The family and friends of Michael Strassman have donated his film archives to the AAC Library. The archives consist of about 300 film and video cassettes produced by Range of Light Productions on the topic of climbing, along with supporting correspondence, notes, photographs and other personal archives.
Strassman was the author of The basic essentials of rock climbing (1989), Climbing big walls (with Jim Bridwell, 1990), and A rockclimber's guide to the Alabama Hills : Lone Pine, California (2002).
When I met Mike in 1986 he was fresh out of UCLA film school and inspired me with the dream of making a climbing video. We had no idea what we were getting into. Over the next year, with support from Patagonia and Austin Hearst (of Hearst publishing fame), we ran around shooting the best climbers and areas in the West.
We are currently raising funds to transport the archives to Golden from Los Angeles. Our second fundraising priority is to digitize a selection of film and tape cassettes (lots of beta), at a cost of approximately $20-30 per cassette.
Please donate in $25 increments to help preserve the work of Michael Strassman.
Thanks go to Boulder filmmaker Josh Lyons for bringing the collection to our attention and to LA filmmaker Alex Reinhard for assisting in bringing the collection to Golden!