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Red Flag Picks Up Doc 'High Ground'; War Vets Summit the Himalayas with Blind Guide Weihenmayer

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 28, 2012 at 5:27PM

Michael Brown's "High Ground" has been picked up by Red Flag Releasing for North American distribution. The documentary follows eleven Irag and Afghanistan war vets and one Gold Star Mother during their summit to the 20,000 foot Mount Lobuche peak in the Himalayas, along with their guide -- blind Erik Weihenmayer (who was the subject of Brown's doc "Farther Than the Eye Can See" as he climbed Everest in 2001) and his team.
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"High Ground"
"High Ground"

Michael Brown's "High Ground" has been picked up by Red Flag Releasing for North American distribution. The documentary follows eleven Irag and Afghanistan war vets and one Gold Star Mother during their summit to the 20,000 foot Mount Lobuche peak in the Himalayas, along with their guide -- blind Erik Weihenmayer (who was the subject of Brown's doc "Farther Than the Eye Can See" as he climbed Everest in 2001) and his team.

From the synopsis: "These 11 men and women, who represent nearly every branch of the military, risk everything to regain part of the lives they were meant to live before being ravaged by war.  Along with recounting their war experiences, they find teamwork, friendship and challenges both emotional and physical, on the journey." Watch the trailer below.

Brown says; “I hope that through this story veterans and their families will come to see that they are not alone. For the general public who might not know any veterans, they will hopefully feel their struggle and understand them in a very human way.”

The film was produced by Don Hahn, whose credits include "Oceans," "Earth," "Chimpanzee," and "Waking Sleeping Beauty" (which he directed).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.