FIRST ASCENT: THE SERIESBy Sender Films and Nat Geo Adventure - First Ascent: The Series is co-produced by the innovative producers at Sender Films and Nat Geo Adventure Channel. This leading new series features top athletes attempting unclimbed walls and peaks around the world from Patagonia and Brazil to Yosemite and beyond.
Plus the REEL ROCK FILM TOUR COMPETITION Winners!Thank you to all the filmmakers from around the world who submitted their films to the competition. We have received stacks of creative shorts and have selected our five favorites in two categories: HUMOR / SPOOF and ACTION / INSPIRATION.
Don't miss the Reel Rock Film Tour Premiere at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado on September 10th! The show starts at 7:00pm. Pre-purchase your tickets for $12 at the Boulder Rock Club, The Spot Gym, and Neptune Mountaineering or buy them at the door for $14. But, be careful, opening night sold out last year.
About Peter MortimerBoulder Colorado based climber and filmmaker Peter Mortimer has always been obsessed with adventure and climbing in the mountains. After getting a BA (with honors) in geology from Colorado College he decided what he really wanted to do is make movies, so he got an MFA from USC's School of Cinema and Television. Then he set off to produce something about what makes trad climbers tick and and that film became Scary Faces (2000). Most of Peter's work is focused around the bolder side of climbing like free soloing, headpointing, BASE jumping and high lining. He's also produced Front Range Freaks (2003), Return2Sender (2005), King Lines (co-produced with Josh Lowell in 2007) and First Ascent (2007) and now the Sharp End (2008) and over the years won over 50 awards at international film festivals. Visit senderfilms.com for more.
About Josh LowellJosh Lowell has been climbing and making movies about climbing almost as long as you've been watching them. Remember Rampage (1999), Dosage Volume 1 (2001), Pilgrimage (2003), Dosage Volume 2 (2004), Dosage Volume 3 (2005), King Lines (2007)? Superstar talents like Chris Sharma, Katie Brown, Tommy and Beth Caldwell, Jason Kehl and Obe Carrion have made all of their projects BIG when it comes to high flyin' sports action. A-team talent combined with high quality visuals and stunning footage make Big Up Productions one of the leading climbing movie producers out there. Over the last 20 years Josh has climbed in exotic places all over the world but will always call his local crags of the East Coast, like the Shawangunks, home. Visit www.bigUPproductions.com for more.
About THE 2009 REEL ROCK FILM TOUR
The fourth annual REEL ROCK Film Tour, launching in September 2009, delivers the year’s most exciting climbing and adventure films to audiences in over 100 cities around the world. REEL ROCK shows are festive events where climbers and outdoors lovers gather to celebrate their passion for adventure.
In 2008, REEL ROCK drew over 20,000 audience members, raised over $10,000 for non-profits, partnered with more than 100 local and national retailers, university outing clubs and climbing gyms, and won lavish media coverage and critical praise.
REEL ROCK 2009 features the world premiere of Progression - the latest release from the award-winning filmmakers at Big UP Productions – plus a brand new adventure footage from the cutting-edge producers at Sender Films, gear giveaways, appearances by top climbers, and fundraising for local and national non-profit organizations.
Aspiring producers are encouraged to submit their best two- minute films to The 2009 REEL ROCK Filmmaking Competition. Entries will be posted online for public voting, and two winners will rake in hefty prize packages featuring gear from RR sponsors, and see their films on the big screen as part of the REEL ROCK 09 Tour.
THE RR09 PROGRAM: approx. running time 93 minutes
First Half - Introduction & Shorts:
REEL ROCK Intro 3 minutes Introduction montage with thanks to national sponsors
REEL ROCK Filmmaking Competition Winners 5 minutes The winning 2-minute films in two categories: action/drama, and humor/spoof. Entry info available at REEL ROCK website
Adventure Film from Sender Films 35 minutes Sender Films unveils its new National Geographic series, ‘First Ascent’, the first-ever series dedicated to climbing and related outdoor pursuits. From Patagonia to Yosemite to Tibet, Sender Films is traveling the globe filming the world’s top climbers in their quest for new, unexplored lines.
May include gear giveaways, fundraising for non- profits, tabling, and contests
Second Half – Featured Film:
Progression 50 minutes Big UP Productions' latest film tells the story of the world's best climbers and their efforts to advance the sport in all its forms. Chris Sharma climbs the world's hardest sport route, Jumbo Love. Kevin Jorgeson pushes bouldering to dangerous new heights on Ambrosia. Patxi Usobiaga and Johanna Ernst train like Olympians for the World Cup competitions. Tommy Caldwell ups the ante on Yosemite's big walls, and much more.
TOUR SPONSORS The 2009 REEL ROCK Film Tour national sponsors are Windstopper, The North Face, Osprey Packs, Petzl, Urban Climber, and Climbing Magazine. We welcome and encourage local sponsorship (university outing clubs, outdoor retailers, gyms, restaurants, newspapers etc…) for each event to foster community participation and to help create buzz.
MORE INFORMATION For more information about the filmmaking competition and The REEL ROCK Film Tour, please visit www.reelrocktour.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to booking your 2009 REEL ROCK Film Tour event.