Might the new eV instrumentals for Mt Kennedy be not just a song or two but a WHOLE soundtrack, similar to Into the Wild, and be what his slowly-releasing European tour is built around?
If you missed the chance to catch the screening of Return To Mount Kennedy at the Cinerama you'll have another chance to see it again! February 19th at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center at 7PM. Tickets available here!
In 1965 Jim Whittaker led Senator Robert Kennedy to the first ascent
of a remote mountain in the Yukon named after the late president, JFK.
Fifty years later, the sons of the original climbing team - a raucous
band manager, a candidate for governor, and a young mountaineer - embark
on an expedition to the mountain to celebrate the special bond that
connects them all. Featuring unreleased instrumentals by Eddie Vedder
and never before seen footage and photos of Robert Kennedy, the
feature-length documentary sits at the intersection of politics, human
rights, environmentalism, and adventure.
Following the show, Bruce Pavitt, the co-founder of the Sub Pop
record label who appears in this film, will be taking the stage with
film subjects Bobby Whittaker and Leif Whittaker for a Q&A. Bruce
has worked with Nirvana, Mudhoney, Flight of the Concords, Iron &
Wine, Soundgarden and more, and is recognized as a cultural visionary
and local business icon. Don’t miss this incredible event!
We have a pair of tickets and matching t-shirts to giveaway! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line “RETURN TO MOUNT KENNEDY" please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 2/14. Good luck!
Return to Mount Kennedy - Trailer from eric becker on Vimeo.
In 1965 Jim Whittaker led Senator Robert Kennedy to the first
ascent of a remote mountain in the Yukon named after the late president,
JFK. Fifty years later, the sons of the original climbing team—a
raucous band manager, a candidate for governor, and a young
mountaineer—embark on an expedition to the mountain to celebrate the
special bond that connects them all. Featuring unreleased instrumentals
by Eddie Vedder and never before seen footage and photos of Robert
Kennedy, the feature-length documentary sits at the intersection of
politics, human rights, environmentalism and adventure.
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EXCLUSIVE: 1091 Media is teaming with the outdoor co-op REI to release Return to Mount Kennedy, a documentary helmed by Eric Becker that combines elements of history, politics, mountaineering and even some grunge, with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder providing original music.
A plan is underway for a fall theatrical release followed by an
on-demand bow November 5. REI will also host in-store screenings
The film’s plot sets its base-camp on March 20, 1965, when Bobby
Kennedy became the first human to stand atop a peak in the Canadian
Yukon that had just been named to honor his brother John F. Kennedy,
assassinated two years earlier. His guide was Jim Whittaker, who at 28
had became the first American to summit Mt. Everest and later became CEO
of REI. Whittaker and Kennedy became fast friends, with the former
becoming RFK’s Washington state campaign chairman before Bobby Kennedy
himself was assassinated.
The film features never-before-seen archival footage of Kennedy and
Whittaker, and Becker picks up the story 50 years later, when
Whittaker’s sons Bobby (a grunge compatriot of Vedder as manager of
Mudhoney) and Leif, and RFK’s son Christopher, return to climb the
“Through our films partnerships, we produce stories that help
audiences better understand why a life outdoors is a life well lived,”
said Paolo Mottola, director of content and media at REI Co-op. “Return to Mt. Kennedy
is a film that neatly ties together generations of American
mountaineering, music and politics in a way that audiences are sure to
1091 Media acquired the film and TV division of The Orchard in
January and has been streamlining its strategy, distributing 4-6 curated
films a year. In July, it teamed with Greenwich Entertainment to
acquire rights to Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice which has grossed $2.3 million since its September release.