Directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi have joined the roster at Nonfiction Unlimited, a production company that represents documentarians for commercial work.
Vasarhelyi (pictured, left) and Chin (right) co-directed the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-winning Meru , a first-person documentary chronicling Chin’s attempts to summit a 21,850-foot crest, otherwise known as the Shark’s Fin with a “smooth, nearly featureless” granite façade, with fellow alpinists Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk.
Chin and Vasarhelyi also served as executive producers on Meru, which was the highest grossing indie doc film of 2015.
As an athlete, director and photographer, Chin has previously directed commercial adventure projects for Chase Bank, Pirelli and The North Face, among others.
Vasarhelyi, meanwhile, has most recently directed an episode of Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design, a profile of Ralph Gilles, head automotive designer for Fiat Chrysler. She has also worked on such films as Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love, about the Senegalese icon and musician; and the2016 Independent Spirit Award-winning Incorruptible, which documents the 2012 Senegal elections.
“Jimmy is one of the most accomplished adventure sports filmmakers and photographers working today,” said Loretta Jeneski, executive producer at Nonfiction Unlimited, in a statement. “He has incredible cinematic flare and has specialized in directing logistically complicated shoots. Chai has been winning documentary awards since she was 23. She’s all about revealing the humanity in every story. They are both a force of nature and we’re thrilled they’ve joined us at Nonfiction for advertising projects.”