Sender Films

The Dawn Wall

The Dawn Wall The Dawn Wall
PRODUCER GUILD OF AMERICA Nomination - Outstanding Producer of a Documentary Motion Picture
CINEMA EYE HONORS Nomination - Outstanding Achievement in Production
CRITIC'S CHOICE Documentary Nomination - Best Cinematography
SXSW - Audience Award
BANFF Mountain Film - Best Feature Length
DOCFEST - Audience Award for Best Feature
GREENWICH Film Festival - Best Documentary Feature
KENDAL Mountain Festival - Best Climbing Film
LADEK Mountain Film - Grand Prize
TEGERNSEE Festival - Best Film In Alpinism
TRENTO Film Festival - UIAA Climbing Film Award
MELBOURNE International Film Festival - Audience Award Documentary Nomination
MELBOURNE International Film Festival - People's Choice Award Best Documentary Nomination
AMSTERDAM International Documentary Film Festival - IDFA Audience Award 3rd Place
CINEMA FOR PEACE Gala - Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award

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?

"A high-strung daredevil movie...spirited and compelling." - Variety

"Movingly examines the bonds of friendship [while] navigating that very fine line between dedication and obsession." - Los Angeles Times

"A sweaty palms chronicle of an insane climb." - The Hollywood Reporter

"Will make your palms sweat and your stomach flip." - OZY

"An astounding documentary...has any film better captured life on the wall?" - The Guardian