Film & Book Reviews

Girl Rising, the ground breaking new feature film by 10x10, documents extraordinary girls and the power of education to change the world. You've probably heard of Malala Yousafzai's story, the 15 year old Pakistani girl was shot in the head because she dared to defy the Taliban's ban on girls going to school, but who continued to fight for girls' rights to education from her hospital bed. Girl Rising tells the inspiring stories of 9 extraordinary young girls from 9 different countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses.  It tells of the...
It's remarkable what humanity has accomplished.  The latest technology, gadget or break through often seems to draw us further from the natural world we live in, to make us feel above it all, more important than we really are.  Further Up Yonder is a short film put together by Italian student Giacomo Sardelli from still photographs take from the International Space Station. There is an overlaid commentary of thoughts sent by astronauts who have worked on the space station. Many of them have been clearly movingly touched by experiences that have changed their perspectives on who...
From the makers of All.I.Can, award winning Canadian film makers Sherpas Cinema have released their official trailer of their upcoming movie Into The Mind.  Their new movie has been in production for about a year now, and is due for release in September 2013.  Filmed in Canada, Alaska, Bolivia, Costa Rica and the Himalayas, Into The Mind will do very well indeed to be as well received as its predecessor, All.I.Can.  Judge for yourself: Into The Mind - Official Teaser from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.
Danny MacAskill is a professional street trials rider for Inspired Bicycles Ltd, born and raised in Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Check out this short clip titled Industrial Revolutions for some truely remarkable riding.  Enjoy!!!
If you've ever tried to get yourself climbing fit, you'll have already worked out that there's only one way to do it right, go climbing ... and often! I grew up in Melbourne, Australia, a city a long way from the nearest vertical rockface.  I started climbing before the first climbing gym hit the Melbourne climbing scene.  The climbing in Mt.Arapiles, the Grampians, Mt Buffalo and the Cathederal Range is world class, but more than a few hours drive from town, so you either quit your day job to climb full-time, become a weekend warrior, or go buildering.  Yep...
It is a commonly held belief that we in the west often think too short-term.  We deal with the immediate issues and problems on which we can quickly slap on a band-aid solution, often passing on the real cost to future generations. I recently discovered this video describing how a mountain community in Meghalaya, northern India,  has traditionally solved the problem of building strong, sustainable and durable bridges in a mountainous environment.  Their region receives anything up to 25m of rain, that's nearly 1000 inches, over the summer monsoon.  Building...
I had the privilege of watching a great film today called, "Blue Obsession" at the Banff Film Festival which director/producer Alan Gordon climbs and captures the beautiful glaciers from the Juneau Icefield in Alaska. In the film, he describes his awareness that the routes he climbs do not last forever and so during each climb he must be fully involved every time in order to be successful. I feel this message is both true for the routes he climbs but also as a reflection of how people can shape their own lives. Overall, this film had fantastic ice climbs and great look into to the...
Nice work to Bernadette McDonald on her latest work "Freedom Climbers". I'm excited to read it, especially since I just learned that it received the Grand Prize in this year's Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival. I've copied the press release below. Also, copied below the trailer (first book trailer I've seen - but it's pretty cool!). Thanks Bernadette for sharing these inspiring stories with us! ------------------------------- CANADIAN WRITER WINS GRAND PRIZE AT INTERNATIONALLY-RENOWNED BANFF MOUNTAIN BOOK AND FILM FESTIVAL For Immediate Release (...
Climber Alex Honnold seems to defy gravity, scaling sheer, steep rock faces with no rope and apparently no fear.  If you can hold your patience through the couple of advertisements, this video gives you some real insights into a world of total commitment climbing. Read more on cbsnews.com If you're hungry for more footage of Alex Honnold free soloing in Yosemite, here is another video clip from National Geographic of him free soloing Half Dome and El Capitan. Alex featured in the TV series from Sender Films, First Ascent: The Series in 2010, titled "Alone on the Wall...
Looks like renowned author Bernadette McDonald has written another masterpiece with her latest book, the story of a resilient group of mountaineers climbing their biggest challenge yet - they climb for their freedom. Check it out "Between 1980 and 1989, Polish climbers were giant, worldwide leaders as high-altitude climbers, especially in the Himalayas. This volume documents those charismatic leaders and their iconic climbs in a defining chapter of Himalayan climbing history." —Reinhold Messner, world-renowned climber, explorer and author of 40 books on...
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