K2 SIREN OF THE HIMALAYAS
K2 is the second highest peak on Earth at 28,251 feet
For every 100 climbers Mt Everest has claimed the lives of four, K2 29 lives.
K2 is the second highest peak on Earth at 8,611 meters, 28,251 feet. Even in the modern era of climbing gear and technology, it remains one of the most dangerous mountains to climb, with its summit eluding even the most devoted and elite professional alpinists. Harsh weather conditions and demanding technical climbs have made producing documentary films on K2 extremely difficult, and footage from these expeditions is rare compared to its slightly taller and more frequently scaled counterpart, Mount Everest. The 75-minute
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, National
Geographic's 2012 Explorer
of the year
documentary shows the adventure, peril and serenity of the group’s attempt to climb and photograph the world’s most challenging peak: K2.
K2: SIREN OF THE HIMALAYAS stars elite alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, National Geographic’s 2012 Explorer of the Year and the first woman to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen or high altitude porters. Their breathtaking journey also features veteran climbers Jake Meyer and Chris Szymiec, as this seasoned group attempts to conquer the elusive peak of K2, roping in the viewer with them for this rare and thrilling experience.
Fabrizio Zangrill K2 expedition leader
Shot in Pakistan in the summer of 2009, the film’s director Dave Ohlson joins this group’s epic K2 journey on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of the Abruzzi’s landmark 1909 K2 expedition. While their summit attempt hangs in the balance, the film also examines the history and geography of the Karakoram mountains while contemplating the risks, rewards and deeply personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map. Rare video footage and still images from the 1909 Duke of Abruzzi expedition make this a definitive historical piece on K2, tracing the parallels of high altitude exploration over the last century.
Director / Producer Ohlson and his team shot the climbing footage on HD digital cameras and 16mm film during the 65-day expedition. Following a successful festival run,
Director / Producer Dave Ohlson
distributor First Run Features picked up K2: SIREN OF THE HIMALAYAS for Theatrical, DVD, TV and Digital VOD release in 2014. Produced by the Webby and Emmy® Award-winning team.
“It’s a trek as thrilling as any Hollywood summer blockbuster, with real-life plot twists of death, unexpected heroism, and surprise endings… a must-see.”– Ernest Hardy VOICE
"A Risky, Chilly Climb to the Top... the film gets in close, with snow on the lens, and captures the sound of piercing winds at high altitude." Ben Kenigsberg New York Times