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January 31, 2013

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Head’s up, sport-climbing adventurers and enthusiasts, your Sundance is here! Well, not really, but sort of.

The seventh annual Reel Rock 7 Film Tour has been selling out theaters across the country and is coming to the UTC’s University Center auditorium Friday, Feb. 15, as a benefit event for the Southern Climbers Coalition.

Having sold dozens of shows in the U.S. and overseas, the Reel Rock Film Tour brings the best in climbing-themed films for local nature-lovers, outdoor sports enthusiasts and rugged types. The film tour boasts more than 300 shows worldwide so far, with more than 65,000 viewers.

Four films will be featured at the event. “Dura Dura” kicks off the screenings and focuses on Chris Sharma, the “king” of sports climbing for a decade who was dethroned by a 19-year-old Czech kid, Adam Ondra, on Spanish turf. Next, “The Shark’s Fin” chronicles Conrad Anker and his team on their second attempt to scale granite buttress in India from which the film takes its title. In “Wide Boys,” two Brits who aren’t afraid to bleed their way up a route want to become the first to ascend the world’s hardest off-width, Century Crack. Finally, the event concludes with “Honnold 3.0,” following Alex Honnold as he prepares for his biggest adventure to date. This ambitious kid takes on the Yosemite Triple—El Capitan, Mount Watkins and Half Dome—in under 19 hours.

If you’re interested in watching some epic climbs, and maybe some epic falls, the Reel Rock film series if for you. Tickets for the event are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and are available online at imathlete.com.

The UTC University Center is located at 642 E. 5th Street.

For more information about Reel Rock 7, or to view the trailer, visit reelrocktour.com.

Esan Swan is a senior at UTC majoring in communications and an intern at The Pulse. The Franklin native is also a staff reporter for UTC’s Echo newspaper.

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