Update: USMC SSgt. Charlie Linville has touched down in LA to continue his training for Mt. Everest this Spring! Our campaign is nearly 80% funded with only 42 hours to go which means we really need your help to finish strong & ensure Charlie makes it back to Everest. Without these funds, we will not be able to complete The Heroes Project film and conquer the 7th summit.
The Heroes Project Feature Documentary, directed by Academy Award winner Freida Mock, is an inspiring story about strength, resilience, the human spirit and the ability to triumph over the impossible. It weaves together the story of seven men, all single or double amputees, who served their country with honor. Faced with catastrophic injuries these ordinary young men attempt the extraordinary – to climb the highest mountains of every continent in the world.
Isaac, a double amputee from Michigan, who goes down under to Australia to tackle Mt. Kosciuszco in the middle of a severe winter storm.
Brad, a double amputee from Phoenix, who just 8 months after his injuries climbs Mt. Aconcagua in South America, the 6th tallest of the 7 Summits.
Kionte, a single amputee from Stockton, CA who climbs the highest peak in frigid Antarctica.
Mark, a double amputee from Michigan, climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Matt, a single amputee from the flats of N. Carolina, climbs the highest mountain in North America, Mt. Denali.
Keith, an above the knee amputee from Colorado who climbs Mt. Elbrus in Russia, the highest mountain in all of Europe.
And Charlie, a single amputee from Boise, ID who sets his sights on the top of the world, Mt. Everest.
For these seven, facing a challenge that demands something deeply human in themselves, what motivates and inspires them on this heroic journey of recovery?
Enter Tim Medvetz, the founder of The Heroes Project foundation, who mentors and trains the men for each climb. Having recovered from a near-fatal motorcycle accident that left him partially paralyzed, Tim went on to summit the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest in 2007. This experience inspired Tim to seek out injured veterans to help them find the same sense of hope, recovery and empowerment on the world’s highest mountains as he found.
Thus the film project was born with the goal of documenting the dramatic stories and personal transformation of these remarkable veterans conquering the Seven Summits, six of which are completed.
MT. EVEREST, NEPALThe seventh, and final challenge is Mt. Everest. At 29,029 feet, it’s been reserved for Charlie Linville, whose attempt in 2014 was ended due to the tragic avalanche that killed sixteen Nepalese guides. Out of respect to the fallen Sherpas and their families, The Heroes Project decided to abandon the 2014 Everest Expedition. Charlie was sent home uncertain if he would have a second chance to summit to the top of Everest.
A SECOND CHANCE
In April 2015, Tim and Charlie, along with the team, will return to Nepal to attempt Everest once again. The film is a powerful tale of transformation, a Heroes’ journey of the indomitable human spirit that moves from despair to triumph, and even to enlightenment.
Our goal is
to raise $160,000 to support the final phase of the film’s
production and enable us to
bring Charlie and our crew back to Mt. Everest. This will cover the
costs of the film crew, equipment rental, travel expenses and Mt. Everest climbing
fees. All donations are tax deductible!
We will close the circle with this 7th and final Summit, completing principal photography on The Heroes Project film.
support we can create a film and legacy that will inspire
us to expand our horizons and
discover the extraordinary abilities and heroic possibilities in all of
Are there other ways to get involved and help out?
Yes! Your voice matters and can make a difference! We need as many people raising awareness about The Heroes Project Film as possible. Spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, your blog or mailing list! Visit our website, find us on social networks, and share our story with as many people as you feel inspired to.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
About Our Hero, Charlie Linville: On January 20, 2011, while conducting an IED sweep in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Charlie Linville was blasted several yards into the air by a tertiary explosive device. By the time he landed in the blast crater, he had suffered devastating injuries to his right foot and hand. By the summer of 2013, despite over a year of attempts at rehabilitation, his right foot was amputated below the knee.
In spite of his wounds and debilitating pain, he came on board with The Heroes Project to train and climb Mt Everest in April 2014, when his summit was discontinued due to the tragedy. Only with your help, his dream of standing proudly on top of the world will come true! He will not let his injuries interfere with living a full and happy life, and he will go on to do amazing things in order to support his family and his community.
