Award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (MERU) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin partner with National Geographic to produce a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park—without a rope.
Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard, carving this epic ascent into the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential.
“Alex Honnold’s Free Solo climb should be celebrated as one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever…. A miraculous opportunity for the rest of us to experience what you might call the human sublime—a performance so far beyond our current understanding of our physical and mental potential that it provokes a pleasurable sensation of mystified awe right alongside the inevitable nausea.” —Daniel Duane, New York Times “FREE SOLO...operates as a sort of meta criticism of this kind of documentary filmmaking…. Chin speculates about what it might feel like to be filming Honnold on one of his free climbs, and suddenly ‘see him drop out of frame’.... Through the use of fixed cameras, drones, and handheld units, the filmmakers capture startling visions of what’s got to be the world’s most dangerous sport…” —Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
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