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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.

DVD + bonus features ($15)

We're excited to be able to offer the film An American Ascent to everyone! Pick up a DVD* and be part of the story!  Every DVD sale helps us continue to reach kids around the country through film screenings and special events.

All DVDs contain still images from the production and additional bonus features like route maps and more.  

All DVDs are sold through our friends at Patchmarks

Allow 10-14 days shipping.

*For home use only.

Running time: 66 Minutes


Also available streaming on: 


iTunes (Documentary section)

Amazon Video (Indie Movies section)






Jan. 16 / Michigan State Univ. Detroit Center

Detroit, MI (Details)

Jan. 17/ Indiana Univ. Outdoor Adventures

Bloomington, IN (Details)

Jan. 17 / Tufts Mountain Club

Medford, MA 

Jan. 26 / National Parks Conservation Assoc.

Seattle, WA 

Jan. 31 / Lewis and Clark College

Portland, OR

Feb. 1 / Colorado College Outdoor Education

Colorado Springs, CO

Feb. 2 / Rye Country Day School 

Rye, NY

Feb. 11 / Williams Outing Club

Williamstown, MA

Feb. 15 / Sierra Club Detroit Inspiring Connections 

Detroit, MI

Feb. 18 / Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali, AK 

Feb. 27 / Granville Island Cultural Society/Vancouver International Film Centre

Vancouver, BC


March / Green Mountain College

Poultney, VT. CPB & CSC Present NOT ANOTHER SKI MOVIE: An American Ascent

2017 Screenings

Jan. 2-10/Waimea Ocean Film Festival  

Waimea, HI (Details) 


2016 Screenings

Nov. 30 / UWM Share the Earth Environmental Film Series

Milwaukee, WI

Nov. 17 / Tufts Mountain Club 

Medford, MA

Nov. 17 / Wofford College 

Spartanburg, SC 

Nov. 9 /Ithaca College

Dept. of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Climber Scott Briscoe will be in attendance for Q&A

Nov. 3 / West Virginia University 

Adventure WV and the Center for Black Culture and Research

Climber Tyrhee Moore will be in attendance for Q&A 

Nov. 3 / Patagonia Portland 

Free First Thursday screening in the store. 

Climber Scott Briscoe will be in attendance for Q&A 

Nov. 2 / Northwest Youth Corps

Eugene, OR

Climber Scott Briscoe will be in attendance for Q&A

Sept. 23 / Claremont/Pomona College 

Office of Black Student Affairs, Claremont, CA Details

Sept. 23 /  MCC Special Family Movie Night:  An American Ascent  

Yellowstone National Park, WY

Sept. 16 /  Wild and Scenic Film Festival (On tour)  

Duluth, MN (Tickets/Info)

Sept. 9 /  Wild and Scenic Film Festival (On tour)  

Minneapolis, MN (Tickets/Info)

Aug 7 / Hollywood Theater, Portland, Oregon Premiere, 7p

Hollywood Theater Tickets 

Director Andy Adkins and DP Hudson Henry will be leading a Q&A after the film. 

Aug 4 / Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, 3p  

Woodstock, VT More Info/Tickets

July 27 / Straub Environmental Lecture Series

Willamette University, Hudson Hall, Salem, OR  Details

Climber Scott Briscoe, Filmmakers Andy Adkins and Hudson Henry will lead a Q&A after the film. 

July 20 / San Francisco Green Film Festival

San Francisco, CA Details

July 5th / Brothers of Climbing Movie Night

Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge, Long Island City, NY  Info/Tickets

Jun 7th / Benjamin Banneker School

Cambridge, MA

May 26th / Voyageur Outward Bound School

Ely, MN

May 20th / Evergreen College

Olympia, WA

Apr 22nd / Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival

Milwaukee, WI

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.