Jim Aikman is an award winning documentary filmmaker specializing in outdoor adventure and promotional media, with a focus on organic story telling and cutting edge imagery. Since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2008 with degrees in Film and English Literature, Jim has been based in Boulder, Colorado, though he recently relocated to Portland, Oregon. His films have taken him from the high mountains of the Himalaya to the bottomless crevasses of Alaska, always with an eye for character development and story. His interests in history and narrative theory have cultivated a style that focuses on substance and growth. As comfortable behind a camera as he is an editing bay or a simple pen and paper, Jim’s thirst for stories is paralleled only by his thirst for adventure. He often collaborates with other leading production companies to create content across genres. Most recently, Jim Directed “Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia” which has enjoyed a successful tour in the global film festival circuit, premiering at Banff and winning awards at prestigious festivals in Europe, Canada, and the USA.
Jeff Lowe's Metanoia
Film by Jim Aikman (Documentary, Adventure, Biography and Family) Writer From the top of the world to the end of the line, this film follows the life and climbs of legendary alpinist Jeff Lowe, through his visionary ascents around the world up to his current dance with a terminal disease. Metanoia: A fundamental change of thinking; a transformative change of heart. Jeff's 'unimaginable' new route, Metanoia, up the North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland, changed his life forever and prepared him for the greatest adventure he's ever been on - the climb of his life, as he slowly loses all of his physical abilities and faces his own mortality. It is a mind-bending adventure through time and space that gives physical form to Jeff's unique philosophies and inspiring creative genius. Narrated by Jon Krakauer.
High and Hallowed
Documentary Co-Director, Editor
Television by Laura Annalora (Adventure and Sport) Producer, Editorial department, Camera and Electrical Department The first ever ropeless climb of Yosemites sheer 2,000 foot wall of Half Dome. The longest BASE jump achieved... See full synopsis »
Reel Rock Film Tour
Television (Adventure and Sport) Producer, Editor Sender Films and Big UP Productions team up each year to produce six mind-blowing films that make up the Reel Rock Film Tour. The film tour travels the globe year-round bringing audiences these exciting outdoor adventure films. Reel Rock is an inspiring international event that brings together local outdoor enthusiasts to revel in the sport of climbing. Former productions of this tour have included Ueli Steck's exciting race up the North Face of Mt. Eiger, "Sketchy" Andy Lewis' slacklining and highlining exploits, and nine-year-old Ashima Shiraishi's bouldering successes. Coming up on its 7th year, be sure to check the www.reelrocktour.com website for possible screenings near you. Written by Sender Films
University of Michigan