Alex Honnold sat two rows in front of us at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival as we watched Free Solo. But we were still on the edge of our seats. The documentary covers over a year in the life of this free solo climber. They reviewed his upbringing and family, and his start in climbing. We met his girlfriend, Sanni McCandless, who bravely supported Honnold is his quest. The film crew for the documentary was made up of professional climbers. It was fascinating to watch how Alex prepped for his free solo climb of El Capitan in Yellowstone National Park. He made many practice climbs to map out the face of the rock and took meticulous notes. He also made climbs of lesser difficulty to ready himself for the actual climb. Alex has a true passion for climbing. His focus and preparation was impressive. The actual climb was a nail biter, especially for the film crew. Directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold and Sanni McCandless and several members of their film crew were in attendance at the film and participated in the Q & A. They also held court outside the theater after the screening, signing casts and meeting fans. Jimmy Chin is also a world renown climbing photographer. He and Alex signed books for Denise after the movie.
Our Rating for Free Solo
Official Trailer for Free Solo
Official Synopsis for Free Solo
Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.
Free Solo Q & A at TIFF 2018
|Principle Cast||Alex Honnold , Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin|
|Director||Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi|
|Cinematographer||Jimmy Chin, Clair Popkin, Mikey Schaefer|
|Production Companies||LucasFilm, Ltd.|
|Run Time||100 minutes|
|Premier||Telluride Film Festival 2018|