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Documentary chronicles the death-defying stories of tower climbers

Vertical Freedom
NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association
Vertical Freedom

This interview posted above is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment, hosted by Lori Walsh.

Climbing over 1000 feet to change a lightbulb.

Vertical Freedom is a feature length documentary film highlighting six diverse tower climbers who overcome personal struggle and everyday danger to perform extraordinary work maintaining transmission masts.

The film, directed by Doug Lee of Storybuilt Media is produced in collaboration with NATE: The Communication Infrastructure Contractors Association.

Executive Producer Todd Schlekeway joins In the Moment by phone and shares the story of the people who make such wireless connections possible.

Schlekeway says Vertical Freedom is currently negotiating distribution rights with various streaming services. The film has also been submitted dozens of film festivals.

You can watch a trailer for the film here.

Carl Norquist is a producer and writer for In the Moment. An EMMY-winning producer, Carl previously worked for KTIV News 4 in Sioux City, IA. Carl is a Minnesota native and graduate of Augustana University with majors in Art and English.
Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.