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The Summit

Thursday August 15 | 7:45pm
First Beach Parking Lot

Rules & Guidelines

picnics encouraged
food trucks on-site
bike valet on-site
bug spray available


newportFILM does a DRIVE-IN!
Parking spots are first come, first served
If preferred, you may set up a blanket on the beach or a chair (recommended) in the parking lot
Lot opens starting at 6:00 PM
Film begins at sunset (approx. 8:00 PM)
Food for purchase available from Tallulah's Taco Cart, Le Petit Gourmet, Easton's Beach Snack Bar & Del's Lemonade
Free Bike Valet courtesy of Bike Newport, tune-ups for additional charge
Suggested Donation: $5/person
Rain venue: Casino Theater, 9 Freebody Street

"The document of the most notorious quest to the top of K2 in 2008, considered more daunting than conquering Mt. Everast, is a heart-throbbing experience."

/ The Hollywood Reporter

"A physical evocation of the fear and euphoria experienced by these brave men and women who thrive on the impossible."

/ Variety

"THE SUMMIT is a compelling watch."

/ The Upcoming

"Truly remarkable. This is a truly engaging documentary, whether you know a lot or nothing about mountaineering."

/ UPodcast

"A powerful documentary feature exploring the deaths of 11 mountain climbers attempting to reach the summit of K2 in August 2008."

/ Seen It UK

"Deeply moving and inspiring in equal measure, The Summit is a must-see."

/ The London Word


A gripping, cliffhanger document of a deadly trek up the most dangerous mountain on earth. On August 2008, twenty-four climbers from several international expeditions converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit of the most dangerous mountain on earth. Forty-eight hours later, eleven had been killed or had vanished, making it the worst K2 climbing disaster in history. Utilizing found footage, interviews with survivors, and seamlessly realistic reenactments,The Summit zigzags back and forth in time, interweaving multiple narrative threads and piecing together events, hoping to solve the mystery of what actually happened on that day—the deadliest in mountain-climbing history. At the heart of the mystery is the story of Ger McDonnell, one extraordinary man who chose to risk his own life to save others. With the help of breathtaking cinematography by Robbie Ryan and Stephen O’Reilly, director Nick Ryan creates a tension-filled, experiential film that will have viewers on the edge of their seats. The Summit pits Man against Mother Nature in her most majestic and terrifying extreme.

Run time: USA / 95 min
Director(s): Nick Ryan