This March, Watauga County students will travel to four continents — all from the comfort of their theater seats.
Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs is presenting a special screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour for area schoolchildren on Wednesday, March 26.
“It’s going to be an abbreviated version, about 90 minutes, but very well balanced with some really interesting cultural and environmental films, along with some great adventure,” said Rich Campbell, director of ASU Outdoor Programs, which presents the annual festival.
“We’re going to four continents and possibly six different countries via these films, so we’re really going to expose the students to a wide variety of environments, cultures and issues.”
Watauga County sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders will be attending through the university’s APPlause! program, which brings local students to campus to experience cultural programming in a variety of disciplines, from musical acts to acrobatics to theater and all points in between.
The program also encourages teachers to incorporate the material into their curriculum, and Campbell expects the film festival to be rife with subject matter.
“Banff does such a great job of finding very unique films from a lot of unique places that, unless you were pretty intentional with how you searched, you’d be hard-pressed to find,” he said. “These are some really inspiring films, so we’re excited.”
The screening will take place at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, located at 733 Rivers St. on campus. For more information on APPlause!, visit http://www.theschaefercenter.org/applause, or call (828) 262-6084.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is hosted annually by the Alberta, Canada-based Banff Centre, located within Canada’s Banff National Park. The center describes itself as the country’s “creative leader in arts and culture,” its mission being to inspire creativity.
A selection of films is chosen for the festival’s annual world tour, which hosts more than 500 screenings on all continents.
The Boone tour stop takes place March 28 and 29 at the Schaefer Center, and tickets are already on sale at Footsloggers (139 Depot St., Boone), the Schaefer Center box office and online at http://pas.appstate.edu/tickets. Tickets cost $8 for ASU students and $12 for general admission.
For more information on the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, visit https://op.appstate.edu/pagesmith/185 and http://www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/worldtour/.