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THE SANCTITY OF SPACE
THE GREAT OUTDOORS | CALIFORNIA PREMIERE
Directors RENAN OZTURK & FREDDIE WILKINSON (United States 2021) 86 min
A five-year story of friendship and obsession, The Sanctity of Space (DocPitch 2018) tracks filmmakers Renan Ozturk, Freddie Wilkinson, and Zack Smith’s efforts to retrace the steps of legendary mountaineering photographer Bradford Washburn. Washburn’s iconic black and white photographs of the Moose’s Tooth (Dineje Waugh) Massif high above Alaska’s Ruth Gorge taken more than eighty years ago, provide impetus for this audacious expedition. A riveting adventure film with a fixation on the sublime, characterized by the vast landscapes of the traditional homelands of the Dena’ina and Athabascan peoples.
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RENAN OZTURK lives to tell stories about our connection to the natural world, often set within the most challenging environments on Earth. He’s constantly searching for projects that move him – films that have a strong visual identity matched with some deeply compelling human element. Currently, Renan works as a commercial and documentary filmmaker, an expedition climber for The North Face, and a photojournalist for Sony and National Geographic. The films he’s made over the years have had a global presence; he’s probably best known for Meru (cinematographer/subject), which won the 2015 Audience Choice Award at Sundance, and the critically acclaimed Sherpa (cinematographer/co-director), which screened at TIFF and Telluride.
FREDDIE WILKINSON is a climber and writer known for his infectious energy and original sense of adventure. In 2012, Freddie received the prestigious Piolet d’Or for making the first ascent of Saser Kangri II, then the second-highest unclimbed mountain in the world. As a journalist, he has written extensively on topics including Himalayan border conflict, climate change, and mountain history, most prominently for National Geographic Magazine and the Opinion Section of the New York Times. In between adventures, Freddie lives in the hills of New Hampshire where he works as a guide.
|RUNNING TIME:||101 min|
|DIRECTORS:||Renan Ozturk, Freddie Wilkinson|
|PRODUCERS:||Ryan Kampe, Kate Holland, Taylor Rees
Executive Producers: Paul Wiegard, David Eckles, Minette Nelson
|CINEMATOGRAPHERS:||Renan Ozturk with Freddie Wilkinson|
|EDITORS:||Erin Barnett, Chad Ervin|
|NOTE WRITER:||Ananya Kumar-Banerjee|