Every year the outdoor industry releases a handful of adventure films, most years there are a few good films, but every once in a while you’ll get a year where it’s too hard to pick favorites, this was one of those years. In honor of all the outdoor films we loved in 2015, we put together a list of some of our favorites, showcasing an array of outdoor sports, from alpine climbing, to urban skating, to Hollywood, these are some must see films.
Meru most definitely takes the cake for this year’s best adventure movie, it won the Documentary Award at Sundance, and received a ton of other accolades. Filmed over the course of 3 years, the film documents three world-class athletes and filmers, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk, while they attempt to climb Meru’s Shark’s Fin, a 4,000 foot monolith that takes you to the summit. More than just a film about men trying to climb mountains, Meru weaves in the personal narrative of all three climbers, detailing the emotional and physical struggle it took to make the ascent.
2) Reel Rock 10
Just when you thought you’d seen it all in the last Reel Rock, like the climbing world couldn’t outdo itself, you thought wrong. Reel Rock is back to show you some of the world’s most cutting edge climbing from around the globe. Reel Rock 10 showcases five different climbing films, from Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold doing the Fitz Roy Traverse, to high wall bouldering, to the first ascent of the Dawn Wall in Yosemite, and finally paying tribute to climbing legend Dean Potter.
Despite the fact that this movie is based on one of the most infamous events in mountaineering history, on arguably the most famous mountain in the world, this film is still 100% Hollywood. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, sure Jon Krakauer disapproved of the film, but the general public has seen the documentaries, they’ve read the books, they know the history, and if you’re looking for a factual account you should probably just read “Into Thin Air”. But if you’re interested in a thrilling action/adventure movie, with A‑list celebrities, and some amazing cinematography, don’t miss it.
4) After The Sky Falls
“This two-year project from Nimbus Independent features the creative skiing of Eric Pollard, Chris Benchetler, and Pep Fujas. Nimbus Independent chose to forego having a cheesy narrative that so many modern-day ski films are known for having. Instead, they chose to focus on stunning cinematography that highlights the fun, flowy, and unique style of some of freeskiing’s defining athletes.” — Kyle Maggy
5) Absinthe Eversince
Absinthe has long been known to put out a good snowboard flick, you can usually be sure you’ll get some epic powder shots from the usual locations; Japan, Europe, BC, the works, but Eversince is a huge step forward for the film company. By featuring an array of not only big mountain riders, but also up and coming urban riders, who can also send it in the backcountry, Absinthe has shown that they’re not just in it for the powder hounds, but for all of snowboarding.
6) We Are Blood
“We Are Blood” is not your average skateboarding flick. Brain Farm Digital Cinema, known for producing Travis Rice’s “The Art Of Flight”, teamed up with pro-skater Paul Rodriguez and company to produce the first ever feature-length 4k Ultra HD skateboarding movie. The film celebrates modern-day skateboarding and its reach across the world.” — Kyle Maggy
7) View From A Blue Moon
“Never heard of pro-surfer John “John” Florence? Well, here is your chance to get acquainted with him in the first ever 4K surf film by, once again, Brain Farm Digital Cinema. Follow John John around the world as he and friends surf waves both big and small in Hawaii, South Africa, Australia and more.” — Kyle Maggy