Little Monster Films is an Academy Award®-winning production company focused on bringing inspiring stories to international audiences.

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Director/Producer

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi is an Academy Award®-winning filmmaker. Most recently Vasarhelyi Directed and Produced “Free Solo,” which offers an intimate, unflinching portrait of rock climber Alex Honnold. The film was awarded a BAFTA, the 2019 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature, and seven Emmy Awards. Vasarhelyi’s other films as a director include “Meru” (Oscars Shortlist 2016; Sundance Audience Award 2015); “Incorruptible” (Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award 2016); “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love” (Oscilloscope, 2009), which premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals; “A Normal Life” (Tribeca Film Festival, Best Documentary 2003); and “Touba” (SXSW, Special Jury Prize Best Cinematography 2013). Vasarhelyi has directed two New York Times OpDocs, two episodes of Netflix’s nonfiction design series “Abstract” and two episodes of ESPN’s nonfiction series “Enhanced.” She has received grants from the Sundance Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Bertha Britdoc, the William and Mary Greve Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a member of the DGA as well as AMPAS. She holds a B.A. in comparative literature from Princeton University and splits her time between New York City and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with her husband Jimmy Chin, their daughter, Marina, and son, James.

Jimmy Chin, Director/Producer


Jimmy Chin is an Academy Award®-winning filmmaker, National Geographic photographer and professional mountain sports athlete. He has led or participated in cutting edge expeditions around the world for over 20 years. He has climbed and skied Mount Everest from the summit and made the coveted first ascent of the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru. His photographs have graced the covers of National Geographic Magazine and the New York Times Magazine. Jimmy co-produces and co-directs with his wife Chai Vasarhelyi. Their film Meru won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and was on the 2016 Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary Feature. Their latest documentary Free Solo won a BAFTA, the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and seven Emmy Awards. Jimmy splits his time between New York City and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with Chai, their daughter, Marina, and son, James.

Anna Barnes, VP of Development and Production

Anna Barnes has worked on many of the top nonfiction films of the past decade, including a long roster of Oscar® winners and nominees such as Ezra Edelman’s OJ: MADE IN AMERICA, Matthew Heineman’s CARTEL LAND, Bryan Fogel’s ICARUS, Yance Ford’s STRONG ISLAND, RaMell Ross’ HALE COUNTY: THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING and Gianfranco Rosi’s FIRE AT SEA. As an executive at Cinetic Media, she oversaw the distribution campaigns for many successful documentaries such as the Oscar®-nominated Banksy documentary EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP and Asif Kapadia’s SENNA.  Having first worked with Chin and Vasarhelyi on their 2015 hit MERU, she re-teamed with them and National Geographic on the record-breaking theatrical release for the Oscar®-winning FREE SOLO. Barnes started her career in Boston working with legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.