The Alpinist has won a Sports Emmy in the category of “outstanding long documentary.” The awards ceremony was on May 24 at New York’s Lincoln Centre. The film was the result of a partnership between Sender Films and Red Bull and was released on Netflix after screening in theatres in 2021.
The producer for Red Bull Media House, Ben Bryan, accepted the award with co-directors Nick Rosen and Peter Mortimer. “I want to thank our entire production team, who really stuck with this film,” said Bryan.
The Alpinist focuses on Canadian Marc-André Leclerc, who was one of the world’s leading climbers at the time of his death in 2018. He pushed the limits on some of the most famous epic and dangerous peaks.
The film features Leclerc soloing routes like the Emperor Face on Mount Robson, steep mixed climbs on the Stanley Headwall, and the Northeast Buttress on Mount Slesse in winter. Brette Harrington, Alex Honnold, Reinhold Messner, Barry Blanchard, Bernadette McDonald and many others speak about Leclerc and hard alpinism throughout the film. Read our review here.
“Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, thank you for your vision,” said Bryan. “Most of all, thanks to Mr. Marc-André Leclerc, his family, his friends, and his community. Without you sharing, this film would not have been possible. This award is for you, Marc-André.”