‘Free Solo’ Creators to Direct New Projects for Nat Geo that ‘Push the Boundaries of Filmmaking’

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, the duo behind 2018’s acclaimed documentary film “Free Solo,” will direct four new documentary projects for National Geographic.Nat Geo announced on Tuesday that Vasarhelyi and Chin will direct two feature documentaries, a 10-part series, and a one-hour pilot.

They will also produce all four projects via their production company, Little Monster Films.The “Thai Cave Rescue” feature documentary is based on the against-all-odds story of the dramatic 2018 rescue of a boys’ soccer team trapped deep inside a flooded cave in Thailand and will include never-before-seen footage from the rescue.

National Geographic described the “Tompkins” feature documentary as an intimate portrait of conservationist and former CEO of Patagonia, Inc., Kristine Tompkins, and the organization that she and Doug Tompkins founded together.“National Geographic shares our deep commitment to bringing honest and inspiring stories to audiences around the world,” Vasarhelyi and Chin said in a statement.

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