USA/UK, 50 minutes, 2012
Directed by Chris Alstrin & Paul Diffley
Saturday February 16th, 7:30pm
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From acclaimed directors Paul Diffley and Chris Alstrin comes a wild journey through the strange sub-culture of offwidth crack climbing. Join two brave British lads, Pete Whitaker and Tom Randall, as they take on the decidedly American sport of climbing bloody, painful and often dangerous cracks that require wedging body parts into places they weren't meant to be. Randall and Whittaker's ultimate goal is to make the first ascent of a renowned offwidth test-piece known as Century Crack, which looms above the forgotten lands deep in the Utah desert. If they can achieve this unlikely climb from under the noses of the competitive American's, it will be a coup for these young up-starts, but the odds are stacked against them.
Director, Paul Diffley
Paul is a multi-award winning adventure film maker, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His experience ranges from hanging off ropes filming live outside broadcasts of rock climbing to following adventurers and athletes pushing their limits. Skilled in observational documentary techniques and an experienced interviewer, Paul puts his subjects at ease and allows the story in question to reveal itself. Many of his productions have won awards at national and international film festivals, appealing to both judges and audiences alike. His rock climbing DVDs continue to sell worldwide.
Among the adventure sports Paul has filmed are rock climbing, ice climbing, competitive kayaking, sea kayaking, fell running, mountaineering, cross-country and downhill mountain biking, kite surfing, yacht racing, skiing and snowboarding. He also has an interest in filming wildlife and intends to do more of this in the future. Paul has taught adventure film making as a regular tutor at the Adventure Film Academy and has mentored several students, passing on the benefit of his experience to an up and coming generation of mountain film makers.
Director, Chris Alstrin
Independent filmmaker – directing and producing documentary and adventure films for 10 years. He works with the top rock, ice and alpine climbers in the world. Alstrin’s work deals with a wide range of subjects, from first ascent alpine climbs in the Himalayas to the golf course of the PGA tour.