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High Ground -- A documentary that follows a team of veterans returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq as they set out to climb a towering Himalayan peak to overcome challenges and heal the mental and emotional ravages of war.
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11 Wounded Warriors, Climbing Home from War
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A documentary that follows a team of veterans returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq as they set out to climb a towering Himalayan peak to overcome challenges and heal the mental and emotional ravages of war. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Steve Baskis ... Himself
Dan Sidles ... Himself
Katherine Ragazzino ... Herself
Matt Nyman ... Himself
Brian Mockenhaupt ... Himself
Cody Miranda ... Himself
Nicolette Maroulis ... Herself
Aaron 'Ike' Isaacson ... Himself
Ashley Crandall ... Herself
Chad Butrick ... Himself
Chad Jukes ... Himself
Lona Parten ... Herself
Justin Moore ... Himself
Luis Benitez ... Himself
Brad Bull ... Himself

Jeff Evans ... Himself

Didrik Johnck ... Himself

Erik Weihenmayer ... Himself
Jeff Messner ... Himself
Chris Morris ... Himself
Randy Nyman ... Himself
Kabao Messner ... Herself
Charley Mace ... Himself
Kevin Cherilla ... Himself
Sherman Bull ... Himself

Directed by
Michael Brown 
 
Writing credits
Michael Brown  and
Scott McElroy  and
Brian Mockenhaupt  and
Ryan Fenson-Hood  and
Don Hahn 

Produced by
Michael Brown .... producer
Liz Ferrin .... associate producer
Maggie Gisel .... operations producer
Don Hahn .... producer
Lori Korngiebel .... post-supervisor
Kim McKee .... line producer
Matt Murray .... co-producer
Connie Nartonis Thompson .... co-producer
John von Seeburg .... associate producer
Scott Watts .... coordinating producer
 
Original Music by
Chris Bacon 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Brown (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Scott McElroy 
 
Production Management
Stacy Henzler .... unit production manager
Michael Herbener .... location manager
 
Sound Department
Marco Alicea .... digital audio transfer
Danny Caccavo .... digital editorial services
John Countryman .... video services
Doug Ford .... engineering services
Noah Katz .... digital editorial services
Mike Lane .... client services
Michael Levine .... digital audio transfer
Dmitri Makarov .... digital editorial services
Eva Napolean .... client services (as Eva Napoleon)
Steve Orlando .... sound editor
Eva Porter .... client services
Gary Rizzo .... re-recording mixer
Renee Russo .... post production sound accountant
Clint Smith .... mix technician
John Torrijos .... video services (as John 'J.T.' Torrijos)
Tony Villaflor .... mix technician
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sean Block .... camera operator
Gale Browning .... camera operator
Arik Dashevski .... additional cinematography
Michael Herbener .... camera operator
Rob Jackson .... camera operator
Didrik Johnck .... camera operator
Didrik Johnck .... still photographer
Zoltan Kubik .... additional cinematography
Matt Murray .... camera operator
Rex Pemberton .... camera operator
Gregory Schaefer .... camera operator
John von Seeburg .... camera operator
Ryan Thompson .... camera operator
Jessica Wunderlich .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Sean Block .... additional editing
Gale Browning .... additional editing
John Daro .... digital intermediate colorist
Ryan Fenson-Hood .... editor: fine cut
Rex Pemberton .... additional editing
Chelsea Richer .... assistant editor
Patrick Riggs .... assistant editor
Gregory Schaefer .... additional editing
John von Seeburg .... additional editing
Jessica Wunderlich .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ryeland Allison .... musician: synth programmer
Bryan Carrigan .... digital score recordist
George Doering .... musician
Chris Fogel .... music scoring mixer
Matt Franko .... music preparation
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Michael T. Ryan .... music editor
 
Other crew
Nina Cardillo .... production accountant
Maggie Gisel .... director: studio production
Ian Glass .... production staff
Arlynn Illgenfritz .... production staff
Evan Illgenfritz .... production staff
Tyler Jones .... production staff
Robert Litton .... booth: orchestra
Olive McElroy .... production baby
Nicole Perry .... production staff
Michelle Plott .... researcher
Aarti Rao .... production staff
Benjamin M. Thomas .... production staff
Will Wolford .... production staff
 
Thanks
Danny Adams .... the producers wish to thank
Elias Bachmann .... the producers wish to thank
Michelle Bar-Evan .... the producers wish to thank
Stacy Bare .... the producers wish to thank
Jim Benson .... the producers wish to thank
Jennifer Brusstar .... the producers wish to thank
Julia Buonanno .... the producers wish to thank
Jordan Campbell .... the producers wish to thank
Geralyn White Dreyfous .... special thanks (as Dreyfous Geralyn)
Trish Groom .... the producers wish to thank
Jim Hahn .... the producers wish to thank
Wyndham Hannaway .... the producers wish to thank
Daniel Junge .... the producers wish to thank
Nasa Koski .... the producers wish to thank
Jon Krakauer .... the producers wish to thank
Caroline Leggett .... the producers wish to thank
Frank Matson .... the producers wish to thank
Kabao Messner .... very special thanks
Asha Mevlana .... the producers wish to thank
Peder Morgenthaler .... the producers wish to thank
Kevin Murphy .... the producers wish to thank
Judy Plavnick .... special thanks
Lisa Prassack .... the producers wish to thank
Carrie Regan .... the producers wish to thank
Whitney Richards .... the producers wish to thank
Apryl Steele .... the producers wish to thank
Ryan Van Duzer .... the producers wish to thank
Nora Wainwright .... the producers wish to thank
Chris Wiegand .... the producers wish to thank
Skyler Williams .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Challenging, Compelling Film, 27 March 2014
Author: jmillerdp from United States

This is a film that confronts the horrors faced by service members who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. It requires the viewer to see the harsh realities of what war does to a human being, both physically and psychologically.

The film chronicles a climb to a Himalayan mountain by a group of survivors from the two wars. Two-thirds of the film interviews members of the expedition and discusses what they went through. The other third documents their journey back to The Middle East and up the mountain. Just the fact that they are going back to near the area where they served stirs memories for them.

The movie is very well made, and is truly a documentary. It is a chronicle of the lives of these service members, and provides no viewpoint on war whatsoever. So, if you have heard it does, you have heard incorrect information. Especially given the potential to discuss the validity of the wars, or the lack thereof, there is none. That is admirable.

The stories are wrenching, and show how grisly it is to go to war and try to come back and lead a "normal" life.

The direction, photography, film score, etc. are all admirable. When you see who helped finance the expedition, and see that they are all small organizations, you know that there mustn't have been much money available. It makes you admire even more how professionally produced the film is. Congratulations to the hard work of all!

I have personally so much admired the bravery and service of all those who go to war for our great nation. That appreciation is deepened even more now.

As of this time of review, the film is available on Netflix Streaming. I very much encourage you to give the film a try. It is very much worth it!

******** (8 Out of 10 Stars)

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