2007/08 Banff Mountain Film Festival International Tour
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is on the road and Paddy Pallin brings us the Banff 2008 featuring a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking active, environmental, and adventure mountain films.
Where and When:
Melbourne: 10 & 11 June
RMIT Capitol Theatre,113 Swanston st
Tickets for all screenings – $30.00
THIS YEAR’S FILMS:
Canada, 2006, 11 minutes
Directed and produced by Paul Cotton
Rating: Parental Guidance – No advisory
Balance profiles the rapidly growing world of new-school skiing, looking at all aspects of the sport: big mountain lines, terrain parks and half-pipes, and jibbing. This film captures the athletes’ desires to push the edge of their abilities while facing the obvious safety risks associated with high calibre skiing. With high-energy footage cut to an upbeat soundtrack, the audience is challenged to judge whether these athletes are crazy or just extremely talented, or maybe both.
- Trial and Error
People’s Choice Award for Radical Reels
Canada, 2006, 8 minutes
Directed by Bjørn Enga
Produced by Radical Films
Focus: Mountain Biking, environment
Mountain biker Ryan Leech sets out to ride an incredibly difficult trail in the coastal mountains of British Columbia. With the valley slated for clearcut logging, Trial & Error combines Ryan’s extraordinary riding with his thoughts about the very special location.
Norway, 2006, 15 minutes
Directed and produced by Morten Gjerstad
Entropy follows some of the world’s best snowkiting riders as they search for the ultimate snow and wind conditions across the globe. Along the way, they reinvent snowkiting by taking a new-school approach and pushing the limit of wakestyle manoeuvres.
- Ain’t Got No Friends on a Powder Day
Switzerland, 2007, 5 minutes
Directed and produced by Nicolas Falquet and Loris Falquet
Loris is a “classic” freerider. Jean-Yves, however, has a more or less “accidental” style. This film draws a parallel between two styles and two approaches to the same mountain, which are otherwise worlds apart.
- 20 Seconds of Joy
Best Film on Mountain Sports and People’s Choice Award
Germany, 2007, 60 minutes
Directed by Jens Hoffmann
Produced by Clenonice Comino
Focus: BASE jumping, Human Narrative
Rating: Parental Guidance – Coarse Language
“I don’t want to die, I want to live. I’m pretty good at running away, and this is my escape!” This is how Karina Hollekim describes her dedication to BASE jumping. Documentary film maker Jens Hoffman first met the now 30-year-old Norwegian in 2002. He immediately started to film, accompanying her through many stages of her BASE-jumping career, until it comes to a sudden stop, changing all aspects of her life.
UK, 2005, 7 minutes
Directed by Sharon Colman
Produced by Jamie Wolpert
The tale of a badger who just wants the world to let him sleep.
- Ice Mines
Canada, 2007, 30 minutes
Directed and Produced by Will Gadd
Focus: Ice Climbing
Rating: Parental Guidance – Course Language
What’s an ice climber to do in the age of global warming? Go underground. Deep underground. Five years ago Will Gadd heard rumours of ice hidden in the blackness of abandoned mines in Sweden. Gadd and his friend Andreas Spak explore the mines, finding challenges, danger, and amazing ice formations.
- King Lines Es Pontas
USA, 2007, 13 minutes
Directed and Produced by Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer
Website: www.senderfilms.com, www.bigupproductions.com
A segment from King Lines, filmed on location in Mallorca, Spain. This spectacular segment captures Chris Sharma’s challenging ascent of the Es Pontas arch. Deep water soloing at its best.