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Reaching for the Andes

Neal Barenblat
Trenton Pasic
United States, 2018, 27 min.

In English.

Tyler Armstrong has been climbing for more than half of this life, and he's only fourteen years old. This time, Tyler and his father, Kevin, have chosen to climb Artesonraju - a near 20,000 ft. peak nestled in the Cordillera Blanca near Huaraz. Halfway through the trip, however, team is notified that there have been several deaths atop Artesonraju days prior due to an icefall. Summiting would be dangerous and virtually impossible. Tyler Armstrong must grapple with the idea of death in the mountains, and Kevin must focus to protect his son.

Director's Statement

Reaching for the Andes is a film about an ordinary kid doing extraordinary things. He exists in the same world in which we all do, but has chosen, at a young age, to pursue challenging and risky passion. As a filmmaker, I want to tell stories that inspire all of us to figure out how to enrich our own lives by embracing ideas instead of running from them, and how to pass that attitude to younger generations. Tyler's father could have easily told Tyler "No" when Tyler expressed his desire to climb. Instead, he agreed to climb with him.

Category: Documentary.
Themes: Youth, Latin America, Road Trip, Sports.

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