Mountains have a certain picturesque setting to them that draws many in — both for the beauty and danger. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is dedicated to the love of the mountains. On Feb. 27 and 28, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to UAA for an action-packed night of films in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. Here’s a list and preview of the films being played each night.
Friday February 27 – 7 p.m.
Danny MacAskill – The Ridge
This movie from filmmaker Stu Thomson follows trail biker Danny MacAskill on the Isle of Skye in Scotland on the Cullin Ridge. MacAskill, who is from the area, has always wanted to conquer the thin ridgeline but has wondered if it was at all possible.
Arctic Swell – Surfing the Ends of the Earth
Unlike the title suggests, this film is not about a surfer. It’s about an arctic surf photographer named Chris Burkard who is willing to do anything for the perfect shot. Burkard is a senior staff photographer for Surf Magazine and is Sony’s global imaging ambassador. The film also showcases pro surfers Patrick Millin, Brett Barley and Chadd Konig.
Tashi and the Monk
Former Buddhist monk Lobsang Phuntsok left the United States almost 10 years ago to rescue orphans and neglected children in the Himalayan foothills. He has since created a place called Jhamtse Gatsal: The Garden of Love and Compassion. When a new child named Tashi arrives, Phuntsok has to teach her that love will overcome all her hurt and that she is truly wanted.
Vasu Sojitra: Out on a Limb
This inspirational story is about Vasu Sojitra, who lost a leg as a child from a blood infection. Sojitra hasn’t let it slow him down and is an accomplished backcountry skier. “I started off skiing in fifth grade, just kind of taught myself because the ski school instructor had no idea how to teach me,” Sojitra said. Filmmaker Tyler Wilkinson-Ray depicts Sojitra’s story of trial and triumph.
Valley Uprising: The Golden Age
“Valley Uprising” is a documentary film from Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell, Zachary Barr, Sender Films and Big Up Productions. The film showcases the involvement of Yosemite National Park in climbing culture and how it has developed and grown over the years.
Kayaker Sam Grafton takes on the Class V-plus rapids of the Tumwater Canyon in Washington. Grafton not only maneuvers gracefully through the water but also dodges logs coming downstream. Leah Hemberry and Shane Wilder made this film.
Into the Empty Quarter (Tour Edit)
Filmmakers and adventurers Alastair Humphreys and Leon McCarron try to cross the Empty Quarter Desert on the Arabian Peninsula with just themselves and a cart of survival equipment. British explorer Wilfred Thesiger inspired the two. The film on tour is a shortened version of the full film.
“Sun Dog” is about a skier riding the lines in Bariloche, Argentina, with his dog. Congo the dog leads skier Santiago Guzman is lead through the mountains. Conga runs up and down the mountains just as fast as Guzman can go down. The film is truly about man’s best friend.
Saturday February 28 – 7 p.m.
Paraglider Jean-Baptiste Chandelier tackles challenging and unique flying sequences all around the world in “Touch.” Chandelier goes urban flying over Santorini, Greece. He goes “acro style” flying through the cold Aigulle de Midi mountain above Chamonix, France. He also tries flying right above the road in Col Du Galibier, France, as he passes bikers and cars and even lands on a tour bus before taking off again doing “downhill style.”
Mending the Line
“Mending the Line” follows 90-year-old WWII vet Frank Moore as he travels back to Normandy, France, with his wife, Jeanne, and their son, Frankie. Frank dreamed of fishing a creek he saw as a young man marching through France. The film follows him returning to fulfill his lifelong dream. While the story is about fishing, it’s also about the love that Frank and Jeanne have shared for more than 70 years.
Kai Lightner is a 14-year-old international award-winning rock climber. Lightner has been climbing since he was 6 years old, with support from his single mom, Connie. Lightner and his mother have had an agreement that if he keeps his grades she will support his hobby.
Backcountry skier Andreas Fransson loves being outdoors in the mountains. Fransson talks about how his adventures in the mountains have made him grateful for all things, and even through his failures, he keeps seeking the rewards of the mountains.
And then we Swam
James Adair and Ben Stenning, two men who have no experience in rowing, set out to cross the Indian Ocean by rowing. The two signed up to be a part of a race to cross the Indian Ocean that took them 116 days before disaster struck just 8 km from the end. Adair and Stenning were the first to ever row across the Indian Ocean without a support boat.
Wild Women: Faith Dickey
Faith Dickey does highlining, also known as slacklining. In this episode of “Wild Women,” Dickey does a record-breaking solo highline. Dickey holds every women’s’ world record in highlining and was the first woman to do more than 100 meters.
Pete McBride goes on a stand-up paddle boarding trip on the length of the Colorado River. This part of the river had been dry for years when an agreement between the United States and Mexico put water back into it. In Spring 2014 the Morelos Dam was opened to let less than 1 percent of the river’s flow free into the Colorado River Delta, the last stretch of the river that leads to the Gulf of California. The agreement allowed the Colorado River to reach the ocean again for the first time in over two decades.
Caleb Brousseau was paralyzed in a snowboarding accident in 2007. He has since then learned to live with his disability and has taken on challenges many wouldn’t believe possible for a person with paralyzed legs. Brousseau took up kayaking after becoming paralyzed and has not let his disability limit him.
Sufferfest 2: Desert Alpine
In this sequel, Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright are back again. In the first “Sufferfest” the two biked through California in their first-ever long-distance bike trip and climbed the 15 tallest peaks in California along the way. Now in “Sufferfest 2,” Honnold and Wright try to tackle 45 of the American Southwest’s most iconic desert towers via their most difficult routes. Honnold and Wright travel through Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona in “Sufferfest 2.”
“Afterglow” is the first of its kind — a cinematographic experience like no other. Afterglow is a ski movie filmed entirely at night with LED suits, lights and more in Alaska and British Columbia.
Banff Mountain Film Festival will play at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28 in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and children under the age of 12 and $11 for general admission. At the door tickets are $10 for students and children and $16 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at www.uaatix.com or at the Student Union Info Desk.