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ECF

Big Wall climber
Ridgway CO
Feb 7, 2019 - 11:43am PT
I recommend buying Synnott’s book.
There is some stuff in there you guys will be very interested in knowing. Mark has known Alex for a long time and they have gone on several international trips together. This is a friend’s telling of a tale, with all the deeper insights you would expect from a personal connection.

If you can, I’d preorder it through Amazon before they sell out.
A climbing book sell out? Lol you say... but the audience for this is much wider than all the other climbing tales. I’ve heard a lot of non-climbers talking about Freesolo and I’m surprised at their level of enthusiasm. I know an accountant, a fisheries biologist, an oncologist, and an engineeer that all want to talk to me about Freesolo. It really has made the leap over into mainstream thought.
The book isn’t just about Freerider, it takes a much broader view of the evolution that lead up to that, including some stories from Mark’s early years in Yosemite. It is much more than just the book version of the movie.


Don’t hold your breath for video of the whole climb, get the book.
When it sells out, you can sell it on eBay for double what you paid for it.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 8, 2019 - 03:56am PT
The online sports betting odds currently favor RGB (-200) over Free Solo (+250) in the Oscar Race. Minding the Gap (+450) is third, while the other two are long shots.

This means you would have to bet $200 on RGB to win $100 (if you are correct). A bet of $100 on Free Solo would win $250.

https://www.bovada.lv/sports/entertainment/academy-awards/91st-academy-awards/odds-to-win-best-documentary-feature-201902242000

I'm putting my money on Free Solo...
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 8, 2019 - 04:19am PT
Thanks ECF. I heeded your recommendation for Mark Synnot's book. I have pre-ordered mine and am patiently awaiting its March 5 release...
MGuzzy

Trad climber
Orangevale
Feb 8, 2019 - 07:36am PT
More interviews:
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/02/if-i-get-an-adrenaline-rush-somethings-gone-wrong-an-interview-with-free-solos-alex-honnold/

A really good interview that focuses on Chai. I don't recall if it was posted earlier:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/elizabeth-chai-vasarhelyi-making-free-solo-watch-1184060
MGuzzy

Trad climber
Orangevale
Feb 8, 2019 - 10:23am PT
I'm guessing Free Solo's domestic theatrical run is just about done. I only see it in one or two theaters here in northern CA. I thought I would post the box office chart that shows the current numbers before it gets released for download and other international markets. You can see both bumps when FS was released and re-released in IMAX theaters. Pretty impressive numbers for a documentary that grew in popularity in a grass roots way.

Free Solo Domestic Box Office as of 8Feb19
Free Solo Domestic Box Office as of 8Feb19
Credit: MGuzzy

Source:
https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Free-Solo-(Documentary)-(2018)#tab=box-office

I don't know when the decision was made to retrofit it for IMAX... whether that happened as a result of the Oscar buzz or if it was in the works from the beginning-ish (like the end of post production), but it seems to have been a worthy investment. Since the time it was re-released with IMAX theaters it has grossed about 4 M... that's just me eye-balling the chart.
Alpinist63

Mountain climber
Feb 9, 2019 - 12:04am PT
In Europe, Free Solo is doing pretty well too. right now 10. in box office in the Netherlands for 2019. In Belgium it comes to the theatres this week and in Germany, it will be shown mid-march.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 9, 2019 - 01:55am PT
National Geographic will pick up the tab for Free Solo's TV premiere. It will air commercial-free on Nat Geo in the U.S., followed by a global rollout in 172 countries and 43 languages. Additionally, Fox Home Entertainment will release the film on digital platforms, including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu and more, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 12.

https://www.apnews.com/3c27320d190f4fa1a344dccebcc31465

I'm not sure if Feb 12 is real or a typo...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 9, 2019 - 05:55am PT
https://deadline.com/2019/02/free-solo-rock-climbing-star-alex-honnold-nimbly-scales-qa-tca-1202552684/

Jason Momoa is the biggest man Alex has ever seen.
Jason Momoa is the biggest man Alex has ever seen.
Credit: mouse from merced

“The beauty of the van, you can just reach down and grab the pee bottle,” Honnold said.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 9, 2019 - 07:05am PT
LOL, mouse. Good link. Thanks.



Nice Magic Hour bio of Chai, MGuzzy..

MGuzzy

Trad climber
Orangevale
Feb 9, 2019 - 10:48am PT
Feb 12, aye. I wonder if they are releasing it for download ahead of the Oscars. Coincidentally, finals voting opens that day for a week.

March 3, one week after the Oscars, I bet it will pull a good audience whether it wins or looses.

