On Thursday, September 13 Lees-McRae College Outdoor Programs will host the seventh annual REEL ROCK Film Tour at 8:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center at Lees-McRae College.
“We are so excited to be hosting this awesome film tour at Lees-McRae again this year!” said Dee Thomas, director of outdoor programs at Lees-McRae. “We encourage everyone to come early and visit the information booths for product demos.”
According to the REEL ROCK website, REEL ROCK shows are exciting events where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate the ultimate in adventure filmmaking. Prize giveaways, appearances by top climbers, and fundraising for non-profit organizations are just some of the ways that REEL ROCK events are more than just film screenings.
For the seventh year, Sender Films and Big UP Productions are combining the biggest names in the sport with stories of pushing the limits like never before. From battling Himalayan peaks to a battle on Spanish limestone to establish the world’s first 5.15c. From the non-conformist world of offwidth climbing to the new found fame of the boundary-pushing sport of free soloing. This year’s films are nothing short of intrepid tales that will get your palms sweating from beginning to end.
REEL ROCK founders Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer have been producing and directing climbing and adventure films for over a decade, with devoted audiences around the world. Their work has been featured on NBC, NPR, and The New York Times, and has won a Sports Emmy Award, plus dozens of awards at international film festivals.
After organizing small tours for their individual film releases, Lowell and Mortimer realized the huge demand for exciting live events in the outdoors community and combined forces to create The REEL ROCK Film Tour in 2006.
In 2011, REEL ROCK screened in over 280 locations world-wide, drew over 65,000 audience members, raised over $15,000 for non-profits, partnered with more than 150 retailers, university outing clubs and climbing gyms, and won copious media coverage and critical praise.
This event costs $7.00 at the door and will benefit the Carolina Climbers Coalition and the Lees-McRae College Climbing Team. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. so come early for climbing information and equipment demos.