The deadliest day on the worlds most dangerous mountain.
Trailer for the feature documentary 'The Summit'
In August 2008, twenty-four climbers from several international expeditions converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit of the most dangerous mountain on earth. Forty-eight hours later, eleven had been killed or had vanished, making it the worst K2 climbing disaster in history.
In a century of assaults on K2, only about 300 people have ever seen the view from the planet’s second highest peak. More than a quarter of those who made it didn't live long enough to share the glory, or to tell the tale.
At the heart of The Summit lies a mystery about one extraordinary man, Ger McDonnell. By all accounts, he was faced with a heart-breaking dilemma— at the very limit of his mortal resources, he encountered a disastrous scene and a moral dilemma: three climbers tangled up in ropes and running out of time. In the death zone, above 8,000 metres, the body is literally dying with each passing second. Morality is skewed 180 degrees from the rest of life. When a climber falls or wanders off the trail, the unwritten code of the mountain is to leave them for dead. Had Ger McDonnell stuck to the climbers’ code, he might still be alive.
The Summit is about the very nature of modern adventure. Those who survive carry with them a commodity to sell— The Story. This one remains contentious and fiercely debated.
Image Now Films & Pat Falvey Productions
in association with
Passion Pictures, Diamond Docs, Fantastic Films, BBC & RTE
Produced and Directed by Nick Ryan
Written by Mark Monroe
Edited by Ben Stark
Music by Nick Seymour
Director of Photography Robbie Ryan & Stephen O'Reilly
Executive Producer John Battsek, Pat Falvey, Darrell Kavanagh, John McDonnell
Here is the story of three friends, Thomas de Dorlodot, Horacio Llorens and Hernan Pitocco traveling in the Karakoram mountain range. They flew their paragliders at high altitude and for long distances in their quest for new record flights. Here is the teaser of their incredible story.
Director: Olivier Boonjing, sound: Thibaut Darscotte, Edited by Olivier Boonjing and Adil Nahjari.
World premiere at Coupe Icare 2012.
The theatrical trailer for the 2012 5 Point Film Festival.
Directed/Edited/Sound by Anson Fogel for forgemotionpictures.com
Asst Director Thatcher Bean
Aerials filmed by Anson Fogel, Todd Boyle 1st AC, Doug Scheffer Pilot
Words by Rainier Maria Rilke and TS Elliot
Vo by Billie McBride for Radical Talent
VO recorded at Rocky Mountain Recorders
All other shots excerpted from the films in the 2012 festival 5pointfilm.org
Starring: Steve House
Produced and Directed by: Tyler Stableford
Cinematography by: Tyler Stableford and Draper White
Associate Producer: Kate Rolston
Editor: Dave Wruck
Assistant Editor: Ben Thomas
Field Audio: Ben Thomas and Matthew Van Biene
Riggers: Hayden Kennedy and Matthew Van Biene
Music: Paul Fran-zik
Sound mix: Coupe Studios
See more by Steve House and his award-winning book Beyond The Mountain at: stevehouse.net