Reel Rock: 14


Peter Wege Auditorium

1130 Wealthy St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Starts: 7:00pm
Doors: 6:00PM
Duration: 2 hours

R14 Overall Synopsis
The Reel Rock Film Tour, one of climbing's greatest celebrations, returns this fall with a new
collection of world premiere films. In The High Road, the powerful and bold Nina Williams tests
herself on some of the highest, most difficult boulder problems ever climbed. In United States of
Joe’s climbers collide with a conservative coal mining community in rural Utah, to surprising
results. And in The Nose Speed Record, legends Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold battle
Yosemite dirtbags Jim Reynolds and Brad Gobright in a high stakes race for greatness.
The High Road (20 min)
While the world’s best boulderers push standards close to the ground, Nina Williams’ sights are
set higher. She is among the only women who climb elite-level problems that are 30, 40, even
50 feet tall -- with no rope. In this profile of an emerging star athlete, Nina Williams flexes her
guns and tests her nerves well into the no-fall zone.
United States of Joe’s (20 min)
In rural Utah, a valley of world-class bouldering is nestled among a conservative community of
Mormons, cowboys and coal miners. When a ragged band of punk rock climbers shows up, the
two cultures inevitably clash. After years of antagonism, a group of climbers work with locals to
build a more harmonious future. But in this divided era, is that even possible?
The Nose Speed Record (55 min)
For decades, an elite handful of climbers have competed for the coveted speed record on the
3,000-foot Nose of El Capitan, risking big falls to shave mere seconds off the fastest time. When
a record held by superstar Alex Honnold is broken by little-known climbers Brad Gobright and
Jim Reynolds, Honnold drafts fellow climbing legend Tommy Caldwell to establish a new mark
that will stand the test of time. Honnold pushes for perfection while Caldwell, a family man,
wrestles with the risk amid a series of accidents on the wall that lay bare the consequences of
any mistake.