I got a touching e-mail this morning. Paul Piana wrote to see what the progress was on the public release of the film. Ironically, after not touching the film in several months, I have been feverishly laying down the last bits of polish over the last couple weeks so we can (finally!) have a public release. I am at the office on a sunday morning literally hours away from being able to call the film “Done” with a capital D. Paul unfortunately didn’t get to make it to the premiere, and still hasn’t seen the film (sorry!) so obviously has some level of anticipation to see what I did with his likeness on the big screen. But the other reason he told me he thought to e-mail me today, of all days, is that today would have been Todd Skinner’s 55th birthday.
I never met Todd, yet over the nearly two years of working on this film and meeting some of his closest friends and family members I have come to the realization that he was an amazing person, not just an amazing climber. He touched and inspired many people through his climbing feats, through his inspirational talks, through being a loving husband and father, and in innumerable other ways of just being an all around good person. If the telling of part of Todd’s story through my film can direct even a fraction of his energy and passion towards viewers then I will consider the film a huge success. I feel honored to have been deemed worthy of helping share his and Landers’ story with the world. In his e-mail Paul wrote of Todd’s birthday, “Give a salute to him.” So here’s my salute, Happy Birthday Todd.
Look for the DVD and online release in early november. There will also be another screening in Lander in conjunction with this event. Date and time TBA.