Gramicci is helping sponsor the feature length documentary film The Last Wild Mountain: Portrait of the American Climber.
The Last Wild Mountain follows the parallel stories of the first two generations of rock climbers in America, ranging from the Vulgarians to the Stonemasters and everyone in between. Interviews, photographs, writings, and archival footage are woven together into a compelling documentary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG1cVR1jgFk
“This film’s mission is an ideal match to the very roots of the Gramicci Brand, so we are honored to be a part of the film,” says Patricia Babka, US vice president of sales. “The film-makers explore both the past and the future of climbing-the wild experiences, the offbeat antics, and the environmental aspects on which the future of climbing depends.”
The mission of this film is to preserve an important part of American history while inspiring future generations of climbers. The film and full copies of collected interviews will be housed at the American Alpine Club Library.
Director of the film Oakley Anderson-Moore grew up on climbing lore. Her father was a full-time climber for 13 years beginning in the early 1970s. He would work the fruit harvests and then travel in the off-season to places like the Red Rocks, Yosemite, and the Cascades. Raised hearing her father's stories, Oakley decided to lead a ragtag crew across the States in search of these mythic tales and to find out what they mean to us today.
“More than ever we are questioning the importance of wild spaces and how recreation fits into them,” says producer Alex Reinhard. “So we drove our ’76 VW van coast to coast to discover the origins of rock climbing and to see now, in this modern technological age, what’s behind today’s search for the last wild…anything.”
The website www.lastwildmountain.com features YouTube channel links to view different clips and photographs of the three-year journey. The film will debut on the summer 2010 film festival circuit before its national distribution and direct online DVD sales. The t-shirts that we are screen-printing by hand are available at http://www.lastwildmountain.bigcartel.com.