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Sundance Selects Picks Up Climbing Doc 'The Summit'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Jay Fernandez | Thompson on Hollywood January 19, 2013 at 12:12PM

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Nick Ryan’s documentary “The Summit,” which world premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house and rousing applause. Our review is here.
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"The Summit"
"The Summit"

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Nick Ryan’s documentary “The Summit,” which world premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house and rousing applause. Our review is here.

The film explores what happened when 24 climbers ascended to the top of K2, widely considered the most dangerous mountain on Earth, and only 13 returned. One out of four K2 climbers expires on the way down from the summit. Go-to writer Mark Monroe ("The Tillman Story," "The Cove," "Chasing Ice") also wrote Sundance titles "Sound City" and "Who is Dayani Cristal?" and Andrea Arnold's cinematographer Robbie Ryan ("Fish Tank" and "Wuthering Heights") delivers gorgeous digital photography. The film mixes CG reenactments of what happened --shot on a soundstage with actors as well as surviving climbers --with archive footage (and audio) and interviews.

A sister division of IFC Films, Sundance Selects picked up “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” and Oscar-nominated “How to Survive a Plague” at the 2012 festival.

Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun repped the filmmakers in the sale.

This article is related to: Sundance Film Festival, Festivals, Festivals


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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.