EXCLUSIVE: The Orchard has acquired U.S. rights to Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer’s rock-climbing spectacle The Dawn Wall with an eye on a theatrical release this fall. The deal was negotiated by The Orchard’s VP of Sports Acquisitions Danny Grant and CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers. The Dawn Wall won the Audience Awards at SXSW this year in the Documentary Spotlight category.
Produced by Red Bull Media House in association with Sender Films, the documentary follows Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s January 2015 attempt to scale the historic 3,000 foot climb in Yosemite National Park. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention. But for Caldwell, the Dawn Wall 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. Caldwell and Jorgeson spent six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route when on their final attempt, the former 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?
“The Dawn Wall is a truly incredible story,” said Danny Grant, “we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Red Bull Media House and Sender Films to distribute it.”
“The Dawn Wall showcases Red Bull Media House’s commitment telling excellent stories, and the spirit of dreaming big,” said Jürgen Kinateder, EP at Red Bull Media House HQ “we are excited to team up with The Orchard to bring this documentary to a broad audience in the US.”
“After seven years of filming and another three years of post-production, we are proud that The Dawn Wall finally releases in theaters,” adds Josh Lowell. “Tommy took us on this wild climbing adventure with his partner Kevin, and their motivation and drive goes deeper than anything we’ve encountered in filmmaking.”