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Friday, July 1, 2011


Immerse yourself in the immense beauty and treachery of the natural world in A LIFE ASCENDING, an emotional portrait of life as a mountain guide in the wake of life-altering tragedy.

Acclaimed ski mountaineer and mountain guide Rudi Beglinger spent his youth exploring the Swiss Alps he called home. After a 3-month outdoor excursion in Yosemite National Park in the late 70’s, he headed north into Canada and never looked back.

Nestled in the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, Rudi fulfilled his dream of opening an outdoor school. His mountain hut now attracts visitors worldwide who come to experience the majesty of the Selkirk Mountains under his careful watch.

His wife, Nicoline, came to Rudi’s mountain school during a 2-week break from work. The two fell in love instantly and settled into an existence exposed to the dangers of the natural world but sheltered from those of civilization.

The life they share with their two daughters, a life filled with awe-inspiring landscapes, outdoor adventure and the close company of kindred spirits, forms the narrative for this intimate tale of the light and dark consequences of inhabiting space on the edge of the earth.

“So beautiful and emotional, about family and purpose.” - Writer David Weissman
“A cinematic spectacle.” - Elliot Kolek, Moving Pictures Magazine

A LIFE ASCENDING is a truly life-affirming cinematic experience. It bears witness to the healing power of the natural elements and the resilience of the human spirit to prevail through even the darkest hours.

Denver-born director Stephen Grynberg navigates this emotional terrain effortlessly amidst the grandeur of the film’s stunning visual backdrop.

Breathtaking cinematography and a dramatic original score add emotional impact to this story of a life lived in the shadow of ever-present danger.

A LIFE ASCENDING is Grynberg’s first feature-length documentary film in the wake of a series of successful short films and an acclaimed feature-length narrative.

Prior to life as a filmmaker, Grynberg test-drove careers as both a chemical engineer and television executive before attending the American Film Institute’s director’s program.

In addition to making films he teaches personal story writing and lives with his wife and 7-year old twins in Santa Monica.

A LIFE ASCENDING is currently touring the film festival circuit where it continues to garner awards. For more information, visit the film's official website by clicking on the title above.

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