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Based on a True Story

A Little Lie in a Big War

To provide for his family after his father's murder, 15 year old Lester Liptak forged his baptismal certificate in order to enlist in the Navy during 1947. The many sacrifices and challenges Lester endured are chronicled in this short film.

Lester's untold story, along with those of many other underage children who enlisted in armed services, inspired Ryan Allsop (Lester's nephew) to write and direct Mount Liptak.

Lester in the Navy at 15

Lester in the Navy at 15


Later in life, Lester was a Plane Captain during Operation Deep Freeze, which was a mission to scientifically explore Antarctica and land the first plane on the continent. Mount Liptak, 10,013 ft. high, was first mapped by United States Geological Survey and U.S. Navy air photos from 1957-59.

Mount Liptak was named for Lester Liptak, as he was the crew chief on these first reconnaissance flights to the area in January, 1958.

“Mount Liptak” truly is a unique story that will give you raw and really relatable moments. By the end of the film you feel connected to Lester and have learned to empathize with his story.
— Viewer From B.I.F.F.
With a strong opening showing navy recruitment ads, the film draws you into the magnitude of what Lester did by enlisting. With strong characters and a strong storyline, the short film makes an impact about the reality of war in a young man’s life.
— Viewer From WorldFest Film Festival
True life tends to be filled with crazy stories that happen to seemingly regular folks. “Mount Liptak” is a patriotic coming of age story about a boy facing the heavy burden of having to take care of his family financially.
— Viewer From Albuquerque Film & Music Experience
Mount Liptak is a star-filled cast with Chase Pollock from “Santa Stole Our Dog” and “The Colonel,” Simon Provan from “The Open Door,” Gwendolyn GaBree from “Chasing Gold,” and David Sapiro from the TV Series “Leaving Eden.”
— Utah Film Festival

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