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Legendary rock climbers focus of Reel Rock film festival

Kristy HollandBoulder Daily Camera

Special to the Daily/Peter Mortimer

What do you get when you combine the best of Boulder’s filmmaking scene, the enthusiasm of 2,700 members of the core climbing community and an amphitheater beneath the Flatirons?”The most exciting Reel Rock yet,” says Peter Mortimer, co-founder of the film tour that’s set to premiere at Chautauqua Thursday and Friday.The Reel Rock film tour has become known for its vivid imagery of the world’s most sought-after climbing routes, coverage of cutting-edge climbers and its 300-plus showings worldwide. The Boulder premiere kicks off the tour’s seventh season with a four-film lineup that blends heavy climbing epics with lighthearted romps, and it spans the breadth of climbing from big-mountain epics to off-width adventures.”These stories are meatier and bigger than they’ve been in years past,” says Mortimer, who also founded Boulder-based Sender Films – one of the best adventure filmmaking companies of the day and the meeting point for the creative minds behind the tour’s lineup. “They complement each other both in terms of content and pacing, and the four films we’re showing this year – ‘La Dura Dura,’ ‘Shark’s Fin,’ ‘Wide Boys’ and ‘Honnold 3.0’ – took years of filming and are a collaboration of dozens of filmmakers who all want to push to be the best.”Mortimer compares the filmmakers to the climbers they document – and whom the Reel Rock tour has helped to inspire. “Like them, we feed off the global movement of climbers trying to do more and do it better,” he says. “It’s really positive and it’s making the Reel Rock tour so much stronger – it’s a win-win for climbing, filmmaking and our community.”Mortimer is hoping a venue change will offer more of a sense of community for this year’s Boulder premiere. Instead of the usual unveiling in the always-sold-out Boulder Theater, opening night has been moved to the larger auditorium space at Chautauqua, where Mortimer believes the atmosphere will be both festive and decidedly more community-centric than in years past.To read this article in its entirety, go to http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_21474482/reel-rock-film-festival-boulder-rock-climbing-chris-sharma-conrad-anker-alex-honnold?IADID=Search-www.dailycamera.com-www.dailycamera.com