On March 8, 2004 aspiring freeskier and coach, Josh Dueck, awoke from a ski crash to realize life would never be the same. Paralyzed from the waist down, josh made a decision to make the best of a horrible situation. The result is one of the most inspiring stories we’ve ever seen.
The full-length documentary film can be seen at a film festival near you.
WINNER 'Best Film - Mountain Sports' Banff Mountain Film Festival 2011
"High on a mountain, a rope ties together a climber and a mountaineer. They climb or fall as one. This bond is worn and strained as they ascend the treacherous peak."
I made this film after living in the mountains for four months and reading a technical guidebook on mountaineering.
The film is textured with hand-painted watercolours which were scanned and folded into the 3d models.
It was my final graduation film from Concordia University's Film Animation Program. As part of our animation program, I was able to collaborate with composer Julie Thériault. We had access to a fantastic recording studio and wonderful musicians.
It has played at the:
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Concondia CSA Film Festival - (Best of the fest)
The Montreal Animaze Festival
The Golden Kuker International Animation Festival
Concordia Graduating Students Exhibition - (CUAA purchase prize)
Green Tunnel- A six month journey along the 2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail, condensed and reinterpreted into five minutes of stop-motion.
A full quality version is available for purchase on DVD. Go to smtgltd.bigcartel.com/ and look for it on Stephen Vitiello: Soundtracks.
This film commemorates the life of Guy Lacelle, who was regarded as one of the world's leading ice climbers. In 2009, at the age of 54, Lacelle was killed by an avalanche during a climbing competition in Bozeman, Montana. A pioneer in the ice climbing world, Lacelle was the first to show what can be done on vertical ice and established some of the most difficult ice climbs in the world.
This film is an official selection at the Banff Mountain Film Festival 2010