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Check here for current news about Crest Pictures' latest film Below the Clouds / Rainier Impressions. Watch for free presentations of the Mt Rainier video throughout Washington and Oregon, read what the press is saying, learn about film festival screenings and awards, find out where this captivating nature film will be available on DVD, and stay informed about other Crest Pictures news.

Below the Clouds airing on Oregon Public Broadcasting

Crest Pictures is proud to announce the broadcast of Below the Clouds on Oregon Public Broadcasting's (OPB) long-running series Oregon Lens. Now in its ninth season, the popular program showcases a wide range of work by independent Northwest filmmakers. The film will air August 29 at 10 pm. For more information see OPB.

Below the Clouds is now available at Mt Rainier National Park

In addition to Whittaker Mountaineering in Ashford – gateway community to the park's Paradise entrance – the DVD can also be purchased in the Jackson Visitor Center bookstore through the Northwest Interpretive Association and in the Mt Rainier Guest Services gift shops at Longmire, Paradise and Sunrise.

Below the Clouds Gets Another Glowing Review

Popular Seattle PI "Hike of the Week" columnist Karen Sykes recently reviewed Below the Clouds and the DVD for a special to the paper's Getaways section. Read the review.

Her comments were both insightful and poetic. We're very thankful to Ms Sykes for taking the time to really "look" at the film, and for letting her readers know about it's valuable message.

Sykes is a highly regarded writer and author of Hidden Hikes in Western Washingtonand co-author of Best Wildflower Hikes in Washington

Below the Clouds to Screen at the Hazel Wolf

Below the Clouds has been accepted into the prestigious Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival for 2007. It will be screened on Sat, Mar 31 during the 5:15 session in the "Oasis" Room (#234) at Kane Hall where Washington Trails Assoc (WTA) and Conservation NW are sponsors. This "quiet-time" venue was set up to give weary festival-goers a break for relaxation and reflection – to simply enjoy nature's beauty and its wonders. Anyone already attending the festival gets free entrance to the show.

Below the Clouds Helps Inspire Mt Rainier Climbers

Since 1993 Washington's National Park Fund has partnered with Microsoft for an annual fundraising climb on Mt Rainier. Employee climbers raise $2500 each for the climb and Microsoft generously matches this. The climbing guides (RMI and IMG) discount their services, too. Proceeds go directly to Washington's three National Parks in the form of grants for preservation, restoration, education and visitor experience projects.

WNPF asked Crest Pictures to kick off their recruiting sessions at Microsoft's campus with an inspirational clip from Below the Clouds. We're very happy to help with their continued efforts.

MRVA Features Below the Clouds During the Holidays

The Mt Rainier Visitor Association offered free screenings of Below the Clouds throughout the holidays. Businesses in the Nisqually River Valley featured a fun-filled week of festivities, including sleigh rides, wine and beer tastings, story-telling and more. Watch for other upcoming winter events. While most of Mt Rainier National Park remains inaccessible due to devastating floods in Nov, visitors can still enjoy a quiet getaway with XC skiing and snowshoeing nearby. See Cool Links for local information.

Below the Clouds DVD Is Now Available

After a few setbacks, including very bad weather in Nov and Dec, Crest Pictures and everyone else involved pushed hard to get the final DVD done in time for the holidays. Luckily, everything fell into place nicely, and the DVDs were ready for pick up on Dec 15. Folks who had signed up for our e-newsletter were the first to hear. Many were anxiously awaiting their arrival and sales have been brisk. To purchase your copy go to Shop.

Below the Clouds gets glowing review from the press

Love of Rainier translates into stunning film
Published: November 9th, 2006 01:00 AM
If you love Mount Rainier, a new film by Robert Chrestensen just might explain that passion. Read On

Below the Clouds premieres on Public TV November 16

Crest Pictures is proud to announce that its latest film Below the Clouds/ Rainier Impressions will be showcased by Seattle's KCTS Television during the third season of its award-winning program About Us - a series featuring the work of Washington and British Columbia independent filmmakers. Program Manager Eric Maki says, "We're looking forward to the November 16 airing." About Us highlights topics and experiences that are distinctive to the Northwest. These are local stories told by local filmmakers with a unique and individual perspective.

So, mark your calendar for Nov 16 at 10 pm. You won't regret it. In fact, tune in every Thursday evening for another story "About Us." And, don't forget to pledge your support for local public television by making a contribution.

About Us airs Thursday evenings at 10 pm (PST) on these channels:
Washington: KCTS/Seattle (analog Channel 9), KCTS-DT (digital Channel 41), KYVE/Yakima (analog Channel 47), KYVE-DT (digital Channel 21)
British Columbia: Channel 19 - Victoria (Shaw Cable), Channel 27 - Vancouver and Lower Mainland (Delta Cable and Coast Cable), Channel 52 - Port Alberni, Courtney/Comox Valley and Powell Rivers

Meet the filmmaker at a special sneak preview November 11

Sat, Nov 11 at 1 pm. Catch a sneak preview at Redmond REI during their 2006 Snowfest event. Hope to see you there.

Due to be released on DVD with bonus features - November, 2006

Crest Pictures plans to release its newest film Below the Clouds / Rainier Impressions on DVD just in time for the holidays. To complement the video there will be extra features, including an informative "Locations" video gallery; a "Behind the Scenes" discussion with out-takes covering the How, What, Why and Hopes of the filmmaker; and a "Behind the Music" composer's discussion of her processes and challenges. Crest Pictures is passionate about preserving and protecting our national parks and wilderness. To help advance the cause the DVD will also include a guide to the seven principles of Leave No Trace (LNT), a program designed to educate those who enjoy wild places about the consequences of their actions and the techniques to prevent and minimize their impact.

The enhanced DVD will make a great gift - appealing to just about anyone, from seasoned mountaineers to armchair nature-lovers ... from local residents to world-travelers. It's an inspiring nature film that's sure to evoke emotions and rekindle the soul.