CLIMB is a short documentary produced as part of our San Diego Film & Media Studio program that highlights the challenges and successes of an adaptive rock climbing team.  It premiered at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in April 2022 and was well-received.

“Climb demonstrates what it means to see no barriers to what the human body can do. Instead of focusing on deficits, its stories focus on strength, community, and our individuality. They are what gives us power and courage.”

Tara Mason, DisABILITY Film Festival co-director
Tara Mason, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Inclusive Education
Western Colorado University

“Climb” Screenings & Awards

We are thrilled to announce that our Film & Media team’s short film, “Climb,” has been accepted by six film festivals and won three awards!

Take a look at the film festivals that have screened “Climb,” along with their awards below:

DisABILITY Film Festival

Winner Best Social Justice & Inclusion Film 2022

Accolade Global Film Festival

Award of Merit – Disabilities Category 2021


Award Winner – 2022

San Diego Movie Awards

Honorable Mention 2022

San Diego International ShortsFest

Official Selection 2022

San Diego Art Film Fest

We’re proud of our Film & Media team for all the hard work they put into this film and for sharing it with our community. 

Starring: Tatiana Crenshaw, Norah Schwartz, Jack Franklin, Tanner Cislaw, Jillian Yatsko

Co-Produced by Julianne Vallera

Cinematography: Enrique Martinez

Camera Operators: Matthew Millwood, Mariano Carrasquillo, Nathan Binger

Sound Mixer: Jeremy Zuckor

Assistant Editors: Jordan DeVries, Marissa Garcia, Tyler Wilson, Kira Maese, Josh Bell, Jeremiah Wilson

Production Supervisors: Mario Genel, Alex Lalangan

Post Production: Daryl Hall, Matt Carlin

Graphic Design: Alexandria Carson

Synopsis: A Day in the life of the adaptive team, which consists of four rock climbers with disabilities at the Mesa Rim Climbing Center. The film depicts the rock climbers’ struggles and success, and how rock climbing improved their quality of life.