Renan Ozturk

Renan Ozturk

Renan Ozturk discovered his passion for climbing while attending Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a member of the small community of climbers there, he honed his skills, deepened his connection to the sport and dreamed of the remote and beautiful places it could take him. Ozturk graduated with a degree in biology, but not before traveling to Nepal to study the language and culture of a country to which he's still deeply connected.

Ozturk has developed into an extremely talented and prolific filmmaker with a growing list of credits, including the short films Towers of the Ennedi, Living the Dream and Samsara, which is about his 2008 attempt — along with Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin — to climb Meru, an enormously challenging peak that has stymied many top-notch climbers. Samsara chronicles their attempt, which falls short within sight of the summit. The three alpinists went back to Meru — less than six months after a ski accident that fractured Ozturk's skull — and summitted, a story that is  featured in the 2012 film House of Cards.

Related Films

FilmYearCountryDurationFestival Years
Khumbu Climbing Class 20102010USA8mins2010Details »
As It Happens2010USA16mins2010Details »
Living the Dream2010USA2mins2010Details »
On Assignment: Jimmy Chin2010USA6mins2011Details »
Towers of the Ennedi2011USA15mins2011Details »
Yosemite Falls High-Line2010USA4mins2011Details »
House of Cards (Work in Progress)2012USA60mins2012Details »
The Denali Experiment2011USA15mins2012Details »

Renan Ozturk / 2012

2012 Festival Involvement:

Participating as a: Special Guest

Renan Ozturk / 2011

2011 Festival Involvement:

Participating as a: Special Guest, Film Director

Renan Ozturk / 2010

2010 Festival Involvement:

Participating as a: Special Guest