Local event venue Warehouse Four and international broadcaster National Geographic collaborated recently to screen the Oscar winning documentary ‘Free Solo’.
The screening was by invitation only and was originally scheduled for just one night. However, due to the immense demand to attend, a second screening was added. Both nights saw over 130 climbers, media corporate guests as well as film buffs attend.
The recent Oscar winner for ‘Best Documentary Feature’, â€˜Free Soloâ€™ profiles professional rock climber Alex Honnold on his quest to conquer the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan’s 900-metre vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.
â€œWe were proud to bring to the UAE community this â€˜Free Soloâ€™ big screen experience. The audience was fully immersed in this extraordinary documentary, which captures the essence of National Geographicâ€™s visual storytelling as well as its mission to celebrate the human spirit of adventure. We’re here to encourage the explorer in everyone,â€ said Sanjay Raina, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Fox Networks Group.
Taking place at Warehouse Four, the screenings saw attendees get a first hand taste of the venue’s pop-up cinema. Huge screen, digital projection and the obligatory red cinema chairs proved a huge hit with guests.
â€œWeâ€™re super excited to partner with National Geographic to be able to screen this Oscar winning documentary at Warehouse Four,â€ Said Ian Carless, Partner at Warehouse Four. â€œIn todayâ€™s social and political climate thereâ€™s a huge appetite for factual entertainment. Many documentary films now compete with their Hollywood counterparts and â€˜Free Soloâ€™ was clearly an exemplary piece of film making.â€
The next documentary screening at Warehouse Four is ‘Jane’, which will take place on Wednesday 12th June.
Using a trove of never-before-seen footage, â€˜Janeâ€™ tells the story of primatologist, Jane Goodallâ€™s early explorations and research in Tanzania, focusing on her groundbreaking field-work, her relationship with her cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the chimpanzees that were the subject of her study.
More details can be found at www.warehousefour.com/jane
â€˜JANEâ€™ – WHAT THE CRITICS SAYâ€¦
â€œA spellbinding trip into the wild with Jane Goodall.â€ â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… Chris Harvey â€“ The Guardian
â€œBrett Morgenâ€™s portrait of wildlife expert Jane Goodall reveals a poised, articulate woman who changed the way we think about primates.â€ â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… Wendy Ide – The ObserverÂ
â€œBrett Morgenâ€™s absorbing documentary tells the story of Jane Goodall largely through footage of her expeditions.â€ Ben Kenigsberg â€“ The NYTimes