Sony Pictures Classics announced that it has acquired North American rights to Steep, which had its world premiere in the Spotlight Section of this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

Steep traces the sport of Extreme Skiing from its beginnings in the mountains high above Chamonix, France to the aerial acrobatics and death-defying descents performed by the current generation of Big Mountain Skiers. The film merges rarely seen images of the sport's beginnings with magnificent original footage of the sport today, including BASE-jumping with skis off cliffs in the remote backcountry of British Columbia and Alaska, skiers overtaken by an avalanche in Iceland; and descents in the mountains of France so dangerous they will never be repeated. Shot in stunning high-definition, Steep is about a group of exquisitely gifted and daring athletes who have taken the sport of skiing far beyond the confines of the ski resort and into a vertical world where only a few have ventured before.

Steep was produced by High Ground Productions in association with The Documentary Group. It was written and directed by Mark Obenhaus (The Kennedy Assassination, Beyond Conspiracy, and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize Nominee Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera). Executive Producers are J. Stuart Horsfall, Mark Obenhaus, and Tom Yellin. Producers are Jordan Kronick, Gabrielle Tenenbaum. Cast includes such world renowned skiers as Ingrid Backstrom, Chris Davenport, Doug Coombs, Shane McConkey, Andrew McLean, Seth Morrison, Eric Pehota, and Glen Plake.

Sony Pictures Classics released the following statement: "Mark Obenhaus has created a spectacular documentary that represents the authentic look and feel of unbelievable skiing acrobatics performed by these thrill-seeking athletes. We are very excited to be bringing this visually stunning film to audiences."

"We are thrilled to be working with Sony Pictures Classics," The Documentary Group president Tom Yellin said. "They have a long track record of finding the best audiences for the best films. We believe they give the film a wonderful opportunity to be seen by skiers and non-skiers alike."