Come and spend an evening with two of the world's best climbers live on stage in their first Australian tour
This is an opportunity to see TOMMY CALDWELL and KEVIN JORGESON up close and personal sharing stories of their journey that spanned years to achieve what many thought was impossible, the world’s hardest rock climb: the Dawn Wall.
This is a rare opportunity to see Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson on stage together - They are not just two of the world’s best climbers, but two of the world’s best athletes and inspirational speakers. You will get up close and personal, hear them share stories of their journey that spanned years to achieve what many thought was impossible, the world’s hardest rock climb: the Dawn Wall. Both Tommy and Kevin have experience speaking on the world’s greatest stages including TEDx & the Adobe Digital Conference and we are bringing that same experience to you!
Bringing you the world’s top climbers deserves the best venues and a full experience. At the Tommy and Kevin Live with The Dawn Wall events you can expect premium venues such as the State Theatre, Brisbane Concert Hall, Canberra Theatre Centre, Perth Concert Hall and others. Get there early to be a part of the CLIMBING EXPO at each event with adventure experiences, travel, and gear store pop-ups. Then hear Tommy and Kevin share their inspiring personal stories and insights. Relive the critically acclaimed film THE DAWN WALL on the big screen with Tommy and Kevin providing added commentary. Then a rare chance for a hosted Q&A with Tommy and Kevin that will take you behind the scenes and into their minds.
There will be opportunities for meet and greet, book signings and more at what will be the climbing event of the year in your capital city! Don’t miss out!
4:30pm - Climbing Expo opens
5:30pm - VIP Ticket holder private meet & greet
6:00pm - Theatre door opens
7:00pm - First segment - Live on stage with The Dawn Wall
8:40pm - Intermission
9:00pm - Second segment - Live on stage with The Dawn Wall & Q&A
10:15pm - Event Concludes / Poster & Book Signing
*Timings are based on a 7:00pm venue start - Timing and structure are subject to change. Please check your venue facebook page for most up to date information.
In January, 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?
My fascination with Tommy Caldwell began in 1989. I was 16 years old and took a climbing lesson from his father, Mike, a guide in Estes Park, CO. During a hailstorm we retreated to his family’s cabin, and he bragged about his 9 year old son Tommy who could do 50 pullups. A few years later I started entering climbing competitions, and 14 year old Tommy won them all.
By 2003 I was making climbing movies, and I filmed Tommy for the first time in Smith Rock, OR. I knew that in the intervening years he had been kidnapped by terrorists while on an expedition in Kyrgyzstan, and had cut off his index finger in a home remodeling accident. His maniacal passion for climbing, aw-shucks humility, and unflagging optimism were an inspiration to me. We began filming together year after year, documenting the chapters of his life and some of his greatest climbs.
In 2008 Tommy first told me about The Dawn Wall, a theoretical route up the steepest, most daunting section of the 3,000 foot tall El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park. He’d spent years re-defining the limits of big wall free climbing on other El Cap routes, but The Dawn Wall represented a quantum leap forward in difficulty.
Our first foray shooting footage on The Dawn Wall was a revelation. Tommy was in the early phases of exploring the wall, searching for a line that might someday be possible, if not for him, then perhaps for future generations of climbers. He was a thousand feet up, taking huge falls, trying insane moves, like an 8 foot sideways leap through the air from hold to hold. He seemed like a man possessed, on a mission that was obviously impossible. I had the sense that for Tommy, the idea of The Dawn Wall was about much more than the climb itself.
For the next six years Tommy and his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, returned to Yosemite to try the climb every spring and every fall, and we had camera crews documenting the entire process. Tommy and Kevin failed repeatedly. There were times I considered pulling the plug on filming since the chances of success seemed so remote. But as I learned more about Tommy’s past and the complexities of his motivation, I became convinced that the saga of The Dawn Wall climb, whether he eventually succeeded or not, would be the perfect backdrop for telling the fascinating story of Tommy’s life.
In January, 2015, after 9 days of living on the wall, Tommy completed one of the hardest sections of the route, reaching a new high point in his effort to do the whole climb from bottom to top. It was a thrilling moment for those in the climbing world who had been following his journey. For the first time, there was a real chance of success. The next morning Tommy and Kevin did an interview via phone with John Branch, the Pulitzer Prize winning sports reporter from The New York Times. When the story ran, it ignited a media frenzy, with ongoing coverage of the climb from every major media outlet in the world. Suddenly, Tommy’s deeply personal, quixotic quest was elevated into a global phenomenon.
