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AN AMERICAN ASCENT is a documentary film 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 today's white majority for the first time ever. Yet, a staggering number of people in this soon-to-be majority do not consider the outdoors as a place for them. By by taking on the grueling, 20,310 foot peak of the continent's biggest mountain, nine African-American climbers set out to shrink this Adventure Gap by building a legacy of inclusion in the outdoor/adventure community.

The film addresses often overlooked issues of race and the outdoors as it follows the team up the mountain, chronicling the many challenges of climbing one of the worlds most iconic peaks.

AN AMERICAN ASCENT is Wild VisionFloating Point co-production. The film was produced and directed by George Potter & Andy Adkins, and written by Andy Adkins & James Mills. It follows Expedition Denali, a project of the National Outdoor Leadership School.

The film is currently available on DVD various streaming platforms, and for special screening engagements.

DVD + bonus features

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)






Feb. 11 / Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali, AK 

Feb. 15 / Sierra Club Detroit Inspiring Connections 

Detroit, MI

Feb. 18 / Williams Outing Club

Williamstown, MA

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

Vancouver, BC Details

Feb. 28 / MIT Outing Club

MIT Building 26-100, Cambridge, MA

Mar. 3 / Yale Outdoors

New Haven, CT

Mar. 23 / PNW Outdoor Women

Seattle, WA

April. 30 / Venture Outdoor Leadership at UNC Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

2017 Past Screenings


Jan. 2-10/Waimea Ocean Film Festival  

Waimea, HI (Details) 

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. 31 / Lewis and Clark College

Portland, OR (Details)

Feb. 1 / Colorado College Outdoor Education

Colorado Springs, CO

Feb. 2 / Rye Country Day School 

Rye, NY

Feb. 9 / John's Hopkins Univ.

Baltimore, MD

Feb. 9 / National Parks Conservation Assoc.

Seattle, WA 


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.