FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is the film called "El Cap Report?" It is named after Tom Evans' blog that features great photographs and wry commentary on the climbers on El Capitan during the two climbing seasons in Yosemite National Park.
Were all those climbs in the film taking place at the same time? No. Call it artistic license. The climbs took place over a number of years, but each and every climb was reported by Tom. The quotes from the Report in the film are taken directly from Tom's report and several photos in the film are from Tom's El Cap Report.
Where can I read Tom Evans' El Cap Report? You'll find it at www.elcapreport.com
Why did it take so long to make this film? Really good question. Aside from the fact that we're very independent and work at our own pace, we are the film's Producers. This means we control the release date. So, we kept going to Yosemite to gather stories over several years. We had a ton of great stories to tell and we worked and re-worked the film. We thought we had finished the film but along came the Dawn Wall and there was Tom Evans and his Dawn Wall Special El Cap Report, right in the thick of the biggest story to ever hit climbing. So, of course, we had to include that story in our El Cap Report stories. Of course.
Why does your film have sponsors? Most programs that you'll see on public television (PBS stations) have sponsors (or underwriters) who help make the broadcast of the program possible.
Who is "El Cap Report's" main sponsor? adidas outdoor is the main sponsor of the public television airings of El Cap Report. You can visit their site at: www.adidasoutdoor.com
Who are the filmmakers? Mary Grandelis and Dave Davis. They shot, wrote, edited and scored the film. They also relied on the generosity of many climbers who contributed their personal footage for the film.
Who is responsible for the music in the film? The filmmakers composed, performed and produced the entire soundtrack.
What was the film edited on? El Cap Report was edited on AVID's Media Composer...the industry standard.
When will the film be released? It has been released to all PBS and public television stations in the U.S. We have no control over which stations will air it or when. We keep a page on this website where we list the air dates that we become aware of here: PBS AIR DATES LINK VIdeo On Demand VOD will happen later this year. We'll post that info as soon as we have it.
When and Where can I watch the documentary, El Cap Report? You will be able to choose between three methods: Your local PBS station, if they carry it airdates above, more info on it below); VOD (Our distributor will release it to VOD outlets later this year); DVD: Working on it. Probably just on Amazon but we'll see.
What about Vimeo on Demand? We will not, after all, use Vimeo. We have an indie film distributor in LA who will release or film through Video on Demand outlets later in 2018.
Why Amazon then for DVD? Easiest and we're not as big on DVD as we are on Broadcast and VOD. Less packaging with Broadcast and VOD!
Why can't I find the film on my local PBS station? Well, first, the film hasn't been released yet. Secondly, The public television network is unlike commercial networks in many ways. Local PBS station programmers have complete control over what programs are shown on their station or local network so they may or may not air our film. Given the scope of coverage that the Dawn Wall story received in the media, we hope that many, if not most stations will air it and even repeat it often. Our distributor and hopefully our sponsors will help get the word out to station programmers to get as many stations to air as possible. Sorry, but this is just the way it works for indie filmmakers working within the public television system.
Might my local PBS station air the film later on? Yes. That's entirely possible since they have a three-year license to air the program anytime or as often as they like.
While we're talking about public television, who/what is KRCB? KRCB is a PBS station in the San Francisco area. They are our fiscal agents, our co-producers and our PBS Presenting Station. Meaning, they handle the money, they provide certain needed services in order to air the program and they present our program in finished form to our public television distributor, NETA.