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Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 2, 2018 - 01:17pm PT
Anyone make it to Telluride that can report on how Free Solo was received?

Trad climber
Sep 2, 2018 - 04:28pm PT
This is from the media:

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Sep 2, 2018 - 05:39pm PT
The review of the review is that the review gets a truckload of rotten tomatoes.

Social climber
Sep 2, 2018 - 07:59pm PT

Big Wall climber
Ridgway CO
Sep 3, 2018 - 06:05am PT
I was there.
The movie was truly amazing, the crowd sat in rapt silence for two hours and erupted at the end. Of course that was probably due to Alex being there with Jimmy and Chai.

It was a little heavy on the girlfriend drama for me, but that is part of his story they want to tell.
The camera work was excellent, and how the film crew fit in to the whole picture was an important part of the story.
It was a story of a perilous journey and the preparation for it.

Legal drone footage of El Cap, I mean cmon... we would all watch two hours of just that, so this climbing story is just a bonus!

Great job guys, tremendous effort Alex!

As Mark Synnott said in the film,I cant believe what I just witnessed.



Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Sep 3, 2018 - 06:28am PT
A link to the trailer:
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Sep 3, 2018 - 08:09am PT
Original song by Tim McGraw. Not a big fan of his genre, but cool that he did a song for the movie

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 3, 2018 - 08:13am PT
I would love to see this on a big screen. I wonder how you can find out where it will be playing???

Trad climber
Sep 3, 2018 - 08:19am PT
Watch this page for screening updates:
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2018 - 01:15pm PT
Just found out the Festival Pass was $780. Now I don't feel so bad about missing it...

Alex has really made the most of free soloing, you have to give the guy credit. No one else has come close.

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Sep 5, 2018 - 02:02pm PT
$780? Yikes.

Takes the FREE right out of Free Solo dudn't it?........

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 5, 2018 - 02:16pm PT
Dirtbags need knott apply, eh?

Sep 5, 2018 - 06:49pm PT
The film was shown in the city park for free on Saturday evening. Someone told me there were 1600 people watching.. That number sounds big to me but it was definitely packed! The crowd seemed to appreciate the film.

from out where the anecdotes roam
Sep 5, 2018 - 07:25pm PT
i hope it plays at my local theaternational geographic IMAX, grand canyon visitor center in tusayan

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Sep 5, 2018 - 07:47pm PT
You do not need a pass to enjoy TIFF . . . there are numerous free screening opportunities. There are significant efforts made to provide opportunity for all. Best to the FS movie team!

Mountain climber
Sep 7, 2018 - 05:59am PT
Interesting talk by Alex.

Big Wall climber
Ridgway CO
Sep 7, 2018 - 06:45am PT
Were you in Telluride, Mikey?
I didnt see you, Id have said hello.
1600 sounds high to me too, Id say about 800-900.

Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 7, 2018 - 07:17am PT
Another link to the podcast that discusses the film and other issues (from Alex's facebook site).
Steven Amter

Washington, DC
Sep 11, 2018 - 06:04pm PT
I saw Free Solo in Telluride, and the audience reaction was amazing. Alex,even more than the film itself, got a standing ovation for his achievement. I spoke to both climbers and non-climbers who saw it, and the word that best described their reaction is "awe."

I personally loved it. Amazing photography. The film team - directors, photographers, and editors - did a great job of telling the story and capturing the action. I had some seriously sweaty fingers for the money shot climbing sequences; I should have brought my chalk bag! Alex is some kind of freak, but you gotta worry about that boy's future...

Climbers may have a somewhat mixed reaction to all the background/love life/biographic detail in the movie. The actual solo takes up about 30% of a 90 minute movie. I guess that comes with the territory when turning a record of the climb into a feature length film. But overall, ya gotta see this movie, its something else.

BTW,the lowest level pass for the festival is $390. In fact,you can skip the pass and pay $35 per film, but this year they often filled up before non-pass holders could get in. In any case, for most people, the cost of the pass is minor compared to the cost of transportation and lodging. Telluride is expensive. A great, unique film festival though.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Sep 11, 2018 - 06:10pm PT
Sorry, but the Telluride Film Festival is a rip-off.

You spend a fortune, drive an epic, show up way early ,...... only to be told there are no more seats.


So, anyway, girlfriend drama? Are you saying its a chick flick?
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