Full of incredibly rich and detailed views that elicit feelings of both awe and fear, Grant Baldwin’s documentary is an extraordinary celebration of the mountain landscapes that cover nearly three-quarters of British Columbia. Of course, THIS MOUNTAIN LIFE – which became a big favourite of audiences at festivals worldwide after its premiere at Hot Docs — also just as fascinating as a portrait of the people who are drawn to these incredible spaces, whether they’re the nuns at a remote monastery or the mother-daughter team who attempt a six-month journey through the wilderness, or the many climbers, skiers and artists we also meet here. Even the viewers of Baldwin’s film who rarely venture far above sea level will find it easy to understand these people’s devotion to the kind of lives that can only be lived at these altitudes.
Grant Baldwin is a Leo award-winning director, cinematographer, editor and music composer based in Vancouver, Canada. He has a varied background working with documentaries, sports films and narratives. His work can be seen and heard on Knowledge Network, F/X, TNT, CBC, National Film Board and ESPN. His first documentary THE CLEAN BIN PROJECT won 10 festival awards and has screened around the world. His film JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY premiered at Hot Docs, garnered him the award for emerging Canadian filmmaker of the year, and went on to hit #2 on the US itunes documentary charts. Most recently, Grant has been filming with BBC’s Planet Earth team.