National Geographic Documentary Films Sets December 3 Release Date for TORN from Director Max Lowe, Producer Chris Murphy, and Award Winning Producers Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn’s Lightbox | Business
WASHINGTON, DC – (BUSINESS WIRE) – November 15, 2021–
National Geographic Documentary Films announced today that TORN UP, by National Geographic photographer and explorer Max Lowe and producer Chris Murphy, as well as award-winning Lightbox producers Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, will open in select theaters on December 3, 2021. The film premiered at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival and won the award for best feature film at BANFF. Released in partnership with Dada Films, TORN UP, which The Hollywood Reporter called a “remarkable story told with admirable intimacy,” captures Lowe-Ankers’ intense personal journey through love and loss with his eldest son, Max, behind the lens.
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On October 5, 1999, Alex was tragically lost alongside cameraman and fellow mountaineer David Bridges in a fatal avalanche on the slopes of the Tibetan mountain, Shishapangma. Alex’s best friend and climbing partner, famous mountaineer Conrad Anker, miraculously survived the avalanche. After the tragedy, Anker and Alex’s widow Jennifer fell in love, got married, and Anker stepped in to help raise Alex’s three sons.
In 2016, 17 years after their deaths, the bodies of Lowe and Bridges were discovered, and Lowe’s family traveled to the remote Himalayan mountains to retrieve the remains of the men. In the mighty and deeply moving TORN UP, director Max Lowe examines the long-buried feelings the discovery unearthed for him and his family members. Weaving archival footage of Alex’s haunting adventures, revealing personal films and moving interviews with Jennifer, Sam, Isaac and Conrad, Lowe challenges long-held family myths and questions his own beliefs as ‘it creates an insightful examination of fatherhood, love, loss and resilience in the face of the high stakes world of professional mountaineering.
“I’ll never make another movie in my life quite like TORN UP“Said director Max Lowe.” I poured my soul into this intimate story of my family’s loss and redemption. Being able to share this with audiences around the world is a very special opportunity. “
“Their story is unique, but their themes of healing and resilience in the face of tragedy are universal,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president of Global Scripted Content and Documentary Films for National Geographic. “We know TORN UP will provide a beautiful and cathartic emotional experience for audiences around the world. “
TORN UP is directed by first-time filmmaker Max Lowe with Murphy as producer. The Lightbox production is two-time Oscar® winner Simon Chinn (“Man on Wire”, “Searching for Sugar Man”) and Oscar® nominee Jonathan Chinn (“Black Sheep”, “LA 92”); the editor is Michael Harte (“Three Identical Strangers”).
National Geographic Documentary Films has previously released the Oscar, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy Award-winning film “Free Solo” and the Oscar-nominated film “The Cave”. Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include Ron Howard’s “Rebuilding Paradise”; Sundance “Science Fair” and “Sea of Shadows” Audience Award winners; Emmy winners “LA 92” and “Jane”, both included in the top 15 documentaries considered for an Oscar in 2017; and winner of the Dupont Prize “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of the Islamic State”.
About National Geographic Documentaries
National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to delivering world-class documentary feature films that cover topical, provocative and globally relevant stories from the world’s best documentary makers. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society. Advancing knowledge and understanding of our world has been National Geographic’s primary focus for 132 years, and now we are committed to doing more, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people across around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do. NGP donates 27% percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com Where nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, Lightbox is a cross-platform media company that creates high-quality non-fictional content for a range of distribution platforms. It was founded by producer Simon Chinn (“Man on Wire”, “Searching for Sugar Man”) and Emmy®-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (“LA 92”, “American High”). Recent Lightbox productions include “Whitney,” a major film documentary directed by Academy Award® winner Kevin Macdonald, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival; Oscar® nominated “black sheep”; “Untouchable”, a theatrical documentary on the Weinstein scandal, premiered at Sundance 2019 and aired on BBC2 and Hulu; the hit Netflix series “Murder Mountain”; “Diagnosis,” an innovative eight-part Netflix Original documentary series produced in partnership with Scott Rudin Productions and The New York Times; feature-length documentary “Cajun Navy” for Discovery; and “Gypsy’s Revenge,” a feature documentary for Investigation Discovery. The company is currently in production on “Tina Turner” (w / t), a feature-length documentary that will tell the full story – for the first time – of the global icon and undisputed queen of rock’n’roll, directed by the Academy Award® and Emmy® winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin; the feature documentary “Storm Over Brooklyn” for HBO Documentary Films; and the documentary series “Hip Hop Untold” for FX, as well as projects for a range of US, UK and international broadcasters and platforms.
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