FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN
The Story of the 10th Mountain Division
"Bracing exploits, hearty outdoorsmen powerfully captured on film!"
New York Times
"Among the best documentaries about skiing ever filmed!"
Snow Country Magazine
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN celebrates the United State's indomitable snowmen, the men of the 10th Mountain Division, America's only mountain and winter warfare troops.
This award winning film is an emotional portrait of the mountain warriors' creation, grueling training, daring World War II exploits, then focuses on their next 50 years. United by their love of the mountains, the 10th attracted championship skiers & mountaineers.
Their first battle was the spectacular night climb of Italy's Apennine Riva Ridge where they surprised the Germans on top. That led to a push that ended World War II a week earlier in Italy than the rest of Europe. After the war, they pioneered the United States' infant ski industry and became the backbone of its outdoor education and conservation movements.
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN comes full circle as it follows members of the 10th Mountain Division on their 1995 re-climb of Riva Ridge. Again, the Germans were waiting on top, but; this time, veterans from the United States, Austria, Germany and Italy, now members of the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers, celebrated a coming together of old foes turned friends and renewed their pledge for world peace. Available on DVD.
Notes: 16mm, 72:30 minute film, in color and black & white, utilizes large amounts of never before seen archival footage as well as new footage and interviews with 30 veterans of World War II's 10th Mountain Division.
Co-directors/Co-producers: Beth Gage & George Gage
Writer: Beth Gage
Narrator: Steve Kanaly
Composer: Todd Barton
Editors: Scott Conrad & Krysia Carter
2007 Durango Film Festival
2005 Wild & Scenic Film Festival
2004 Ashland Independent Film Festival
1999 Silver Images Film Festival
1998 Czech Republic - International Festival of Mountaineering Films
1996 Special Award Winner International Ski History Association
1996 Taos Talking Pictures
1996 Sedona Film Festival
1996 Trento International Mountain & Exploration Film Festival
1996 Hot Springs Documentary Festival
1995 Telluride Mountain Film, winner Grand Prize
1995 Aspen Film Fest
1995 Denver International Film Festival
National Premiere, 1996 Sundance Film Festival
Broadcast on The Sundance Channel in 2000.
Broadcast on National Geographic Explorer in 1997.
Opened theatrically in New York, LA, and other U.S.cities in 1997.
Screened by invitation of Sec. Bruce Babbitt of the United States Department of the Interior, March 7, 1996
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