The People Behind The Heroes
Director Freida Mock an Academy and Emmy Award – winning filmmaker, is a Los-Angeles based director, writer and producer. Her theatrically-released films focus on stories about art, history, and creativity and include the Oscar winner Maya Lin: A Strong Vision (a feature film about the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.), Anita (about Anita Hill - a 2013 Sundance premiere), Wrestling With Angels (about the Pulitzer and Tony winning and Oscar nominated playwright Tony Kushner), and Oscar nominated films Rose Kennedy, A Life to Remember, Sing!, Never Give Up, and To Live or Let Die.
Mock’s particular interest in stories about our men and women in uniform is featured in Return With Honor (the story of American fighter pilots surviving as POWs in Hanoi, a presentation of Tom Hanks and Playtone), Maya Lin and Lt. Watada (short-listed for the Oscars).
She is Co-chair of the DGA Documentary Awards, the first governor elected to the Academy’s Documentary Branch, a partner in Sanders & Mock Productions and co-founder of the nonprofit American Film Foundation that specializes in producing films on the arts, sciences and the humanities.
Producer/Founder Tim Medvetz , a gifted extreme sports athlete, adventurer and former member of the Hell’s Angels, founded The Heroes Project with the goal of helping catastrophically injured veterans recover by challenging them to summit some of the highest mountains in the world. In 2001 while riding his motorcycle on a LA freeway, Tim was hit by a truck and suffered a near-fatal collision that left him physically devastated, partially paralyzed and fighting for his life.
Despite numerous surgeries, Tim was not expected to walk again but miraculously in 2007 he summited Mount Everest.
Transformed by his own recovery in the world’s highest mountains, in 2009 Tim founded The Heroes Project foundation to focus on the unique challenge of climbing the world’s highest mountains as a way to help injured veterans recover, renew their purpose, and inspire others facing similar crossroads in their lives.
Producer Michael Mailis is the founder and CEO of Hyperion Media Group, a private equity firm specializing in strategic media and technology investments. Mailis formed the company in 2005, following an early investment in Legendary Pictures, the financing entity behind Warner Bros. Pictures releases The Dark Knight, 300, and Inception, among others. Hyperion Media Group is a majority shareholder in Bandito Brothers, a commercial and motion picture production company in Los Angeles, and DAX Cloud, a web-based media production workflow application.
Mailis has served as an Executive Producer on It Might Get Loud, Act of Valor, Waiting for Lightning, Goodbye World, and God’s Pocket. Michael Mailis continues to invest in independent films, literary works, screenplays and character driven content in all genres.
Producer Ben Freedman is a founding partner of the Brooklyn-based production company, Picture Farm. Known for creating challenging films such as the Sundance winning features, Dark Days, a documentary that follows a community of homeless New Yorkers living in the subway system, and Fishing without Nets, a Somali Pirate story, told from the Somali point of view, Ben’s Picture Farm is also a commercial production company, with an active practice in print and film production, working with a range of clients from Nike to Nesspresso, BMW to ESPN.
High Altitude Cinematographers - We work with a small, nimble crew of professional cinematographers who specialize in high altitude mountain filming, including two who have previously climbed Mt. Everest, Ken Sauls and Kazuya Hiraide. Tim Medvetz is a two-time Everest veteran and is managing the 2015 Everest climb. He is in charge of the safety and well-being of the team.
Risks and challenges
Shooting at high altitude is difficult, but incredibly rewarding. We have safely completed six of the seven climbs. The newest camera technology will be used on the 2015 Everest Summit to capture visually stunning results from the cost-effective combination of DSLRs, drones and lightweight camera equipment.
The biggest risk on Everest are the unforeseen weather conditions and events, such as avalanches, that can appear without warning, as our team witnessed and filmed last year in the biggest tragedy of Mount Everest. Thorough preparation and caution are the best tools and are ingrained in the approach of our seasoned climbers that will support Charlie Linville in reaching the top of Everest in the spring of 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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