40 Days at Base Camp
by guest blogger Dianne Whelan
Dianne Whelan is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker and photographer residing in in Pender Harbour, BC. She moved to the Sunshine Coast 15 years ago and it continues to nurture her soul.
In April 2010, Whelan traveled to Nepal and Mount Everest Base Camp to direct and shoot her documentary film, 40 Days at Base Camp, a film shot on Mt. Everest. The film had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival and was the opening night film at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. It just won two LEO awards for best cinematography and sound mix. She is the first woman to shoot a film on the world’s highest mountain. The film just completed a 42 screening theatrical release in Canada.
The subject of her first book, This Vanishing Land, references her experience as an embedded media person on a historical Sovereignty Patrol in the Canadian High Arctic. Her recently released National Film Board documentary, This Land, is based on the same journey and has won several awards, including Best Short Documentary at both the Planet in Focus Film Festival in Toronto and the 2010 Leo Awards for BC film and television. A multi-media web project on her Arctic journey was released in June 2010 and recently won Best Small Multimedia Site at the Online Journalism Awards and was nominated for best art at SXSW. The site was recently nominated for a 2011 Gemini award for Best Original Program or Series Produced for Digital Media – Non-Fiction.
At 18,000 feet (5,400 m) above sea level and over the course of 40 days last spring, documentary filmmaker Dianne Whelan immersed herself in the challenging and captivating world of Base Camp at Mt. Everest. With spectacular footage of the Himalaya as a backdrop, 40 DAYS AT BASE CAMP is an intriguing and intimate portrayal of three climbing teams and their journey to the world’s highest peak.
This feature-length documentary provides a modern take on the transformation of Mt. Everest from what was once a revered, sacred space to the mountain theme park it is becoming.
Dianne had a sold out screening last spring with the Sunshine Coast film society.
For $4.99 you can see it as video on demand on the website or the DVD is also for sale on the website.