Filmmaker, mountain climber to answer questions after film screening

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HighGroundPosterFOCUS Film Festival and Feather River College’s ENACTUS, DSPS and the Diversity Committee invite the community to a film screening of “High Ground.” The showing will be held Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy.

Admission is free. (See the movie trailer below)

“High Ground” is a documentary that follows a team of veterans returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq as they set out to climb a towering Himalayan peak to overcome challenges and heal the mental and emotional ravages of war. 

Representing nearly every branch of the military, the veterans, and the “gold star mom” who joins their trek, bring humor and deep emotion to this heroes’ journey — all captured with breathtaking, vertigo-inducing cinematography.

Veteran Chad Jukes and filmmaker John von Seeburg will take questions following the film screening.

Chad Jukes lost his right leg below the knee as a result of injuries he sustained in an IED attack Dec. 17, 2006, in Iraq.

Since then, the nimble 28-year-old has climbed massive peaks in the U.S. and Nepal and cycled across the country, living a purposely active life designed to spark outdoor vitality among his disabled military brethren.

“Getting into the mountains and climbing … grants a really remarkable sense of self-dependence,” said Jukes, describing the loss of vital independence that plagues injured veterans. “The ability to experience that again really puts someone on a path to wholeness and self-fulfillment. It can really change lives.” (The Denver Post, September 2012)


John von Seeburg is one of six videographers who shot the documentary film “High Ground.” A member of the Soldiers to the Summit Himalayan Expedition through Serac Adventure Films and the Outside Adventure Film School, he accompanied the climbing team to highcamp at nearly 18,000 feet on Lobuche Peak near Mount Everest. He was also team Oracle's videographer in the recent America's Cup win.

John von, as he is known, has a background in television and corporate video. He has worked as a producer for The History Channel, Evening Magazine, BBC, Golf Network and True Hollywood Story, as well as many other broadcast outlets. He has visited nearly 40 countries on assignment.

A recreational climber with multiple ascents of Mount Rainier and Mount Shasta, Seeburg has also reached the summit of the Grand Teton and Mount Hood (among others). His high point is 19,347 feet, the summit of Cotopaxi in Ecuador.

FOCUS Film Festival explores documentary and feature films that celebrate diversity and inclusion. The organization’s vision is of a community that embraces diversity, not as difference, but as a blend of varied and valuable contributions. FOCUS Film Festival is a project of Far Northern Regional Center, an agency that provides services to people with developmental disabilities.

Feather River College ENACTUS (Entrepreneurs in Action) is a community of students, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

Feather River College DSPS (Disabled Student Programs and Services) offers support to students with temporary or permanent disabilities. A dedicated and caring staff provides students with specialized services and equipment to help meet their individual needs and to ensure equal access to academic, vocational and extracurricular activities.

The Feather River College Diversity Committee monitors, plans and implements college activities that promote awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity on the campus and within the Plumas County community.

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