Keeper Of The Mountains
USA, 25 minutes, 2013
Directed by Allison Otto
Screening: Himalayan Climbing Matinee, Sat Feb 8 @ 2:00pm (doors 1:30)
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90 year-old Elizabeth Hawley has interviewed thousands of mountaineers and is a force of nature every bit as impressive and indefatigable as any alpinist.
90 year-old Elizabeth Hawley has interviewed thousands of mountaineers and is a force of nature every bit as impressive and indefatigable as any alpinist. But while she is the world’s foremost authority on Himalayan mountaineering and has exhaustively tracked, detailed and archived Himalayan expeditions since 1963, she has never climbed a mountain herself.
This portrait of Miss Hawley reflects the character it chronicles by being direct, sharp and not without a sense of humor.
Allison Otto is an award-winning filmmaker who has directed, filmed, and edited for such clients as the Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, and Outside Television. She was a 2011 Mountainfilm in Telluride Commitment Grant recipient. In 2012, she directed and filmed her first documentary short, “Keeper of the Mountains,” which has won 10 festival awards and was selected to Outside magazine's list of "Best Adventure Films of 2013."
Allison graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a master’s degree in Sociology. In her free time she enjoys hiking, running, and hitting the road with her dogs.