September 14, 2010

REEL ROCK Film Festival to premiere in Boulder.

REEL ROCK Film Festival to premiere in Boulder.

Thanks to Dana Richardson for the below heads up. We. Can’t. Wait! ~ ed.

Here it is. T-minus, uh, just a couple days ’til the world premiere of the 5th Annual REEL ROCK Tour here in Boulder, Colorado.

What’s the best part about going to a REEL ROCK showing? Hanging with your friends? Being a part of the social climbing community in Boulder? For me, the best part is the sheer brilliance of the filmmaking, of course. Few filmmakers in this genre truly push the limits, allowing you to feel like a part of what you’re watching the way this tour does.

From the Press Release:

The REEL ROCK Film Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences across the globe. REEL ROCK shows are spirited events where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate and sample the ultimate in adventure filmmaking. Prize giveaways, appearances by top climbers, and fundraising for non-profit organizations are always part of the party at REEL ROCK events.

In 2009, REEL ROCK screened in over 120 locations worldwide, drew over 35,000 audience members, raised over $15,000 for non-profits, partnered with more than 120 retailers, university outing clubs and climbing gyms, and won critical praise.

REEL ROCK has turned five and co-founders Sender Films and Big UP Productions are celebrating by taking you on a global ride like never before.  From death-defying speed link-ups of the wildest faces in The Alps, to Olympian displays of strength and tenacity on the hardest boulders ever climbed, REEL ROCK 2010 features a breathtaking journey through the vertical realm with the heroes of rock and snow.

Did I mention the films in this year’s tour yet? No?!? Well, read on, my friends, and get psyched!

First Round First Minute

Since Chris Sharma moved to the sport climbing mecca of Catalunya, Spain, he’s opened dozens of routes that are redefining high-end climbing. First Round First Minute gives an update on Sharma’s latest 5.15 first ascents, and tells the story of his latest, epic project.

The Hardest Move

Daniel Woods and Paul Robinson compete to climb the hardest boulders ever scaled.  An inside look at what it really takes to push the envelope of this intense sport.

Origins: The Hulk

Peter Croft and Lisa Rands attempt a wild free ascent on the Incredible Hulk Wall in the Sierras —  arguably America’s best (and least filmed) alpine rock wall. Croft, the most legendary of California’s crack masters, mentors Rands (a renowned boulderer in her own right) as she explores the terrain.

Down and Out, and Under

A once-in-a-lifetime adventure expedition for first ascents in Australia and on the wild sea cliffs of outer Tasmania.

Fly or Die

Dean Potter continues his extreme vertical exploration, opening new freeBASE climbs, along with highline and wingsuit jumps in some of the most mind-blowing vertical footage ever captured.

The Swiss Machine

Ueli Steck may be the greatest speed alpinist the world has ever seen. In this film he narrates stunning aerial footage of his record-breaking ascents in the Alps, and joins Alex Honnold in Yosemite to attempt speed records there. His ultimate goal: take his one-man alpine speed game to the largest, highest walls in the world.

If that didn’t get you pumped ‘n ready to purchase your tickets, then check out the trailer below, featuring the cool sounds of Radical Face. Prepare to have your mind blown.

Oy vey! Such good filmmaking magic up in here! No matter what you think about climbing, the athletes, or the filmmakers, there’s no denying the Reel Rock Tour is the place to be on Thursday September 16th, at the Boulder Theater. And to top it off, there’s not one but two showings: 6 and 8:3o p.m.

See ya there!

Discounted tickets available from The Boulder Rock Club, The Spot Bouldering Gym, Neptune Mountaineering, and Movement Climbing and Fitness. If you prefer full price tickets, go straight to the venue, The Boulder Theater.

For showtimes in other cities and other details, visit REEL ROCK’s website. For more information, press passes or to schedule an interview with the filmmakers or athletes, contact Dana Richardson.

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