It was only fitting that the World Premiere of In The High Country featuring Anton Krupicka and the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains be shown in the town where he spends half of his time. The film premiered on July 19 and 20 to a sold out crowd at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, CO.
Filmmaker Joel Wolpert and Krupicka set out to tell a different story about running. One about one’s connection to the mountains and what draws them there. Wolpert has been honing his skills through various short films developed for Running Times Magazine which is where he first met Anton to shoot a film on winter running. Last year they met again to discuss the prospect of the film. The timing was right as Anton had just finished the Leadville Trail 100 and Joel needed some time to acclimate to the altitude from West Virginia. As Anton started building his running miles again, Joel would tag along and get a chance to learn about a few of Anton’s favorite routes on the front range, Green Mountain and the first flatiron.
The film is beautifully shot, indulging in time lapse photography of the clouds and night time stars from the top of Long’s Peak to the fast action trail running scenes to the quiet pans across vast mountainscapes. He pulls you into the beauty and lure of the mountains that inspires Krupicka and so many before him.
The filmmaker takes us back to his roots where he grew up on a large acre farm in Kansas, where the connection to nature was worn in his soul, like the paths he ran every day. The visual essay continues as the film moves back into Boulder and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains where they explore their limits on Long’s Peak and free climbing up Boulder’s first flatiron just a few miles from Krupicka’s front door, Anton instills his aesthetic of really getting to know a place by running it over and over again from as many routes as possible. In time, you become comfortable, understand the mountain’s mood and eventually the place becomes home.
After the movie Joel Wolpert and Anton answered questions, some from MC Buzz Burrell and others from the audience. There were also reactions from trail runners Stephanie Erhardt and Peter Bakwin who thanked the filmmaker for making such a wonderful film, confirming their enjoyment of the mountains.
The film will be featured again next week at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah. Digital downloads will be available before the end of August and DVDs will come later in the fall.
Official site http://thewolpertinger.com.