About

Little Monster Films is an independent production company based in New York City. We focus on feature-length, theatrical documentary films that bring inspiring stories to international audiences.

 

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi: Director/Producer

Elizabeth Chai VasarhelyiE. Chai Vasarhelyi is an award-winning director and producer. She is currently directing Free Solo, a documentary feature for National Geographic with co-director, Jimmy Chin. Her first film, A Normal Life, won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003.  Her second film, Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love, was released in theaters in the U.S. and internationally. The film premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals and won numerous awards including the Special Jury Prize at the Middle East International Film Festival in 2008 and a nomination for the Pare Lorentz Award at the 2009 International Documentary Association Awards.  Touba, a visceral documentary experience that takes the viewer through each step of the annual Mouride pilgrimage, the Grand Magaal in Touba, Senegal, premiered at SXSW 2013 where it won the Special Jury Prize for Best Cinematography.  She returned to Senegal in 2012 to document the heated Presidential elections.  Incorruptible (formerly An African Spring), the intense and unflinching story of Senegalese democracy won the Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award in 2015. Vasarhelyi has directed a New York Times Op Doc, an episode for Netflix’s new non-fiction design series ABSTRACT, and two episodes for ESPN’s non-fiction series Future of Sports. She has participated in the Good Pitch and 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 was selected as a 2013 Sundance Documentary Film Fellow, named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2005 and received an Achievement Award from Creative Visions foundation in 2008. She is a member of the DGA as well as AMPAS.  She has been featured in numerous publications including, The New YorkerThe Wall Street JournalVogue and New York Magazine. She holds a B.A. from Princeton University in Comparative Literature.

 

Jimmy Chin: Director/Producer

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Jimmy is a professional climber, skier, mountaineer, an 18 year member of The North Face Athlete Team and a National Geographic Explorer. In the last 20 years, he has consistently led or participated in cutting edge climbing and ski mountaineering expeditions to all seven continents and made the first and only American ski descent from the summit of Mount Everest. Jimmy is also a filmmaker and National Geographic photographer. He has worked with many of the greatest explorers, adventurers and athletes of our time documenting their exploits in the most challenging conditions and locations in the world. He has garnered numerous awards shooting on assignment for editorials including The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and Outside Magazine and has directed commercial work for a wide range of clients including Apple, Chase, Pirelli and The North Face. His recent documentary (directed with E. Chai Vasarhelyi), Meru, won the Audience Award at Sundance and was nominated for best documentary by the DGA and PGA. Meru was also shortlisted for an Oscar. He’s currently directing Free Solo, a documentary feature for National Geographic with co-director, E. Chai Vasarhelyi, set to be released in theaters this Fall. Jimmy lives in Jackson WY and New York City with his wife Chai and two children, James and Marina.