Film

United States Of Joe’s

In rural Utah a valley of world-class bouldering is nestled among a conservative community of Mormons but when a ragged band of climbers shows up, the two cultures clash.
 
Photo by Brett Lowell

About

Director

Nick Rosen, Peter Mortimer

Producer

Josh Lowell, Zachary Barr, Mike Negri

Running time

21 minutes

Country / Nationality

USA

Our Judges say:

Evolves from being a magnificent display of mid-90s bouldering machismo to an entertaining depiction of culture clash between climbers and cowboys. Turns into a wonderful story of how adventure can lead to communities coming together. Lots of interesting class politics. Highly entertaining, you are guaranteed to laugh out loud several times.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Starts out like your average climbing retrospective and turns into something completely unexpected, surprising, and uplifting!

Anna Paxton

In rural Utah, a valley of world-class bouldering is nestled among a conservative community of Mormons, cowboys and coal miners. When a ragged band of punk rock climbers shows up, the two cultures inevitably clash. After years of antagonism, a group of climbers work with locals to build a more harmonious future. But in this divided era, is that even possible?