Arts & Culture 2017

Summer Film Series: “Valley Uprising”

Wed Aug 16, 2017
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Vail Symposium Summer Film Series

Three Weeks. Three Inspiring Films. Free Admission.


Week One:

“Valley Uprising”


August 16, 2017



Where: Little Beach Park | Minturn

Time: Park opens at 7 p.m. | Films start at sunset

More info: Little Beach Park is an outdoor venue. Come prepared with blankets and layers. Flashlights or headlamps are also recommended. No registration is necessary to attend. These film screenings are free to attend, though we will gratefully accept your donation of any amount at the door.

Nicky’s Quickie will be on-site serving up delicious pitas and Crazy Mountain beer will be available for purchase.


For the past 50 years, Yosemite’s massive cliffs have drawn explorers and madmen to leave materialism behind and venture onto the high, lonesome granite.

The larger-than-life characters of Yosemite carved out an extreme bohemian lifestyle in the valley: living in the dirt, clashing with the National Park authorities and pioneering the boldest climbs on earth. The torch has been passed across three generations of climbers; through rivalries, tragedies and triumphs, the art of Yosemite climbing has advanced beyond anyone’s imagination.

Narrated by acclaimed actor Peter Sarsgaard (Garden State, Jarhead, An Education) and produced by Emmy Award-Winning Sender Films with Big UP Productions, Valley Uprising deftly recounts the history of Yosemite’s bold tradition: half a century of struggle against the laws of gravity and the laws of the land.

Starring Yosemite climbing legends Dean Potter, Alex Honnold, Lynn Hill, Jim Bridwell, Royal Robbins, Warren Harding, Yvon Chouinard, John Bachar, “Chongo” Chuck and so many more…

A Film by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen
Edited by Josh Lowell
Produced by Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, and Zachary Barr

Film run time: 01:38

This film might not be suitable for young children.





In true Vail Symposium style, producers, actors, directors and other special guests will accompany these screenings to introduce the film, answer questions following the screening and mingle with the audience before and after the show. Boulder-based legendary climber Jim Erickson will be joining us to watch the film for the first time and answer questions after the showing.

One of the most influential climbers in the sport, Jim Erickson helped change the art of climbing itself, especially in Colorado. Starting in the late 1960s, Erickson and partners began systematically freeing routes in Boulder’s Eldorado Canyon: climbing without hammering pitons into the rock. He made the first free ascent of The Naked Edge (5.11a/b) and free soloed classics like Blind Faith (5.10b) on the Bastille that had before been classified as aid-only climbs. In 1976, Erickson took that verve to big walls when he and Art Higbee made the first free ascent of Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome in 34 hours, a feat memorialized in the Robert Redford-narrated documentary film “Free Climb: The Northwest Face of Half Dome.”


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