Based on one of my short stories, The Crux is a dramatic short film about two expert climbers who visit City of Rocks National Reserve. In pushing the boundaries of commitment to their sport, they are challenged by an intense personal conflict. As their disagreement escalates, one of them faces a moral crisis as real as the crux move he must make on the granite wall, ultimately leading to disaster.
Although technically difficult to shoot, making The Crux was a lot of fun as well, and in 2017 we received an official selection laurel on the international film-festival circuit, validating our efforts. Even more, it was magical for me to work with my awesome climber/cinematographer stepsons, Andrew and Michael Dunning, and my talented music/video editor wife, Susan, and to see one of my stories come to life! For more, visit TheCruxFilm.com