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DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY

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6.6 Wednesday (Film Screening)
Nectar, SolidSound & Patagonia present:
DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY
Feat. live performances from the original score
Cliffhammer, Brad Anthony & The Expedition
7:30pm Door / 8:00pm film start
$12adv / $15dos
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Nectar Lounge
412 N 36th St



DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY

Fred Beckey is the original American “Dirtbag” climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. Beckey’s stubborn, singular quest to conquer peaks meant a solitary life on the road, where he left a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake. The groundbreaking life story of this rebel athlete, who inspired generations with his monumental first ascents, eloquent books and the lifestyle he fearlessly pioneered, is told for the first time in this exclusive documentary film.


Hailed as one of the most prolific, influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey’s adventures began in Washington’s North Cascade range with his brother Helmy in the 1930s. In 1942, the Beckey brothers cemented their place in alpine lore when the teenagers survived an incredible second ascent of Mount Waddington––considered the most difficult climb in North America at the time. This success marked the beginning of Fred’s epic tear of first ascents around the world, during which he became the consummate “Dirtbag” climber: defined as one who forgoes material comforts and defies societal norms in pursuit of a nomadic mountaineering lifestyle.

Throughout the 20th Century, Fred’s accomplishments exceeded anyone in the sport. He shattered records with an unparalleled string of superhuman first ascents, bushwhacking trails and pioneering direct routes thought previously impassable. He eschewed fame, sponsors, family life and the politics of the industry so his only obligation would remain conquering the next summit. Fred’s individualistic attitude led to him being passed over when the first American climbing team formed to summit Mount Everest in 1963, but the exclusion only drove Beckey to seek more summits, and he continued climbing until he passed away on October 30, 2017 at the age of 94.

In his later years, the man who once bounded up granite and ice with graceful elegance and ease became challenged with the simplicity of everyday life. Fred slowed physically, but his zeal for the outdoors never waned, as he steadfastly continued plotting new routes up undiscovered ranges for the next generation of climbers and explorers.

Throughout his exceptional life, Fred kept meticulous personal journals where he mused on everything from arcane geology, to his wild road adventures and many romantic dalliances, to the myriad sunrises he witnessed from vantages not seen by man before. An environmentalist before there was such a word, Fred used these journals as the basis for 13 essential books that help connect aspiring climbers to the mountains.

Animations of Fred’s personal journals, guidebooks and photographs combine with breathtaking aerial photography, motion graphics and rare archival footage to weave together the tapestry of this complex man’s life. More than 30 additional interviews with some of the world’s greatest climbers and authors––including Timothy Egan, Yvon Chouinard, Layton Kor, Conrad Anker, Royal Robbins and Reinhold Messner––attest to Fred Beckey’s legendary stature, environmental advocacy and iconic impact on the alpine world.


THE FILMMAKERS

Director Dave O’Leske’s spent the past decade filming Fred Beckey with unprecedented access, getting to know the mythical man in the mountains of China, across North America and in his Pacific Northwest home.

In 2015, O’Leske partnered with a crew of award-winning Seattle filmmakers––Producers Jason Reid, Andy McDonough, Colin Plank and Adam Brown, Editor Darren Lund and Executive Producer Colin Baxter––whose past credits include the hit climbing documentary K2: SIREN OF THE HIMALAYAS (2012), the Emmy® Award-winning MAN ZOU: BEIJING TO SHANGHAI (2010), the Webby Award-winning SONICSGATE: REQUIEM FOR A TEAM (2009), and the narrative drama EDEN (2013), which won Audience Awards for Best Narrative at SXSW and the Milan International Film Festival.

O’Leske’s first film, SPIRIT OF SNOW (2002), won a Special Jury Award at Mountainfilm and Best Short Documentary at the Golden Film Festival. The team raised $105K in post-production funds via a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, going on to World Premiere DIRTBAG at Mountainfilm in Telluride. After playing to fervent crowds at more than 25 film festivals and winning 13 awards in 2017, including five Grand Prizes and two Audience Awards, the film embarked on an independent theatrical tour before releasing via Film Sales Company in 2018.

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