Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Film Festival: Banff Mountain Film Festival

Film Festivals

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Banff, Canada

For the fourth time since the Banff Mountain Film Festival has come to Morgantown, West Virginia, we have attended.

It is always an incredible experience with lots of friends and family (we take up an entire row in the theater!) that leaves us all uplifted, inspired, and motivated.

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The Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Jason even won a copy of The Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

The line-up this year seemed a bit better than last year with my favorites being Take a Seat

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Copyrighted photo and synopsis taken from the Banff Mountain site

Special Jury Mention
UK, 2009, 46 minutes
Directed by Ed Stobart, Dominic Gill
Produced by Lucy Wilcox

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Dominic Gill’s mission is to cycle the 32,000 kilometres from the northern coast of Alaska to the southern tip of South America, on a tandem bike, picking up random strangers on the way. A gripping tale of two years and two continents, full of extraordinary characters and incidents.


and First Ascent: Alone on the Wall

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Copyrighted photo and synopsis taken from the Banff Mountain site

USA, 2009, 24 minutes
Directed and produced by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen

After gaining international climbing renown for his landmark free-solo of Moonlight Buttress (V, 5 .12+, 9 pitches) in Zion National Park, Utah, in April 2008, 24-year-old Alex Honnold moves on to his next big challenge: the first free-solo of the Regular Northwest Face (VI, 5 .12a, 23 pitches) on Yosemite’s Half Dome.

Other films in the line-up included:
MedeoZ
Kranked - Revolve
The Ultimate Skiing Showdown
Rowing the Atlantic
Deep/Shinsetsu
Project Megawoosh

One of these years we'll get to the Banff Centre in Canada and enjoy the entire festival, including the writing events.

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