MN Filmmaker Wins Oscar for Harrowing Documentary
Minnesota native Jimmy Chin won an Oscar award Sunday night along with his wife for Best Documentary.
"Oh s***!" Jimmy Chin exclaimed as he approached the mic Sunday night at the 91st annual Oscar Awards.
Along with his wife and co-director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Chin won his first ever Oscar award for their National Geographic documentary "Free Solo" which follows the story of rocker climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to free climb Yosemite National Park's 900-meter El Capitan.
Chin, reports Star Tribune, was born and raised in Mankato, MN, and attended both Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault and Carleton College in Northfield before striking out to pursue both mountaineering and photography.
According to Chin's website, he has gone on to become an accomplished "photographer, filmmaker, and mountain sports athlete" known for such feats as documenting "a high-profile National Geographic–sponsored trek across Tibet’s Chang Tang Plateau" and being "part of the first American team to ski off the summit of Mount Everest."
His recent documentary "Free Solo" follows the harrowing story of his friend and rock climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to climb Yosemite National Park's 3,000 foot El Capitan.
"I've always been conflicted about shooting a film about free solo-ing just because it's so dangerous," says Chin in the documentary's trailer, "It's hard to not imagine your friend falling through the frame to his death."
Watch the trailer for yourself below: