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Mount St. Elias 
Documentary
100 minutes
Director: Gerald Salmina
Year: 2009
Country: Austria/USA
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Fri 9:00 pm RUSH


Stunning cinematography chronicles three of the world's greatest ski mountaineers in their attempt to realize the longest ski descent in the world. Set against the backdrop of Alaska's dangerous beauty, two Austrian ski mountaineers and an American freeski mountaineer are facing this breathtaking challenge. The three are fiercely independent but also know they literally cannot survive without teamwork. When one of the team fails to cooperate, it becomes a stuggle, not against nature, but against each other. The descent of 25 kilometers from the 18,008 foot high summit to the beach- with a massive vertical relief up to 60 degrees- offers an adventure with indefinable risk. However, before this record decent can be started, the mountain has to be climbed. To capture these gorgeous and terrifying images, a small but highly specialized ground team is paired with a state of the art cineflex helicopter camera system- in addition to the use of permanent helmet cameras for the mountaineers themselves. The combination produces unprecedented access to this level of adventure. [language, subtitles]
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