Lightbox is to explore the fatality of a famous explorer in a new feature doc with National Geographic Documentary Films. In Torn, the film’s director, Max Lowe, tracks his father, Alex Lowe’s, last expedition where he tragically lost his life in an avalanche in the Himalayas.  


Torn is produced by Lightbox, which was co-founded by Oscar winner Simon Chinn (Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man) and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Jonathan Chinn, (Black Sheep).


The film will be directed by photographer and National Geographic explorer, Max Lowe, who turns the lens on his own life as his father Alex Lowe’s body is uncovered 17 years after his tragic death. Torn will follow Max to the site of his death, the 26,289-foot Tibetan mountain Shishapangma, where his father will be laid to rest. It will incorporate never seen before footage from the 1999 expedition.


“This film goes beyond my passion as a filmmaker and chronicles my family’s intensely personal journey toward understanding my father as a man, not a myth,” said Max Lowe. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with National Geographic to tell my father’s story through the unflinchingly honest perspectives of the people closest to him.” 


“Like National Geographic, exploration and storytelling are part of Max’s DNA,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP global scripted content & documentary films for National Geographic. “We are confident his family’s inspiring and emotionally complex story will move audiences around the world.” 


Producers Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn added “This film documents a painful and emotional journey for the Lowe-Anker family, and we are honored that they have entrusted us to help them bring it to the screen” 

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