K2: Siren of the Himalayas is the culmination of several years of planning and three months of filming in Pakistan. Here's how you can help! We've broken down our remaining costs into the following categories:
Our goal is to raise $5,000 from Kickstarter to help pay for post-production costs. We have already spent about $25,000 on the film, and we need about another $15,000 to complete a final product. Remember, we only get to keep our Backers' generous contributions if we reach our Kickstarter goal, so we're keeping it low enough to hit at $5,000 while also covering some extremely important post-production costs!
We've partnered with Webby and Emmy® Award-winning director Jason Reid and his production team to help edit and produce the final feature cut of the film. Most of it was shot with HD video cameras, but we also shot more than two hours of beautiful 16mm film on K2. Our initial fundraising goal of $5,000 will go a long way to help cover video transfer, footage licensing and graphics.
The film features interviews with some of the world's most accomplished high altitude alpinists, including Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner as well as Guide Chris Szymiec and mountaineer Jake Meyer. We're using footage shot during the 1909 Italian expedition and the photographs of expedition photographer Vittorio Sella to illustrate the Duke of Abruzzi's historic expedition.
Dave is a photographer, filmmaker and student of life. His interests in climbing and photography have taken him to Africa, Tibet, Nepal and Pakistan. When he's not enjoying the outdoors, he's pursuing a degree in medicine.
Based in Colorado, Fabrizio spends a good portion of every year guiding in Nepal, Tibet and Pakistan. When he's not guiding he pursues personal goals on some of the biggest mountain faces in the world.
Originally from Austria, Gerlinde now calls Germany home, where she lives with her husband Ralf Dujmovits. In 2011 Gerlinde became the first women to climb all 14 8000 meter peaks without oxygen when she reached the summit of K2 via the rarely climbed North Pillar.
Based in the Canadian Rockies, Chris spends most of his time guiding on mountains in India and Pakistan. He has led successful expeditions to several 8000 meter peaks including Cho Oyu and Broad Peak.
Jake is based in the UK near London. When he was 21 years old he became the youngest Brit to climb the Seven Summits after reaching the top of Mt. Everest. He is a sought after speaker for corporate and charitable organizations where he uses his experiences in the mountains to motivate and entertain.
The Duke led expeditions all over the world during the late 19th and early 20th century. He travelled to the Wrangell St. Elias Range in Alaska, the Rumenzori's of Africa and in 1909 he travelled to K2 to "contribute to the solution of the problem as to the greatest height to which man may attain in mountain climbing."
Sella was undoubtedly the greatest mountain photographer of his time, perhaps all time. He accompanied the Duke on several expeditions and also explored the Alps and Caucusus extensively. He was considered a master by none other than Ansel Adams.