Producer - Jessica Zeta
Executive Producer - Danielle Hinde
Production Co. - Doomsday Entertainment
Asst. Director - Eli Barker
DoP - Todd Banhazl
1st AC - Barry Elmore
1st AC - John Dec
2nd AC - Matthew Thompkins
Steadicam Op- Ari Robbins
Gaffer - Nghia Khuu
Key Grip - Skot Khuu
Sound Recordist - Sang Chul Lee
Production Designer - Jason Kisvarday
Art Asst. - Kelsi Ephraim and Carli Moloney
Wardrobe - Kari Bradberry
Make-up - Hannah Sherer
BTS Photographer Sang Chul Lee
Girl - Jessica Collins
Stalker - Damien Bray
Radio Preacher - Jason Walston
Editor - Lance Drake
Colorist - Kevin Cannon at Prehistoric Digital (prehistoricdigital.com)
Sound Mix - Brent Kiser at Unbridled Sound
Film processing by Fotokem LA
Film scan by MPC
Camera provided by Panavision Hollywood
"Buried" from the album Dark Red
Written and Performed by Shlohmo
On True Panther Records
Imagine a 1500 ft tidal wave of snow, rock and debris headed straight towards you. This was our reality on April 25th, 2015 at Mt. Everest basecamp when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake triggered a massive avalanche at Mt. Everest Basecamp that claimed 16 lives and critically injured 50+ men and women.
I shot as much as I could before putting the cameras down to help the critically injured and wounded. 16 people lost their lives including my friend Dan Fredinburg - a man who loved life and lived it to the fullest. I did my best as a filmmaker to document the process even though my heart was bleeding from the loss of life. As much as I tried to pretend I was ok, I simply was not. A part of me died that day. I was in shock.
For the next 3 days, I documented the rescue efforts from 17,500 ft above sea level. Over 50 people were successfully evacuated and over 70 rescued from high above the mountain.
Drained, exhausted and sick from neglecting to take care of myself, I secluded myself in my tent while on Everest and proceeded to edit to the best of my ability, an honest portrayal of the events through our team’s eyes. It took me a long time to ‘feel’ the piece, to select the right music and to establish the correct tone. In the end, I stayed up until 1:27am, 3 days after the Earthquake, completing the edit. My internet upload speed was 21kb/sec, which was incredibly painful.
It’s important to remember that this is only a single perspective, many others will have experienced far greater devastation than us. We salute all of the brave men and women who stepped up in the moment to come to the aid of their fellow human beings. It was a herculean effort on the part of hundreds to rescue, recover and evacuate those affected.
My heart goes out to my friend Dan Fredinburg, may your soul rest in peace.
Makeup by: Heather Henry
CG Supervisor/Lighter: Kevin George
Modeler: Jeff Hardouin
Paint/Cleanup: Mary Poplin
1st AD/Set Dresser: Ashley Connolly
Colorist: Ryan Schroeder twitter.com/ryan_schroeder
Wardrobe/Set Dresser: Amber Quinones
Set Dresser/Production Assistant: Amanda Connolly
Production Assistant: Ondrea Connolly
Grip/Boom op/battle axe holder: Wayne Phillips - twitter.com/alwaysrecord
BTS/Camop: Ryan Polly twitter.com/ryan_polly
Special thanks to:
Seth Worley, Andrew Kramer, Dan Trachtenberg, Jordy Wax, Todd Bruno