Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey
Showings
Rafael 3Fri, Oct 6 8:30 PM Not Available
 
Lark TheatreTue, Oct 10 8:30 PM Not Available
 
Century Larkspur 3Fri, Oct 13 12:00 PM Not Available
 
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Country:US
Year:2017
Running Time:96 min.
Language:English
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
Description
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.