A New High

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USA | 2015 | 100 minutes | Samuel Miron, Stephen Scott Scarpulla

An inspiring documentary following ex-Army Ranger Mike Johnson, who enriches the lives of a group of recovering addicts at Seattle's Union Gospel Mission by encouraging them to join him on a mission of personal discovery and redemption–climbing to the 14,400-foot summit of Mt. Rainier.

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In the heart of downtown Seattle lies the Union Gospel Mission. Here, 18 men and a handful of women from a shelter across town have joined a year-long program that will lead them on a road to recovery—from homelessness, from addiction, from failure. Run by ex-Army Ranger and UGM Special Projects Director Mike Johnson, the program will rehabilitate the group through what promises to be "a new high"—climbing Mount Rainier. The training will be tough—steep staircases, rappelling off of freeway on-ramps, and a practice climb up Mount Hood to separate the wheat from the chaff. Some will find power in the program while others will sadly fall by the wayside, either through exhaustion, relapse, or disease. But all will be worth it when they reach the summit some 14,400 feet into the heavens. Beautifully shot and constructed, this inspiring documentary is not a paean to the mountain that towers over Washington, but an unwavering examination of what drives humans to improve their lives, even when their future looks bleakest. As Johnson and his crew make their final steps to the peak, he will have given this group an opportunity to go from the lowest points in their existence to the top of the world.

Director Biography
Samuel Miron started making documentaries while studying abroad in New York University's Tisch Havana, Cuba program. Since then he has directed and produced many films, including science documentary Oldfish, which was funded by a National Science Foundation grant. Miron has worked for Academy Award®-winning producer Fisher Stevens (The Cove), SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner Jay Bulger (Beware of Mr. Baker), and BBC America in the Motion Gallery Department.

Stephen Scott Scarpulla began his professional career as a young actor, and went on to attend NYU'S Tisch School of the Arts, where he wrote and directed several award-winning short films.

Sponsored by  Shoreline Community College, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, CityArts, Seattle Weekly

  • Director: Samuel Miron, Stephen Scott Scarpulla
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Producer: Philip Erdoes, Rebby Gregg, Eamon Downey
  • Screenplay: Philip Erdoes, Rebby Gregg, Eamon Downey
  • Cinematographers: Samuel Miron, Stephen Scott Scarpulla
  • Editors: Samuel Miron, Stephen Scott Scarpulla
  • Music: Christopher North
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP