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Fresh Film's Max Lowe Directs Powerfully Personal Documentary of His Father's Death

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'Torn' tells the story of Max's famous father who perished in a Himalayan avalanche in 1999

Fresh Film's Max Lowe Directs Powerfully Personal Documentary of His Father's Death

Max Lowe’s Nat Geo documentary looks back at his famous father who perished in a Himalayan avalanche in 1999. 

Repped in the commercial space by Fresh Films, Max Lowe debuts his highly anticipated documentary TORN in theatres across the USA in December and on Disney+ early next year. 

The deeply personal film is an intimate story of his family’s loss and redemption: widely hailed as the greatest mountaineer of his generation, Alex Lowe was a towering figure in the world of outdoor sports. But he loomed even larger for his oldest son, Max, who was only 11 in 1999 when Alex was buried by an avalanche along with cameraman David Bridges while attempting to ski the north face of Mount Shishapangma in the Tibetan Himalaya. Seventeen years after their deaths, Lowe’s and Bridges’ bodies were found by two climbers attempting the same route, and in the following months, Lowe’s family journeyed to the remote mountain to recover them. 

In the powerful and deeply moving new documentary Max Lowe examines the long-buried feelings this unearthed for him and his family, including his mother, Jennifer; his younger brothers, Sam and Isaac; and his stepfather, Conrad Anker, Alex’s climbing partner and best friend. 

The award-winning filmmaker and photographer had long considered the idea of making a documentary about his father, “I thought it would be a way to get to know him better,” says Max. “At one point I realised we had this huge trove of archives I had never looked at. But it was just kind of an idea in the back of my head, not something I thought would happen anytime soon but maybe later in my life.” 

The film has already made the critics pick in the New York Times and is receiving rave reviews in the press. 

MAX LOWE is known for the short films ‘Slacker,’ ‘Adventure Not War,’ ‘Sky Migrations’ and, most recently, ‘Bare Existence.’ He has produced commercial still and film content for brands such as The North Face, Calvin Klein and Toyota. Lowe has been on shoots taking him up Alaska’s Inside Passage, into the deserts of the Sahara and to the high peaks of the Himalaya, as well as journeying to Antarctica by sea on three separate expeditions.

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Genres: Documentary

Categories: Short films, Short Films and Music Videos

Fresh Film, Mon, 13 Dec 2021 17:30:59 GMT