The Making of Return to Mount Kennedy


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  • Group size 75 people
  • Instructor Filmmaker Eric Becker

n 1965 Jim Whittaker led Robert Kennedy to the first ascent of a remote mountain in the Yukon named after JFK. Fifty years later, their sons revisited the site of the iconic climb to learn more about the endeavor that shaped their families. Along the way they were joined by filmmaker Eric Becker who documented every facet of their adventure. His award winning feature length documentary Return to Mount Kennedy spans generations, reminding how every trail connects through the enduring friendships built in the mountains. Featuring original music by Eddie Vedder and never before seen footage of the climb, the film sits at the intersection of politics, human rights, environmentalism and adventure. This talk will take the audience through the exciting and often hilarious process of creating such a film, offering visuals that "didn't make the cut," and an insiders view of the filmmaking process.

    Activity location

    Boise REI

    8300 W Emerald St, Boise, ID 83704

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