"Kilimanjaro" is a film about a man, who is inspired by his grandfather to enjoy life and have adventures while he still could, decides to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with his best friend after his relationship ends. The movie screened at the University of Southern California this Thursday. After the screening, Jason Michael Berman spoke to the students about the process of producing the film.
Doug (Brian Geraghty) is a man who has an on-again-off-again relationship with his girlfriend Clare (Alexia Rasmussen) and decides to break it off after he realizes that the relationship has turned loveless. After the break up, he visits his grandfather who tells him about all the times he wished he could travel around when he was still young. He then makes a decision to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with his asshole best friend Mitch (Chris Marquette).
Walter Strafford wrote on the USC website about the film, "All too often we hear (and tell) stories in which a young person learns to be an "adult" and is then rewarded with the comforts of a steady job and a family. With this story, I wanted to champion the person who aspires to more than the ordinary life. I had observed my own inability to see beyond my immediate needs and I wanted to celebrate the pursuit of something greater.
To live a life less ordinary, we must be willing to go against the wishes of our families and our communities. We must risk upsetting other people and their way of doing things. At the same time, of course, we must honor our obligations and take responsibility for our actions. The situations Doug faces are not simple and the answers are not easy. Watching Doug transform himself, invites us all to ask ourselves whether we are living the life we wish to live and, if not, what is keeping us from doing so."
Jason Michael Berman, the producer of the film and a 2006 graduate of USC, said after the screening that everyone he has ever worked with on the project are all from his school days, so he encourages students to build relationships during their time in school, because they will be the ones who will work with them forever.