BAR HARBOR — Alison Hudson’s documentary film project, “Close to the Edge: Life in the Khumbu,” will explore what it means to be a Sherpa and to work on the highest mountain in the world. Ms. Hudson will talk about the film at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m.
Hudson has just received word that she has been accepted to the Banff Adventure Filmmaker’s Workshop, where she will train with award-winning adventure filmmakers prior to filming. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition with an annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports and environment.
“Close to the Edge” was begun this past spring using crowd-funding website Kickstarter to raise money to shoot a documentary in Nepal this winter. Hudson will spend December through May in the Everest region recording the stories of high altitude workers as they prepare for the season on Everest. In the spring, she will go to Everest Base Camp to film the start of the climbing season.
Last year, 16 Sherpas died in an avalanche in the Khumbu Icefall on Everest, which effectively closed the climbing season. More than 40 percent of the total fatalities on Everest are Nepalese workers, but information about their lives and their opinions about mountaineering are not well known outside of Nepal. Hudson’s hope is to bring their stories to a larger Western audience and increase awareness of the conditions on the mountain and the accomplishments of the people who make their living working on Everest. The film will be completed next August.
Call the library at 288-4245 or email [email protected]