Synopsis: Artist, father, and climber, Jeremy Collins had planned to travel to the four corners of the earth with his friend and mentor, Johnny Kopp, to experience different cultures and to push new ascents; West to Yosemite, East to China, North to the Vampire Spires, and South to Venezuela. When Johnny’s life was tragically taken in an avalanche, Jeremy and his friends agree that they must complete the journey taking Johnny’s ashes with them to scatter from the summits.
Drawn follows the journey from death to life while Collins goes North, South, East and West enduring challenge after challenge told in his trademark hybrid style of hand crafted animation meets on the fly live action.
This project (un)officially launched in 2009 while I was hiding in a cave under Mt Fitz Roy in Patagonia, Argentina. I was hoping to climb the mountain, but kept getting shut down by 70 mph winds and sleet. In the cave I was struck by the vision to go in the four directions from my home and climb my own routes- that is- unclimbed routes. After a month of waiting to climb something that had ALREADY been climbed, I needed a new quest that felt worthy.
I didn’t know how long it would take, how much it would cost, or where I was going, but I knew it was happening. I went home from Patagonia empty handed but full of motivation and ambition.
Over the course of four years, with my wife’s blessing, I set out on all four of the journeys; from the jungles of Venezuela, to the China-Mongolian Border, to the northern reaches of Canada, and closer to home in Yosemite Valley.
Each journey had a deep personal story for me, from the death of a friend, to the celebration of life, the love of my children, and the struggle of a tribe. I made many new friends, and their story became mine. I painted a schoolhouse in Yunek Village with the children and installed solar power for their emergency radio. I built a staircase in the Yukon to pay for a helicopter ride. I said farewell to a friend by releasing his ashes on each summit.
Along the way I filled five sketchbooks with art drawn from the experience. These journals are what inspire the story. These journals are what comprise the book.
I am SO excited to be partnering with Mountaineers Books to produce a beautiful hard-bound book of my story, featuring my mixed-media art (April 2015, 160 pages). Mountaineers Books is a nonprofit publisher based in Seattle with a mission to promote mountaineering literature and outdoor recreation. The book will also include images from great adventure photographers Corey Rich, James Q Martin, Mikey Schaefer, Jonny Copp, and Pat Goodman.
I feel film reaches my audience the most deeply, and gives the closest visceral experience of being out there. Having control of light, sound, music, atmosphere and timeline is so satisfying as an art form.
The footage is comprised of: on-the-fly interviews, spectacular landscapes from around the globe, beautifully shot by numerous award winning artists, supplemented by my sketchbook art, with animated scenes I am SO EXCITED to get to work on.
AS AN ILLUSTRATOR, STORY TELLER, FILM DIRECTOR, AND EXPLORATORY ROCK CLIMBER, JEREMY COLLINS’ REPERTOIRE IS VAST.
Artist Jeremy’s illustrative art has been featured in more than 150 climbing magazines and in numerous how-to books. Outdoor and adventure brands have used his imagery for product lines and even in the design of a line of climbing shoes. He also creates beautiful watercolor maps that have graced the cover and pages of National Geographic Magazine. His map and clothing brand, Meridian Line™ is hitting retail spaces currently and online in spring of 2014.
Activist Jeremy has helped raise thousands of dollars for various causes and non-profits including pediatric brain cancer research, The Access Fund, American Alpine Club, Habitat For Humanity, Causecentric and water.org. He currently volunteers for the American Alpine Club, Cliff Drive Corridor Management Committee, and Rios Libres, He has also donated his time and talents in Venezuela, where he and his team delivered solar power to a small village. Jeremy later returned to that village to lead creative art projects with the children.
Filmmaker Through his partnership with ThreeHouse Studios, his illustrative work is brought to life through animation and live action footage. Together, they create soulful short award-winning films exploring the intersection of adventure and life. His film/stage production “The Wolf & The Medallion” won the Banff Center’s Creative Excellence Award, and 5 Point Film Festivals Best of The Fest.
Climber On the rock Jeremy has pioneered more than 300 new routes in the United States. He has climbed extensively internationally with notable first ascents in Argentina, Venezuela, Canada, and China. He is currently working on his multi-year book and film project called “DRAWN- The Art of Ascent” in which he tells stories from the four directions using his first ascent climbs as a platform to explore universal ideas of purpose and finding direction.
Jeremy and his wife Tricia live in Kansas City, Missouri in the USA with their two children Zion Ray and Sela Muir.
COMMERCIAL CLIENTS INCLUDE:
National Geographic Magazine, Nat Geo TV, Wall Street Journal, TedEd, Outside, Patagonia, The North Face, prAna, Outdoor Research, Evolv, Rock & Ice, Trail Runner, Alpinist, Mammut, Mountaineers Books, Sharp End Books, Houghton Mifflin, Sender Films, Educational Communications Board, The Kansas City Zoo, MMGY worldwide, Bernstein Rein and others.