Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Feb 28-29

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On February 28-29, 2020, Rocky Mountain Wild will team up with San Juan Citizens Alliance for Durango’s stop of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, a program of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

This event features two nights of award-winning adventure, environmental, exploration, and mountain culture films from around the world. Each night will feature different films, so you’ll want to attend both nights! On top of great films, there are opportunities to win gear, gift cards, classes, and epic adventures in the raffle and silent auction.

Proceeds from this event benefit Rocky Mountain Wild and San Juan Citizens Alliance, and are used to help keep Wolf Creek pass wild!

When: February 28-29, Reception 6:00 pm, Films: 7:00 pm
Where: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Dr., Durango, CO 81301
Tickets: Tickets are available through Durango Concerts for $15 per night plus applicable fees. Get your tickets for Friday and/or Saturday before they run out!
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Film Schedule

Friday, February 28

Film still from the film Charge

Charge – 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. (2019, Canada, 5 minutes)

Film still from the film Life of Pie
Photograph by Carl Zoch

Life of Pie – 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. (2019, USA, 12 minutes)

Photo from the film Surfer Dan
Photograph by TK Merrell

Surfer Dan – Tim Kemple, Camp4 Collective
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 your own backdoor. (2018, USA, 8 minutes)

Film still from the film Into the Canyon
Photograph by Pete McBride

Into the Canyon (Tour Edit) – Pete McBride, Amanda Pollak (Insignia Films)
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 medication and ultimately a cautionary tale for our complex relationship with the natural world. (2019, USA, 45 minutes)

Film still from the film Siblings

Siblings – Mike Hopkins, Scott Carlson
A short coming of age film that celebrates childhood and the relationship between siblings. (2019, Canada, 3 minutes)

Image from the film Eli
Photograph by Ace Kvale

Eli – Patagonia Films, Monika McClure
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. (2019, USA, 6 minutes)

Film still from the film The Ladakh Project

The Ladakh Project – 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. (2019, Austria, 13 minutes)

A film still from the film A Nordic Skater

A Nordic Skater – 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 of his life. (2018, Lithuania, 5 minutes)

Film still from the film The Flip

The Flip – 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. (2019, USA, 3 minutes).

Picture from Reel Rock 13: Up to Speed
Photograph by Eddie Fowke

Reel Rock 13: Up to Speed – 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 medal is…speed climbing. (2018, USA, 20 minutes)

Saturday, February 29

Film still from the film Hors Piste

Hors Piste – Ecole des Nouvelles Images: Léo Brunel, 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… (2018, France, 6 minutes)

Image from the film Opening the Earth: The Potato King
Photograph by Aaron Ebner

Opening the Earth: The Potato King – Eric Ebner, Aaron Ebner (Directors), Paul J Lynch, Jenna Semenoff (Producers)
Julio Hancco is a guardian of biodiversity, critical to the survival of humanity. He represents a people, a culture, and a way of life that is being lost to modernization. Will their culture survive? Or will it all be lost with the last Potato King? (2018, USA, 13 minutes)

Image from the film Camel Finds Water
Photograph by Jeremy Koreski

Camel Finds Water – 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. (2019, US, 9 minutes)

Film still from Spectre Expedition

Spectre Expedition: Mission Antarctica – Alastair Lee, Sender Films, Leo Houlding
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, and Mark Sedon’s daring dream to reach the summit of the most remote mountain on Earth: The Spectre, Antarctica. (2019, UK, 36 minutes)

Photograph from the film Good Morning
Photograph by Niels Saintviteux

Good Morning – 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 snow-covered rooftops of Avoriaz. (2018, France, 4 minutes)

Film still from the film Billder
Photograph by Scott Secco

Billder – 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. (2019, Canada, 6 minutes)

Image from the film The Long River Home
Photograph by Will Stauffer-Norris

The Long River Home – 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 (2019, USA, 20 minutes)

Image from the film The Motivator
Photograph by Aaron Hitchins

The Motivator – 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. (2019, USA, 5 minutes)

Image from the film Reel Rock 14: The High Road
Photograph by Brett Lowell

Reel Rock 14: The High Road – Peter Mortimer, Zachary Barr, Nick Rosen (Sender Films)
Highball bouldering ace Nina Williams flexes her guns and tests her nerves well into the no-fall zone. (2019, USA, 18 minutes)

Image from the film Danny Daycare
Photograph by Dave Mackison

Danny Daycare – Cut Media, Stu Thomson
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! (2019, UK, 4 minutes)


Interested in sponsoring this event? Check out our Sponsorship Packet and contact Susan at or 970-259-3583.

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