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Banff Films - 2020

Thursday March 19, 2020


Charge

Charge

(2019, Canada, 5 minutes)

Filmmaker: Mike Douglas, Mike Gamble, Anthony Bonello (Switchback Entertainment)
Advisory: None
Focus: Skiing
Adrenaline Factor: High
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: Four top freeskiers and a World Champion drone pilot are dropped at Chatter Creek, BC for one week. Their instructions: charge as hard as you can everyday.


The Running Pastor by Will Saunders Photo copyright © Will Saunders

The Running Pastor

(2019, USA, 9 minutes)

Filmmaker: Camp4 Collective, Tim Kemple
Advisory: None
Focus: Running
Adrenaline Factor: Medium
Subtitles: Yes, throughout from English
Film Synopsis: Sverri is a local Pastor and avid runner who uses his time on the trails to work through not only his own personal conflicts, but the conflicts of others he often is burdened with.


The Ladakh Project

The Ladakh Project

(2019, Austria, 13 minutes)

Filmmaker: David Arnaud and Corinna Halloran (Red Bull)
Advisory: None
Focus: Kayaking
Adrenaline Factor: High
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: Seven days, three rivers, one woman. This is the story of Nouria Newman's solo kayak adventure in the Indian Himalaya.


Into the Canyon by Pete McBride Photo copyright © Pete McBride

Into the Canyon (Tour Edit)

(2019, USA, 45 minutes)

Filmmaker: Pete McBride, Amanda Pollak (Insignia Films)
Advisory: Language
Focus: Adventure, Environment
Adrenaline Factor: Medium
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: Filmmaker/photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko tell a story of extreme physical hardship where the bonds of friendship are stretched and the timeless beauty of this sacred place, the Grand Canyon, becomes meditation and ultimately a cautionary tale for our complex relationship with the natural world.


Intermission


Life of Pie by Carl Zoch Fruita Photo copyright © Carl Zoch Fruita

Life of Pie

(2019, USA, 12 minutes)

Filmmaker: Felt Soul Media - Ben Knight, Travis Rummel
Advisory: Language
Focus: Mountain biking, community
Adrenaline Factor: Medium
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: When Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to the tiny, conservative high desert town of Fruita, Colorado almost twenty years ago, it was not on the map as far as mountain biking was concerned and they were on the fringe and a bit ostracized. Now they’re at the very heart and soul of the community.


The Imaginary Line

The Imaginary Line

(2019, USA, 11 minutes)

Filmmaker: Kylor Melton
Advisory: None
Focus: Culture & Adventure
Adrenaline Factor: Medium
Subtitles: Some (from Spanish)
Film Synopsis: In an act of political solidarity, a team from Mexico and the U.S.A assemble with the sole purpose of establishing a slackline that crosses the border between them. In a world that is constantly tearing us apart, they come together to cross an imaginary line and tell a different story.


Reel Rock 14 - The High Road by Simon Moore Photo copyright © Simon Moore

Reel Rock 14: The High Road

(2019, USA, 18 minutes)

Filmmaker: Peter Mortimer, Zachary Barr, Nick Rosen (Sender Films)
Advisory: Some coarse language
Focus: Bouldering
Adrenaline Factor: Medium
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: Highball bouldering ace Nina Williams flexes her guns and tests her nerves well into the no-fall zone.


Gone Tomorrow by Mike Wilkinson Photo copyright © Mike Wilkinson

Gone Tomorrow: Kentucky Ice Climbing

(2019, USA, 20 minutes)

Filmmaker: Mike Wilkinson
Advisory: Language, drinking
Focus: Ice climbing
Adrenaline Factor: Medium-High
Subtitles: None
Sponsor Recognition: None
Other Tours/TV/Online: None
Film Synopsis: Ice climbing in Kentucky?! This adventure documentary takes the audience for a bourbon-fueled ride deep into the bushy hollers of Appalachia with a crew of harmless misfits as they race to search out and climb new ice routes before they're gone.

Friday March 20, 2020


Good Morning by Maxine Moulin Photo copyright © Maxine Moulin

Good Morning

(2018, France, 4 minutes)

Filmmaker: PVS Company; Maxime Moulin, Antoine Frioux, Richard Permin
Advisory: None
Focus: Skiing
Adrenaline Factor: High
Subtitles: Some, English from French
Synopsis: Every day, skier Richard Permin falls into his mundane morning routine. Right after getting out of bed, he clicks on his skis and rides down the snowcovered rooftops of Avoriaz.