Over the next 10 days, high drama unfolded as Kevin got stuck on the hardest section, while Tommy forged ahead. How would the two partners, who had toiled together for years to solve this puzzle, reconcile the conflict between their relationship and their individual desires to succeed? While the press speculated breathlessly from a distance, our camera team, living on the wall with the climbers, captured every intimate moment.
Finally, after 19 days of climbing, Tommy and Kevin reached the summit, surrounded by cheering friends and family. President Obama congratulated them. Tommy seemed almost stunned that his impossible dream had actually become reality. And I realized that we couldn’t have scripted a better final chapter to this story that I’d long been wanting to tell.“
Josh Lowell, Director
Directed by: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
Director of Photography: Brett Lowell
Cinematographer: Corey Rich
Edited by: Josh Lowell
Co-produced by: Nick Rosen, Zachary Barr
Produced by: Josh Lowell, Philipp Manderla, Peter Mortimer
BIOGRAPHIES / CREW
Josh Lowell (Director):
Josh Lowell is the founder of Big UP Productions and has been producing and directing climbing and outdoor adventure films for nearly 20 years. Along with co-director Peter Mortimer, Josh’s feature documentaries including King Lines (2007) have won dozens of festival awards, garnered two Emmys, and aired on Discovery, NBC, Netflix, and other global platforms. A passionate climber himself, Lowell and his brother, Brett Lowell, spent seven years documenting Tommy Caldwell’s quest to climb the Dawn Wall, including over 60 days of filming while living on the wall with the climbers.
Peter Mortimer (Director):
Peter Mortimer is the founder of US-based production company Sender Films. Since earning his MFA in film from University of Southern California, 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). Peter is a lifelong rock climber and a fan of the sport’s history and characters. With The Dawn Wall, he brings one of the greatest climbing tales of a generation to an audiences across the world, and shines a light on Tommy Caldwell’s exceptional life journey and tenacious drive.
Brett Lowell (Director of Photography):
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.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE
Red Bull Media House is a multi-platform media company with a focus on sports, culture, and lifestyle. As an umbrella brand, we offer a wide range of premium media products and compelling content across media channels as diverse as TV, mobile, digital, audio, and print, with core media offerings that appeal to a global audience.
On its own, with affiliates and with co-production partners, Red Bull Media House produces full-length feature films for cinema and downstream channels (DVD, VOD, TV). We offer non-fiction action sports and youth-oriented films, always aiming to tell outstanding stories while setting new standards in production quality. Since 2012 Red Bull Media House has focused heavily on theatrical production, releasing The Art of Flight 3D (2012), Cerro Torre – A Snowball’s Chance in Hell (2013), McConkey (2013), On Any Sunday – The Next Chapter (2014), STREIF – One Hell of a Ride (2015), Chasing Niagara (2016), The Fourth Phase (2016), Blood Road (2017) and several other titles internationally. Our films premiered at numerous film festivals from Tribeca Film Festival to Int. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and San Sebastian Int. Film Festival, winning several awards and prizes.
For more details visit www.redbullmediahouse.com
SENDER FILMS / BIG UP PRODUCTIONS
As a global leader in documentary and creative content focused on climbing and outdoor adventure, Sender and Big UP have redefined the genre of outdoor films with a character-driven, narrative style and mind-blowing cinematography. Since 1997 they produced films that have won numerous film festival awards and a Sports Emmy.
They are the creators of the REEL ROCK Film Tour and REEL ROCK TV Series. With over 450 tour stops in 46 countries around the world, REEL ROCK has become the biggest climbing media platform in the world. Their latest feature film, Valley Uprising, was critically acclaimed and aired in primetime on Discovery Channel.
Sender Film & Big Up Productions also work with some of the world’s most respected companies, such as Google, The North Face, and GoreTex, to create high-quality commercials and authentic branded content. With offices in Boulder, CO and New York they are well positioned to be on the cutting edge of the film industry while staying firmly rooted in the core of the outdoor sports world.
Sender Films & Big Up Productions tell rich stories that appeal to a broad spectrum of audiences and take them on a cinematic journey they won’t soon forget.