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Valley Uprising


Production Year

Short Film



For the past fifty 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…

Special Features include Bonus footage, extras, and behind the scenes.

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

'This may be the best climbing film ever made.'
- Red Bull Magazine

'A palpable journey that jumps off the screen...I wanted the illicit freedom to continue forever.'
- National Geographic Adventure

'Spectacular and awe-inspiring... just like Yosemite itself.'
- John Horn/The Frame

'A truly monumental piece of work. ... I can't think of a better, more enjoyable climbing film I've ever seen... there was something beautiful/ transcendental in there somewhere. When Alex free soloed Half Dome I thought I might cry!'
- Richard Heap, director Hard Grit

'Valley Uprising is the breakout adventure film of the decade.'
- Nat Geo Adventure

'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.'
- Style of Sport

Valley Uprising
BANFF Mountain Film Festival - Grand Prize
TORELLO Mountain Film Festival - Grand Prize
BILBAO MENDI Film Festival - Grand Prize
DANISH Mountain Film Festival - Grand Prize
KENDAL Mountain Film Festival - Grand Prize
KRAKOW Mountain Festival - Grand Prize
LADEK Mountain Film Festival - Grand Prize
SAN SEBASTIAN Film Festival - Savage Cinema Prize
GRAZ Mountainfilm - Alpine Camera in Gold, Sports in Mountain and Nature Category
BILBAO MENDI Film Festival - Audience Award
CHAMONIX Adventure Festival - Grand Prize
DOMZALE Mountain Film Festival - Best Mountaineering Film
WILD & SCENIC Film Festival - Most Inspiring Adventure Film
SHEFFIELD Adventure Film Festival - Best Film Bronze Award
TRENTO Film Festival - Best Film on Climbing
TRENTO Film Festival - Best Film on Exploration or Adventure
BCN Sports Film - Grand Prize
NEW ZEALAND Mountain Film Festival - Best Climbing Film
NUOVI MONDI Film Festival - Audience Award
HORSKY Film Festival - Best Documentary About Breaking The Rules and Limits In Climbing Culture
HORSKY Film Festival - Public Choice

Subtitles available on DVD/Blu-ray: Spanish, German, Chinese, Hungarian, English

Subtitles available on Digital Download: Spanish, German, Chinese, Hungarian, English, Polish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, Arabic, Japanese, Korean

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