Exposure, Vol. 1HD Closed Captioning
Kyle Berkompas & Chuck Fryberger
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About the Movie
In this first installment of the Exposure Series, we'll follow professional climbers Dave Graham, Nalle Hukkataival, Matt Wilder, Cheyne Lempe, Mason Earle, Angie Payne, and Cody Roth as they seek out and attempt to climb some of the worlds most challenging boulders, mountains, and traditional routes. Experience the emotional hardships, physical pain, and mental battles as these athletes attempt to redefine their boundaries in the world of rock climbing. Their dedication and commitment to the sport will take them from the windy peaks of Patagonia to the harsh desert of Utah.
Misses the mark
In Chuck Fryberger's (excellent) 2010 film, "The Scene", Dave Graham exposes his dream that the climbing media should focus more on personalities, and less on numbers. It is an admirable stance, to which Fryberger attempts to pay justice in this film. Numbers, sends, even completed routes are a secondary priority in the film, which focuses heavily on personalities. We see the protagonists working their projects, and explaining the process to camera, but the majority of the time that is all we get. Maybe in Vol 2 (or 3) we will get to see the actual send.
The risk with this approach is that it puts more pressure on the filmmaker to shine a light into the protagonists' characters. And the shame is, therefore, that the film makes the featured personalities so dull. Mason Earle makes Colorado look like a backwater. Angie Payne seems to do nothing but moan. Matt Wilder is all setlled at home with his family. Even the usually vibrant Dave Graham seems hesitant and reserved.
Thank god for Cheyne Lempe. The section focusing on his antics in Patagonia is interesting and inspiring, and by far the best bit of the film. Even so, it finishes with a bit of an anticlimax.
I feel that there is a missed opportunity here. The concept is interesting but if you are going to make a film based on personalities and not 'sends', then you have to go into greater focus with fewer people. Hopefully vol 2 will go in this direction!