Billder by Scott Secco Photo copyright © Scott Secco

Billder

(2019, Canada, 6 minutes)

Filmmaker: Catherine Legros, Scott Secco
Advisory: None
Focus: Mountain Bike Trail Building
Adrenaline Factor: Medium-Low
Subtitles: None
Synopsis: Billder tells the story of Bill McLane, a mountain bike trail builder. We'll find out what trails mean to him and how his work impacts his community.


Spectre Expedition - Mission Antarctica

Spectre Expedition – Mission Antarctica

(2019, UK, 36 minutes)

Filmmaker: Alastair Lee, Sender Films, Leo Houlding
Advisory: Language
Focus: Kite Skiing, Climbing
Adrenaline Factor: High-Medium
Subtitles: Some, from English
Film Synopsis: 1000 miles, 200+ kgs, 65 days, 3 mates, 1 mountain. Unsupported, using snow-kites to travel great distance, with massive loads at speeds up to 60 kmph this is the epic tale of Leo Houlding, Jean Burgun & Mark Sedon's daring dream to reach the summit of the most remote mountain on Earth; The Spectre, Antarctica.


Reel Rock 13 - Up To Speed by Eddie Fowke Photo copyright © Eddie Fowke

Reel Rock 13: Up to Speed

(2018, USA, 20 minutes)

With John Brosler in person - 10x National Champion and 2x Pan-Am Champion

Filmmaker: Peter Mortimer, Zachary Barr, Nick Rosen (Sender Films)
Advisory: Some coarse language
Focus: Climbing
Adrenaline Factor: Medium
Subtitles: Very few
Synopsis: When climbing was announced as part of the 2020 Olympics, it was a monumental occasion for the sport. But many climbers were shocked to learn that one of three combined events required to compete for a medal is… speed climbing.


Intermission


Surfer Dan by TK Merrell Photo copyright © TK Merrell

Surfer Dan

(2018, USA, 8 minutes)

Filmmaker: Tim Kemple, Camp4 Collective
Advisory: Language
Focus: Lake surfing
Adrenaline Factor: Medium
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: In a time when it can feel like you need to fly to the opposite side of the globe to find adventure and challenge, Surfer Dan proves that with dedication, grit and a little creativity you might already have all you need outside you own backdoor


Myrtle Simpson A Life On Ice by Hugh Simpson Photo copyright © Hugh Simpson

Myrtle Simpson: A Life On Ice (Tour Edit)

(2019, USA, 25 minutes)

Filmmaker: Leigh Anne Sides & Andrew Cahill
Advisory: None
Focus: Adventure/Exploration
Adrenaline Factor: Medium-Low
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: Myrtle Simpson - trailblazer, pioneer, adventurer, mountain climber, polar explorer, writer, and mother. From Spitzbergen to Greenland, from the North Pole to the Highlands of Scotland, from New Zealand to Peru, Myrtle blazed her own trail. She experienced places most people only dream about, all while writing 13 books, collecting specimens for museum botanical collections and raising four children.


Safe Haven by Greg Balkin Photo copyright © Greg Balkin

Safe Haven

(2018, USA, 8 minutes)

Filmmaker: Wondercamp; Tim Kressin, Davis Goslin
Advisory: None
Focus: Climbing, community
Adrenaline Factor: Medium
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: Founded on the belief that everyone is welcome, Memphis Rox opened a climbing gym to challenge stereotypes and be at the center of the city's revitalization.


The Long River Home by Will Stauffer Norris Photo copyright © Will Stauffer Norris

The Long River Home

(2019, USA, 20 minutes)

Filmmaker: Seth Dahl, Timmy O’Neill- Big Cedar
Media Advisory: War references, could trigger PTSD
Focus: Kayaking
Adrenaline Factor: Medium
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: Aaron Howell and Russell Davies are US veterans who were injured in war and have now come together for another mission as they guide blind Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, on a 14 day river trip through 80 powerful rapids in the Grand Canyon.


Hors Piste

Hors Piste

(2018, France, 6 minutes)

Filmmaker: Ecole des Nouvelles Images: Léo BRUNEL, Loris CAVALIER, Camille JALABERT, Oscar MALET
Advisory: None
Focus: Animation, Snow, Humour
Adrenaline Factor: Medium-High
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: The two best mountain rescue workers of the region are ready for their new mission. Despite their professionalism and their determination, it will not go as planned...
Saturday March 21, 2020


Saturday March 21, 2020

The Flip by Reed Rickert Photo copyright © Reed Rickert

The Flip

(2019, USA, 3 minutes)

Filmmaker: Reed Rickert
Advisory: None
Focus: BASE jumping
Adrenaline Factor: High
Subtitles: Yes (in English, from English)
Film Synopsis: Base jumping in its purest form.


