Press Release: Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to Durango on September 16-17

For Immediate Release:

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world! Hot on the heels of the Festival that is held every fall in beautiful Banff, Alberta, the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road. With stops planned in about 550 communities and more than 40 countries across the globe, the Banff World Tour celebrates amazing achievements in outdoor storytelling and filmmaking worldwide!

From the over 400 entries submitted to the Festival each year, award-winners and audience favorites are among the films that are carefully selected to play in theatres around the world. 

Traveling to remote vistas, analyzing topical environmental issues, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

Join Rocky Mountain Wild and San Juan Citizens Alliance when Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Durango at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on September 16 and 17.

Proceeds will support both organizations’ work to keep Wolf Creek Pass wild.

The Durango stop will feature films such as:

On Friday, September 16:

  • A Dog’s Tale (Tour Edit). There’s something primal about the feeling of the forest floor under your paws and smelling a thousand different smells all at once. The freedom of the trail is what we long for.
  • Can’t Beat This Place for Fun. Fretwater Boatworks is keeping the tradition of wooden dory building alive! These beautiful boats honor the dreams of Grand Canyon pioneer Martin Litton and encourage advocacy to help preserve these wild places.
  • Precious Leader Woman. This is snowboarder Spencer O’Brien’s story from childhood to the world stage, coming full circle to embrace her identity and Indigenous heritage as she pushes forward, bringing her heart and soul to her next challenge, the backcountry.
  • Jump to Zero. A story of three BASE jumpers finding new ways to follow their passion while reducing the impact on their environment.
  • INSIDE – A Hole New Ski Experience. After an amazing ski tour at the Grand Ferrand massive in France, where you can ski through stunning rock caves, a few skiers decide to take it to the next level in a huge cave in Slovenia.
  • REEL ROCK 15: Action Directe. French powerhouse Melissa Le Nevé spends seven years battling challenging moves, inner doubt, and the burden of history to climb the most revered sport route on earth.
  • Breaking Trail. Amidst Covid-19 surges and civil unrest, Emily Ford and sled dog Diggins set out to thru-hike the 1,900 km Ice Age Trail in winter.

On Saturday, September 17:

  • Never in the Way. Chicago-based bike messenger, Nico Deportago-Cabrera, sees city maps like a central nervous system where everything is connected. “The point,” he says, “is to never be in the way. If you’re never in the way, then you’re always right where you need to be.”
  • Always Higher. Lysanne Richard is one of the world’s best international competition high divers. But the 39 year-old Canadian mother of three is ready to focus on personal projects of her own. First on the list is a 22 meter high dive in the dead of winter over a frozen lake, a feat that has never been done. But will it be enough?
  • A Foreign Native (Tour edit). A professional skier leaves his familiar world behind and spends close to a year in Iran. When military activity ramps up in January and Covid-19 hits in February of 2020, his journey takes a very different route. Learning Farsi and playing the Tanbur, he goes to explore the south of Iran with his new and old friends.
  • Markus Eder’s The Ultimate Run. What if you could link every powder turn, every rail, every cliff drop, every comp run, and every kicker nailed into one ultimate run? Well, Markus Eder is doing just that!
  • Izembek. There has been pressure for nearly four decades to build a road through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Gerrit Vyn explores the area to document its wildlife and wilderness, before it’s too late.
  • REEL ROCK 15: Deep Roots. Lonnie Kauk’s personal journey to honor his Indigenous Yosemite roots, and to connect with his legendary father by repeating his iconic climbs.

For more information and a link to tickets, visit Rocky Mountain Wild’s event page.

Film Images

Still shot from the film A Dog's Tale
Film still from “A Dog’s Tale”
Film still from INSIDE - A Hole New Ski Experience
Film still from “INSIDE – A Hole New Ski Experience”
Film still from Never in the Way
Film still from “Never in the Way”

Media Contact

For local information such as the films shown in the local program, time of show, etc., please contact:
Chris Talbot-Heindl, Rocky Mountain Wild, 720-577-5575, chris@rockymountainwild.org

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