Jan 23 2020
A Conversation with Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi...

A Conversation with Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi...

Presented by The University of Utah MUSE Project at Kingsbury Hall - University of Utah

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.

Admission Info

Free Admission.
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.

Phone: 801-587-3172

Email: muse@muse.utah.edu

Dates & Times

2020/01/23 - 2020/01/23

Location Info

Kingsbury Hall - University of Utah

1395 East President's Circle, Salt Lake City, UT 84112