The Document: ‘Free Solo’

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The new film ‘Free Solo’ follows professional rock climber Alex Honnold’s ascent of Yosemite’s towering El Capitan without any ropes. When they were shooting the climb, directors Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi feared adding cameras to an already precarious situation could have lethal consequences. This week, we’re sharing an episode of the KCRW podcast, The Document, in which our colleague Matt Holzman takes us behind the scenes with the filmmaking couple who filmed the sweat-inducing ascent seen in ‘Free Solo.’ Plus, a long-distance banter!



Kim Masters


Kaitlin Parker