Exploring what has come into existence and waiting for the unexpected.

Blue Obsession Film

I have now finished a project that I had wanted to pursue for about 8 years.  I was inspired by a French film that I watched at the Banff Mountain Film Festival years ago.  It had amazing cinematography and some very inspiring climbing and ski mountaineering.

At first I had a couple of different ideas for a film but I narrowed the list down and then finally decided.  My film is going to be about ice climbing on glaciers off-shooting from the Juneau Icefield.  The area has been my backyard for years and now I am finally investing my time and money into shooting a video featuring one of the most viewed glaciers in the whole world.  This glacier and many others in the area are rapidly receding and chances are I will see some dramatic changes in my lifetime.  As I explore and constantly find new things while I climb and film, I remind myself how fortunate I am to be able to experience these things.

My goal for the film is to show everyone places in time that won’t be there forever.  It is an opportunity that I want to take to not only explore but to capture on film these beautiful places that are constantly evolving and melting away.  Over the years I have seen amazing ice caves that are formed and then rapidly melt.  I have learned that when you go out there and find something beautiful, it won’t last forever.  I feel very privileged to be able to take advantage of what we have such great access to.  As I watch the glaciers melt and recede, it is also a good reminder of how we need to be careful with our environment because some of these beautiful things that surround us here in Southeast Alaska, won’t last forever.

This to me, is an opportunity of a lifetime.

The name of this film is  “Blue Obsession”.

This here is a picture from climbing some ice caves at lake level in 2008.

The ice in this particular picture melted away that same year.

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9 Responses

  1. wow alan, amazing video and shots. keep it up

    May 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm

  2. Mark Wakefield

    Great footage. Beautiful photography. When can I see it in the theater?

    June 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm

  3. Melody Salisbury

    Absolutely amazing photography, Alan. Can’t wait to see the finished film.

    June 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

  4. Mick & Mary Ellen Marlowe

    Beautiful! Hard to imagine! And so is the courage and strength of the climbers!

    Look forward to more than the trailer.

    June 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm


    June 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm

  6. Jim Kupper

    Absolutely stunning. I hope one day to be able to purchase a finished copy of the full film.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

  7. miranda

    Impresionante he ido a Juneau,ketchican,Sytca en varias ocasiones y me fascina Alaska.
    Soy española y ésta pelicula es maravillosa.

    October 1, 2011 at 12:24 am

  8. Sarah

    Hey there,

    I just wanted to let you know that my husband and I saw you present your film at the Banff Mtn Film Fest this year. I asked you how long you were in the field filming. Anyway, it was our favourite of the film festival (we are ice climbers after all…), and you should know that you garnered two people’s choice awards from us.

    Great job! Hope you keep making films about the things you love.


    November 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

  9. WOW. You have inspired a beginner ice-climber {me} to one day climb glaciers in Alaska. Furthermore..you have inspired me to make certain there are STILL glacier to climb in the future. Thank You for your dedication & passion to this project.

    [watched Blue Obsession at the Banff Film Festival in MT]

    Keep climbing!!

    January 23, 2012 at 8:44 am

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