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RED PROGRAM

GOOD MORNING (2018, France, 4 minutes) Filmmaker: PVS Company; Maxime Moulin, Antoine Frioux, Richard Permin

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.

Aaron Hitchins © T. Widing

THE MOTIVATOR (2019, US, 5 minutes) Filmmaker: Rockhouse Motion – Aaron Hitchins  •

Filmmaker Aaron Hitchins turns his camera on the person who has motivated him to lead a life connected to the outdoors: his mother, Maureen.

THABANG 8 (2019, South Africa, 13 minutes) Filmmaker: Hannah Slezacek & Dean Leslie (Producers), Dean Leslie (Director, [Wandering Fever]

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.

Jeff Clark © T. Widing

CAMEL FINDS WATER (2019, US, 9 minutes) Filmmaker: Ian Durkin and Trevor Gordon

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.

Spectre Expedition Film © T. Widing

SPECTRE EXPEDITION – MISSION ANTARCTICA (2019, UK, 36 minutes) Filmmaker: Sender Films, Leo Houlding; Some profanity.

 1000 miles, 200+ kgs, 65 days, 3 mates, 1 mountain. Unsupported, using snow-kites to travel great distance, with massive loads at speeds up to 60 kmph 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.

**INTERMISSION**

A NORDIC SKATER (2018, Lithuania, 5 minutes) Filmmaker: Paulius Neverbickas •

The story of a man who uses every sense he has to travel on thin ice while Nordic skating in the Oslo region of Norway. He tells the story of how the little known sport of Nordic skating came to play a big part in his life.

THE LONG RIVER HOME (2019, USA, 20 minutes) Filmmaker: Timmy O’Neill, Big Cedar Media – Seth Dahl

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.

THE RUNNING PASTOR 9 (2019, USA, 9 minutes) Filmmaker: Camp4 Collective, Tim Kemple

Sverri is a local Pastor and avid runner who uses his time on the trails to work through not only his own personal conflicts, but the conflicts of others he often is burdened with.

Hugh Simpson © T. Widing

MYRTLE SIMPSON: A LIFE ON ICE (TOUR EDIT) (2019, US, 25 minutes) Filmmaker: Andrew Cahill & Leigh Anne Sides

Myrtle Simpson – trailblazer, pioneer, adventurer, mountain climber, polar explorer, writer, and mother. From Spitzbergen to Greenland, from the North Pole to the Highlands of Scotland, from New Zealand to Peru, Myrtle blazed her own trail. She experienced places most people only dream about, all while writing 13 books, collecting specimens for museum botanical collections and raising four children.

HORS PISTE (2018, France, 6 minutes) Filmmaker: Ecole des Nouvelles Images: Léo Brunew, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet

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…

BLUE PROGRAM

CHARGE (2019, Canada, 5 minutes) Filmmaker: Mike Douglas, Mike Gamble, Anthony Bonello (Switchback Entertainment)

Four top freeskiers and a World Champion drone pilot are dropped at Chatter Creek, BC for one week. Their instructions: charge as hard as you can everyday.

BAYANDALAI- LORD OF THE TAIGA (2018, Spain, 11 minutes) Filmmaker: Lara Izagirre Garizurieta, Aner Etxebarria Moral & Pablo Vidal Santos

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.

THE IMAGINARY LINE (2019, USA, 11 minutes) Filmmaker: Kylor Melton

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. In a world that is constantly tearing us apart, they come together to cross an imaginary line and tell a different story.

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)

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.

**INTERMISSION**

BILLDER (2019, Canada, 6 minutes) Filmmaker: Catherine Legros, Scott Secco

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.

HUNZA: SKI AND CULTURE IN PAKISTAN (TOUR EDIT) (2018, France, 33 minutes) Filmmaker: Alexis Blaise and Sam Favret, Invade Media

Get on board with Sam Favret, Leo Slemett and Julien Herry as they set off on a vibrant freeriding and cultural adventure in the remote Hunza Valley, way off the beaten track.

Inigo Grasset © T. Widing

CIRCLE OF THE SUN (2019, Germany, 5 minutes) Filmmaker: Lena Stoffel

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.

Eddie Fowke © T. Widing

REEL ROCK 13: UP TO SPEED (2018, USA, 20 minutes) Filmmaker: Peter Mortimer, Zachary Barr, Nick Rosen (Sender Films)

 When climbing was announced as part of the 2020 Olympics, it was a monumental occasion for the sport. But many climbers were shocked to learn that one of three combined events required to compete for a speed medal is …speed climbing.

GREEN PROGRAM

THE FLIP (2019, USA, 3 minutes) Filmmaker: Reed Rickert

 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.  

THE LADAKH PROJECT (2019, Austria, 13 minutes) Filmmaker: David Arnaud and Corinna Halloran (Red Bull)

 Seven days, three rivers, one woman. This is the story of Nouria Newman’s solo kayak adventure in the Indian Himalaya.

Greg Balkin © T. Widing

SAFE HAVEN (2018, US, 8 minutes) Filmmaker: Wondercamp; Tim Kressin, Davis Goslin

Founded on the belief that everyone is welcome, Memphis Rox opened a climbing gym to challenge stereotypes and be at the center of the city’s revitalization.

Pete McBride © T. Widing

INTO THE CANYON (TOUR EDIT) (2019, USA, 45 minutes) Filmmaker: Pete McBride, Amanda Pollak (Insignia Films); Some profanity.

Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko tell a story of extreme physical hardship where the bonds of friendship are stretched and the timeless beauty of the Grand Canyon becomes meditation and ultimately a cautionary tale for our complex relationship with the natural world.

**INTERMISSION**

SIBLINGS (2019, Canada, 3 minutes) Filmmakers: Mike Hopkins, Scott Carlson

A short coming of age film that celebrates childhood and the relationship between siblings.

LHOTSE (2019, USA, 23 minutes) Filmmaker: Dutch Simpson, Rob Wassmer, Kaki Or (Field Day Studios)

 It’s not always what we achieve that defines us, rather it is why we achieve such things that creates clarity in our existence. In 2018, Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison completed the first ski descent of the 27,940-foot Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world. This is their story.

LIFE OF PIE 6 (2019, USA, 12 minutes) Filmmaker: Felt Soul Media – Ben Knight, Travis Rummel

When Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to the tiny, conservative high desert town of Fruita, Colorado almost twenty years ago, it was not on the map as far as mountain biking was concerned and they were on the fringe and a bit ostracized. Now they’re at the very heart and soul of the community.

Mike Wilkinson © T. Widing

GONE TOMORROW: KENTUCKY ICE CLIMBING (2019, US, 20 minutes) Filmmaker: Mike Wilkinson; Some profanity.

 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.