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Reel Rock documentary series coming to Bitterroot Public Library

Reel Rock 14, an international rock climbing documentary series, is coming to the Bitterroot Public Library on October 24, at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. The film series, in its 14th year, will be shown free to the public.

Reel Rock 14, an international rock climbing documentary series, is coming to the Bitterroot Public Library on Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room.

The film series, in its 14th year, will be shown free to the public.

Every year, the Reel Rock Film Tour brings premieres of the best new climbing documentary films to communities around the world, with over 500 locations in 40 countries. The vast majority of showings around the country require the purchase of tickets to view the series.

Nansu Roddy, Public Services Librarian, negotiates the film screening rights each year to make the series available at the library. Currently, only one other location is showing Reel Rock 14 in Montana during the 2019-20 film tour. The Spire Climbing Center in Bozeman will show the series Oct. 30. Tickets for that showing are available online at reelrocktour.com.

“Hosting an actual international screening event of this quality and being the first in Montana to show it to our community is very exciting,” Roddy said. “This event is free to you so come early to get your seat and enjoy.”

BPL began offering the film series to the public three years ago in 2016.

According to reelrocktour.com, this year’s documentaries feature The High Road, in which “the powerful and bold climber Nina Williams tests herself on some of the highest, most difficult boulder problems ever climbed, United States of Joe’s where rock climbers interact with a conservative coal mining community in rural Utah, to surprising results and The Nose Speed Record, in which rock climbing “legends” Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold battle Yosemite dirt bags Jim Reynolds and Brad Gobright in a high stakes race for greatness.”

Founded in 2005 by filmmakers Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer, Reel Rock has become a premiere, award-winning platform for climbing films that “weave bold action, humor, heart, and soul into larger-than-life human stories for a wide audience, from the core climber to the armchair mountaineer.”

The Reel Rock 14 film tour begins with a world premiere in Boulder, Colorado, on Oct. 18.

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