The Mountain by Robert Isenberg
Award-winning Pittsburgh journalist Robert Isenberg wears many hats. He’s also a playwright, photographer, stage performer, creator of the Pittsburgh Monologue Project and a documentary filmmaker. His film, titled “The Mountain”, the follow up to his 2012 debut “The Trail”, chronicles his attempt to scale the 14,500-foot-tall Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states. The film evokes the spirit of the West utilizing videos and DIY filmmaking techniques and its world premiere is scheduled for this Thursday, June 6th at The Melwood Screening Room in North Oakland at 8PM.
Isenberg’s talents as a captivating storyteller shine in the trailer for the film.
Isenberg touts this endeavor as more about the desire to climb mountains than the act itself. Read about this and other fun facts regarding the film over on his website. You’ll come to find that he’s quite the amazing guy, as was made evident during a very early interview on Yinzpiration and a blip at the bottom of his press release for the film:
A Vermont native, Isenberg moved to the Steel City in 1997 to study at the University of Pittsburgh. Since then, he has become a prolific writer, actor, photographer and playwright. He has contributed video work to The Tico Times, The San Diego Reader, Patch.com, Children’s Hospital, and the Pittsburgh Foundation. His first long-form documentary, The Trail, was aired on WQED, courtesy Filmmakers’ Corner. He is a Flight School alumnus and the first-ever Whitford Fellow at Chatham University, the MFA program’s highest honor. His books include The Archipelago: A Balkan Passage and Wander.
He also interviewed Ssion for us last year during the VIA festival and did a stand up job. We wish Robert the best of luck with his latest project and urge our readers who love documentaries, travel or can simply draw inspiration from the human condition to check out this spirited film. The one-night event takes place Thursday at 8PM. Admission at the door is $10 and light refreshments will be served.