Banff Mountain Festivals

Daytime Film Screenings — Program A

Saturday, November 8, and Sunday, November 9, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Various venues — $45 / day

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Saturday, November 8 — Eric Harvie and Max Bell
Sunday, November 9 — Margaret Greenham Theatre

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Max Bell times are in italics

9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

Turkey — From Ararat to Bosphorus

Germany, 2007, 43 minutes
Directed by Jan Haft
Produced by Britta Kiesewetter, Sabine Holzer

Between Europe and Asia lies a land full of natural wonders. Here, between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, between the mountain ranges of Pontus and Taurus, a huge diversity of plants and animals can be found. Many of them are immigrants that arrived from all directions — before, during, and after the last ice age. Others return to Turkey every year to hibernate or simply to raise their young. Similarly to animals, people from all parts of the world have immigrated to Turkey, which today is a melting pot and a bridge between continents — for all its inhabitants.

Finalist in: Best Film on Mountain Environment

Turkey — From Ararat to Bosphorus

9:53 a.m.

9:51 a.m.

Committed 2: Last Great Problems… The Groove

UK, 2008, 20 minutes
Directed by Paul Diffley
Produced by Dave Brown
World Premiere
Appearing in person: Paul Diffley, Dave Brown

James Pearson does battle on one of the greatest unclimbed lines on England’s gritstone. Technical perfection, frigid conditions, and a boldness of approach are the ingredients that James gathers for this major route, one that has spurned the best climbers for over 30 years.

Finalist in: Best Film on Climbing

Committed 2: Last Great Problems… The Groove

10:16 a.m.

10:12 a.m.

Break

 

10:36 a.m.

10:27 a.m.

The Last Frontier — Papua New Guinea

USA, 2008, 18 minutes
Directed and produced by Trip Jennings
World Premiere
Appearing in person: Trip Jennings

The Epicocity crew travelled to Papua New Guinea to document the island of New Britain’s pristine water, habitat, and intact indigenous culture through an exploratory caving and kayaking expedition. The expedition was the first of its kind in New Britain and likely the last before logging and agricultural production change the island forever.

Finalist in: Best Film on Mountain Sports

The Last Frontier — Papua New Guinea

10:57 a.m.

11:07 a.m.

Journey to the Center

USA, 2007, 55 minutes
Directed by Jens Hoffmann
Produced by Iiro Seppanen, Jeb Corliss

Journey with three world-renowned BASE jumpers as they travel 10,000 miles by airplane, river boat, and 4x4 truck to confront the mist and mystery of an old cave, an ancient culture, and their own demons at the center of their dangerous mission: Tian Keng, the Heavenly Pit. Millions of years old, half-mile deep, Tian Keng has waited for eons to test the endurance, skill, and courage of the men who dare to parachute into her heart.

Finalist in: Best Film on Mountain Sports

Journey to the Center

Afternoon Films

 

2:00 p.m.

2:15 p.m.

Himalaya — Land of Women

France, 2008, 53 minutes
Directed by Marianne Chaud
Produced by Manuel Catteau
North American Premiere

At an altitude of nearly 4000 metres, Sking is one of the most isolated villages in the Hamalayan region of Zanskar. The land is arid: bare mountains, rocky ridges, and stone fields. Yet, men and women have managed to grown crops on terraces despite the dry soil, using a tremendous irrigation system. In just three months, the Zanskari have to harvest and store all their food for the coming year. All the women — young and old alike — work non-stop, from dawn to dusk, and worry about the arrival of winter.

Finalist in: Best Film on Mountain Culture

Himalaya — Land of Women

2:56 p.m.

3:09 p.m.

Seasons

Canada, 2008, 60 minutes
Produced by Jamie Houssian

Seasons follows seven of the world’s top mountain bikers through four seasons of one year. The film explores what it means to be a full-time rider, as told through the lives of downhill racers, slopestyle competitors, and big-mountain freeriders.

Finalist in: Best Film on Mountain Sports

Seasons

3:59 p.m.

4:10 p.m.

Break

 

4:19 p.m.

4:25 p.m.

Mountain Town: Mac Smith

USA, 2007, 8 minutes
Directed by Brendan Kiernan, Frank Pickell
Produced by Steve Metcalf, Brendan Kiernan
Appearing in person: Brendan Kiernan

An excerpt from the feature documentary Mountain Town, this short film profiles Mac Smith, a lifelong rancher, environmentalist, and ski patrolman whose tenacity, vision and perseverance through devastating personal tragedy have led to the creation of one of North America’s most remarkable and unique skiing experiences, Aspen’s Highlands Bowl.

Finalist in: Best Film on Mountain Sports
Best Short Mountain Film

Mountain Town: Mac Smith

4:29 p.m.

4:34 p.m.

The Sharp End

USA, 2008, 62 minutes
Directed and produced by Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen

The Sharp End showcases the climbers who risk everything to do the world’s most dangerous and committing climbs. Run-out traditional routes, scary highball boulder problems, ice-covered alpine walls and all-or-nothing free-solo ascents are all part of the game. The film features Alex Honnold, Dean Potter, Mike Patz, Steph Davis, Tommy Caldwell, Jonny Copp, Lisa Rands and many more. (Contains coarse language.)

Finalist in: Best Film on Climbing

The Sharp End

Program subject to change