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Luxury Liner: The First Ascent of Supercrack – DVD and Film Tour

Luxury Liner: The First Ascent of Supercrack – DVD and Film Tour

Mar 31, 2009 March 31, 2009

One of the highlights from our spring refresh of the Tin Shed was an extended trailer for Chris Alstrin's new climbing film Luxury Liner: The First Ascent of Supercrack. We're pleased to share news with you that the movie is finished, the DVD is now available (orders ship on 4/20) and the film tour will kick off this Thursday night, April 2, in Boulder, Colorado. From there the movie heads to Gunnison (4/3), Golden (4/8), Colorado Springs (4/10) and Durango (4/23), then it's off to Arizona for screenings in Flagstaff (4/24) and Tempe (4/25).

Check out the tour schedule at Alstrin Films for all the dates and details. Now that the film is finished, Chris hopes to add more dates to the tour. You can visit his Facebook group if you want to suggest a venue, RSVP for one of the screenings or share the trailer on your profile.

[High-quality version can be viewed in the Tin Shed.]

Hit the jump for more background on the project and some behind-the-scenes photos.

From Chris:

In 1976, Indian Creek was a little-known, dried-up, ancient riverbed in southeastern Utah. But in that year the impossible became the possible: Earl Wiggins climbed Supercrack, a 300-foot vertical sandstone fracture from the ground up. Indian Creek is now considered one of the finest international climbing destinations in the world.

Luxury Liner is the story of a bold man behind an unthinkable idea. It pairs historical footage of the first ascent of Supercrack with recent interviews that reminisce on an earlier time, when climbing necessitated fearlessness, confidence, finesse and humility.

When Wiggins' ropemates Ed Webster and Bryan Becker return to Supercrack thirty years later to share memories, they come upon wisdom: simplicity is at the heart of climbing, even today, and the audacious foolishness of the past continues to resonate into the future.

This film is a green production. All filming and editing were done using solar power. During the making of the film we spent seven days in the desert with six people. We produced one small bag of trash. Everything else was recycled or composted. We are very excited to share this film with you.

Luxury Liner 1

[Ed Webster enjoys the last few minutes of sun for the day. Photo: Alstrin Films]

Luxury Liner 2

[Ed Webster tapes up before the climb, 30 years after the first ascent. Photo: Alstrin Films]

Luxury Liner 3

[Director/Producer Chris Alstrin wearing shorts that are way too short for him. Photo: Alstrin Films]

Luxury Liner 4

[Bryan Becker sings his heart out. Photo: Alstrin Films]

Luxury Liner 5

[Malcolm Murray edits the day's footage in the solar camper. Photo: Alstrin Films]

We hope you appreciate independent films like this as much as we do. Visit Alstrin Films to purchase your copy of Luxury Liner today or enjoy an evening out at one of the film tour stops. If you're interested in preserving access to the magical landscape of Indian Creek and its priceless climbing resources, check out Friends of Indian Creek.

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