The climbing documentary Cold, a short film that chronicled the first-ever winter ascent of 8,000-meter peak Gasherbrum II, swept three categories including the Grand Prize, at the Banff Mountain Film Festival this weekend. The film follows alpinists Cory Richards, Simone Moro, and Denis Urubko as they climbed Gasherbrum II last February. It also won awards as the year's Best Climbing Film and for Excellence in Audio Post-Production. "I cannot believe that a dark, short, sort of experimental, R-rated adventure film would win this prize," said director Anson Fogel, who also took home the award for Best Short Mountain Film for his work on Chasing Water. Richards, the first American to summit an 8,000-meter peak in winter, shot the footage on a handheld camera. "I know it is a beautiful piece of art, but it sucks me back to that moment," Richards said. "I tend to want to leave the theatre and look for someone to have a beer with."
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