Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen on the Life of Mountain Climber Marc-Andre Leclerc in The Alpinist [Exclusive Interview]

The Alpinist with Marc-Andre Leclerc

The Alpinist with Marc-Andre Leclerc

Canadian Marc-Andre Leclerc was one of the most respected mountain climbers and alpinists in the community. Directors Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen try to capture his life in The Alpinist, who values his sense of adventure and privacy over fame and records.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Marc-Andre Leclerc alone, far from the limelight. On remote alpine faces, the free-spirited 23-year-old Canadian makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. Yet, he draws scant attention. With no cameras, no rope, and no margin for error or car, and is reluctant to let a film crew in on his pure vision of climbing, veteran filmmaker Peter Mortimer (The Dawn Wall) sets out to make a film about Leclerc but struggles to keep up with his elusive subject. Then, Leclerc embarks on a historic adventure in Patagonia that will redefine what is possible in solo climbing.

Other interview subjects in the documentary include Brette Harrington, Alex Honnold, Reinhold Messner, and Barry Blanchard.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with directors Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen. We discussed the life and personality of Marc-Andre Leclerc and the difficult cinematography of capturing beautiful images at great heights without disturbing the climber.

Peter Mortimer is the founder of Sender Films, in which he produced and directed rock-climbing documentaries, adventure television series, and commercials. His work won numerous film festival awards and a Sports Emmy. Some of his other notable films included Valley Uprising, King Lines, The Dawn Wall, and First Ascent.

Nick Rosen is a partner, writer, and producer at Sender Films. Since 2005, he created feature films and television programs for NBC, The Weather Channel, National Geographic Channels International, and The New York Times Online. His other notable films included Valley Uprising, First Ascent, Reel Rock, and Reel Rock Film Tour.

The Alpinist is in theaters tomorrow.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think of it.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Universal Pictures Content Group, Roadside Attractions

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