SUMMIT, NJ - The Film Society of Summit will host the area premier of 'Free Solo', the story of rock climber Alex Honnold who became the first person to scale the iconic nearly 3,000-foot granite wall known as 'El Capitan' alone without using ropes or other safety gear. The screening will take place no February 22, beginning at 8 p.m.
A post-film discussion will follow led by Peter Rovtar of the REI Outdoor School.
Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement.
A team of filmmakers, led by Jimmy Chin -- one of Honnold’s longtime climbing partners -- and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, captured the ascent for a documentary film. 'Free Solo' is nominated for an Academy Award for 'Best Documentary Feature.
For more than a year, Honnold trained for the climb at locations in the United States, China, Europe, and Morocco. A small circle of friends and fellow climbers who knew about the project had been sworn to secrecy.
'Free Solo' is both an edge-of-your-seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded the current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.
The program will be held at MONDO Summit. located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Tickets, priced at $12 in advance and $14 at the door, can be reserved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by purchasing at the venue.
For more information, visit summitfilmsociety.com.