A revisit to the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival – Australian Program 2018 movies via YouTube.
Imagination: Tom Wallisch
CAN, 5 mins
We’ve all been that kid sitting in the back seat of our family car, wishing we were somewhere else. Through the boredom, the driveway snow piles, sidewalk handrails and stair sets start to tease our inner skier. Watch day dreams come to life as Tom Wallisch shreds the snowy streets of Nelson, British Columbia.
Loved by all: The story of Apa Sherpa
CAN, 5 mins
Every spring the summit of Mount Everest draws people from around the world. But in its shadow live the Sherpa, a resilient, religious people, who, despite the riches surrounding the highest peak on earth, are still quite poor and uneducated.
A child of the Khumbu, Apa Sherpa climbed Everest 21 times. Pulled away at the age of 12 to work as a high altitude porter, like so many others, he would leave his family for months, risking his life on the mountain. Through his work at the Apa Sherpa Foundation, he aims to create a different future for his people.
As Apa says, “without education we have no choice.”
🎞 Virtual Reality version of the movie:
DugOut (Tour Edition)
UK, 41 mins
British duo Ben Sadd and James Trundle decide to travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an indigenous community, learn from them how to build a canoe from scratch, then take that canoe on a journey… What could go wrong?
This was my film of the night.
🎞 VIMEO On Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/dugout
Surf the Line
FRA, 3 mins
For The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life. The latest video from this multi-talented collective sees them head to the Vercors mountain range in their homeland, where they slice through the air on a 600m-high highline, reaching speeds of up to 75kph zipline-style before using their BASE-jumping skills to dismount with impressive grace and style.
Winter on the Blade
AUS, 30 mins
It’s not the tallest mountain in the world, it’s not even the tallest in Australia, but fewer people get to the summit of Tasmania’s Federation Peak these days then get to the summit of Mt Everest. Yet Mark Savage and an intrepid team hope to summit during the wettest winter on record.
USA, 8 mins
Forty-three countries down, Hera Van Willick rides her bicycle across continents, fully self-supported. This is her journey and what she has learned along the way.
USA, 25 mins
Climber Maureen Beck may have been born missing her lower left arm, but that hasn’t stopped her from going hard. She pushes her ‘stump’ to the limit, tackling the tough grade of 5.12, while sinking the occasional early morning beer. She isn’t making excuses for herself though. “I don’t want to just be a good one-armed climber,” says Maureen. “I want to be a good climber.”
🎞 VIMEO On Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/mostumped