The Austin Film Festival’s 2015 lineup includes two outdoor adventure films: Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia and The Great Alone. Both films take a broad look at the lives and careers of their subjects, as well as focusing in on a specific challenge. For Jeff Lowe, it’s his climb of Eiger’s notorious North Face. For Lance Mackey, it’s his pursuit of a fifth Iditarod victory. Both couch potatoes and aficionados will love the adrenaline rush, scenic beauty and the moving human stories told in these movies.
Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia
For nine harrowing days in the winter of 1991, Jeff Lowe pieced together a nearly impossible route up the very center of the Eiger’s North Face. This is the story behind that climb – an act of imagination – that has become legendary. Jon Krakauer photographed Jeff’s ascent for Men’s Journal. Twenty two years later the best selling author narrates the greater, more compelling story behind that climb and what lies beneath Jeff’s high adventure lifestyle and the keys to his success in life today. Original film footage from the archives captures visionary firsts, key instructional lessons and exciting new retakes on old stories.
The Great Alone
Lance Mackey entered his first dogsled race at the age of approximately negative-two-months: His mom was racing when she was seven months pregnant with him, says John DeFore in The Hollywood Reporter. His father was co-founder of the Iditarod Anchorage to Nome endurance race in 1973. With a family inheritance like that, it’s no wonder that Mackey became one of the greatest dog sled drivers of all time. The Great Alone follows the four time Iditarod winner on his quest for a fifth title. Filmed in the Alaskan Arctic, be prepared for intense frozen beauty. Bring a jacket.
Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia will be shown at 9:30 pm on Friday, October 30th at the Galaxy Highland and at 6:30 pm Monday, November 2nd at the Hideout.
The Great Alone will be shown at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 29th at Alamo Drafthouse Village and at 2 pm Wednesday, November 4th at the Galaxy Highland
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