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BANFF Mountain Film Festival

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Wendy Williamson Auditorium at UAA
Friday, Mar 6, 2020 at 7:00 PM (AK)

Celebrate the spirit of adventure at the BANFF Mountain Film Festival. This annual festival features some of the best films about mountain sports and culture from around the world.Ticketing Information UAA Students: $5 advance / $10 door Youth (12 and under): $5 advance / $10 door General Public: $15 advance/ $20 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm!


 Friday, March 6th, 2020

Charge, 5 Minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: G 
Film Synopsis: Four top freeskiers and a World Champion drone pilot are dropped at
Chatter Creek, BC for one week. Their instructions: charge as hard as you can

Opening The Earth- The Potato King, 13 Minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: G

Film Synopsis: Julio Hancco is a guardian of biodiversity, critical to the survival of
humanity. He represents a people, a culture, and way of life that is being lost to
modernization. Will their culture survive? Or will it all be lost with the last Potato King?

Safe Haven, 8 Minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: G 
Film Synopsis: Founded on the belief that everyone is welcome, Memphis Rox
opened a climbing gym to challenge stereotypes and be at the center of the city's

Home, 47 Minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: PG 
Film Synopsis: Between 2011 and 2015 UK adventurer Sarah Outen traversed the
globe by bike, kayak and rowing boat, travelling over 32,000 km by human power
alone. The solo trip took its toll, and a violent storm on the Pacific takes Sarah to the
physical and mental brink.

Intermission, 15 Minutes

Prizes and Acknowledgments, 10 Minutes 

The Long River Home, 20 minutes, Advisory: War references, could trigger PTSD, Rating: PG 

Film Synopsis: Aaron Howell and Russell Davies are US veterans who were injured in
war and have now come together for another mission as they guide blind Navy veteran,
Lonnie Bedwell, on a 14 day river trip through 80 powerful rapids in the Grand Canyon.

Return to Earth, 14 Minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: G 
Film Synopsis: Connected by true to life examples set by some of mountain biking’s
biggest athletes, unsung shredders and up-and-coming youth, Return to Earth proves
that when we lose track of time, we can make the most of it.

Myrtle Simpson: A Life on Ice (Tour Edit), 25 Minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: G 

Film Synopsis: Myrtle Simpson - trailblazer, pioneer, adventurer, mountain climber,
polar explorer, writer, and mother. From Spitzbergen to Greenland, from the North Pole
to the Highlands of Scotland, from New Zealand to Peru, Myrtle blazed her own trail.
She experienced places most people only dream about, all while writing 13 books,
collecting specimens for museum botanical collections and raising four children.

Danny Daycare, 4 Minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: G

Film Synopsis: In his latest film Danny MacAskill takes on some child care the only
way he knows how... by taking them for a wee bike ride around Scotland!

Saturday, March 7th, 2020- At the Wendy Williamson

Good Morning, 4 minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: G 
Film Synopsis: Every day, skier Richard Permin falls into his mundane morning
routine. Right after getting out of bed, he clicks on his skis and rides down the snowcovered rooftops of Avoriaz.

The Motivator, 5 minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: G
Film Synopsis: Filmmaker Aaron Hitchins turns his camera on the person who has
motivated him to lead a life connected to the outdoors: his mother, Maureen.

Thabang, 13 Minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: G 
Film Synopsis: Thabang Madiba somehow found his way into the world of trail running
and in the last few years has become everyone’s favourite in the South African trail

The Flip, 3 Minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: G 

Film Synopsis: French Skydiver Remi Angeli must face his fears in order to explore
new expressions of movement while BASE jumping in Mexico. On the other side of his
fear he discovers life in its purest form.

Into the Canyon, 45 Minutes, Advisory: Foul Langauge, Rating: PG  
Film Synopsis: Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko tell a story of extreme physical
hardship where the bonds of friendship are stretched and the timeless beauty of the
Grand Canyon becomes meditation and ultimately a cautionary tale for our complex
relationship with the natural world.

Intermission, 15 Minutes

Prizes and acknowledgments, 10 Minutes 

Siblings, 3 Minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: G 
Film Synopsis: A short coming of age film that celebrates childhood and the
relationship between siblings.

Out On A Limb, 22 Minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: G  
Film Synopsis: Engineer Kai Lin teams up with climber Craig DeMartino to design a
badass prosthetic foot, which if they succeed won’t just level the playing field, but will
dish up, if not superpowers, then a real sense of empowerment. Which is almost the
same thing.

Lhoste, 23 Minutes, Advisory: Some Coarse Langauge, Rating: PG 
Film Synopsis: It’s not always what we achieve that defines us, rather it is why we
achieve such things that creates clarity in our existence. In 2018, Hilaree Nelson and
Jim Morrison completed the first ski descent of the 27,940-foot Lhotse, the fourthhighest mountain in the world. This is their story.

Camel Finds Water, 9 Minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: PG
Film Synopsis: Trevor found the hull of an abandoned fishing boat in a field. He
brought it home and built it back to a sea-worthy state over the course of a summer.
Then, he took it on its maiden voyage to British Columbia in search of waves.

Hors Piste, 6 Minutes, Advisory: None, Rating: G  
Film Synopsis: The two best mountain rescue workers of the region are ready for their
new mission. Despite their professionalism and their determination, it will not go as

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Online ticket sales ended on 3/6/2020 at 7:00 PM (AK)

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