Reach For The Sky
Danger. Reward. Adrenaline.
Freeride mountain biking is synonymous with pushing the known boundaries of the sport. Cam Zink sits atop the Freeride world having won its most coveted titles, the Red Bull Rampage, Crankworx Slopestyle, and the Freeride World Tour, yet those accolades have not come without a physical price. He has transcended cycling media, and his super-human feats have become broadcast television and Internet sensations.
‘Reach For The Sky’ takes a dramatic behind-the-scenes look into Cam Zink’s life, with the story bookended by 2013 and 2014 Red Bull Rampage campaigns in Virgin, Utah. Plus, features a one-of-a-kind portrayal of his world-record-breaking 100-foot backflip attempt at Mammoth Mountain—showcasing 100% never-before-seen footage. The movie explores the fascinating life story of one of the sport’s most beloved and diverse athletes, but also delves into the multi-layered psychological elements of physical punishment and self-doubt, to uncover why Zink perseveres through the adversity—even when all odds are against him.
Key People (cast, crew, etc.):
Starring: Cameron Zink, Featuring: Travis Pastrana, Shaun Palmer, Adam Jones, Brandon Semenuk, and many more. Written, Produced, Directed, and Edited by Ryan Cleek
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
The festival has been around for about 20 years, and they really seem to embrace the independent filmmaker. Accepting all genres of film is great, but would also make it tougher for submissions to be accepted. Therefore, having the opportunity to screen at FirstGlance is a great honor.
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
Yes, I (Ryan) will be attending, and very much looking forward to it.
What is something you feel is important for our readers to know about your film?
From the movie poster or trailer one might think the film pertains to a niche action sports demographic. Yet, the reality it is a sports documentary and is truly about overcoming obstacles and perseverance in one’s pursuits. In the same way people enjoy a film about a race care driver or boxer, yet in all likelihood don’t really participate in those activities themselves, I feel “Reach For The Sky” is a comparable viewing experience.
What should viewers expect from your film?
The film is bookended by two of the craziest events in all of action sports, and in between them delves into the main character by revealing the ups, downs, and successes which made him into the person he is today. Viewers can expect nail-biting, death-defying feats, a lot of humor, and a handful of moments where they’ll be holding back the tears (but it’s certainly not a sappy film).
Do you have any (funny, interesting, scary etc.) production stories our readers might enjoy?
Hopefully, people find the film interesting, scary, and funny on its own. Carrying about 100 pounds of camera equipment and rigs while walking along 12-inch-wide cliff passageways above several hundred foot cliffs were a common practice in this production. Happy to say the worst of it were simply a few close calls!
What are you looking forward to most at FirstGlance?
Although I currently live in Santa Cruz, I’m from LA. So, I’m looking forward to seeing a bunch of great films and catching up with friends while at the event.
Where can our readers find more information about your film?
Official site: www.camzinkreachforthesky.com