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‘A Life Ascending’, from director Stephen Grynberg will be available on DVD February 28.

More than 8 years after a tragic avalanche took the lives of 7 skiers exploring the Canadian Alps, Ptarmigan Films will release “A Life Ascending”,  a documentary following Ruedi Beglinger, the legendary mountain guide who led that fateful expedition.  Award-winning filmmaker Stephen Grynberg, himself a loyal, longtime client of Beglinger’s Selkirk Mountain Experience, intimately explores the unique lives of Beglinger and his family as they attempt to move past the tragedy that catapulted them into international headlines.

Featuring breathtaking scenery and personal interviews with Beglinger’s family members, guests and staff, “A Life Ascending”, allows viewers insight into a truly unique family living in an unknown world.  The tight-knit Beglingers live and work in the unforgiving wilderness of the Canadian Alps and embody the simple, adventurous ethos of a family living off the land.  Beglinger, along with his wife Nicoline and daughters, Charlotte and Florina, manages to exude tremendous warmth and familial joy in the coldest, most extreme of settings.  “A Life Ascending” is sure to appeal to mountaineers and skiers, but also to anyone interested in universal and human stories about struggle, triumph and redemption.

The film has already garnered critical acclaim and recognition following screenings at various film festivals, winning awards at the Banff Mountain, DocuWest, Kendal Mountain, BendFilm, Yosemite International, and Red Rock Film Festivals, as well as honorable mentions at several other festivals.


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