The Orchard Acquires Award Winning Documentary “The Dawn Wall”
May 18, 2018
A theatrical release is planned this fall for the SXSW Audience Award Winner
Los Angeles, CA May 18, 2018 – The Orchard announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights to Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer’s The Dawn Wall. The adventure-packed documentary produced by Red Bull Media House in association with Sender Films, which Variety called a “must-see experience,” offers a riveting inside look at the historic 3,000 foot climb in Yosemite National Park attempted by American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson in January 2015. A theatrical release is planned for this fall.
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?
“The Dawn Wall is a truly incredible story,” said Danny Grant, The Orchard’s VP of Sports Acquisitions. “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, Executive Producer 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, Director. “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.”
The deal was negotiated by The Orchard’s Danny Grant and CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers.
About The Orchard
The Orchard is a leading independent film, TV and music distribution company operating in over 30 markets worldwide. Founded as a music distributor in 1997, The Orchard is a global innovator in the film and television distribution space, known for cutting-edge technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. Recent film releases include Flower, Outside In, Kings, William Friedkin’s The Devil and Father Amorth, BPM (Beats Per Minute), Thelma, Super Dark Times, Sundance Jury Prize winner Dina, The Work, 11/8/16, Trophy and The Hero. Upcoming releases include American Animals, We The Animals and Under the Eiffel Tower. The company’s film division has enjoyed recent successes as the Academy Award®-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople; Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers; Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay; Antonio Campos’ Christine; Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda; Oren Moverman’s The Dinner; and Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent. For more information on The Orchard, please visit www.theorchard.com.
ABOUT RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE
Red Bull Media House is an award-winning, globally distributed multi-platform media company on a mission to inspire with “beyond the ordinary” stories – both direct-to-consumer and through partnerships. With a focus on sports, culture and lifestyle content, Red Bull Media House offers a wide range of premium media products across TV, mobile, digital, audio, and print. Red Bull Media House produces and licenses a broad selection of global live broadcast events, compelling and inspirational local storytelling with original short and long-form programming as well as feature films from around the world.
ABOUT SENDER FILMS
Sender Films is a leading producer of documentaries, television and commercials, known for their work in the outdoor adventure space. Their films feature wild, driven characters chasing their dreams in some of the most stunning places on earth. Sender has won numerous festival awards, Emmys and Webbies.