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Tickets to Adventure

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Article Published: Apr. 24, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 24, 2013
Tickets to Adventure

Australian adventurers James Castrission and Justin Jones trek across Antarctica to the South Pole and back again — completely unassisted — in ‘Crossing the Ice.’
Photo from ‘Crossing the Ice,’ courtesy of the Banff Centre

Consider it your ticket to adventure.

The ever-popular Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Appalachian State University this fall, and a limited number of tickets are now on sale.

Two of the series most prevalent themes are adventure and adversity. Coincidentally, Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs, which organizes the event locally, faced both over the past year.

With Farthing Auditorium undergoing its extensive transformation into the state-of-the-art Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, to be unveiled this summer, one of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour’s most popular stops – in Boone – had to be postponed from March to Sept. 20 and 21.

However, the September dates still fit into the 2012 world tour schedule, meaning the featured films come from last year’s festival, held in October and November 2012 in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Following the September showcase, the tour stop in Boone returns to form, with the 2013 festival selections set to screen in March 2014.

“We’ll get a double dose of Banff in 2013 and 2014,” ASU Outdoor Programs director Rich Campbell said. “We won’t miss a year of the films that are being presented by Banff.”

The September screening also presents a unique situation for organizers, as this year’s event is being billed as an ASU 2013-14 Performing Arts Series event, meaning tickets are being sold through the university’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

“We wanted to make sure the die-hards who go every year get their tickets,” Campbell said, “and we want to balance with cultural affairs, which wants to make sure that the Performing Arts Series season ticketholders had an opportunity when they bought their season tickets.”

This means that the remainder of Banff tickets will go on sale Aug. 20, along with those for other PAS events.

Campbell said Outdoor Programs is excited to join the Performing Arts Series, further broadening Banff’s exposure to a larger audience.

“There are a lot of people who have grown accustomed to Banff in the spring, and I’m sure a lot of people are wondering what’s going on,” he said. “We’ve got all of our sponsors lined up, and we’re looking to expand Banff in some pretty unique educational ways, which is really exciting for us.”

One such idea is a special daytime screening in March for middle-school students in the nine-county area.

“One way we’re trying to expand Banff is to find some school-age kids who wouldn’t otherwise see it,” Campbell said, “and maybe pick films that really work for that population and develop some curriculum to send to the school for teachers to use before and after.”

In the meantime, though, Campbell and company are focused on developing this year’s stop on the festival’s world tour. And while the full lineup hasn’t been released, Campbell did reveal a few of the screenings’ highlights – “Crossing the Ice,” “Reel Rock 7: Honnold 3.0,” “The Gimp Monkeys” and a special edit of “Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies.”

Tickets are now on sale, available online at and in person at Footsloggers, located at 139 Depot St. in downtown Boone.

The Lineup

‘Crossing the Ice’
Winner of the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival’s Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award, this 44-minute Australian film focuses on two Australian adventurers, James Castrission and Justin Jones, who “dare to tackle the perilous journey across Antarctica to the South Pole and back again, completely unassisted – just two men dragging their food and shelter across 1,140 kilometers of barren ice,” according to the film’s official description. The film is directed by Justin Jones. For more information, visit

‘Reel Rock 7: Honnold 3.0’
Winner of the Best Film – Climbing Award at the 2012 festival, this “Reel Rock” outing tells the tale of Alex Honnold, who’s described in the film’s synopsis as “a bit of an enigma. He’s become known as the boldest soloist of his generation, but how does he balance pure ambition with self-preservation? Honnald wrestles with this question in preparation for his biggest adventure yet – the Yosemite Triple.” The film is directed and produced by Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen and Alex Lowther. For more information, visit

‘The Gimp Monkeys’
Directed by Mikey Schaefer, this film poses a question to its audience. “What has four legs, five arms and three heads?” The answer, of course, is “The Gimp Monkeys.” The film, Campbell said, follows a group of friends – all of whom have a sort of physical disability – as they make their ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite. For more information, visit

‘Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies’ (special edit)
Officially described as a “100-percent human-powered film,” filmmakers Paul Zizka and Doug Urquhart “use striking time-lapse photography and an original story to bring the landscape center-stage and (offer) a thrilling new perspective that re-establishes the Canadian Rockies among the finest mountains in the world.” For more information, visit

About Banff

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 “Canada’s creative leader in arts and culture,” its mission being to inspire creativity.

According to its website, “In our powerful mountain setting … exceptional artists and leaders from around the world create and perform new works of art, share skills and knowledge in an interdisciplinary environment, explore ideas and develop solutions in the arts, leadership and the environment.”

For more information, visit

Additional Images

Australian adventurers James Castrission and Justin Jones trek across Antarctica to the South Pole and back again — completely unassisted — in ‘Crossing the Ice.’
Photo from ‘Crossing the Ice,’ courtesy of the Banff Centre

‘Reel Rock 7: Honnold 3.0’ focuses on the daring exploits of Alex Honnold, who’s known as the boldest soloist of his generation.
Photo from ‘Reel Rock 7: Honnold 3.0’ © Peter Mortimer, courtesy of The Banff Centre

‘The Gimp Monkeys’ follows a group of friends with physical disabilitiesy on their ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan.
Photo from ‘The Gimp Monkeys,’ both courtesy of the Banff Centre

‘Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies’ sees filmmakers Paul Zizka and Doug Urquhart using time-lapse photography and an original story to bring the landscape front and center.
Photo from ‘Mountains in Motion’ © Zizka/Urquhart, courtesy of The Banff Centre

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