Gripped by wanderlust, young misfits give up the American dream for their own in Americas wild mountains.
The pioneers of American rock climbing were often shunned as "dirtbags" and deserters of the American Dream, but our film seeks to show that climbing roots were inextricably linked to the culture of greater America and its growing pains, shifting from the last unknown continent to developed superpower. This story is about wanderlust in the modern age, and how it is played out in the world of rock climbing. It contrasts the electricity of adventure with the fragility of life, while encouraging thought on our existence in an evolving and disappearing natural world.
We have been working on this project for over 3 years. Other than a film, it's a cultural history project, intended to preserve the oral histories of this sub culture for generations to come.
All we need to finish is a little help from you! This Kickstarter campaign goes directly to the finishing process: paying for rights and process of the footage and photographs so that we can distribute this film to audiences around the country.
If you'd like to donate directly, you can also do so at our 501(c) non profit account with IFP at http://fiscalsponsorship.ifp.org/Project.cfm...
We have interviewed about 50 people, including:
Royal Robbins, Tom Frost, Roger Derryberry, Don Lauria, John Gill, Joe Fitschen, Jim McCarthy, Joe Kelsey, Dick Williams, Burt Angrist, Elaine Matthews, Al DeMaria, George Hurley, Allen Steck, Jerry Galwas, Mark Powell, Chris Jones, John Bachar, Lynn Hill, John Long, Henry Barber, Steve Wunsch, Jim Erickson, Ron Kauk, Steve Arsenault, Alison Osius, Vern Clevenger, Michael Kennedy, Ed Webster, Eric Beck, Rich Romano, Bob D'Antonio, Lars Holbek, Peter Croft, Jim Donini, The Cotes, Jimmy Surette, Majka Burhardt,Tommy Caldwell, Rob Pizem, Katie Brown, Josh Wharton, Kerwin Klein, Joseph Taylor...and more!
Photos courtesy: Ed Webster (http://www.mtnimagery.com/), Michael Kennedy, Mark Moore, Steve Wunsch, Henry Barber, Larry Hamilton, Joe Kelsey, Chris Jones
Archival footage courtesy: Henry Barber, Jim Erickson
Pics of some of our neato rewards:
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