This is Beth and Reel Rock 16

A new short film about Beth Rodden premieres this weekend at Reel Rock 16

by Andrew Bisharat

LIVE THIS WEEKEND! ‘This Is Beth’ will premiere as a part of Reel Rock 16 and will be available online March 24 – 27 with an exclusive Q&A.

This touching, short film is such a gem. My friend Beth Rodden is one of the most prolific athletes in climbing history, with multiple free ascents of El Cap and first ascents of cutting-edge lines to her name. The film was also a trip down memory lane for me, as I shot lots of the historical footage that appears in the film. To see these visuals 20 years later is to feel as if no time has passed—speaking to the power of imagery.

Hats off to a Well Traveled Collective and the team that created this great film, including: director Jen Randall, DP Tara Kerzhner, producers Sarah Steele and Noam Argov, and Marina Rich. I was honored to play a small role in shooting a pickup interview with Beth in Yosemite West. I headed down with Sarah Steele and Miya Tsudome to Beth’s home, and Josh Lowell called in via iPhone to ask questions that led to a really wonderful and powerful interview.

Thanks to Beth for being such a great friend and an inspiration on every level. I urge everyone to buy tickets to ReelRock this weekend to see “THIS IS BETH” and all the other great features in this year’s line-up. Tickets are available now!

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