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DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY

2017, USA, 96 min
Director: Dave O'Leske
 
Mendi TV
 

Fred Beckey is the typical American “Dirtbag” climber, whose very name evokes mystery, admiration and criticism since 1940. Becky’s to conquer the peaks entailed a solitary life for him leaving in his wake a long trail of despised climbing mates and lovers lost.

 

 

MOUNTAIN

2017, Australia, 73 min
Director: Jennifer Peedom
 

Just only three centuries ago, the idea of climbing a mountain would have been considered to next to being daft. The mountains were considered to be dangerous places, wanting of any beauty, an unearthly world to be avoided. So why is it that nowadays, they attract us to the extent that we are willing to risk our lives among them? Mountain explores the turbulent and triumphant tale behind our eternal fascination for mountains.

 

 
 

THE FROZEN ROAD


2016, UK, 24min
Director: Ben Page
 

Alter having read Jack London’s immortal lines, “Any man who is a man can travel alone”, Ben sought the adventure of experiencing perfect solitude, on crossing the Canadian Artic passage by bicycle in winter. Nevertheless, the harsh reality the journey conjures up is far, far different to London’s romantic portrayal.

 

 

BONINGTON: MOUNTAINEER

2016, UK, 80 min
Director: Brian Hall
 
 

Stories of friendship, love, risk and devastating loss run deep through this intimate journey of one man’s dream: Sir Chris Bonington. The drive for exploration is echoed in the first British ascent of the north wall of the Eiger, new routes on Mont Blanc, the ascent of ‘The Old Man of Hoy’ and then to the greater ranges where he is the first to stand on the virgin summits of Annapurna 2, Nuptse and the Central Tower of Paine, followed by landmark expedition success on the S. Face of Annapurna, Everest South West Face and the Ogre.

 

 

MAMA

2017, Poland, 44min
Director: Wojtek Kozakiewicz
Mendi TV
 

Sport climber and mother of two kids, after 20 years of living her passion, sets herself a new goal: to climb the route that no women has ever done before. A story about Kinga Ociepka-Grzegulska, one of the most important figures of the last two decades in Polish sport climbing.

 

 

PSYCHO VERTICAL

2017, UK, 64min
Director: Jen Randall
 

Based on his best-selling auto-biography Psycho Vertical, this is a raw and emotive study of the complex life and motivations of writer, funny-man and Britain’s unlikeliest hero-mountaineer, Andy Kirkpatrick, woven into an 18 day solo ascent of El Capitan, Yosemite.

 

 

THE LAST HONEY HUNTER

2017, USA, 35min
Director: Ben Knight
 

The Kulung people practice an old way of animism which is structured around the God Rongkemi. Mauli Dhan Rai believes to have been the chosen one of the gods for the honey harvesting rite. The exceptionally dangerous challenge consists of scaling rugged and sheer cliffs to gather the golden nectar made by the world’s largest honey bee. It is but a spiritual search based on the myth that Kulung is a ward of the gods, having protection or a shield that is not infinite.

 

 

SAFETY THIRD

2016, USA, 28min
Directors: Cedar Wright and Taylor Keating
 

Brad Gobright is a 27 years old, busboy at a fine dining establishment, dirtbag, college dropout. Gobright’s diet consists of donuts, scraps from work, croissants, apple pie, and any and all junk food. And one other thing: Gobright is one of the best and boldest free solo climbers in the sport — who nobody has ever heard of. Safety Third shines the spotlight on Gobright, probably for a shorter moment than he deserves. But it doesn’t matter. His mind is elsewhere, focused on his next free solo.

 

 

AL OTRO LADO DE LA CUERDA

2017, Spain, 60min
Director: Javier Valero
 

Nine of the most outstanding climbers nowadays come together in this striking documentary about the ethics, values and the very nature of climbing. The brothers Ravier, Christian Ravier, Ekaitz Maiz, Mikel Zabalza, Arkaitz Yurrita, Eneko César and Unai Mendia will show the unknown side of climbing in the Pyrenees.

 

 

AURRERA

2017, Spain, 7min
Director: Mikel Peña
 

Irene has been running for fourty out of her sixty eight years. She began to mountain run when these types of races were not even known about and since then she has participated in many of them. Despite her advanced age and while she still has enough strength, she will not desist.

 
 

SONG FOR THE NOMAD

2017, USA, 6min
Director: Ben Sturgulewski
 

Kyrgyzstan's capital city, Bishkek, is a modern whirlwind of sight and sound. But in a concert hall in the heart of the city, the keys of a lone piano carry out of the chaos and into the timeless Celestial Mountains beyond. Into a world of horsemen and shamans, and young souls brought to life in the heart of nature. A tale of two worlds, together they play the song of the nomad- a requiem for a time gone by.

 

 

THE TIME WITHIN

2017, USA, 4min
Director: Ben Sturgulewski
 

Whilst the gossamer snowflakes begin to drift down over Tokyo, the watchmaker delicately pieces together his masterpiece. Within the watch, precision is the mystery in the finer details and the master knows that within only one second of perfect and beautiful synchronisation, eternity lives and thrives.

 

 

APEX PREDATORS OF THE NORTHERN DEEP

2017, USA, 5min
Director: Ben Sturgulewski
 

A tranquil day of ice fishing goes suddenly awry when natural selection rears its ferocious head. Something lurks in the depths of the great lonesome mountains of the North, a land where if you are not the predator, you will be the prey. But the skier will not go down without a fight.

 
 

WHERE THE WILD THINGS PLAY

2017, Australia, 4min
Director: Krystle Wright
 

It’s Friday night in the pub and the question comes to mind, where are the girls? Response: they’re base jumping from the highest of desert cliff tops, slack lining, climbing granite crevices, skiing or doing anything else but sitting on a bar stool this Friday night.