Alpinists at Large: Siguniang 1981

In 1981 Jack Tackle, Jim Donini, Kim Schmitz, Jim Kanzler, and Greg Thomsen traveled to the newly opened mountains of central China to attempt the South Face of then unclimbed Mt Siguniang. Retreating from the mountain in defeat, the team engaged in outrageous hijinks that, until recently, were too embarrassing to share publicly. This film gathers the four surviving members to learn about their experiences in China in 1981 and highlight their hilarious account with animated images from the expedition. 

12 MINUTES

Directed and Produced by JIM AIKMAN & GRAHAM ZIMMERMAN
 

For THE AMERICAN ALPINE CLUB
Very Special Thanks to STEVE SCHWARTZ

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Premieres at 2017 Kendal Mountain Film Festival

 

 

Engaging the Curve

As a couple, Ultimate Frisbee world champion Shannon McDowell and professional climber Graham Zimmerman decided they needed a new sport that they could learn together, on an even playing field. What they found was the adventure of a lifetime and a deeper appreciation for their adventurous relationship - and a lot of wipeouts! Follow along as they engage the learning curve and leave the training wheels at home. 

12 MINUTES

Directed by GRAHAM ZIMMERMAN
Produced by GRAHAM ZIMMERMAN & JIM AIKMAN

Director of Photography JIM AIKMAN
Edited by JIM AIKMAN

For REI

Premiered Summer 2017

 

 

Above the Fray

Beth Rodden is one of the greatest climbers in history. Her reflection on a terrifying expedition to Kyrgyzstan and motherhood brings her to the discovery of a balanced life. 

7 MINUTES

Directed by GRAHAM ZIMMERMAN
Produced by GRAHAM ZIMMERMAN & JIM AIKMAN

Director of Photography JIM AIKMAN

For OUTDOOR RESEARCH & OSPREY

Premiered in April 2017!

 

 

The Seven Summits

Colin O’Brady was a professional triathlete on the global circuit until 2016, when he decided to attempt an audacious and quite different goal - to reach the highest point on each of Earth’s seven continents, in record time. Under the mentorship of the record’s previous holder, Vern Tejas, Colin learns there is more to climbing mountains than the physical challenge, and that anything is possible with the support his community.

22 MINUTES

Directed by JIM AIKMAN
Produced by GRAHAM ZIMMERMAN

For OUTSIDE TELEVISION'S DISPATCHES SERIES

Premiered in March 2017!

 

 

Uncle Billy

Billy Kauhelauli’i grew up during a turbulent time in Hawai’i’s history, when its cultural identity was under serious threat. Despite these obstacles, Billy maintains links to his past through the arts of his ancestors. Follow Billy with his throw-net and surf board as he reflects on the past, present and future of his beloved Hawaiian Kingdom.

5 MINUTES

Directed by JIM AIKMAN
Cinematography by JIM AIKMAN and ANDY MASER

For OUTSIDE TELEVISION'S DISPATCHES SERIES

Premiered in February 2017!

 

 

Lost Temple of the Inca

In the mountains of Peru, an environmental scientist discovers the remnants of a lost temple submerged beneath the headwaters of the Amazon - his findings could save this sacred landscape from mining devastation and change the way he relates to wilderness.

FEATURE LENGTH

Directed by JIM AIKMAN
Produced by GRAHAM ZIMMERMAN

Featuring PRESTON SOWELL

Made with the support of the Telluride Mountainfilm Commitment Grant.

For more information on the film, including a trailer, please contact the Bedrock Team.

 

 

Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia

The story of legendary climber Jeff Lowe's rise to the top of his sport before a devastating fall from grace that precipitated perhaps the boldest solo mountain climb in history: Metanoia, on the North Face of the Eiger. Twenty years later, Jeff faces a terminal disease with the same courage and grace that characterized his career as a climber.

FEATURE LENGTH

Directed and Edited by JIM AIKMAN

Released Winter, 2014 - Banff Mountain Film Festival

Awards - Domzale Mountain Film Festival (Grand Prize), Ladek Mountain Film Festival (Grand Prize), Bilboa International Film Festival (Grand Prize), Diablaret International Alpine Film Festival (Grand Prize), Eho Mountain Film Festival (Grand Prize), Kendall Mountain Film Festival (Best Mountaineering Film), Vancouver International Film Festival (Jury’s Award), Trento Mountain Film Festival (People’s Choice Award), New Zealand International Mountain Film Festival (Best Mountain Culture Award), Zakopane Film Festival (People’s Choice Award), Boulder Adventure Film Festival (Make Your Own Adventure Award)

 

 

Martin's Boat

In the 1950’s when the Bureau of Reclamation proposed two dams in the Grand Canyon—one at Marble Canyon and the other at Bridge Canyon—the late Martin Litton made sure the Sierra Club didn't acquiesce. Martin believed the best way for people to understand how important it was to preserve the Grand Canyon was to have them experience this secret world from the river, but not in just any boat. Martin pioneered whitewater dories on the Colorado River in the 1960’s and started a proud tradition of naming the boats after wild places that had been lost or compromised by the hand of man. Martin’s Boat is a film that honors the legacy of Martin Litton and follows the newest boat in the Grand Canyon Dories fleet, the Marble Canyon, on its maiden voyage down the legendary Colorado River through the grandest canyon on Earth.

20 MINUTES

Directed by PETE McBRIDE
Edited by JIM AIKMAN

Released Winter, 2016 - Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Awards: Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival (Best Short Film), Lookout Wild Film Festival (Best Conservation Film)

 

 

High and Hallowed: Everest 1963

Profiling the bold and visionary efforts of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, the film examines the sheer commitment, step-by-step struggle and lasting impact of the first American ascent of Mt. Everest and the pioneering first ascent of the West Ridge.
Five decades later, High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 journeys back to Everest to discover if the essence of risk, adventure and the unknown that drew the first Americans to the summit still exists on Everest today.

50 MINUTES


Co-Directed and Edited by JIM AIKMAN

Released Spring, 2013 - Telluride Mountainfilm Festival

Awards - Boulder International Film Festival (Best Colorado Film 2014), New Hampshire Film Festival (Best Short Documentary), Torello Mountain Film Festival, (Best Mountain Film), Mt Hood Independent Film Festival (Best Adventure Film), Boulder Adventure Film Festival (Best Climbing Film)

 

 

5 Ways to Love in the Mountains

What would it take for your climbing partner to also be your significant other? Meet Jewell and Kyle! They’ve dedicated their lives to mountaineering and this is their advice for integrating outdoor adventure into a relationship. This film goes out to all the couples who get after it together.

5 MINUTES

Co-Directed, Produced and Edited by GRAHAM ZIMMERMAN

Released Winter, 2016

 

 

Fast and Light

A short comedy piece lampooning climbing culture in Yosemite Valley.

5 MINUTES

Directed by JIM AIKMAN, Produced by GRAHAM ZIMMERMAN and AUSTIN SIADAK

Released 2015, 5Point Film Festival