Wild Life

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Wild Life

April 12, 7:00: Q&A with directors Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, followed by a reception

From Oscar-winning filmmakers Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, Wild Life follows conservationist Kris Tompkins on an epic, decades-spanning love story as wild as the landscapes she dedicated her life to protecting. After falling in love in mid-life, Kris and the outdoorsman and entrepreneur Doug Tompkins left behind the world of the massively successful outdoor brands they’d helped pioneer—Patagonia, The North Face, and Esprit—and turned their attention to a visionary effort to create National Parks throughout Chile and Argentina. Wild Life chronicles the highs and lows of their journey to effect the largest private land donation in history.

After the Q&A, please join us across the street at the Media Arts Lab for a cocktail reception.

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Q&A with directors Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin
Wednesday, Apr. 12 2023, 7:00
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Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin are Academy® Award-winning filmmakers. They are the directors and producers of Free Solo, an intimate, unflinching portrait of rock climber Alex Honnold, which was awarded a BAFTA and the Academy® Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2019. Their first film together, Meru, won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and was on the 2016 Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary Feature. More recently, they directed the BAFTA and DGA-nominated documentary The Rescue, chronicling the against-all-odds rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand. Other projects include Return to Space, about SpaceX and NASA’s first joint spaceflight, which hit the top 10 on Netflix’s most watched films list, and the National Geographic series Edge of the Unknown With Jimmy Chin. Chin and Vasarhelyi are currently working on their first scripted feature for Netflix, Nyad, about Diana Nyad's swim from Cuba to Florida.

This film is part of the Focus On Nature series.

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