If you’re a fan of the great outdoors — and in partcular, the outdoors in a mountain setting — the annual Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour is right up your alley.
The festival will be returning to Lethbridge for its 18th year, showing at the renovated Yates Memorial Centre Jan. 9-11 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), with films starting at 7 p.m. each evening.
It’s an opportunity for Lethbridge audiences to view some of the best outdoor adventure entertainment in the world, including several films highlighting mountain culture.
Festival organizer Sheila Braund of the Lethbridge Public Library said in a news release, “This year’s program celebrates stories told through the eyes of artists from around the globe — highlighting exciting adventures and remote journeys.”
If you don’t have your tickets yet, they are now on sale only at the Lethbridge Public Library, Main Branch, and are not available online or by phone.
Ticket prices are, for adults, $20 per show or $50 for all three nights; and for seniors 65-plus and children 12 and under, $15 per show or $40 for all three nights.
Following is the festival’s film schedule, which can also be found at lethlib.ca/ (films are subject to change):
Thursday (January 9)
DANNY DAYCARE (2019, UK, 4 minutes)
Filmmaker: Cut Media, Stu Thomson | 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!
THABANG (2019, South Africa, 13 minutes)
Filmmaker: Hannah Slezacek & Dean Leslie (Producers), Dean Leslie (Director) [Wandering Fever]
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 scene.
A NORDIC SKATER (2018, Lithuania, 5 minutes)
Filmmaker: Paulius Neverbickas | Film Synopsis: The story of a man who uses every sense he has to travel on thin ice while Nordic skating.
INTO THE CANYON (TOUR EDIT) (2019, USA, 45 minutes) *Best Film*
Filmmaker: Pete McBride, Amanda Pollak (Insignia Films) | Film Synopsis: Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko tell a story of extreme physical hardship where the bonds of friendship are stretched.
CIRCLE OF THE SUN (2019, Germany, 5 minutes)
Filmmaker: Lena Stoffel | Film Synopsis: Steep mountains, the ocean, the sun and the aurora borealis. One rotation of the sun high in the Arctic on skis equals one day of magic.
THE IMAGINARY LINE (2019, USA, 11 minutes)
Filmmaker: Kylor Melton | Film Synopsis: In an act of political solidarity, a team from Mexico and the U.S.A assemble with the sole purpose of establishing a slackline that crosses the border between them.
CHASING MONSTERS (2019, Australia, 5 minutes)
Filmmaker: Krystle Wright | Film Synopsis: Ever considered trying to photograph a storm with over 200km/h winds? Experience the moments as photographer Nick Moir tracks America’s wildest tornadoes.
THE RUNNING PASTOR (2019, USA, 9 minutes)
Filmmaker: Camp4 Collective, Tim Kemple | Film Synopsis: Sverri is a local Pastor and avid runner who uses his time on the trails to work through conflicts.
REEL ROCK 13: UP TO SPEED (2018, USA, 20 minutes)
Filmmaker: Peter Mortimer, Zachary Barr, Nick Rosen (Sender Films) | Film Synopsis: When climbing was announced as part of the 2020 Olympics, including speed climbing, it was a monumental occasion for the sport.
LIFE OF PIE (2019, USA, 12 minutes)
Filmmaker: Felt Soul Media – Ben Knight, Travis Rummel | Film Synopsis: Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller move from the fringe of a community to the very heart and soul of it.
CHARGE (2019, Canada, 5 minutes)
Filmmaker: Mike Douglas, Mike Gamble, Anthony Bonello (Switchback Entertainment) | Film Synopsis: Four top freeskiers and a World Champion drone pilot are dropped at Chatter Creek, B.C. for one week.
Friday (January 10)
RETURN TO EARTH (TOUR EDIT) (2019, Canada, 14 minutes)
Filmmaker: Ian Dunn, Darren McCullough, Colin Jones, Darcy Wittenburg (Anthill Films)
Film Synopsis: Return to Earth proves that when we lose track of time, we can make the most of it.
CAMEL FINDS WATER (2019, US, 9 minutes) *Creative Excellence Award*
Filmmaker: Ian Durkin and Trevor Gordon | 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.
ELI (2019, USA, 6 minutes)
Filmmaker: Patagonia Films, Monika McClure | Film Synopsis: As a rancher growing up in the rugged northeast corner of the Navajo Nation with no electricity or running water, Eli Neztsosie learned through years of work what it meant to rely on discipline and endurance. Now he relies on those same skills, running long distances.
DEER 139 (TOUR EDIT) (2019, USA, 44 minutes)
Filmmaker: Samantha Dwinnell, Emilene Ostlind. Kevin Monteith, Ana Tyson, Tennessee Watson (producers);
Morgan Heim and Jayme Dittmar (directors) | Film Synopsis: Three women follow the 137 km migration path of a scruffy, pregnant mule deer doe and in the process, learn to see the world differently.
THE MOTIVATOR (2019, US, 5 minutes)
Filmmaker: Rockhouse Motion – Aaron Hitchins | 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.
ELECTRIC GREG (2019, Canada, 19 minutes)
Filmmaker: Anthony Bonello, Mike Douglas (Switchback Entertainment) | Film Synopsis: Having seen the affects of climate change first-hand, Greg Hill sets out to climb 100 peaks without burning any fossil fuels. But the question is: will it make a difference?
THE LONG RIVER HOME (2019, USA, 20 minutes)
Film Synopsis: US veterans who were injured in war come together for another mission as they guide blind Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, on a 14 day river trip in the Grand Canyon.
GONE TOMORROW: KENTUCKY ICE CLIMBING (2019, US, 20 minutes)
Filmmaker: Mike Wilkinson | Film Synopsis: A bourbon-fueled ride deep into the bushy hollers of Appalachia with a crew of harmless misfits as they race to search out and climb new ice routes before they’re gone.
HORS PISTE (2018, France, 6 minutes)
Filmmaker: Ecole des Nouvelles Images: Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet
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 planned…
Saturday (January 11)
DEFIANCE (2019, Canada, 13 minutes)
Filmmaker: Sherpas Cinema | Film Synopsis: A short snowboarding documentary featuring three of the world’s best snowboarders riding some of the steepest terrain in Canada.
BAYANDALAI – LORD OF THE TAIGA (2018, Spain, 11 minutes)
Filmmaker: Lara Izagirre Garizurieta, Aner Etxebarria Moral & Pablo Vidal Santos | Film Synopsis: From inside his yurt deep within the heart of the Taiga, an elder of the Dukhas tribe muses about the significance of life and death in the largest forest on Earth. He is the last of the great reindeer herders of the Taiga.
SAFE HAVEN (2018, US, 8 minutes)
Filmmaker: Wondercamp; Tim Kressin, Davis Goslin | Film Synopsis: Founded on the belief that everyone is welcome, Memphis Rox opened a climbing gym to challenge stereotypes and be vital to the city’s revitalization.
SPECTRE EXPEDITION – MISSION ANTARCTICA (2019, UK, 36 minutes)
Filmmaker: Sender Films, Leo Houlding | Film Synopsis: This is the epic tale of Leo Houlding, Jean Burgun &
Mark Sedon’s daring dream to reach the summit of the most remote mountain on Earth; The Spectre, Antarctica.
THE FLIP (2019, USA, 3 minutes)
Filmmaker: Reed Rickert | 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.
LHOTSE (2019, USA, 23 minutes)
Filmmaker: Dutch Simpson, Rob Wassmer, Kaki Or (Field Day Studios) | Film Synopsis: Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison complete the first ski descent of the 27,940-foot Lhotse, the fourthhighest mountain in the world.
BILLDER (2019, Canada, 6 minutes)
Filmmaker: Catherine Legros, Scott Secco | Film Synopsis: Billder tells the story of Bill McLane, a mountain bike trail builder. We’ll find out what trails mean to him and how his work impacts his community.
MYRTLE SIMPSON: A LIFE ON ICE (TOUR EDIT) (2019, US, 25 minutes)
Filmmaker: Andrew Cahill & Leigh Anne Sides | Film Synopsis: Myrtle Simpson – trailblazer, pioneer, adventurer, mountain climber, polar explorer, writer, and mother. She experienced places most people only dream about, all while writing 13 books, collecting specimens for botanical collections and raising four children.
SURFER DAN (2018, USA, 8 minutes)
Filmmaker: Camp4 Collective | Film Synopsis: In a time when it can feel like you need to fly to the opposite side of the globe to find adventure and challenge, Surfer Dan proves that with dedication, grit and a little creativity you might already have all you need outside you own backdoor.
GOOD MORNING (2018, France, 4 minutes)
Filmmaker: PVS Company; Maxime Moulin, Antoine Frioux, Richard Permin | 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.