Sender Films

  • NBC News Nov 1, 2016

    How 15-Year-Old Ashima Shiraishi Became the Face of Pro Rock Climbing.

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  • Outside Magazine Sep 14, 2016

    The REEL ROCK Film Tour is celebrating its 11th year in 2016, and with this lineup, it's a year for the ages.

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  • National Geographic Sep 13, 2016

    Now in its 11th year, REEL ROCK has established itself as climbing’s answer to Warren Miller’s ski films. Though the subject matter of the films often dives deep into core ascents, the way the subject is presented can easily be grasped by everyone.

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  • OUTSIDE MAGAZINE Nov 19, 2015

    Last week, Clif Bar and Sender Films released Generation Up, a video featuring teenage rock climbers Ashima Shiraishi, 14, and Kai Lightner, 16, on YouTube. The short film shows the two athletes as they climb routes together inside Norway’s Flatanger cave.

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  • National Geographic Sep 21, 2015

    Josh Lowell and his fellow filmmaker and REEL ROCK co-founder, Pete Mortimer, of Sender Films, have arguably done more to communicate the sport of climbing to a wide audience than anyone else. Now in its tenth year, the REEL ROCK Tour continues to stay true to its mission of making films that capture the most cutting-edge climbs and climbers.

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  • Men's Journal Sep 21, 2015

    Movies on Mountains: 9 Reasons Climbing Films Are In Right Now

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  • Grind TV Sep 18, 2015

    Put down the popcorn and forget about the big-ticket fall blockbusters (sorry, Everest): When it comes to the adventure films that will be on everyone’s lips this year, REEL ROCK Film Tour pretty much controls the monopoly.

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  • Rock and Ice Sep 15, 2015

    Rock and Ice caught up with REEL ROCK founder Pete Mortimer to learn more about this year's lineup, the art of making climbing films, and a sneak peek at what's in store for next year.

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  • Outside Magazine Sep 9, 2015

    Climbing's Preeminent Film Tour Is Rock Solid This Year

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  • National Geographic Aug 21, 2015

    REEL ROCK Film Tour founder Peter Mortimer reveals what is important in climbing films and what fascinates him about climbing the most.

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  • Outside Magazine May 29, 2015

    "Boulder, Colorado, production company Sender Films has done for climbing what Peralta did for surfing: toss rebel culture into the mainstream with a wink and a middle finger."

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  • San Francisco Chronicle Apr 24, 2015

    Discovery channel airs stunning film on Yosemite climbers

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  • Adventure Journal Feb 18, 2015

    Valley Uprising’s Director Commentary With Peter Mortimer

    "...The most important climbing movie in ages..."

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  • Smithsonian Jan 15, 2015

    Two Climbers Made it Up El Capitan Via an Impossibly Vertical Wall

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  • The Daily Beast Jan 14, 2015

    "The lineage of climbing, from those few original self-described dirtbags all the way to modern times, is now punctuated with Caldwell and Jorgeson’s successful siege. It’s laid out in the award winning documentary Valley Uprising..."

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  • Style of Sport Jan 12, 2015

    VALLEY UPRISING

    "Like what cool indie sport documentary, 'Dog Town & Z-Boys', did for skateboarding, and 'Riding Giants' did for big wave surfing, 'Valley Uprising' does for climbing, with great vintage images and footage, showcasing the rebel counterculture of climbing and the colorful personalities of its athletes."

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  • National Public Radio Jan 11, 2015

    Half-Century of Battles for the Biggest Rock Walls on "All Things Considered"

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  • Bloomberg TV Jan 9, 2015

    Watch Sender Films founder, Peter Mortimer, help explain why a Yosemite climb is getting so much attention.

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  • Sierra Dec 1, 2014

    Yosemite Rock Stars Turn Movie Stars

    "Unsurprisingly, recounting the complex cultural history of Yosemite's climbing community—which includes dozens of unruly characters, plenty of illegal activity, and rabble-rousers who've clashed with the National Park Service since the first bolt was hammered into El Capitan—wasn't easy."

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  • The New York Times Nov 19, 2014

    The Calculus of Climbing at the Edge by Alex Honnold

    "Within the climbing world, we are all known for taking risks in one form or another. Our careers as climbers have been shaped by free soloing."

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  • The New York Times Nov 14, 2014

    "... Clif Bar has withdrawn its sponsorship of five top professional climbers featured in the film, some with a year or more left on their contracts, saying the climbers take risks that make the company too uncomfortable to continue financial support. ... The release of 'Valley Uprising,' by Sender Films, might have just been the tipping point for action..."

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  • Climbing Magazine Nov 10, 2014

    Valley Uprising Wins Banff Grand Prize

    "This film tells an epic tale, giving us larger-than-life characters whose lives play out on a vast stage. The result is a work that will inspire not just climbers but the world at large.”

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  • Red Bull Sep 27, 2014

    "This may be the BEST CLIMBING FILM EVER made"

    "Ken Burns's 'The National Parks'? This is more 'Dogtown and Z-Boys.' A new kind of climbing film."

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  • Men's Journal Sep 25, 2014

    Valley Uprising: A History of Yosemite's Climbing Rebels

    "Valley Uprising chronicles the loss of a lifestyle but, in a gripping final scene capturing an illegal climb/BASE jump, also shows that history is still being created high above the valley floor."

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  • National Geographic Sep 24, 2014

    Climber Dean Potter on Valley Uprising, the Art of No Rules

    "Living by his own rule of no rules, Potter embodies a free-spirited, daredevil nature that mirrors Yosemite’s climbing evolution..."

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  • Variety Sep 22, 2014

    "Valley Uprising" Raises the Bar

    "Valley Uprising makes its debut outside of producer Sender Films’ Reel Rock Film Tour for the first time in the San Sebastian Savage Cinema sidebar."

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  • National Geographic Sep 17, 2014

    New Film "Valley Uprising" Depicts a Colorful Slice of Yosemite Climbing History

    "The film moves at a fast pace, providing context of American cultural trends alongside the evolution of Yosemite climbing. ... The brilliantly scripted narrative is captivating."

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  • The Denver Post Sep 10, 2014

    "Valley Uprising" tells Yosemite climbers' classical-versus-punk tale

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  • Westword Sep 8, 2014

    In Valley Uprising, a Boulder Filmmaker Explores Yosemite's Climbing Counterculture...


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  • Outside Aug 18, 2014

    VALLEY UPRISING

    "Yosemite Valley, the birthplace of rebel climbing culture is supposed to be all cleaned up and mellowed out. But as a new film shows, the outlaw spirit is alive and well."

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  • Sender Films on CBS This Morning Nov 29, 2012

    Watch Sender Films on CBS This Morning.

    "Filming Extreme Sports, an Extreme Endeavor"

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  • National Geographic Nov 28, 2012

    Return to Sender: Pete Mortimer and the Genius of Sender's Climbing Films

    "Thanks in large part to Sender Films, Honnold quickly became a celebrity, appearing on the cover of National Geographic and in a feature on 60 Minutes..."

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