Nico Calabria was born with only one leg, but his disability does not define him. As he says, “Even though I have one leg, I can still do what anyone else can.” In this short documentary, he takes on the highest peak in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro with his father Carl, and shares his success with those less fortunate than him. This is not a story of overcoming adversity or of unknown challenges faced and met. It is a story about one remarkable 13-year-old boy who knows who he is and what he’s capable of doing—both for himself and others—and he changes the world, or at least one little corner of it.
Only 24 people have reached the summit of Mt. Edgar in China’s Sichuan Province, but none approached via the east side of the 22,368-foot mountain. Top-flight alpinists Jonny Copp and Micah Dash, followed by cameraman Wade Johnson for the Sender Films First Ascent series, were attempting a new route. As the group hiked toward base camp, they expressed concern about the warm weather. "It's scary," Jonny said on camera. "I've been on a lot of expeditions with Jonny," Micah said, "and that's the first time I've ever heard him refer to something as 'scary.'" They were right to be unnerved. After three weeks in base camp with little progress, they decided to abandon the ascent and retrieve some gear they’d stashed higher on the mountain. As they proceeded, a massive avalanche let loose, killing all three of them. Point of No Return tells the compelling story of these accomplished men and is also a testament to the talented Sender Films team who produced a clear-eyed film about their lost friends. —DH