The Dawn Wall

Bud Watch Party ~ The Dawn Wall

Friday, December 23, 2022 - 12:00am
Saturday, December 24, 2022 - 12:00am
Sunday, December 25, 2022 - 12:00am
Monday, December 26, 2022 - 12:00am
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 - 12:00am
Wednesday, December 28, 2022 - 12:00am
Thursday, December 29, 2022 - 12:00am
Friday, December 30, 2022 - 12:00am
Saturday, December 31, 2022 - 12:00am
Sunday, January 1, 2023 - 12:00am
Monday, January 2, 2023 - 12:00am
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - 12:00am
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A year-end adventure: Legendary free climber Tommy Caldwell tries to get over heartbreak by scaling 3,000ft of an impossible rock face: the Dawn Wall of El Capitan

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?

Stream the 100-minute film at the link. Log on to Kanopy to watch for free with your library card.


Run Time: 

100 min.

About Bud's Watch Party

In addition to our in-person film screenings in Library Hall, Bud Werner Library continues to spearhead special opportunities to view hot documentaries at home. The library hopes that you'll enjoy watching these thoughtful films, then come together for community conversations to share the experience.