Mountain film fest offers viewers a sneak preview of Free Solo

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      Fresh from its People’s Choice Award win at TIFF this year, Free Solo receives an advance screening at the Rio Theatre on Tuesday (October 16) as part of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival’s October fall series.

      Made by Meru directors Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, Free Solo is the vertiginous, eye-popping record of Alex Honnold’s climb of Yosemite's El Capitan, described by the New York Times as “one of the greatest athletic feats of all time.” 

      Besides winning over its TIFF audience, the film currently sits at 100 percent fresh at Rotten Tomatoes.

      Free Solo is scheduled to open in Vancouver next Friday (October 19).

      VIMFF's October fall series begins at the Rio Theatre on Monday (October 15) with another sneak preview. Filmmakers Sophie and Clement Guerra will be on hand to discuss The Condor & The Eagle, which chronicles the cross-continent trek and “spiritual renaissance” of four Indigenous leaders—including Melina Laboucan-Massimo of the Lubicon Cree First Nation, whose community of Little Buffalo was hit with Alberta’s second largest pipeline spill in 2011.

      The mini-festival continues on Wednesday (October 17) with Darren Berrecloth in attendance at the Rio for North of Nightfall, and at North Van’s Centennial Theatre with a screening—fresh from its premiere at VIFF—of Grant Baldwin’s This Mountain Life.

      Finally, the Centennial Theatre hosts a screening of Dawn Wall on Thursday (October 18) and then welcomes legendary mountaineer Doug Scott on Friday (October 19) for a two-part presentation based on his new book, Life and Hard Times.

      More information here.