In Theaters Sep 19
The Dawn Wall
In 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California.
The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention. But for Tommy Caldwell, The Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly after, he lost his index finger in an accident, but resolved to come back stronger. When his marriage fell apart, he escaped the pain by fixating on the extraordinary goal of free climbing The Dawn Wall.
Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Should he abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?
Tommy Caldwell’s talent and passion, with the guidance of his mountain guide father, led him as a teenager to the top of climbing competitions and cutting-edge outdoor routes. His elite skill level soon set the sport’s standards. Tommy’s subsequent free climbing accomplishments in Yosemite National Park remain unmatched and made him one of the best rock climbers in the world.
Kevin Jorgeson quickly made a name for himself as one of the best in bouldering. While searching to expand into other climbing disciplines, Kevin learned about Tommy Caldwell’s initial forays on the Dawn Wall. Kevin proved a quick study as he transformed himself into a big wall climber capable of the completing the most continuously difficult route in the world.
Josh Lowell is the founder of Big UP Productions and has been producing and directing climbing and outdoor adventure films for nearly 20 years. Josh’s feature documentaries have won dozens of festival awards, garnered two Emmys, and aired on Discovery, NBC, Netflix, and other global platforms. Lowell spent seven years documenting Caldwell’s quest to climb the Dawn Wall.
Peter Mortimer is the founder of US-based production company Sender Films. Peter has made documentaries, TV series and commercials in the adventure and climbing space, including the Emmy-winning King Lines (2007), The First Ascent Series (2010) and Valley Uprising (2014). With The Dawn Wall, he brings one of the greatest climbing tales of a generation to an audiences across the world.
Brett Lowell is an award-winning cinematographer based in New York. He specializes in outdoor adventure photography and high-angle camera work and has nearly 20 years’ experience documenting some of the planet’s most outrageous ascents. He’s served as Director of Photography on numerous documentaries, commercials, and TV projects, earning a Sports Emmy for outstanding camerawork.