Everest IMAX film maker Breashears felicitated
February 06 , 2006
Recognising his outstanding contribution for the promotion of Nepal's tourism industry, Mr. David Breashears, co-director of widely acclaimed Everest IMAX film has been felicitated.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) felicitated Mr. Breashears, who was the leader of MacGillivray Freeman IMAX/IWERKS Expedition team, with a plaque and a statue of Lord Buddha amidst a function on December 21, 2005.
Recently, he was also decorated with Suprabal Gorkha Daskhin Bahu (Third).
At the felicitation ceremony, he said that he was overwhelmed to have him honoured by NTB. He said that Nepal has been a safe destination. "People belonging to many nationalities are freely travelling far and wide in Nepal," he said. Talking about the stringent travel advisory on Nepal issued by USA, he said he would tell the Americans that travelling anywhere in Nepal is safe.
With full of confidence, he said he would bring his mom, sister and son to Nepal because he did not face any problem while in Nepal.
Recalling his memories that he had during the making of Everest IMAX film in 1996, he said, without the help of Sherpas, it would not be possible for him to take IMAX camera on the top of Mt. Everest.
Mr. Tek Babadur Dangi, CEO, Nepal Tourism Board extended thanks to Mr. Breashears for his contribution. "NTB is always ready to help him for any new venture that would promote Nepal," Mr. Dangi said.
Apart from making films and loving adventure, Mr. Breashears is an author and mountaineer. He has climbed Mt. Everest for five times.
In 1983, Breashears transmitted the first live television picture from the summit of the world's tallest peak. In 1985, he became the first American to reach the summit of twice. On May 17, 2004, he reached the summit of Everest for the fifth time taking his camera. The recipient of four National Emmy Awards for achievement in cinematography, he is one of the world's most experienced adventure filmmakers. In 1997, he co-produced and photographed Everest: The Death Zone for the PBS series NOVA once again reaching the summit with camera in hand.
He is the author or co-author of three best-selling books: Everest: Mountain Without Mercy, Last Climb and High Exposure.