I like the bit about the Van!... that would be cool if the limo that shows up to drop off the Free Solo team at the end of the red carpet is Alex's van. ;-)
Kyle Love

Boulder climber
Redmond, Washington
Feb 9, 2019 - 12:40pm PT
We all love Alex Honnald in Free Solo, but have you all seen Felix Mcdonnald in Tree Solo?

Follow Felix Mcdonnald as he defies almost zero odds in order to train his body and his mind to climb what is effectively just another tree. With no ropes or safety gear, will Felix survive attempting what is arguably the greatest feat in tree climbing history?



Enjoy!
MGuzzy

Trad climber
Orangevale
Feb 9, 2019 - 12:44pm PT
Mouse.. here's the AP article covering the same TCA event

https://www.apnews.com/25d3856055e1487d94f5206bc80cc999

At some point they will post the whole TCA "Free Solo" panel discussion I presume instead of these snippets.

https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/free-solo-premiere-date-nat-geo-1203132693/

https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2019/02/08/Thriller-doc-Free-Solo-coming-to-Nat-Geo-Oscars/stories/201902080134
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2019 - 12:29pm PT
Free Solo wins British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Best Documentary; a very prestigious honor considered to be the British equivalent to the Oscars...


https://variety.com/2019/film/news/bafta-announces-film-awards-winners-updating-live-1203132750/
MGuzzy

Trad climber
Orangevale
Feb 10, 2019 - 02:04pm PT
Yeah, BAFTA...from that article:
Free-climbing documentary “Free Solo” won the award for best documentary. “It has been an incredible year for non-fiction films and we’re just proud to be a part of it,” said co-producer and co-director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. The film is already U.K. documentary specialist Dogwoof’s biggest hit in the market having grossed £1.7 million ($2.1 million) and will enter the all-time top ten highest grossing documentaries in the U.K. this week.

MGuzzy

Trad climber
Orangevale
Feb 10, 2019 - 02:10pm PT
So I've been noticing the periodicals that have been picking up on the recent Free Solo article on the AP Wire... ShootOnline I get, its a cinematography/photography journal:
https://www.shootonline.com/newsbriefs/free-solo%C2%A0film-about-el-capitan-conquest-gets-tv-debut

I didn't know there were was a significant population of Filipino-Canadian climbers.. where are you guys? I don't think I've ever bumped into another Filipino climber Canadian or otherwise.
http://www.canadianinquirer.net/2019/02/09/free-solo-film-about-el-capitan-conquest-gets-tv-debut/

And, you know you've hit the TV big time when you get featured by the FutonCritic:
http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2019/02/08/academy-award-and-bafta-nominated-film-free-solo-to-premiere-commercial-free-on-national-geographic-sunday-march-3-41211/20190208ngc01/
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 11, 2019 - 03:31am PT
BAFTA award recipients holding masks. Alex was there, too...

High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Feb 11, 2019 - 07:30am PT
I love this insight / reflection...

"My best ideas when it's not actually in an edit in front of the computer or watching material normally come in my transitions. Like it's on the subway just thinking about what transpired or I see something that triggers an idea. Recently like we've been traveling a lot and I had this one car ride. I was with my daughter and she fell asleep and in those two hour I had more ideas about what I want to do next than what I've had in six months." -Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/elizabeth-chai-vasarhelyi-making-free-solo-watch-1184060

I work in idea generation, and my experience is similar. I could consider visiting ST one of my "transitions" where a good idea might emerge or intensify.

...

At this point, as of today, I'd be very surprised if the gang did NOT win the oscar.
MGuzzy

Trad climber
Orangevale
Feb 11, 2019 - 08:33am PT
Some perspectives from opposite ends of the climbers and non-climbers spectrum:

Here's an interesting non climbers review:
https://anewscafe.com/2019/02/09/redding/roberts-reviews-free-solo/

and the UKC forums news of the BAFTA win:
https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2019/02/free_solo_wins_best_documentary_bafta-71850

Apparently Alex was not allowed on stage for the presentation, per the comments. It looks like he was in the wings in the video below.

BTW: Alex looks good in a Tux... is that a Jared Leto loaner, I wonder?

And here is the vid of the presentation (bummer they cut it short, I found some other vids on FB with other bits and pieces of the presentation):


and the red carpet interview... where Jimmy proclaims there will be no Free Solo II. (Didn't Rocky say there would be no rematch and he went on to make 40 years of Rocky movies). I like Alex's wide-eyed "fish out of water" perspective of the BAFTA scene. This is probably more culture shock than having cameras follow him around for two years.


And lastly the post awards interview:
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Feb 11, 2019 - 08:58am PT
Yeah, how ironic / incredible to hear Alex describing something - an event or an experience - as surreal.
10b4me

Social climber
Lida Junction
Feb 11, 2019 - 09:03am PT
Check out some of Chai's earlier work.
She is very good at what she does.
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