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It’s Banff Time

By Frank Ruggiero (frank@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Mar. 27 | Modified: Mar. 30
It’s Banff Time

In ‘Poor Man’s Heli,’ a group of skiers launches across a valley via paragliders to the remote slopes.
From the film, ‘Poor Man’s Heli’ ©



Adventure is coming to the Schaefer Center.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour makes its annual stop in Boone this Friday and Saturday, bringing with it a globetrotting group of films.

“There’s a good mix each night, and there are some really strong films… everything from high-end, edge-of-your-seat adventure to some really interesting cultural and environmental selections,” said Rich Campbell, associate director of Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs, which organizes the local tour stop. “It should be a fun few days.”

Doors open around 6:30 p.m., and attendees will be treated to live music and an assortment of vendors in the Schaefer Center lobby. Andy Ferrell and Oncoming Train will perform Friday, and The Fox Fire will perform Saturday. Refreshments, including beer and wine, will be available, all leading up to the screenings, which start at 7:30 p.m. sharp both nights.

“It’s general admission seating, so try to get there early,” Campbell said, “and be prepared to go to a lot of different places. It’s kind of a whirlwind in terms of how many countries and settings you go to, but it’s super fun.”

As of press time, both screenings had sold out, although Campbell encourages folks to enjoy some of the programs being held in conjunction with Banff, including the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition on display at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Our State magazine, which is featuring a spread on the competition in its April issue, will host an issue launch party from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, and all are invited to attend.

The AMPC winners will be announced during intermission at Saturday’s screening.

The screening schedules are as follows, and films are subject to change:

Friday
‘Cascada’
(2012, USA, 8 min)
Filmmakers: Anson Fogel, Skip Armstrong, Shannon Ethridge (Camp4 Collective)
Paddler and cinematographer alike explore a world beyond the unexpected — and find perfection. http://www.camp4collective.com

‘Flow: The Elements of Freeride’
(2013, USA, 3 min)
Filmmaker: Oly Mingo
Follow Geophysicist Rex Flake on a high-adrenaline mountain bike ride through the Cascade Mountains, as he identifies the flora, fauna and geology of this cinematic region. Uniquely edited without the typical hard core soundtrack, Flow uses creative graphics and sound design to bring the viewer uncomfortably close to the action. http://www.north40productions.com

‘Ready to Fly’
2012 Best Feature-Length Mountain Film
(2012, USA, 56 min)
Filmmaker: William A. Kerig, Scott Zeller
Full of pluck and determination, a woman battles massive obstacles not only to achieve her dream, but also to help change the world for other women. In an emotional and triumphant journey with more ups and downs than a ski jumping competition itself, Lindsey Van and her colleagues take us along on their 15-year fight to achieve equality in the Olympic Winter Games. http://www.readytoflyfilm.com

Intermission

‘The Last Great Climb’ (special edit)
Best Film — Climbing—Sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada
(2013, UK, 26 min)
Filmmaker: Alastair Lee
Are rock stars Leo Houlding, Sean “Stanley” Leary and Jason Pickles up to their old tricks again? Maybe so, but they’ve brought along a few new friends and hopes of a bold new line on a remote spire in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. They’re going big again — the majestic unclimbed Ulvetanna Peak is their goal this time. But they’re in the middle of nowhere, miserably cold and a bit delirious. Hopefully, it’s nothing a little adrenaline can’t cure. http://www.thelastgreatclimb.com

‘Keeper of the Mountains’ (special edit)
Special Jury Mention
(2013, USA, 16 min)
Filmmakers: Allison Otto, Scott McElroy
Elizabeth Hawley bucked the conventions of her time by settling alone in Kathmandu in 1960, where she began chronicling Himalayan expeditions for The Himalayan Database. Even as she turns 90, she continues to update these records with rigorous accuracy and dedication. http://www.smalldogonthego.com

‘Poor Man’s Heli’
(2013, Canada, 6 min)
Filmmaker: Mike Douglas, Switchback Entertainment
A group of skiers launches across a valley via paragliders to the remote slopes. http://www.switchbackentertainment.com

‘Sufferfest’
(2013, USA, 18 mins)
Filmmaker: Cedar Wright
Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright embark on a wholly human-powered adventure to link all of California’s 14,000 foot peaks. Utterly new to biking, the quirky yet endearing duo pushes itself to the absolute limit in pursuit of success. http://www.cedarwright.com

