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Reel Rock Film Tour finishes tour in town tonight

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The crew at the Rock Dump will host the final night in the annual Reel Rock Film Tour and 2010 Filmmaking Competition and rock climbing adventure tour at 7 p.m. tonight at The Gold Town Nickelodeon.

As the films roll into their final night of local showings, it'll be the last chance for locals to check out this year's compilation of films shot at locations all over the world. Tyler Gress, business manager at the Rock Dump, said the movies this year certainly won't disappoint. The films feature climbers of all types taking on differing problems on never-before attempted climbs. Some scale vertical walls, run knife-edge, high alpine ridge lines and aim to push the very limits of the human form. Many locales are known well for their climbing prowess such as Boulder, Co., Spain and Switzerland. And, there's sure to be a few surprises.

"This year, as in past years, there are a bunch of shorter films to kick off the night, then, after intermission we'll be showing two heavy hitters," he said.

And these, he said, are spectacular.

The show-ender features Ueli Steck in "The Swiss Machine" taking on routes with jaw-dropping speed and agility.

"He's going around basically running up all the best routes in Europe," Gress said. "The culmination of the film happens on the north face of the Eiger where he sets the speed record on film."

This is the fourth year the film tour has come through Juneau, and Gress he said he hopes the showings at the "Nick" make for a more intimate experience.

"In the past, we showed (the films) at the Rock Dump. Last year it was at Centennial Hall, the year before, it was around the time of Rocktoberfest. This year we're trying something different, a smaller venue, but two nights of it. Hopefully it'll be a bit cozier setting."

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Rock Dump for $7, or at the door for $9. For more information on this year's Reel Rock Film Tour, call the Rock Dump, 586-4982.

• Contact Outdoors editor Abby Lowell at abby.lowell@juneauempire.com.



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