The Sedona International Film Festival joins theaters around the world for a one-night-only premiere of “Reel Rock 12” on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
“If you like climbing and adventure or if you are an outdoor enthusiast, you will love this selection of films,” said Festival Director Patrick Schweiss. “And if you are a fan of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, you won’t want to miss this program.”
Get ready for climbing’s greatest stories, stars and sends. “Reel Rock 12” premieres four new short films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs and pure inspiration. The films feature Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; the return of Chris Sharma to the deep water soloing stage and more.
“Reel Rock 12” will feature the following films:
‘Break on Through’
In high-end modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a grade achieved by only a few men and never by a woman. Margo Hayes, a little-known 19-year-old from Boulder, Colo., is determined to change that. To be closer to the world’s hardest routes, she has moved to Europe, where she trains and climbs with the goal of succeeding on two of the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. Pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first.
‘Above the Sea’
Chris Sharma remains the world’s greatest practitioner of deep water soloing — climbing ropeless above the sea. Ten years after his generation-defining ascent of a majestic arch, Sharma returns to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca where he discovers a beautiful, sweeping wall with small holds running up its face. If he can link the moves and endure the numerous heart-stopping plunges into the sea, he will establish what may be the world’s hardest deep water solo climb.
For most climbers, it’s safety first. But Brad Gobright is definitely not most climbers. Fueled by day-old donuts and unhindered by a fear of falling, this young talent is pushing the limits of scary trad and free solo ropeless climbing. Having survived a few big scares, Gobright is determined to make his boldest ascent yet — a first-ever free solo of a heart-stoppingly exposed and difficult route.
“I don’t want to be known as just a one-armed climber,” Maureen Beck said, “I just want to be a good climber.”
Beck may have been born missing her lower left arm, but that hasn’t stopped her from going hard. She takes whippers on 5.12 and crushes overhanging boulders while shotgunning beers. But she is not here to be your inspiration. “People say, ‘Look, a one-armed climber, now I have no excuses.’ I’m like, dude, you never had any excuses in the first place,” she said.
Beck is here to crush the gnar — with one bloody stump helping her get to the top.
“Reel Rock 12” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 or $9 for Film Festival members. Call 282-1177 for tickets and more information. The theater and film festival office are at 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona. Visit SedonaFilmFestival.org for more information.