Private Project


This award-winning adventure film follows two college-age women as they strive to reach the highest point in every state, including one of the most dangerous in the American west. One of them is a novice when it comes to technical climbing, the other, an expert rock climber challenged by a disability. Their quest is made all the more challenging as they learn Wyoming's Gannett Peak is deep in wilderness territory. Recognized for its inspirational, family friendly content and excellence in cinematography, Highpointers is the first feature-length documentary to introduce the little-known sport of "highpointing," a unique hobby for climbers and outdoor adventurers.

  • Gary Scurka
    Baghdad Bound: The Devil Dog Diaries; Big Cat Crisis; 21 Days to Baghdad; Raising the USS Monitor - National Geographic Explorer
  • Kathleen Wolff
    Writer/Executive Producer
  • Mackenzie Scurka
  • Andy Bardon
    Wilderness Videography
  • Ed Caraballo
  • Bill Parks
    Online Editing
  • Kathleen Wolff
    Music Selection
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Inspiration, Youth, Wilderness, Nature
  • Runtime:
    56 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 19, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • International Christian Film Festival
    Orlando, FL
    United States
    May 5, 2018
    NOMINATION: Most Creative Documentary
  • Queen City Film Festival
    Cumberland, MD
    United States
    October 5, 2017
    WINNER: Best Kids & Family Film
  • Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival
    September 16, 2017
    International Premiere
    NOMINATION: Best Documentary
  • Honolulu Film Awards
    Oahu, Hawaii
    United States
    May 5, 2017
    WINNER: Best Documentary Feature, Silver Lei Award, 2017
  • NOVA International Film Festival
    Fairfax, VA
    United States
    April 11, 2017
    Mid-Atlantic Premiere
    WINNER: Best Family/Faith Based Film , NOMINATION: Best Documentary (45+ mins), NOMINATION: Most Inspirational Film
  • WyomingPBS, Jackson Hole Film Screening
    Jackson Hole, WY
    United States
    December 14, 2016
    Screening and Live Appearance
  • Depth of Field International Film Festival
    Global Online Festival
    United States
    September 26, 2016
    WINNER: Award of Excellence, Cinematography and Editing
  • Hudson Valley International Film Festival
    Monroe, NY
    United States
    August 27, 2016
    NOMINATION: Best Documentary
  • Adventures & Ales Film Series, Lookout Wild Film Festival
    Chattanooga, TN
    United States
    April 13, 2016
    Official Selection
  • The People's Wilderness Gala
    Albuquerque, NM
    United States
    October 19, 2014
    Pre-screening Draft for Audience Feedback
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Gary Scurka

During his career, Gary worked as a producer and correspondent for National Geographic Explorer where he produced Raising the USS Monitor, Big Cat Crisis and Baghdad Bound: The Devil Dog Diaries. Gary covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for National Geographic and was a producer at CBS News and at four local television news stations.

His professional honors include an award-winning investigation for 60 Minutes and other broadcast journalism awards including the duPont Columbia Silver Baton, Investigative Reporters and Editors awards and the George Polk award. After more than three decades in television, Gary Scurka launched a film career in 2013 doing what he loves – exploring the outdoors and celebrating the wonders of the natural world.

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Director Statement

Highpointers is the first film about the little-known sport of highpointing. Yet, for me and my family, it is much more. It is a blueprint for family adventure – a pathway for discovering the country. Reaching the highest point in each state, from a cornfield in Indiana to the summit of a western peak, exposes “highpointers” to America’s natural treasures. Love of the outdoors can be passed from generation to generation. With this film, we hope to encourage everyone to begin their own outdoor adventures.