Reaching New Heights - Mixed Films | Live

From the film Always Higher, photo by Mathieu Tranchida

Meet a Quebec high diver eager to fulfill a crazy dream; learn how to live life like a river if you’re a climber/artist; and experience the journey of a team of African American ice climbers as they try the craft for the first time; and follow a story from childhood to the world stage as an snowboarder from a remote village in northern British Columbia comes full circle to embrace her indigenous identity.

This program features four films including: 
Always Higher, Like a River, Reel Rock 15: Black Ice, and Precious Leader Woman. 
Film details below. 

Attending In Person
Like a River: Jim Aikman, Director/Producer
Precious Leader Woman: Cassie De Colling, Spencer O'Brien

Program subject to change. 
Note: This event was previously Brette Harrington and Films. As Brette is no longer able to attend, her presentation is replaced by the film Precious Leader Woman. All other films remain the same.
 

Related Films

From the film Always Higher, photo by Mathieu Tranchida

Always Higher

11 Mins

Lysanne Richard is one of the world’s best international competition high divers. But the 39 year-old Canadian mother of three is ready to focus on personal projects of her own. First on the list is a 22 meter high dive in the dead of winter over a frozen lake, a feat that has never been done. But will it be enough?

Year: 
2021
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Alexa Fay
Producer: 
Sophie Claivaz-Loranger
Production Company: 
La Boîte à Films
Has subtitles: 
Yes
From the film Like a River

Like a River

4 Mins

Artist and climber Jeremy Collins has had a long and loving relationship with the desert canyons of the American southwest. In this short film, he describes his passion for three canyons as he creates a new mural that combines them on paper.

Year: 
2021
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jim Aikman
Producer: 
Graham Zimmerman, Jim Aikman
Production Company: 
Bedrock Film Works
Has subtitles: 
No
From the film Black Ice

REEL ROCK 15: Black Ice

44 Mins

A crew of aspiring ice climbers from the Memphis Rox gym travels to the frozen wilds of Montana, where mentors Manoah Ainuu, Conrad Anker and Fred Campbell share their love of winter adventure in the mountains.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Zachary Barr, Peter Mortimer
Producer: 
Chris Dean, Zachary Barr
Production Company: 
REEL ROCK
Has subtitles: 
No
From the film Precious Leader Woman

Precious Leader Woman

46 Mins

Hailing from the remote village of Alert Bay, British Columbia snowboarder Spencer O’Brien dedicated her life to becoming a world champion. But, being driven to win came at a cost. Snowboarding at the elite level was taking Spencer further from her Indigenous heritage than she realized. Precious Leader Woman tells Spencer’s story from childhood to the world stage, to coming full circle to embrace her identity as she pushes forward bringing her heart and soul to her next challenge, the backcountry.

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Year: 
2021
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Cassie De Colling
Producer: 
Hayley Morin, Mack Stannard
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
Coarse Language