GC-05. Reel Rock: Burning the Flame + Shorts


US, Short Documentary, 2023, 15 min

Boulder Premiere

Soundscape features Erik Weihenmayer, a global adventure athlete and author who is fully blind, as he ascends a massive alpine rock face deep in the Sierra Nevada. Using expert camera work and emotive, novel animation to bring to life a concept by adaptive climbing pioneer Timmy ONeill, the film is a surprising and soulful adventure.

Directed by Timmy ONeill

109 Below

US, Short Documentary, 2023, 14 min

Boulder Premiere

An attempted rescue on Mount Washington in 1982 changed not only the course of two climbers’ lives, but the lives of the rescuers who attempted to save them — and the future of prosthetics — forever.

Directed by Nick Martini

Reel Rock: Burning the Flame

US, Short Documentary, 2023, 48 min

Big wall free-climbing masters Babsi and Jacopo seek their greatest challenge yet: a free ascent of Eternal Flame, an elusive 3,000-foot route up the legendary Nameless Tower in Pakistan’s Karakoram range. Facing extreme conditions and 5.13 trad climbing at high altitude, a two-year quest comes down to one short weather window. Captured with drones and on-mountain cameras in one of the most stunning places on earth, Burning the Flame transports viewers to a place that is normally off-limits.

Directed by Peter Mortimer

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In person: Timmy ONeill, Sarah Steele, Erik Weihenmayer, Peter Mortimer

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Venues: The Boulder Theater; Grace Commons Church, 1820 15th Street; Boulder High; Cinemark Century Boulder 1, 1700 29th St.; Cinemark Century Boulder 2, 1700 29th St.; eTown Hall; Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium