Reel Rock Film Tour turns 11, South Shore hosts five motion pictures |

Reel Rock Film Tour turns 11, South Shore hosts five motion pictures

Autumn Whitney
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What: Reel Rock Film Tour

When: Friday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Lake Tahoe Community College

Tickets: $15


Climbers possess strong senses of daring and nerve, which encourage them to seek out the biggest rushes of adrenaline. Now, you have a chance to be part of the action. Catch breathtaking views and thrilling adventures that will have you clinging to the edge of your seat in anticipation with the 11th installment of the Reel Rock Film Tour, sponsored by The North Face and brought to South Shore by Tahoe Adventure Film Festival.

Created with the intent of showcasing climbing’s biggest stories, adventures and athletes, the tour features five films accessible to all. Even if you aren’t a climber, you’ll be inspired by the athletic talent and enthralled by the storytelling.

“You don’t need to be a climber to appreciate what [the creators] bring to the screen. People are doing something so extreme or so progressive in the sport — it’s eye candy. These guys capture that and go far beyond it, capturing the backstory, identifying a person’s personality, their background, why they climb, what they get out of climbing.

“I don’t think you need to be a climber to appreciate good storytelling,” Tahoe Adventure Film Festival creator Todd Offenbacher said.

Filmmakers Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer, of Big UP Productions and Sender Films, respectively, founded Reel Rock in 2006. Each year, the tour has highlighted various climbers across the world, putting globetrotting exploration on display.

This year, the five films feature 10 adventurers from a mix of countries, including one Lake Tahoe native. Follow the athletes through a variety of terrains ranging from the Arctic Circle to caves in Norway and cracks in British Columbia, as they seek out challenging thrills.

“They make it entertaining, funny, exciting, suspenseful — they really take everything that you want in a good film, and they’ve won a lot of awards. It’s incredible the success they’ve had.

“Compared to surfing or skiing, climbing probably isn’t as exciting to watch, but through storytelling and editing, they’ve created something that’s really special and it gets the climbing community excited,” Offenbacher said.

Inspiring, gripping and funny, Reel Rock 11 is perfect for those keen on adventure.

South Shore’s Reel Rock screening takes place at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre on Friday, Oct. 7. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. show.

Tickets will be available for $15 at the door.

For more information on Reel Rock Film Tour, including descriptions on each film, visit

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