All my life, I’ve wondered what it would be like to attend a movie première, red carpet and all. Now I know.
“Free Solo,” the film from National Geographic about my son’s ropeless climb of El Capitan, premiered this September, and came out in movie theaters this October. I attended the premières in New York City, Yosemite and Los Angeles.
First surprise: big poster of my son
at the Lincoln Center elevator:
There really was a red carpet, too — at least in NY and in LA. I’d alway thought that was a cliché.
And photographers! Every time I turned around, it seemed I was bumping into one. Lights, cases, wires everywhere. And people whose faces and names grace all the climbing magazines, extreme sports mag’s, and videos.
The Lincoln Center venue at Columbus Circle overlooks Central Park, and once the sun went down, the view sparkled!
But as overwhelming as it was visually, the most impressive thing, for me, was the thought that all this fuss was about my son. My baby. I remember being embarrassed and annoyed when my mother used to refer to me that way: her baby. At 5’10”, I was hardly a baby! Nor is Alex. But now I get it. They’re always your babies, no matter how old they are, how big, how famous.
My ‘baby’ has done something that most people can’t even wrap their minds around, can’t watch without fidgeting and covering their eyes. His big sister goes on cycling adventures that make people gasp, and changes people’s lives every day, at work. My ‘babies.’
I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of a movie première — and that you’ll have a chance to go experience the movie.