‘Valhalla’ (special edit)
(2013, USA, 3 min)
Filmmakers: Ben Sturgulewski, Nick Waggoner, Michaal Brown, Zac Ramras (Sweetgrass Productions)
From naked chairlift riding to cliff airs wearing nothing more than an avalanche beacome and a smile, “Valhalla’s” naked snow segment sparks laughter from skiers and non-skiers alike. http://www.sweetgrass-productions.com



Saturday

‘NotBad’ (special edit)
(2013, Canada, 10 min)
Filmmakers: Darcy Wittenburg, Darren McCullough, Colin Jones and Ian Dunn
Seven brave riders set out from the four corners of the globe for 30 days of outrageous fun and bicycle tomfoolery in New Zealand. http://www.anthillfilms.com

‘The Questions We Ask’
(2013, Canada, 3 min)
Filmmakers: Kalum Ko, Bruce Kirkby, Jeff Pew
Bruce Kirkby crosses the Pacific from Vancouver to Victoria, Canada, on a stand-up paddleboard and ponders what adventure means to him. http://www.kalumko.com

‘Return to the Tepuis’
(2013, USA, 9 min)
Filmmakers: Joe Riis and Jenny Nichols, Pongo Media
A wee pebble toad living in the crevices of the tepuis of South America is the missing link to understanding the age of the species, as well as the age of the tepuis themselves. http://www.pongomediaproductions.com

‘North of the Sun’ (‘Nordfor Sola’)
Grand Prize Winner – sponsored by MEC
People’s Choice Award – sponsored by Treksta
Dolby Audio Award
(2012, Norway, 46 min)
Filmmakers: Inge Wegge and Anne Bergseng
Tucked between the cold Atlantic Ocean and the rocky slopes of a remote, arctic island, two young Norwegian adventurers discover their own private playground. They build themselves a cabin out of flotsam, while clearing the beach of debris, then spend the long winter skiing and surfing in the haunting low light. http://www.facebook.com/nordforsola

Intermission

‘Spice Girl’
(2013, USA, 24 min)
Filmmakers: Josh Lowell, Alex Lowther, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
The U.K. climbing scene is known for its strict traditional ethic, yielding super sketchy, dangerous routes and a competitive machismo. It’s the last place you’d expect to find a nice little blond girl putting all the lads to shame, but Hazel Findlay is doing just that. The first woman to climb the British grade of E9, Hazel is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear and big runouts. http://www.reelrocktour.com

‘I AM RED’
(2013, USA, 4 min)
Filmmaker: Peter McBride
A visual poem of the Colorado River delivers a simple yet powerful message. http://www.petemcbride.com

‘Down the Line’
(2012, Canada, 22 min)
Filmmaker: Francois-Xavier ‘Fix’ De Ruydts, De Ruydts Photography
None of these deep slot canyons and magnificent waterfalls have ever been explored, and once in, the only way out is down. http://www.deruydtsphotography.com

‘Dubai – A Skier’s Journey’
(2012, Canada, 10 min)
Filmmaker: Jordan Manley and Danny Irvine
In the midst of a city dizzy with ambition, a dedicated community of desert-dwellers embraces the local ski hill. http://www.jordanmanley.com

‘35’
Best Short Mountain Film — Sponsored by The North Face
(2013, USA, 5 min)
Filmmakers: Nasa Koski, Austin Siadak, Matthe Van Biene, Fitz Cahall
Thirty-five routes in one day to celebrate 35 years of life? Why not? Take the birthday challenge! http://www.ducttapethenbeer.com

Additional Images

In ‘Poor Man’s Heli,’ a group of skiers launches across a valley via paragliders to the remote slopes.
From the film, ‘Poor Man’s Heli’ ©

In ‘Return to the Tepuis,’ a pebble toad living in the crevices of the tepuis of South America is the missing link to understanding the age of the species, as well as the age of the tepuis themselves.
From the film, ‘Return to the Tepuis’

In ‘The Questions We Ask,’ Bruce Kirkby crosses the Pacific from Vancouver to Victoria, Canada, on a stand-up paddleboard and ponders what adventure means to him.
From the film, ‘The Questions We Ask’

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