October 7, 2011
Exciting news! The feature film about our Lobuche expedition is now official and titled High Ground. We've had to keep this quiet for months but now we can spread the word.
I can honestly tell you this film is going to blow you away! Nothing like it has ever been produced and Michael Brown has done an outstanding job making it happen. With the backing of a major Hollywood producer like Don Hahn, High Ground will have a tremendous impact upon everyone who sees it. Check out the press release and trailer:
The Lion King's Don Hahn Takes HIGH GROUND
A moving portrait of returning veterans who set out to climb a Himalayan giant in a quest to heal the physical and mental ravages of war.
BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 6, 2011 -- The Lion King producer Don Hahn, has joined Emmy Award-winning director Michael Brown on a new documentary, HIGH GROUND. The film tells the true story of eleven wounded veterans whose road to recovery takes them to the top of a Himalayan giant on a journey to heal the wounds of war.
"The story of these soldiers banding together to heal the wounds that have so radically altered their lives is beyond inspiring," said Hahn. "I'm thrilled to join a gifted filmmaker like Michael in this remarkable undertaking."
"Working with Don is a dream come true," said Michael Brown, director and five-time Mount Everest summiter. "Don's track record of film production is at the highest level and will lead HIGH GROUND to achieve the quality and visibility it deserves."
Shot on location in Nepal and the United States, the film follows an expedition that teamed disabled veterans with world recognized mountain climbers, including blind Everest summiter Erik Weihenmayer.
Composer Chris Bacon (Source Code) has signed on to compose the score. Oscar winner Gary Rizzo (Inception) is slated to mix the film, with sound services provided by Skywalker Sound in Marin, California. HIGH GROUND will make its festival premiere in early 2012.
About Don Hahn
Don produced the box office giant The Lion King and the classic Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar®. Hahn's films have been nominated for 18 Academy Awards. He recently directed Waking Sleeping Beauty and Hand Held and is Executive Producer of Tim Burton's upcoming stop-motion animated film Frankenweenie (October 2012).
About Michael Brown
As a world-class mountaineer, Michael has summited Mount Everest five times. A three-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Michael has made over 50 expeditions to all seven continents, all with cameras rolling. Men's Journal calls him "a master of gut-dropping action." As founder of the Outside Adventure Film School, Michael practices another of his favorite pursuits: teaching.