm genre to the attention of the world.

    Belgium, France, Germany, UK / 180 min

    Die Macht der Bilder - Leni Riefenstahl

    Ray Müller

    • 1993
    • Belgium, France, Germany, UK
    • 180 min
    The controversial mountain film maker looks back on her life, her climbs, her loves and her connections with the Nazis. Leni Riefenstahl at the age of 90 goes back to the places throughout the world where her career lead her: the Italian and Swiss Alps, the Maldives, Japan, the USA and the Nazi centres of Nuremburg and Berlin. She answers questions openly about all the issues which have made her such a controversial character, loved and hated, condemned and admired at the same time. Her remarkable films made in the 1930s with the Luis Trenker and Arnold Franck brought the Bergfilm genre to the attention of the world.

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    Out of the shadows into the sun DVD

    Out of the shadows into the sun

    Leo Dickinson (2010)

    Leo Dickinson’s first ever film remastered and re-edited by himself. The film records the actual ascent of the Eiger North Face in 1970 by Eric Jones, Cliff Phillips, Peter Minks and Leo Dickinson, who carried two 16mm cine cameras and 5000ft of film to document the ascent. On an early attempt Cliff Phillips slipped on a steep icy slope and fell 200 feet. Either by chance or perhaps intuition, Leo had his camera running and filmed the fall. After two thwarted attempts and six weeks of waiting, fine weather arrived and the team finally started their final ascent.

    UK / 44 min

    Out of the shadows into the sun

    Leo Dickinson

    • 2010
    • UK
    • 44 min
    Leo Dickinson’s first ever film remastered and re-edited by himself. The film records the actual ascent of the Eiger North Face in 1970 by Eric Jones, Cliff Phillips, Peter Minks and Leo Dickinson, who carried two 16mm cine cameras and 5000ft of film to document the ascent. On an early attempt Cliff Phillips slipped on a steep icy slope and fell 200 feet. Either by chance or perhaps intuition, Leo had his camera running and filmed the fall. After two thwarted attempts and six weeks of waiting, fine weather arrived and the team finally started their final ascent.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Mount Everest - Shooting the highest Summit Vod

    Mount Everest - Shooting the highest Summit

    Manabu Hirose (2012)

    Program of the 'Sticking to people' series from the Japanese NHK educational channel dedicated to Naomi Uemura. Under the title of Naomi Uemura smiley adventurer, the program follows the life of the japanese mountaineer and adventurer.
    Uemura was the first man ever to reach the North Pole solo, the first man ever to raft the Amazon solo, and the first man ever to climb Denali solo. In 1970 Uemura was the first member of a Japanese team of 39 climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In February 1984 Uemura began a solo winter climb of Mount McKinley. He dissappeared in the way back to base camp after having successfully ascended the mountain.

    Japan / 73 min

    Mount Everest - Shooting the highest Summit

    Manabu Hirose

    • 2012
    • Japan
    • 73 min
    Program of the 'Sticking to people' series from the Japanese NHK educational channel dedicated to Naomi Uemura. Under the title of Naomi Uemura smiley adventurer, the program follows the life of the japanese mountaineer and adventurer.
    Uemura was the first man ever to reach the North Pole solo, the first man ever to raft the Amazon solo, and the first man ever to climb Denali solo. In 1970 Uemura was the first member of a Japanese team of 39 climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In February 1984 Uemura began a solo winter climb of Mount McKinley. He dissappeared in the way back to base camp after having successfully ascended the mountain.

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  • Documentary / Making Of

    Perilous assignment Vod

    Perilous assignment

    Hamilton S. Luske (1959)

    The film records the making of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' and 'Third Man on the Mountain'. This episode of Walt Disney Presents is actually an extended advertisement for the upcoming Disney theatrical feature Third Man on the Mountain. Although the stars of that film (including James MacArthur and Michael Rennie), the real hero of the proceedings is French mountain climber Gaston Rebufatt, who functioned as Third Man on the Mountain's guide and second-unit director while the company was on location in Switzerland. The highlight finds Rebufatt instructing a novice (Maurice Baquet) on the intricacies of mountain climbing. The images belong to Rebufat's film 'Etoile et tempête'.

    USA / 49 min

    Perilous assignment

    Hamilton S. Luske

    • 1959
    • USA
    • 49 min
    The film records the making of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' and 'Third Man on the Mountain'. This episode of Walt Disney Presents is actually an extended advertisement for the upcoming Disney theatrical feature Third Man on the Mountain. Although the stars of that film (including James MacArthur and Michael Rennie), the real hero of the proceedings is French mountain climber Gaston Rebufatt, who functioned as Third Man on the Mountain's guide and second-unit director while the company was on location in Switzerland. The highlight finds Rebufatt instructing a novice (Maurice Baquet) on the intricacies of mountain climbing. The images belong to Rebufat's film 'Etoile et tempête'.

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    Video on Demand

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