A Conversation with Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi

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01/23/2020 @ 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm America/Denver Timezone
Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah
1395 E. Presidents Circle; Salt Lake City
UT 84112
The University of Utah MUSE Project
A Conversation with Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi @ Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah |  |  |

Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi, Academy Award-winning directors of “Free Solo,” discuss their dedication to their individual life paths and their collaborative successes in film and photography. Sponsored by the University of Utah MUSE Project.

Tickets are free but required.
Early-access tickets for U of U students available with student ID at the Kingsbury Hall box office beginning Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Tickets for the general public available at the Kingsbury Hall box office and on Kingsbury’s website beginning Saturday, Jan. 11.

Jimmy Chin is a photographer, filmmaker, and mountain sports athlete known for his ability to capture extraordinary imagery while climbing and skiing in extremely high-risk environments. A longtime member of The North Face Athlete Team, he has joined dozens of exploratory expeditions and completed first ascents around the globe, working with the best adventure athletes in the world. Chin’s award-winning photos have appeared on the cover of National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine, among others, and he has directed commercial film projects for a diverse range of clients including Apple, Chase, Pirelli, Red Bull, The North Face, and RSA Films.

Chin’s 2015 film “Meru,” which he co-directed with his wife, filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, won the coveted Audience Documentary Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was on the 2016 Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary. In 2019, he and Vasarhelyi won an Oscar for their directorial effort of “Free Solo,” which captures Alex Honnold’s historic ropes-free climb of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

Vasarhelyi’s other films as a director include “Incorruptible” (Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award 2016); “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love” (Oscilloscope Films, 2009), which premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals; “A Normal Life” (Tribeca Film Festival, Best Documentary 2003); and “Touba” (SXSW, Special Jury Prize Best Cinematography 2013). Vasarhelyi has directed a New York Times Op Doc, an episode for Netflix’s nonfiction design series “Abstract,” and two episodes for ESPN’s new nonfiction series “Enhanced.” She has received grants from the Sundance Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Bertha Britdoc, the William and Mary Greve Foundation, and the National Endowment of the Arts.