THE OLD BREED
USA, 26 minutes, 2012
Directed and Produced by Rufus Lusk & Freddie Wilkinson
Sunday February 10th, 7:30pm
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“Getting to the top matters.” So says Mark Richey as he prepares to climb Saser Kangri II, at 7,518 meters the world’s second highest unclimbed mountain.
In “The Old Breed”, co-director and alpinist Freddie Wilkinson takes us with him on an adventure of true exploratory alpinism. Climbing with Richey and Steve Swenson, both in their 50s, we watch as they push the limits of physical health and will power and experience first hand the monumental risks that climbers are willing to take to be the first to stand atop a mountain.
Director, Rufus Lusk
Rufus Lusk is a film producer, and director. He is a founder and partner of the New York City based production company Cowboy Bear Ninja. Rufus began his career in the fine arts studying painting at Dartmouth College, and took up film and video in an experimental series exploring the interplay of physical exhaustion and representation. His experimental work has been shown at galleries and museums in the US and Canada. Rufus’ commercial film credits include work for The Washington Post, Qualcomm, Greenpeace, and UPS.
Director, Freddie Wilkinson
Freddie Wilkinson believes that a climbing adventure is only as good as the stories you bring home. Wilkinson grew up in the flatlands of suburban Connecticut and climbed his first mountain – New Hampshire’s Mount Washington – at age thirteen. By age 20 Wilkinson had climbed Denali via the Cassin Ridge and Nepal’s Cholatse via the West Rib. Since then, he has spent three to four months of every year on expeditions around the globe. In between traveling, Wilkinson earned a degree in history from Dartmouth College and worked as a climbing guide in New England and Alaska. In 2007, Wilkinson
established new routes on three different mountains on three different continents: Patagonia’s Cerro Poincinot, The Fin in Alaska, and Mount Mahindra in the Indian Himalaya. That’s pretty good – but Wilkinson still considers to be better at telling stories than he is a climbing mountains. He lives in Madison New Hampshire with his fiancé Janet Bergman in a 12 x 12 cabin with a view of the White Mountains. In August 2010, Freddie published his first book, "One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story of Tragedy and True Heroism on K2". An insider's account of one of the deadliest and most controversial tragedies in mountaineering history the 2008 K2 disaster.
As a journalist, Freddie is a contributor to National Geographic digital, Rock and Ice, Climbing, Alpinist Magazine and the Huffington Post.