New York, NY (PRWEB) November 8, 2005
Executive Producer Les Guthman made three of the 20 films honored by Men's Journal as the "Best Adventure DVDs of All Time.” Guthman, the President and CEO of New York-based XPLR Productions, topped National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, which had one selection each.
Guthman executive produced and co-wrote “Into the Tsangpo Gorge,” #14 on the Men’s Journal list, the epic first whitewater descent of the 18,000 ft. deep Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet, the "Everest" of Rivers; he was executive producer of “Into the Thunder Dragon,” Sean White’s enchanting unicycle expedition across Bhutan that has achieved a cult following on the film festival circuit, #17; and “Farther Than the Eye Can See,” #19, by director Michael Brown, which was nominated for two Emmys last year – for Best Documentary and Best Camerawork – and has won 17 international film festival awards.
The Men’s Journal Top 20 list, which appears in its December issue, includes both documentaries and feature films, including classics such as Werner Herzog’s “Aguirre: The Wrath of God,” and Robert Redford’s “A River Runs Through It.”
Guthman’s three documentaries were produced in 2002 and 2003, three of 30 adventure, expedition and environmental films he produced over the past six years. There have been 82 international film festival screenings of his films just in the past three years.
He has also directed eight films, including “Messner,” also made in 2002, which was an Opening Night selection of the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival last year. (It is an official selection of the Moscow Adventure Film Festival in 2006.) “Messner” is the first documentary on Reinhold Messner, the world’s most renowned mountaineer, since Werner Herzog’s “Dark Glow of the Mountains” in 1984.
After creating and producing the "Discover Magazine" series at the Walt Disney Company in the early 1990s and then founding the television division of Outside magazine, Outside Television, Guthman formed XPLR Productions in 2004 as a leading producer of high definition documentaries. He currently has two films in production, one begins shooting Nov. 15 in Southeast Asia, produced in concert with Present Focus, Inc. and the World Monuments Fund; the second is a sunken Spanish treasure dive expedition in the Caribbean, made in partnership with Broadway producers Waxman-Williams Entertainment and Sea Heritage, Inc., which begins shooting in January.
The DVDs of “Into the Tsangpo Gorge” “Farther Than the Eye Can See,” “Into the Thunder Dragon,” and “Messner” are available at the following websites:
“Into the Tsangpo Gorge” – http://www.slproductions.tv/home.html
“Into the Thunder Dragaon” http://www.unicycle.com/thunder.asp?id=653
“Farther Than the Eye Can See” - http://www.seracfilms.com/buydvdindex.htm
“Messner” - http://www.seracfilms.com/buydvdindex.htm
Guthman’s two films with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., “The Hudson Riverkeepers” (1998) and “The Waterkeepers” (1999) are distributed by First Run Features –
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