Thursday, April 29, 2010

Banff Mountain Film Festival

A few weeks ago, Rob and I had the good fortune to attend the Banff Mountain Film Festival showing at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. It was an excellent collection of outdoor adventure films, along with good food, drink, and live music. Below is a trailer of the entire collection of the 2009/2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival films on tour, and then some trailers and descriptions of some of the films we saw at the USNWC.

Banff Mountain Film Festival North American Tour

Africa Revolutions Tour (whitewater kayaking tour in Africa for a cause - solar power)

Check out the insane white water kayaking action at 3:15.

Go here to see the trailer for "Take a Seat" - a documentary about a Brit, Dominic Gil, who rode a tandem bicycle from the tip of Alaska to the tip of South America. It took him over 2 years and he had over 200 strangers jump on the rear saddle to ride with him over the course of his journey. This was a festival favorite and certainly one of mine. Dominic was there at the USNWC to present his film. See this film if you can find it.

Kranked: Revolve (mountain biking)

Deep/Shinsetsu (deep powder snow skiing)

deep/shinsetsu TRAILER from ebis films. on Vimeo.

First Ascent - Alone on the Wall
This features climber Alex Honnold, for his landmark free solo of “Moonlight Buttress” (V, 5.12, 9 pitches) in Zion National Park in April of 2008, and his next challenge: free solo of the “Regular Northwest Face” route (VI, 5.12a, 23 pitches) on Yosemite’s Half Dome. One word - insane. Sadly, I can't find any video trailers of this on the net, and for some reason it's not at the producers' web site, but it was an amazing film to watch.

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