AN AMERICAN ASCENT is a feature documentary about the first African American expedition to tackle North America's highest peak, Denali.

In only a few decades the United States will become a majority-minority nation, as people of color will outnumber the white majority for the first time ever. Yet, a staggering number of these people do not consider the outdoors as a place for them. In June 2013, nine African Americans set out to build a legacy and become role models for inner city kids and people of color all over America to encourage them to get outside. They did so by taking on the grueling, 20,237 foot peak of the continent's biggest mountain. 


AN AMERICAN ASCENT is Wild VisionFloating Point co-production. The film was directed by George Potter & Andy Adkins, written by Andy Adkins & James Mills and is currently available on UMC and for special screening engagements.


Mar 19th / DC Environmental Film Festival

Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC

Mar 2nd / DC Environmental Film Festival Special Youth Event

DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC

Feb 25th / University Academy

Kansas City, MO

Feb 19th / BLM Youth Summit

California State University, Sacramento, CA

Jan 16/17th / Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Osborn-Woods Theater, Nevada City, CA. Details

2015 Screenings

Nov 15th / Chicago Adventure Film Festival

Logan Theater, Chicago, IL. Details

Nov 15th / Bay Area Wilderness Training

New Parkway Theater, Oakland CA. Details

Nov. 12th / SEED School. Washington, DC


Oct. 7th / Baltimore International Black Film Festival

Sept. 18th / Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

June 26th / The White House


June 17th / 17th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival, Boston

Opening Night Film at the Boston Museum of Fine Art. Check details

June 17th / Denver Red Carpet Premiere

Greenwood Village Landmark Theater. Check details

June 12th / American Black Film Festival, NYC

Check ABFF.COM for details

April 29th / Festival International Du Film Pan African 

Check Pan African Film Festival Cannes details

April 12th / 6.30pm / Langston Hughes Film Festival 

Check Langston Hughes Film Festival details

April 4th / 3.30pm / Oakland International Film Festival 

Check Oakland Film Festival details

February Screenings in Los Angeles at Pan African Film Festival 

Check PAFF schedule


JUNE 30, 2015

The White House

We screened to a packed house in the South Court Auditorium last Friday, June 26. Check out the blog post.

June 1, 2015

Nominated for Best Documentary at American Black Film Festival

NYC June 11-14. Vote for us! Just kidding you can't. But we'll let you know if we win June 14.

may 22, 2015

Opening the 17th Annual Roxbury International Film

We're happy to announce that we've been selected to open this 10 day festival in Boston on June 17th.

March 26, 2015

Going International.

We're screening across the U.S. every week through April: Brooklyn, Oakland, Seattle and Vegas. Then we kick off May at Festival International Du Film Panafricain in Cannes.

March 11, 2015

AN AMERICAN ASCENT Wins Another "Best" Award.

Best Feature Film at the Mountain & Adventure Film Festival from Film Festival Flix.

February 6, 2015 

AN AMERICAN ASCENT wins Best Director and Best Documentary at San Diego Black Film Festival. 

December 11, 2014

An American Ascent plays at the Bozeman Ice Fest to a full house.

George Potter on stage at the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman, MT, talking about the film. 

George Potter on stage at the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman, MT, talking about the film.