Thabang by Wandering Fever Photo copyright © Wandering Fever

Thabang

(2019, South Africa, 13 minutes)

Filmmaker: Hannah Slezacek & Dean Leslie (Producers), Dean Leslie (Director, [Wandering Fever])
Advisory: None
Focus: Running
Adrenaline Factor: Medium-Low
Subtitles: Some, from local language to English
Film Synopsis: Thabang Madiba somehow found his way into the world of trail running and in the last few years has become everyone’s favourite in the South African trail scene.


Circle of the Sun by Inigo Grasset Photo copyright © Inigo Grasset

Circle of the Sun

(2019, Germany, 5 minutes)

Filmmaker: Lena Stoffel, Inigo Grasset
Advisory: None
Focus: Ski & Surf
Adrenaline Factor: Medium
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: Steep mountains, the ocean, the sun and the aurora borealis. One rotation of the sun high in the Arctic on skis equals one day of magic. (Norway)


Home (Tour Edit) by Nigel Mellard Photo copyright © Nigel Mellard

Home (Tour Edit)

(2019, Canada, 47 minutes)

Filmmaker: Jen Randall (Light Shed Pictures), Sarah Outen
Advisory: None
Focus: Adventure/Exploration
Adrenaline Factor: Medium
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: Between 2011 and 2015 UK adventurer Sarah Outen traversed the globe by bike, kayak and rowing boat, travelling over 32,000 km by human power alone. The solo trip took its toll, and a violent storm on the Pacific takes Sarah to the physical and mental brink.


Intermission


Siblings

Siblings

(2019, Canada, 3 minutes)

Filmmakers: Mike Hopkins, Scott Carlson
Advisory: None
Focus: Biking, Childhood
Adrenaline Factor: Low
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: A short coming of age film that celebrates childhood and the relationship between siblings.


Out On A Limb by Jordan Manley Photo copyright © Jordan Manley

Out on a Limb

(2019, USA, 22 minutes)

Filmmaker: Jordan Manley, Diana Brucculieri, Narrows Media
Advisory: None
Focus: Climbing
Adrenaline Factor: Medium-Low
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: Engineer Kai Lin teams up with climber Craig DeMartino to design a badass prosthetic foot, which if they succeed won’t just level the playing field, but will dish up, if not superpowers, then a real sense of empowerment. Which is almost the same thing.


Camel Finds Water by Donnie Hedden Photo copyright © Donnie Hedden

Camel Finds Water

(2019, USA, 9 minutes)

Filmmaker: Ian Durkin and Trevor Gordon
Advisory: None
Focus: Exploration/Adventure, Surfing
Adrenaline Factor: Medium
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: Trevor found the hull of an abandoned fishing boat in a field. He brought it home and built it back to a sea-worthy state over the course of a summer. Then, he took it on its maiden voyage to British Columbia in search of waves.


A Nordic Skater

A Nordic Skater

(2018, Lithuania, 5 minutes)

Filmmaker: Paulius Neverbickas
Advisory: None
Focus: Nordic Skating
Adrenaline Factor: Low-medium
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: The story of a man who uses every sense he has to travel on thin ice while Nordic skating in the Oslo region of Norway. He tells the story of how the little known sport of Nordic skating came to play a big part in his life.


Lhotse by Nick Kalisz Photo copyright © Nick Kalisz

Lhotse

(2019, USA, 23 minutes)

Filmmaker: Dutch Simpson, Rob Wassmer, Kaki Or (Field Day Studios)
Advisory: Some coarse language
Focus: Mountaineering, Skiing
Adrenaline Factor: Medium-High
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: It’s not always what we achieve that defines us, rather it is why we achieve such things that creates clarity in our existence. In 2018, Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison completed the first ski descent of the 27,940-foot Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world. This is their story.


Danny Day Care by Dave Mackison Photo copyright © Dave Mackison

Danny Daycare

(2019, UK, 4 minutes)

Filmmaker: Cut Media, Stu Thomson
Advisory: None
Focus: Biking
Adrenaline Factor: Medium-high
Subtitles: None
Film Synopsis: In his latest film Danny MacAskill takes on some child care the only way he knows how... by taking them for a wee bike ride around Scotland!


Films subject to change.

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