A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY showing the adventure, peril and serenity of a group’s attempt to climb the world’s most challenging peak. Shot in Pakistan in the summer of 2009 by Ursus Films,
K2: SIREN OF THE HIMALAYAS follows world-class alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner with veteran climbers Jake Meyer and Chris Szymiec in a breathtaking high-altitude mountaineering experience.
Director Dave Ohlson joins this group’s epic K2 journey on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of Abruzzi’s landmark expedition in 1909. The documentary also examines the history and geography of the Karakoram mountains while contemplating the risks, rewards and personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map.
K2 is the second highest peak on Earth at 8,611 meters. It is also one of the most dangerous mountains to climb, with its summit eluding even the most devoted professional alpinists. For every four people who have reached the summit, one person has died trying. Harsh weather conditions and demanding technical climbs have made producing documentary films on K2 extremely difficult, and footage from these expeditions is rare compared to its slightly taller and more frequently scaled counterpart, Mount Everest.
Ohlson and his team shot the climbing footage on HD digital cameras and 16mm film during the 65-day expedition. Ohlson has partnered with Webby and Emmy® Award-winning director Jason Reid to supervise the film’s editing and release.
The film is currently in post-production, and Ohlson plans to release it upon completion this fall via festivals, TV, DVD and Digital outlets. He created a Kickstarter campaign to help raise $5,000 in finishing costs by July 24.
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