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    January 08, 2019
    Event:  “Free Solo” Premiere Opens with Talk by World-renowned Mountaineer, Peorian Barb Gurtler
    Date & Time:  Friday, Jan. 4, 6:30 p.m. (second screening Saturday, Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m.)
    Location:  Giant Screen Theater · Peoria Riverfront Museum · 222 S.W. Washington St. · Peoria, Ill.
    Cost:  $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors (60+) & students, $8.50 youth (3-17) (museum members get $2 off)
    World Renowned Peoria Mountaineer Barb Gurtler to Speak Before Premiere of “Free Solo” at Museum
    World renowned Peoria mountaineer and marathoner Barb Gurtler, one of the oldest climbers to attempt an Everest ascent, will be speaking about her experiences before the premiere of National Geographic’s “Free Solo,” Friday, Jan. 4, 6:30 p.m. at Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater.
    Gurtler, who turns 84 this year, began mountaineering on a whim in 1957. By 1993 she had climbed the highest peak in each of the 50 states, including the summit of Denali, a 21-day ordeal, as well as the summits of nearly all of Colorado’s 100 highest peaks. Gurtler has also climbed Kilimanjaro.
    The documentary “Free Solo” follows free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares for and attempts the first ever free solo climb – a climb with no ropes or equipment, using bare hands – of El Capitan, Yosemite National Park’s  3000-ft. granite monolith.
    Fellow mountaineer and photographer Jimmy Chin captures Honnold’s unprecedented climb at every step – and handgrip – as he documents the entire feat while climbing (with ropes and gear) next to Honnold.
    “Free Solo” is screening for a limited two-day run, Friday, Jan. 4, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m. at the museum’s Giant Screen Theater. Tickets cost, for public: $10.50 for adults, $9.50 for seniors (60+) and students (with school ID) and $8.50 for youth (3-17), and for members: $8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors and students and $6.50 youth. The Friday showing is sold out.
    For more information on the film or about the museum, call 309.686.7000 or visit RiverfrontMuseum.org.
    National Geographic’s “Free Solo”
    From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (“MERU”) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film’s FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock ... the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park ... without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.
    Peoria Riverfront Museum
    The only multidisciplinary museum of its kind in the nation, the Peoria Riverfront Museum uses art, science, history, and achievement to inspire confidence, lifelong learning, and talent. Since opening in 2012, the privately funded museum has provided more than one million experiences through major exhibitions, a permanent collection, interactive galleries, a dome planetarium, giant screen theater, and educational programming including curricula-related student visits. The AAM-accredited, Smithsonian-affiliated private nonprofit museum is supported by more than 4,000 members and donors, and is housed in a county-owned LEED Gold-certified building on a campus overlooking the Illinois River. The museum has been designated one of the 200 great places in Illinois by the American Institute of Architects.
    CONTACT:  Cathie Neumiller
    VP Marketing & Communications, Peoria Riverfront Museum
    309.863.3006 | cneumiller@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org