|Les Guthman is a film director and producer, who has the distinction of both having produced three of the 20 Top Adventure DVDs of All Time, according to Men’s Journal, and having won the National Academy of Science’s nationwide competition to find the best new idea in science television.
As founding Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of Outside Television, the production division of Outside magazine, he produced 33 prime time expedition, adventure and environmental documentaries, including Michael Brown’s Farther Than the Eye Can See, which was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 2004, the awards for Best Sports Documentary and Best Sports Cinematography. Farther Than the Eye Can See, the film of blind climber Erik Weihenmayer’s renowned ascent of Everest, won 18 international film festival awards. Altogether, there have been 195 film festival screenings of Guthman’s films since 2002.
Into the Tsangpo Gorge and Farther Than the Eye Can See and Les’s production, Into the Thunder Dragon by filmmaker Sean White, were honored by Men’s Journal in 2005 as three of the “20 Top Adventure Films of All Time.”
In 2004, he created XPLR Productions, based in New York. XPLR Productions has partnered with SnagFilms.com create the webcasting channel XPLR for environmental and adventure documentaries, including many of the films listed above.
Les is a member of the Explorers Club in New York and was head of the Explorers Club Film Festival in 2008. He has written for the New York Times and Explorers Journal.