Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey


Rafael 3 Fri, Oct 6, 2017 8:30 PM
Lark Theatre Tue, Oct 10, 2017 8:30 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Fri, Oct 13, 2017 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:96 min.
Director:Dave O'Leske
Producer:Dave O'Leske
Jason Reid
Colin Plank
Andy McDonough;
Cinematographer:Dave O'Leske
Editor:Jason Reid
Darren Lund
Note Writer:Brian Karl


Portraying a stubbornly independent spirit—and a legend among mountain climbers for generations—this lively documentary celebrates an exceptional life and chronicles the sublime thrill of ascending never-before-attained peaks. Well into his late 80s, Fred Beckey has yet to surrender his ropes and crampons as he continues to scale alpine walls. Animation, archival footage, and the stories spun by Beckey’s fellow climbers bring his past conquests, as well as his checkered history, to vivid life. Director Dave O’Leske charts the logistics and aesthetics of Beckey’s various lines of ascent, underlining his accomplishments and exposing a kind of beauty in the relationship between man and mountain face. Beckey’s lifestyle has been rough and ready, leaving a trail of awkward and abandoned relationships. But there is a sort of idiosyncratic glory to his individualism and refusal to give in to convention as he relentlessly pursues lofty new paths to surmount.

In association with Bay Area Climbers Coalition.