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Free Solo

Directed by: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin

2018 | USA | 96 minutes


Saturday, June 15, 2019, 7pm

Free Admission!

A stunning, intimate, and unflinching portrait of free-solo climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: scaling the face of the world's most famous rock -- the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park -- without a rope. Renowned filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin capture the death-defying climb with exquisite artistry and masterful, vertigo-inducing camerawork.

"Chin and Vasarhelyi have made a film that works both as a praiseworthy historical document rich in context and visual detail, and as a gripping emotional journey full of mythical resonance." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"Great documentaries, of which this is one, need great subjects, and Mr. Honnold fills the bill; he's thoughtful, funny, articulate, self-reflective and fatalistic to a scary degree." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

No reservations are required. Seating is first come, first serve. 

Academy Awards 2019, Winner, Best Documentary

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