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The climbing-film world has been reborn, enjoying a Renaissance of sorts in 2007, with more improvements in effects, Hi-Def, budget, and production value than ever.The number of filmmakers producing quality climbing movies seems to increase every year, providing enough eye candy to keep each niche audience amping, with sweaty palms and white knuckles. There’s a DVD for every discipline [and a few DVDs with all disciplines] to watch this year, from trad headpoints, to mixed climbing, to hard bouldering.
Vote for the climbing movie you liked best in 2007: King Lines, E11, Higher Ground, Committed, Memento, Monday Mojo, Psyche, Swedish Meatballs, or The Top 20 Classic Boulder Problems
About the films:
KING LINESBy Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer — Chris Sharma’s Search for the Planet’s Greatest Climbs.The new climbing movie from Sender Films and Big Up Productions that follows Chris Sharma over the course of a year and a half and captures him doing breathtaking and cutting edge ascents all across the world. Bishop highballs, new French 9a+ sport climbs, Zion free climbing, Chris’ futuristic Mt. Clark super project and a bouldering adventure in the Venezuelan jungle.
PSYCHEBy Posing Productions, produced by Alastair Lee. Incorporating the best of British climbing featuring Steve McClure, Andy Kirkpatrick & Ian Parnell and Dave Birkett. SKYE WALL (trad)–One of the world’s great traditional climbers Dave Birkett goes in search of his dream line in the remote setting of Skye’s famous Cuillin Range. PATAGONIAN WINTER (alpine)–Andy Kirkpatrick is the pioneer of winter climbing in Patagonia with many hair-raising ascents to his name. MAGIC NUMBERS (sport)–Steve McClure is Britain’s most accomplished sport climber as the awesome action footage in this mini profile demonstrates.
COMMITTEDProduced by the multi-award winning Hot Aches team — A year at the cutting edge of hardcore trad climbing. Featuring Britain’s best rock climbers, plus top overseas visitors, Committed packs in over 200 ‘E’ points of action: The hardest and most dangerous ascents that have been grabbing the climbing headlines across the world. It examines the diversity of climbing style and locations that together, make the British Trad scene unique and respected around the world. The featured climbs include numerous hard first ascents, audacious repeats and bold solos from the sea cliffs of Scotland, to the gritstone test pieces of England, to the mountains in Ireland and Wales…
E11Directed by Paul Diffley, Produced by Dave Brown — One of the best all round climbers in the world is on a mission – to take rock climbing to new levels of both difficulty and danger. Dave MacLeod attempts to be the first to climb Rhapsody, the hardest traditional rock climb ever and the first to achieve the grade of E11 7a (F8c+, US 5.14c).
MEMENTOWhat happens when a crazy movie maker meets a crazy boulderer and they decide to make a movie together? You could call it preprogrammed chaos or the beginning of a joint vision. After almost two years of work the film is finished, the result is pure soul! Camera work and direction show bouldering in a unique style. The philosophy and climbing artistry of Bernd Zangerl top the film off. Filmed in Ticino, Magic Wood and the Silvretta Mountains. Each area has its own character, its own style and ambiance. The best and most beautiful first climbs of Bernd Zangerl are documented on film as well as spectacular high balls and low water soloing.
The TOP 20 CLASSIC Boulder Problems of North AmericaBy Nathan Cando —Over 500 top climbers were asked to name the most classic boulder problems in North America. This is a countdown of the top 20. The all female cast features some of the sports top climbers with each problem show casing a different athlete such as Cerre Francis, Kate Reese, Charlotte Jouett, Alli Rainey, and others. Director and producer Nathan Cando has created trailers for Hollywood blockbusters such as Gladiator and now brings his talent to the climbing industry.
HIGHER GROUNDBy filmmakers Chris Alstrin and Alex Lavigne — Higher Ground celebrates mountain culture through the eyes of world-class climbers, focusing on the drive to explore their passion for the mountains and the climbing lifestyle. From big wall first ascents in Zion, Utah and winter alpine ascents in the Canadian Rockies to big wall ski descents in coastal British Columbia.
SWEDISH MEATBALLSBy Shawn Boye — Dylan Smith and Carl-Ola Boström on a tour of Sweden’s best blocs. Swedish Meatballs features classic lines and first ascents as Dylan and Kalle spend a month on the road meeting up with the boulderers who shaped the Swedish scene. Growing up in Wales, Dylan Smith soon tired of sheep and slate and found a different kind of love in Sweden. These days he spends his days playing with plastic and crimping on sharp overhanging granite. Dylan also happens to be Swedens’ highest ranked boulderer according to some Sources. Kjugekull Veteran Carl-Ola Boström put his life as a student on hold to see if there was anything else worth climbing in Sweden… and he found it, the “Perfect Boulder”. Now, his unique zen mentality and unquenchable thirst for the Attainable has him searching for the “Next Perfect Boulder”.
The Best of Monday Mojo A compilation of 14 shorts by Chuck Fryberger — Some were previously released online here at Bouldering.tv and some were not. Those that were are no longer online. Locations include South Africa and various Colorado locations. Featuring Daniel Woods, Lisa Rands, Cedar Wright, and others.