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Banff Mountain Film Festival – New York City

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St.
New York, NY
7:30pm: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

Wednesday, March 2, 3, 4, and 5, 2014

Note: the films Sunday and Tuesday will be the same and the films Monday and Wednesday will be the same and films

Banff Film Festival 2014


Sunday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Split Of A Second

Sweden, 2012, 8 minutes Filmmakers: Björn Fävremark and John Boisen Website: Classification: General, no advisory 99.9% of time is spent in preparation for living a few moments of joy. The other .1% is to only be here now, and step off that cliff!

Down The Line

Canada, 2012, 22 minutes Filmmakers: Francois‐Xavier ‘Fix’ De Ruydts, De Ruydts Photography Website: Classification: General, no advisory None of these deep slot canyons and magnificent waterfalls have ever been explored ‐ and once in, the only way out is down.

North of the Sun (Nordfor Sola)

Grand Prize Winner – sponsored by MEC People's Choice Award – sponsored by Treksta Dolby Audio Award Norway, 2012, 46 minutes Filmmakers: Inge Wegge and Anne Bergseng Website: Classification: General, coarse language Tucked between the cold Atlantic Ocean and the rocky slopes of a remote, arctic island, two young Norwegian adventurers discover their own private playground. They build themselves a cabin out of flotsam while clearing the beach of debris, then spend the long winter skiing and surfing in the haunting low light.

Poor Man's Heli

Canada, 2013, 6 minutes Filmmakers: Mike Douglas, Switchback Entertainment Website: Classification: General, no advisory A group of skiers launch themselves across a valley via paragliders to the remote slopes.

The Last Ice Merchant – El Ultimo Hielero

Best Film – Mountain Environment and Natural History – Sponsored by Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative USA, 2012, 14 minutes Filmmakers: Jeremy Yaches and Sandy Patch Website: Classification: General, no advisory When Baltazar Ushca dies, the long‐lived tradition of harvesting glacial ice from the tallest mountain in Ecuador will die with him. Every action is tenderly portrayed as Baltazar steadfastly wraps his bounty in hay and loads it on his donkey for delivery to his loyal customers.

Flow: The Elements of Freeride

USA, 2013, 3 minutes Filmmakers: Oly Mingo Website: Classification: General, no advisory Follow Geophysicist Rex Flake on a high-adrenaline mountain bike ride through the Cascade Mountains as he identifies the flora, fauna, and geology of this cinematic region. Uniquely edited without the typical hard core soundtrack, Flow uses creative graphics and sound design to bring the viewer uncomfortably close to the action.

I am Red

USA, 2013, 4 minutes Filmmakers: Peter McBride Website: Classification: General, no advisory A visual poem of the Colorado River delivers a simple yet powerful message.

Last Great Climb

Best Film – Climbing – Sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada UK, 2013, 26 minutes Filmmakers: Alastair Lee Website: Classification: General, no advisory

The Questions We Ask

Canada, 2013, 3 minutes Filmmakers: Kalum Ko, Bruce Kirkby, Jeff Pew Website: Classification: General, no advisory Bruce Kirkby crosses the Pacific from Vancouver to Victoria on a stand-up paddleboard, and ponders what adventure means to him.

Monday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 5, 2014



USA, 2012, 8 minutes Filmmakers: Anson Fogel, Skip Armstrong, Shannon Ethridge (Camp4 Collective) Website: Classification: General, no advisory Paddler and cinematographer alike explore a world beyond the unexpected ... and find perfection

Keeper of the Mountains (Special Edit)

Special Jury Mention USA, 2013, 16 minutes Filmmakers: Allison Otto, Scott McElroy Website: Classification: General, no advisory Elizabeth Hawley bucked the conventions of her time by settling alone in Kathmandu in 1960, where she began chronicling Himalayan expeditions for The Himalayan Database. Even as she turns 90, she continues to update these records with rigorous accuracy and dedication.

Heaven's Gate

Best Film – Mountain Sports – Sponsored by Live Out There Finland, 2013, 48 minutes Filmmakers: Iiro Seppanen, Nic Good, Pan Pacific Entertainment Website: Classification: Parental Guidance, coarse language A group of wingsuit pilots gather at Tianmen Mountain in China, the birthplace of the dream of human flight, to attempt an intimidating feat – flying through the sacred site known as Heaven’s Gate, an archway carved out of the mountain. As Jeb Corliss drops from a helicopter and soars toward the opening, nearly a half-billion people hold their breath.

The Burn

Canada, 2012, 6 minutes Filmmakers: Mike Douglas, Jeff Thomas, Switchback Entertainment Website: Classification: General, no advisory Fire frees new lines for skiers, who revel in the newly-charred forest.  

Return to the Tepius

USA, 2013, 9 minutes Filmmakers: Joe Riis and Jenny Nichols, Pongo Media Website: Classification: General, no advisory A wee pebble toad living in the crevices of the tepuis of South America is the missing link to understanding the age of the species as well as the age of the tepuis themselves.

The Beauty of the Irrational

South Africa, 2012, 6 minutes Filmmakers: Dean Leslie, Greg Fell, The African Attachment Website: Classification: General, no advisory Running in the wilds of Namibia can be primal ‐ as utterly simple and beautiful as it is daunting and irrational.

Sea of Rock

Switzerland, 2012, 12 minutes Filmmakers: Sebastian Doerk, Infinite Trails Production Website: Classification: General, no advisory A bicycle found lodged on a climbing route in the Austrian Alps inspires two expert riders to follow in the treads of the early cyclists, down the über-gnarly slopes of the Sea of Rock.

Spice Girl (Reel Rock 8)

USA, 2013, 24 minutes Filmmakers: Josh Lowell, Alex Lowther, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen Website: Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language The UK climbing scene is known for its strict traditional ethic, yielding super sketchy, dangerous routes, and a competitive machismo. It’s the last place you’d expect to find a nice little blond girl putting all the lads to shame, but Hazel Findlay is doing just that. The first woman to climb the British grade of E9, Hazel is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear, and big runouts.


Best Short Mountain Film ‐ Sponsored by The North Face USA, 2013, 5 minutes Filmmakers: Nasa Koski, Austin Siadak, Matthe Van Biene, Fitz Cahall Website: Classification: General, coarse language 35 routes in one day to celebrate 35 years of life? Why not? Take the birthday challenge!
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