Premiering this week (November 13) on WCNY is a masterpiece work on the 46 Peaks from young director Blake Cortright.
The film began shooting in July of 2013, when the crew of “The 46ers” took a camera crane to the summit of Whiteface Mountain. They were met by fierce winds and thick clouds atop the mountain. It was one of the many obstacles they -- like the thousands who have hiked the High Peaks – faced.over the next three years of shooting and post production.
The result is simply stunning. Here’s more from the press release:
"The 46ers is a feature film that captures the imagination and inspiration of those who make scaling the 46 Adirondack Mountain High Peaks in northern New York State a life-changing experience in their lives.
The film provides an introduction to the men and women of the Adirondack 46ers Club, a group that supports the hiking of the high peaks in summer and winter from places such as Mount Marcy, the place from which Director Blake Cortright drew inspiration for the film.
As spectacular as the vistas are as seen atop 19 of the High Peaks including Cascasde and Porter, so are the moving stories of individuals who set out to move through the mountains at paces that range from intense to gentle. The result: memories and stories that last a lifetime, including those of Pete Fish, who hiked Marcy, the highest peak in New York, more than 700 times and Ron Konowitz, the first to ski all 46 High Peaks.
Follow the stories of ordinary men and women who have done the extraordinary. What draws these people? It is not all beautiful views and comfortable conditions, because climbing these mountains is tough. The journey can be treacherous, even life threatening; yet these individuals persevere".
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