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 Vision / Floating 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
Nov. 30 / UWM Share the Earth Environmental Film Series
Milwaukee, WI Details
Nov. 3 / West Virginia University
Adventure WV and the Center for Black Culture and Research
Nov. 3 / Patagonia Portland
Free First Thursday Screening in the Patagonia Portland Store
Oct. 26 /Ithaca College
Oct. 15 / John's Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club
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
May 26th / Voyageur Outward Bound School
May 20th / Evergreen College
Apr 22nd / Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival
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
Nov 15th / Chicago Adventure Film Festival
Nov 15th / Bay Area Wilderness Training
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
April 29th / Festival International Du Film Pan African
April 12th / 6.30pm / Langston Hughes Film Festival
April 4th / 3.30pm / Oakland International Film Festival
February Screenings in Los Angeles at Pan African Film Festival
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
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.
JUNE 19, 2014