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Hill Climb

Hill Climb offers a candid look into the nearly 100 year tradition of the Mt. Garfield All Pro Motorcycle Hillclimb. The film is a snapshot of the riders, their bikes, and the enthusiasts that camp out on the shores of Lake Michigan for this exciting historic event.

Selected by over a dozen film festivals!

  • Nick Nummerdor
    Director
    Vannin'
  • Andrew J. Morgan
    Director
    Vannin'
  • Bryan Simpson
    Editor
    Hot Dougs: The Movie
  • Tyler Roth
    Color
    Andrew Bird: Fever Year
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    sports, documentary, motorcycles, michigan, short documentary, special interest, automotive
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 25, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • The Doc Talk Show
    Chicago
    United States
    May 25, 2017
    Private Screening
    You guys have chosen a subculture that most people will have never seen. They will be surprised. Who knew that such a thing exists. That’s how people felt about discovering surfing, or Okie Noodling, or Cannibalism, or Dwarf Tossing, or 16 Days of Glory (about the training that goes into every Olympic dream). What blows me away about your film is two-fold, the pointlessness of racing to the top and the decency and community spirit of people who all seem like scary stereotypes of red-necks. I also enjoyed seeing the women. the ones who drink and run and puke as well as the skillful one who succeeds in getting to the top of the hill. You go girl! Your film will stick in people’s minds. It’s very effective at taking the viewer someplace they have never been and just allowing us to poke around and immerse ourselves in the history, competition, and uniquely ephemeral atmosphere. It’s just once a year. And then poof it disappears. I like Hill Climb a lot and am thrilled to share it. It’s a strong metaphor for all competitions that create community. And for all doc makers - artists who have to climb a hill in the real world just to finish a film. And then climb an even steeper one to get it in front of audiences. Congrats! -- Jeff Spitz (Sundance Film Festival honoree )
  • Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    September 29, 2017
    International Premiere
  • Full Bloom Film Festival
    Statesville, North Carolina
    United States
    September 14, 2017
  • Motorcycle Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    September 20, 2017
  • Short to the Point
    Bucharest
    Romania
    August 31, 2017
  • Midwest Independent Film Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    November 7, 2017
  • Open Projector Night 2017
    Grand Rapids
    November 15, 2017
  • Portland Motorcycle Film Festival 2018
    Portland OR
  • Big Muddy Film Festival 2018

    FINALIST
  • FREEP Film Festival 2018
    Detroit
    April 13, 2018
    Michigan Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Solemn Oath Brewery, Oath Day
    Naperville IL
    June 9, 2018
  • Threadbare Mitten Film Festival 2018
    Lansing Michigan
    June 23, 2018
  • Windy City International Film Festival 2018
    Chicago IL
    July 14, 2018
  • Sunrise 45 Alpena Film Festival 2018
    Alpena Michigan
    August 17, 2018
  • Middle Coast Film Festival 2018
    Chicago Illinois
    September 22, 2018
  • Big Water Film Festival
    Ashland Wisconsin
    November 9, 2018
    Wisconsin Premiere
  • Gig Harbor Film Festival
    Gig Harbor Washington
    September 14, 2018
  • Hells Half Mile Film & Music Film Festival
    Bay City Michigan
    September 29, 2018
Director Biography - Nick Nummerdor, Andrew J. Morgan

Co-Directors Nick Nummerdor & Andrew Morgan have been making videos together since they became friends in middle school. After relocating from Muskegon Michigan to Chicago Illinois, they began making a variety of films together via their company Little Cabin Films. In 2013 they released their first feature documentary "Vannin'", which entertained film festival audiences all over the world. Vannin’ screened at Calgary Underground Film Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Virginia Film Festival, San Francisco Doc Fest, Beloit International Film Festival, Wisconsin Public Television (Directors Cut), & had a weeklong run at Alamo Draft House- Austin Tx.

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Director Statement

Morgan and Nummerdor share a common interest in the lesser known aspects of Americana. Their films often explore outside the beaten path of American pop culture; populating the screen with scenes of subcultures and the people that inhabit them.