2018 Banff Films Program A

Adventure 16 – 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival

Film Program A:
Films are in no particular order and are subject to change without notice.


WHERE THE WILD THINGS PLAY (2017, USA, 4 minutes) 
Filmmaker: Krystle Wright
Website: krystlewright.com 
Classification: General
Focus: Mountain sports – female leads 
Film Synopsis: There’s an ongoing discussion of why there aren’t more females in the adventure industry; whether it’s in big mountain skiing, climbing, or whitewater kayaking. Well, it’s about time we found out Where the Wild Things Play!

KILIAN (2016, Canada, 14 minutes) 
Filmmaker: Anthony Bonello, Switchback Entertainment Inc; 
Website: switchbackentertainment.com
Classification: General
Focus: Skiing 
Film Synopsis: Kilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn’t consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run the Seven Summits of Romsdalen in a single day, a 77 kilometre route with 9,000 metres of elevation gain.

DREAMWALKERS – THE FAROES PROJECT (TOUR EDIT) (2017, Australia, 17 minutes) Filmmaker: Chris Eyre-Walker, Chris Eyre-Walker Photography
Website: chriseyrewalker.com 
Classification: General
Focus: Slacklining 
Film Synopsis: Four friends set out on an adventure to be the first to highline in one of the most unlikely of places: the Faroe Islands.

ASCEND (2017, USA, 6 minutes) 
Filmmaker: Simon Perkins, Sharptail Media
Website: sharptailmedia.com 
Classification: General
Focus: Biking 
Film Synopsis: As a young adult, Jon Wilson lost his leg to cancer. Mountain biking has played a critical role in helping him sink his teeth back into life.

LOVED BY ALL: THE STORY OF APA SHERPA (2017, Canada, 14 minutes) 
Filmmaker: Sherpas Cinema
Website: sherpascinema.com
Classification: General
Focus: Culture 
Film Synopsis: Apa Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest 21 times, but he wouldn’t wish this upon anybody. Having grown up in the remote Khumbu region of Nepal, Apa was forced to leave school and work as a porter at the age of 12. For Nepal’s rural people, the income earned as a high altitude porter conflicts with the dreams made possible only through education and knowledge.

WHY (2016, France, 7 minutes) 
Filmmaker: Hugo Clouzeau, We Are Hungry
Website: wearehungry.fr
Classification: PG – Nudity
Focus: Kayaking 
Film Synopsis: Iceland. A cold, rugged and forbidding landscape where powerful rivers plunge through bedrock gorges, over massive waterfalls toward the sea. A crew of French kayakers travel here to ask the question, “Why? Why do we do this?”

PEDAL (2017, USA, 8 minutes) 
Filmmaker: Scott Hardesty, Ultralite Films
Website: ultralitefilms.com
Classification: General
Focus: Bikepacking 
Film Synopsis: Forty-three countries down, Hera van Willick rides her bicycle across continents, fully self-supported, sharing her journey and what she has learned along the way.

EDGES (2016, USA, 9 minutes) 
Filmmaker: Katie Stjernholm, Balcony Nine Media
Website: edgesfilm.com 
Classification: General
Focus: culture, skating 
Film Synopsis: At the ripe old age of 90, Yvonne Dowlen has been ice skating for as long as she can remember. Edges is a celebration of a life well lived.

WINTER ON THE BLADE (TOUR EDIT) (2017, Australia, 30 minutes) 
Filmmaker: Simon Bischoff, Video Compass
Website: videocompass.info 
Classification: PG – Coarse Language and Nudity
Focus: Climbing 
Film Synopsis: 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. And Mark Savage and his intrepid team of climbers hope to summit during the wettest winter on record.

IMAGINATION: TOM WALLISCH (2017, Canada, 5 minutes) 
Filmmaker: Sherpas Cinema
Website: sherpascinema.com 
Classification: General
Awards: Best Film: Snow Sports (sponsored by Boréale Explorers)
Focus: Street Skiing 
Film Synopsis: Have you ever been that little kid sitting in the back seat of your parents’ car, wishing you were somewhere else? So you imagine a skier on the side of the road, your fingers commanding back flips and roof drops, improbable rail slides and huge airs. Well, what if your imagination came to life?