The eleventh instalment of the popular climbing film anthology Reel Rock has been officially announced and preparations are underway for another eventful Reel Rock Fest. Five films make up this year’s collection – Young Guns, Boys in the Bugs, Brette, Rad Dad and Dodo’s Delight – with featured climbers including Will Stanhope, Mike Lebecki, Brette Harrington and Matt Segal.
The films “deliver edge-of-your-seat action, globe-trotting exploration, big laughs and true inspiration” according to the Reel Rock website. As ever, the climbers featured in the films will take to the road with the Reel Rock Fest to speak about their experiences and the making of the films at events in Denver, San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Washington DC.
Alongside screenings of the films, Fest events will feature guest speakers from the North Face climbing team, clinics with pro climbers, the chance to meet the stars of the films themselves and, most importantly of all, beer. “It’ll be a party, so bring your crew and have some fun!” enthuse the organisers.
The first film in Reel Rock 11, Young Guns, follows the adventures of talented young American climbers Ashima Shiraishi and Kai Lightner. Ashima, only 15, has already conquered a 9+ sport climbing route and an 8c boulder problem. Lightner, at the grand old age of 16, is no slouch either. The film follows the talented duo as far afield as Norway and Japan as they seek to make their mark on the climbing world.
Boys in the Bugs tracks Canada-based duo Will Stanhope and Matt Segal’s ambitious quest to climb a 5.14 finger crack in the Bugaboos, while Brette also features crack climbing. Squamish climber Brette Harrington is the subject of the film, an upcoming climber keen to test herself on big walls on El Capitan and in Patagonia.
Mike Libecki is at the heart of Rad Dad. Libecki is known for solo climbs in remote parts of the world and a spirit of adventure, but since the birth of his daughter he has led a double life as a father and adventurer. Rad Dad follows Libecki as he unpicks his dual identity and begins to introduce his daughter to world of climbing.
Dodo’s Delight rounds off this year’s collection. Named after the trusty ship that carried Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll, Ben Ditto, Nico Favresse and his brother Olivier through the hazardous seas of the Arctic Circle, the film follows the intrepid foursome’s adventures on the chilly seas and weather-beaten rock faces of some of the most inaccessible climbing locations in the world.
As usual, Josh Lowell’s Big UP Productions and Peter Mortimer’s Sender Films will oversee the Reel Rock Tour, Fest and DVD/download release. Hundreds of screenings of the films are already in place worldwide, on top of the five showcase Fest events. Those seeking to arrange their own screening of Reel Rock 11 can find details here.