THE GIMP MONKEYS
USA, 9 minutes, 2012
Directed by Mikey Schaefer & Fitz Cahall, Produced by Fitz Cahall
Matinee 2: Afternoon of Adrenaline
Monday February 11th, 3:00pm
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What has four legs, five arms and three heads? The Gimp Monkeys. Craig DeMartino lost his leg after a 100-foot climbing fall. Pete Davis with born without an arm. Bone cancer claimed Jarem Frye’s left leg at the age of 14. While the three are linked by what they are missing, it is their shared passion for climbing that pushed them towards an improbable goal – the first all-disabled ascent of Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan. There was no cause. No call for awareness. No fundraising. “We are climbers first, disabled second,” says DeMartino. “If you’re a climber, you want to climb El Cap.” The Gimp Monkeys follows their successful ascent of Zodiac, a 1,800-foot route on the Southeast Face of El Capitan.
Director, Mikey Schaefer
Mikey Schaefer used to be the secret weapon, the hired gun who made other peoples' movies look incredible. After 2012, he won’t be much of a secret. Mikey is a photographer and cinematographer fascinated by wild vertical places. He splits time between the Pacific Northwest, Yosemite and Patagonia. His work has appeared on the cover of National Geographic and on 60 Minutes.
Director, Fitz Cahall
Seattle-based, Fitz Cahall has been telling outdoor stories since 2000. He is the creator of the acclaimed online radio show The Dirtbag Diaries. Since 2006, he has worked almost entirely online experimenting with every digital medium from film to micro-story telling in social media.