New York, NY (PRWEB) August 16, 2004
Executive Producer Les GuthmanÂs award-winning run as head of Outside Television may have ended when Outside magazine decided to close down its eight-year-old production division, but GuthmanÂs adventure and expedition films continue to be honored on the film festival circuit.
After being recognized with five films selected by the Taos Mountain Film Festival and four chosen by the Durango Film Festival last winter Â having ÂFarther Than the Eye Can See,Â by director Michael Brown, nominated for two 2004 Emmy Awards (the awards for Best Sports Documentary and Best Sports Cinematography) ... and ÂMessner,Â which Guthman also directed, screened on opening night at the Telluride MountainFilm Festival in May Â he will be represented by five films, including ÂFarther Than the Eye Can SeeÂ and ÂMessnerÂ at the prestigious 16th annual Graz International Adventure Film Festival in Graz, Austria in mid-November.
GuthmanÂs three other films at Graz are ÂInto the Thunder DragonÂ and ÂThe Never Ending Thermal,Â by director Sean White, and ÂThe Yunnan Great Rivers Expedition,Â by director Jim Norton, narrated by his brother, actor Edward Norton. (ÂYunnanÂ premiered at the 2003 Santa Fe Film Festival.)
Graz will be the 65th screening of Guthman's productions at major film festivals over the past three years and the 22nd screening for ÂFarther Than the Eye Can See,Â which premiered in high definition at Lincoln Center in May 2003. The story of blind mountaineer Erik WeihenmayerÂs climb of Mt. Everest in 2001 and the first HD documentary from the summit of the worldÂs highest mountain, the film has won top awards at nine festivals, including the Special Jury Award at the Banff Film Festival, ÂBest of FestivalÂ awards at the Taos Mountain Film Festival and the Montreal International Adventure Film Festival, the Audience Award and Documentary Camera Award at the Newport Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Houston WorldFest Film Festival. ÂFarther Than the Eye Can SeeÂ is currently airing in high definition on iNDEMANDÂs two HD channels, INHD and INHD 2.
There have been over 50 theatrical screenings of ÂFarther Than the Eye Can SeeÂ in the U.S. and the film has raised more than $400,000 at benefit screenings for organizations aiding the blind.
In 2002, GuthmanÂs films won two of the seven awards at the Explorers Club Film Festival in New York, three films were official selections of the Banff Film Festival and also were official selections of the Taos and Telluride MountainFilm festivals. His 2002 films included Scott LindgrenÂs epic first whitewater decent of the ÂEverestÂ of rivers, ÂInto the Tsangpo Gorge,Â and Michael BrownÂs ÂIn the Shadow of the Condor,Â which won the Teddy Award, named after Pres. Teddy Roosevelt, for the nationÂs best conservation film.
Guthman can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
ÂFarther Than the Eye Can See,Â ÂMessnerÂ and ÂInto the Tsangpo GorgeÂ are available on DVD at the following websites:
ÂFarther Than the Eye Can SeeÂ - http://www.seracfilms.com/buydvdindex.htm
ÂMessnerÂ - http://www.seracfilms.com/buydvdindex.htm
ÂInto the Tsangpo GorgeÂ Â http://www.slproductions.tv/home.html
GuthmanÂs two films with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., ÂThe Hudson RiverkeepersÂ (1998) and ÂThe WaterkeepersÂ (1999) are distributed by First Run Features Â
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