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Film review: 'Brave New Wild'

April 15, 2016 5:34 a.m.

KPBS film critic Beth Accomando reviews "Brave New Wild."

Related Story: 'Brave New Wild' Explores Lifestyle Choices Of Rock Climbers


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UCSD grads Oakley Anderson-Moore and Alexander Reinhard are holding the San Diego premiere of their new documentary Brave New Wild at the Ken Cinema on April 19. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando says it explores what makes people want to climb rocks.

CLIP What’s still unanswered is why two men will spend a month’s time and risk their lives merely to climb a rock. But as one climber said, if you have to ask why, you wouldn’t understand even if the reason were explained.

Brave New Wild is willing to ask why and then explain this very particular obsession. Filmmaker Oakley Anderson-Moore has an inside track because her father was a climber in the Golden Age of rock climbing. She gathers family home video as well as archive footage from the 50s, 60s, and 70s to explore what made these men abandon jobs and family for a hobo’s life scaling giant rocks. Anderson-Moore also interviews climbing luminaries to deliver a breezy, fun, and compelling portrait of men who couldn’t resist the challenge of scaling something deemed unclimbable.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.