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BC Premiere
92 mins |
United States |
Max Lowe
This film was screened in November 2021, as part of the VIMFF Fall Series and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!


On Oct. 5, 1999, legendary climber Alex Lowe was tragically lost in a deadly avalanche on the Himalayan peak, Mount Shishapangma. Miraculously surviving the avalanche was Alex’s best friend and climbing partner, the renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker who went on to marry Alex’s widow and help raise his three sons.

Filmmaker, photographer and National Geographic Explorer, Max Lowe, turns the lens on his own family in the film Torn. As the body of his father is uncovered 17 years after his death, this story gives a profoundly intimate look at the Lowe-Anker family. Max captures their intense personal journey toward understanding Alex as a man, not a myth and the emotionally and physically harrowing trek to Shishapangma, where they will finally put him to rest.



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Before he could walk, Max’s parents Alex and Jennifer Lowe, were packing him along on far flung adventures across the globe. A curiosity for distant places and the people who inhabit them was impressed upon Max and his brothers as they were treated to a wayward atypical upbringing. Now known for his ability to depict those human stories drawn from close to him in Montana as well as in the most untouched reaches of the world, Max excels at capturing story through his search for human narratives unheard. From his backyard in the Northern Rocky Mountains to now countless countries landscapes and cultures across the globe, Max has been witness to stories spanning the gap of human experience. It was from his travels and experiences therein that stemmed his drive to begin a career as a storyteller, bringing the world as he observed and experienced it to life in film and photo, and he continues to travel to the far reaches of the globe in pursuit of his own story and others.
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