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‘Sending,’ a Contemplative Journey to the Buttermilk Boulders

If top-notch cinematography in a pristine Cali crag sounds like your jam, don't miss this new take on a classic film formula.

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If you’re looking for another climbing doc about a next-level bouldering problem — this isn’t it.

In the new documentary Sending, boulderer and filmmaker Carlos Mason takes viewers on an introspective journey, attempting to understand why climbers found fulfillment from the innate pointlessness of scaling big rocks.

Yes, we’ve seen such sentiments many times before, but Mason’s deft cinematography and distinctive style bring a personal touch to this meditative film set in the stunning landscape of California’s Buttermilks. In place of the long-winded narration so common to such films, this one offers a poetic approach reminiscent of the “silent hiking” videos of YouTube star Kraig Adams.

An online release will happen later this year (probably November) after Sending makes its way to several film festivals this fall. If the trailer whets your appetite, consider checking out the full film at the festivals below, and check the website for updates on additional screenings.

  • Montana Film Festival: Sept. 16-19
  • Tacoma Film Festival: Oct. 5-12
  • Touchstone Climbing Gym Premieres in L.A. and San Francisco: Oct. 17-26

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