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About the Film


Learn more about the documentary.

About the Film


Learn more about the documentary.

Click to view the first official announcement video launched in January, 2013:

In August of 2012, Director Blake Cortright summited Mount Marcy (New York's tallest peak) for the first time. The view from the mountaintop captivated his imagination, inspiring him to create a film about the Adirondack High Peaks. In October of that year, Blake received a letter of interest from Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh, NY and the team at Arche Productions began preparations to launch a fund raiser on Kickstarter in the months that followed.

In January 2013, the team launched their Kickstarter campaign to raise over $12,000 in 35 days and in February they met their goal. Principle photography began in March of 2013 on Cascade and Porter, and the final shots of the film were captured from a helicopter in September of 2014. 

The film tells the story of the High Peaks and the men and women who hike them.


Click below to check out official BTS and Production Stills from the film!

Check out our official behind the scenes stills!

Check out our official behind the scenes stills!

Check out our Official Production Stills!

Check out our Official Production Stills!

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About the Filmmakers


About the Filmmakers


Director -  Blake Cortright

Director - 
Blake Cortright

2nd Unit Cinematographer -  Daniel McCullum

2nd Unit Cinematographer - 
Daniel McCullum

Cinematographer - Matthew Elton

Cinematographer -
Matthew Elton

First AC - Allison Zdunczyk

First AC -
Allison Zdunczyk

Executive Producer - Daniel Swinton

Executive Producer -
Daniel Swinton

Second AC -  Grant Sponable

Second AC - 
Grant Sponable

Audio Supervisor - Thom Riley

Audio Supervisor -
Thom Riley

Composer - Justin Michael Brittian

Composer -
Justin Michael Brittian


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Frequently Asked Questions


Got Questions? They may have already been answered - check below to see!

Frequently Asked Questions


Got Questions? They may have already been answered - check below to see!

Questions one-two: When can I see the documentary? // How can I get a DVD?

After 3 months of public screenings in theaters around NY State, the film is now being turned over to WCNY - PBS station out of Syracuse NY for television distribution.  They will be our Presenting Station to get The 46ers Film distributed on PBS affiliates. They have agreements with stations across NY State for distribution, possibly some time in 2017. They are also working towards a national distribution.
During this time, while the film makes its run on TV via PBS, all DVD sales will be handled through WCNY, or affiliate PBS stations that may decide to offer the DVD during fund raising campaigns.  Any questions regarding the films distribution schedule and future DVD availability can be made to WCNY.  Their CEO had mentioned at our screening in Syracuse that you can sign up for their "E-guide" from their website at http://www.wcny.org/46ers and be kept informed of program up dates.  That's as much as we know right now.  Once we have more details we will post on our website and on our Facebook page.

Sincerely,

The 46ers Production Team


Question three: What is the project about?

"The 46ers" is a documentary feature about the men and women who hike all of the 46 High Peaks (over 4,000 ft elevation) in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate NY. The filmmakers set out to answer the question, "what transformers ordinary men and women into the legendary mountaineers known as the 46ers?"


Question four: Why "The 46ers"?

The idea for the project came about in July, 2012 when director Blake Cortright summited Mt. Marcy, New York's tallest mountain. As he took in the surrounding view, he was amazed that this area hadn't been given better cinematic treatment. After an exhausting weekend hiking Marcy, Tabletop, and Wright Peak, Blake began to ask "why do people do this?" That started the idea for the project.


Question five: Why the title change?

About a year later, after the project had been successfully funded on Kickstarter and much of the film had been shot, a decision had to be made about the title. Originally, the working title for the film was "The 46ers: Conquering the Adirondacks." However, after spending a year interviewing folks and hiking with 46ers, the crew felt that the original line "Conquering the Adirondacks," did not truly reflect the spirit of the people who hike the Adirondack Peaks, nor did it convey the heart of the story - transformation.  So the decision was made to simply call the film "The 46ers."