MTV’s Summit On The Summit Kilimanjaro (TV) (2010)

Isabel as herself


Director: Michael Bonfiglio
Writer: n/a
Co-starring: Kenna, Jessica Biel, Lupe Fiasco, Emile Hirsch, Santi White (Santigold), etc.
Genre: Documentary
Filming: Filmed during the Mount Kilimanjaro climb and the preparation beforehand, mainly from January 4th-13th 2010. Also included some footage from events and meetings that took place after, although Isabel was not present.
Budget: $900,000
Viewing figures: Unknown
Runtime: 90mins


‘Summit on the Summit: Kilimanjaro’ follows actors Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Isabel Lucas along with musicians Kenna, Lupe Fiasco and Santigold as they attempt to make it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. The film will take audiences on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, exposing them to new knowledge and engaging them in the struggle to address and solve the global clean water crisis.


International Release Dates

Aired in the US on March 14th 2010 at 9pm.
International air dates unknown.



Photos: Gallery at Isabel Lucas Online
Videos: Trailer #1



• Justin Timberlake recorded an introduction to the show. He wanted to be a part of the climb itself, but was unable to because of scheduling conflicts with his filming of The Social Network.
• During the broadcast on MTV, viewers were able to text in to donate $10 to the UN Foundation on behalf of ‘Summit on the Summit’. Each donation would send 1,000 litres of clean water to people in need.


Quotes From Isabel, Cast & Crew

» Isabel Lucas“It’s the most physically challenging thing I’ve ever done – I had altitude sickness at the top with headaches and nausia but to stand on the summit and to have done it together for such a good cause was one of the most incredible feelings.”.

» Isabel Lucas [From the show] – “I think I’m probably the most nervous about getting altitude sickness. As for the camping, I grew up camping so that’s cool.”

» Isabel Lucas [From the show] – “We just got here, and I’m already aware of my breathing, how it’s, like taking full breaths, you don’t necessarily get it straight away.”

» Kenna [From the show] – “Isabel Lucas is like family to me. Even though she’s been in some big action movies she’s really a gentle soul, who’s totally in touch with herself and nature.”

» Dave Sirulnick, MTV’s Executive Vice President News and Docs – “MTV has a long history of educating its audience to raise awareness on issues that are important to them. More than 1 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe, clean drinking water. By airing this documentary, MTV hopes to mobilize a new generation of young people who may not be aware of this global cause and take action to get involved in helping find solutions to the water crisis.”.

– Read more of Isabel’s quotes on her Mount Kilimanjaro experience on our Charities page here.



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Isabel did a few interviews with the press after the climb/around the time this documentary aired. While not specifically publicity for the airing of the documentary, the climb was also featured in a few magazines, and Isabel gave interviews to a couple of Australian magazines to promote the cause. Many of the climbers (including Kenna, Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch, Lupe Fiasco, Elizabeth Gore, Simon Isaacs, Melissa Arnot, Michael Muller and Dr. Greg Allgood) attended a premiere screening of the documentary in New York City on March 10th 2010, but Isabel was not in attendance, probably because of filming commitments for A Heartbeat Away in Australia. She did attend the pre-ascent event held before the climb, in December 2009, though.

Isabel Lucas Online‘s Press page (related: 2010 interviews)
Isabel Lucas Online‘s 2010 Magazine Scans Gallery



Related Links

News & Updates for MTV’s Summit On The Summit Kilimanjaro at Isabel Lucas Online
Isabel Lucas Online‘s Charity page

Official MTV Site
Official SOTSK Site

Last Updated: March 20th 2011