Friday April 18, 2014

Films, Lectures & Special Events

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2014

Don't Miss this Annual Event
Tickets $10 for Princeton students with PUID, $15 non-students and are available online or at the Frist Ticket Office

Amazing mountain and adventure sports films!

Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26, 2014
7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
McCosh Hall, Room 10

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Join the faculty, students, and local community for this campus favorite that combines awe-inspiring films and an intermission gear raffle (Princeton students run prizes to lucky winners)! The spectacular action-packed films feature rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, extreme skiing and explorations of the natural world.

 

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition featuring the world's best footage on mountain subjects. The festival began in 1976 and is held annually on the first weekend in November in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Each year, the festival receives approximately 330 films in the film festival competition. An international film festival jury chooses the best films from the finalists and awards prizes in eight categories: Grand Prize, Climbing, Mountain Sports, Mountain Environment, Mountain Culture, Short Mountain Film, and Feature-Length Mountain Film. Audience members select the winner of the People's Choice Award.
Each night will feature different films; film descriptions for each night will be updated to this Web page.
Sponsored by the Outdoor Action Program and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports.
 

Friday Films: Different Films On Each Night

Cascada

Cascada

(2012, USA, 8 min)
Filmmakers: Anson Fogel, Skip Armstrong, Shannon Ethridge (Camp4 Collective)
Website: www.camp4collective.com
Classification: General, no advisory
Focus: paddling

Paddler and cinematographer alike explore a world beyond the unexpected … and find perfection

Heli

Poor Man's Heli

(2013, Canada, 6 min)
Filmmaker: Mike Douglas, Switchback Entertainment
Website: www.switchbackentertainment.com
Classification: General, no advisory
Focus: paragliding, skiing

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.

Sun

North of the Sun (Nordfor Sola)

(2012, Norway, 46 min)
Filmmakers: Inge Wegge and Anne Bergseng
Website: www.facebook.com/nordforsola
Classification: General, coarse language
Focus: adventure, surfing, environment, snowboarding

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.

Keeper

Keeper of the Mountains

(2013, USA, 16 min)
Filmmakers: Allison Otto, Scott McElroy
Website: www.smalldogonthego.com
Classification: General, no advisory
Focus: Culture/human story/female

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.

Stream

Streams of Consequence

(2013, USA, 17 min)
Filmmaker: James Q Martin
Website: www.rioslibres.com
Classification: General, violence
Focus: Environmental

 


One of the last remaining wilderness areas in the world is threatened as plans for mega-dams on the rivers of Chilean Patagonia are solidified. What is the outcome for these people and their struggle to keep their lands dam-free?

Last Great

The Last Great Climb

(2013, UK, 26 min)
Filmmaker: Alastair Lee
Website: www.thelastgreatclimb.com
Classification: General, no advisory
Focus: rockclimbing, expedition

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 ‚Äď the majestic unclimbed Ulvetanna Peak is their goal this time. But they’re in the middle of nowhere, miserably cold, a bit delirious. Hopefully it’s nothing a little adrenaline can’t cure.

35

35

(2013, USA, 5 min)
Filmmakers: Nasa Koski, Austin Siadak, Matthe Van Biene, Fitz Cahall
Website: www.ducttapethenbeer.com
Classification: General, coarse language
Focus: Climbing, culture/human story

35 routes in one day to celebrate 35 years of life? Why not? Take the birthday challenge!


Saturday Films: Different Films On Each Night

The Burn

The Burn

(2012, Canada, 6 min)
Filmmakers: Mike Douglas, Jeff Thomas, Switchback Entertainment
Website: www.switchbackentertainment.com
Classification: General, no advisory
Focus: skiing

Fire frees new lines for skiers, who revel in the newly-charred forest.

Return

Return to the Tepuis

(2013, USA, 9 min)
Filmmakers: Joe Riis and Jenny Nichols, Pongo Media
Website: www.pongomediaproductions.com
Classification: General, no advisory
Focus: Environmental, adventure

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.

Sensory

Sensory Overload

(2013, USA, 8 min)
Filmmaker: Robert Raker, Raker Productions Inc
Website: www.robraker.com
Classification: General, no advisory
Focus:  kayaking

Blind kayaker Erik Weihenmayer turns whitewater into a new form of braille.

High Tension

High Tension

(2013, USA, 36 min)
Filmmakers: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Zachary Barr, Josh Lowell,
Website: www.reelrocktour.com
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language, violence
Focus: Mountaineering


Flying fists, obscenities, and death threats at 23,000 feet? Is this the new Everest reality? This film takes a closer look at the 2013 incident at Camp II that made international headlines and had climbers Ueli Steck, Simone Moro, and Jonathan Griffith running for their lives.

Sea

Sea of Rock

(2012, Switzerland, 12 min)
Filmmaker: Sebastian Doerk, Infinite Trails Production
Website: www.infinitetrails.de
Classification: General, no advisory
Focus: Biking

A bicycle found lodged on a climbing route in the Austrian Alps inspires two expert riders to follow in the treads of the early cyclists, down the √ľber-gnarly slopes of the Sea of Rock.

IAm

I AM RED

(2013, USA, 4 min)
Filmmaker: Peter McBride 
Website: www.petemcbride.com
Classification: General, no advisory
Focus: Environmental

A visual poem of the Colorado River delivers a simple yet powerful message.

Sufferfest

Sufferfest

(2013, USA, 18 mins)
Filmmaker: Cedar Wright Website: www.cedarwright.com
Classification: General, no advisory
Focus: Climbing, biking, adventure

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 push themselves to their absolute limits in pursuit of success.

Spice Girl

Spice Girl

(2013, USA, 24 min)
Filmmakers: Josh Lowell, Alex Lowther, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen Website: www.reelrocktour.com
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language
Focus:  rockclimbing, female climbers

The UK 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.

Valhalla

Valhalla

(2013, USA, 3 min)
Filmmakers:  Ben Sturgulewski, Nick Waggoner, Michaal Brown, Zac Ramras (Sweetgrass Productions)
Website: www.sweetgrass-productions.com
Classification: Parental Guidance, nudity
Focus: skiing, snowboarding

From naked chairlift riding to cliff airs wearing nothing more than an avalanche beacon and a smile, Valhalla’s naked snow segment sparks laughter from skiers and non-skiers alike.

 


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The best films are chosen for awards prizes in eight categories: Grand Prize, Climbing, Mountain Sports, Mountain Environment, Mountain Culture, Short Mountain Film, Feature-Length Mountain Film, and the People's Choice Award.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival showing at Princeton University is sponsored by the Outdoor Action Program and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports.