Posted on 06 December 2010 by SomeGood
I previously posted about the 2010 Banff Film Festival but I finally had my chance to see a selection of the films when the Alpine Club of Canada recently hosted the World Tour in Vancouver. I was not disappointed. They chose an excellent entertaining selection for the North Vancouver event. There is still a lot of showings across the country so check this link and mark your calendar.
The night started with ‘Kranked Kids’ which is a short, light hearted parody of some young kids shuttling trails on the Sunshine Coast. Bjorn Enga and his son introduced his film and their infectious spirit helped the positive vibe roll right into the film.
Next up was a edited selection of ‘Deeper’ by Jeremy Jones and Teton Gravity Research. Jeremy and friends probe deeper in the backcountry without the typical aid of helicopters and snowmobiles as used in most ski and snowboard movies.
‘Eastern Rises’ by Felt Should Media won Best Film on Mountain Sports and was the third film of the night. It shared the journey and a bunch of trout fly fishermens trip to the extremely remote and pristine Kamchatka Pennisula in eastern Russia. A hack fly fisher myself I previously thought watching fly fishing would be like watching golf IE boring, but the story was highly entertaining.
‘As It Happens’ by Renan Ozturk and Corey Richards was one of my favourite selections. It was originally produced as a series of web dispatches from the field as Renan and Corey climbed a new route on the 6000m Tawoche Himal in Nepal. It was an impressive project especially considering the difficulties in the remoteness and altitude.
‘Into Darkness’ by John Waller gave viewers a rare glimpse into the unworldly reality of caving. Sometimes a bit uncomfortable due to the extremely confined spaces the explorers had to crawl through and other times breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring.
‘Dream Result’ by Rush Sturges and Tyler Bradt features the two whitewater paddlers and friends tackle some of the biggest and baddest rivers and waterfalls around the world. There’s a lot of amazing footage but Bradt steals the show when he drops Palouse Falls, WA and sets the world record for the highest drop in a kayak. He dropped 56m and only broke his paddle. Remarkable. This selection won the People’s Choice Award at the Radical Reels Night at the BMFF.
‘Life Cycles’ by Ryan Gibb is one of the most visually stunning mountain bike films ever produced. It takes viewers on an amazing journey as it celebrates the bicycle and riding trails.
The Longest Way by Christoph Rehage is a short, quirky and very entertaining film about Christoph’s hike across much of China. It is a series of self portraits and won Best Short Mountain Film.