Saturday, December 12
Doors 1:00 | Movie 1:30
Tickets $10 advance HERE/ or $12 at the door
*All ages OK in the balcony! 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
MERU (Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, 2015 / 87 mins / PG) | Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and lossas they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.
In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain’s perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world’s toughest climbers.
In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly devolved into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey – like all previous attempts – fell short of the goal.
Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his team to reunite and undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances.
“Harrowing and ultimately moving! One of the best sports documentaries of its type in recent years. Engrossing..hair-raising…a nail-biter.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety
“High-tech, high-octane, high-fiving…a winning combination of the gruelingly practical and the luminously cosmic. Transport[s] viewers to the roof of the world.” – Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
“Meru is absolutely worth the climb.” – Paula Mejia, Newsweek
*Winner: Sundance 2015 – Audience Award, Documentary
*True/False Film Festival – Official Selection
*Full Frame Documentary Film Festival – Official Selection
*Nashville Film Festival – Official Selection
*Telluride Mountainfilm 2015 – Official Selection
*Winner: Telluride Mountainfilm 2015 – Charlie Fowler Award
*San Francisco International Film Festival – Official Selection