VAIL — The documentary “Climb to Glory” was always about the famed 10th Mountain Division, but now it’s more.
The film is a tribute to Pete, Tony and the Seibert family, and that means it now carries even more importance, says Chris Anthony, who produced the film with Warren Miller Entertainment. Tony Seibert, Pete’s grandson, died in an avalanche earlier this month. Pete Jr., Tony’s father, read a message from Tony during his son’s memorial service. That’s now a part of the film, as is some education about avalanche and back country safety, Anthony said.
“It went from a great movie about the 10th Mountain Division that Tony and I were going to host together, to this tribute,” Anthony said.
It’s still a documentary about the 10th Mountain Division, but it’s also about connections, Anthony said.
“The story of Tony’s connection to his grandfather came to life for me when we were on location. And I can truly say I watched it change him. Tony was a key role in the story line of this film,” Anthony said.
Anthony was in a back country hut near Crested Butte when the accident happened. The movie was scheduled to screen at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Jan. 9, the day after Tony died. Anthony and Susie Tjossem, of the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, decided to postpone the screening until today.
Anthony had this idea about a 10th Mountain Division documentary, and created a partnership with the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, Warren Miller Entertainment, The Anschutz Foundation and anyone else he thought would listen.
“I was sort of the thorn in everyone’s side,” Anthony said.
“Climb to Glory” intersperses interviews with 10th Mountain Division veterans with archival footage and film shot of Anthony and others skiing in vintage 10th Mountain gear. Some of the new footage was shot with equipment from the 1940s to make it as authentic as possible. For good measure, the film has some delightful Warren Miller-esque moments.
The best videographers and producers from Warren Miller Films lived in a camper at Camp Hale, Anthony said. They set up at Ski Cooper during a 10th Mountain Division reunion and interviewed as many of these guys as they could, then interviewed more at the ski museum.
Some of the footage became a segment in the Warren Miller film “Flow State.” That was so popular that they decided to go forward with the documentary.
Anthony has shown it to hard core skiers and just had his first school screening at Colorado Academy, where it received rave reviews.