We're very proud of winning Best Climbing Film at this year's Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival for Psycho Vertical, where the jury commented:
The Jury found this film to be direct and nuanced at the same time, treating important and difficult questions that are seldom brought up within the context of climbing. It engages gently, setting a tone, but circles back with considerations about self-image, doubt, family, love, obsession and escape. It presents as very human and doesn’t insist on anything, and it falls far short of drawing a conclusion, yet it is somehow endearing – showing us the fragility in ‘hardcore’. Often telling three different stories at the same time, this work is nevertheless one piece, holding its focus throughout, with polished editing, intense visuals, and a strong connection to the viewer during the narrative. Then it leaves you with a tentative smile, rather than a slap on the back.
Thank you Vancouver!