Mountain Movies to Madison

It goes without saying that I love mountain movies. The whole genre of adventure media is thrilling for more than just the imagery that displays the daring exploits of men and women on high alpine peaks or sheer walls of granite thousands of feet above the ground. These new films created by artists and athletes from around the world are exciting because unlike most of your Hollywood-style cinema these movies depict the true-life stories of real people. And the adventures they portray are infinitely accessible to anyone with the courage and ambition to pursue them.
That’s why I believe it’s important to make these incredibly compelling stories available to the broadest possible audience. And though some titles are available over the Internet, for the best possible experience quality films should be seen on a big screen with a large audience. And thanks to a new distribution model made possible by I have the unique opportunity to bring more mountain movies to Madison.

The way it works is Tugg coordinates with independent filmmakers and local movie enthusiasts to bring obscure titles to small regional theaters. The promoter, that’s me, works to build enthusiasm and an audience to put on a show. So the Joy Trip Project is proud to announce a public screening of a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Michael Brown called High Ground. In this true story eleven wounded American solders who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan struggle to overcome their injuries to climb the 20,000-foot Himalayan peak Mount Lobuche. Lead by blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and a team of Everest climbers, these fallen heroes set out on a compelling and emotional journey in an attempt to heal the physical and psychological wounds they received during the longest sustained military conflict in US history.

Presented on Veterans Day November 12, 2012 at the AMC Star Fitchburg 18 theater this film screening aims to bring together the Madison mountaineering community and celebrate to restorative power outdoor recreation. This film is a passionate testament to the positive role nature can play in healing the mind and body following a devastating injury or traumatic experience. It’s also a humble tribute to the continuing sacrifices members of the armed forces make in their selfless protection of the freedom and liberty we all enjoy.

Tickets for this one-day-only screening can be reserved online at The price of admission is $10. To guarantee that this event takes place a minimum of 70 tickets must be sold in advance by November 5th. In order to assure a good turnout please share this link with your friends and family and encourage them to attend. This is one of those great opportunities to build some community spirit with an event that promises to be both inspiring and exciting.Reserve your tickets today!

The Joy Trip Project is made possible with the support sponsors Patagonia, Rayovac and the New Belgium Brewing Company

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I’m a freelance journalist that specializes in telling stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving and practices of sustainable living.