The wait is over: The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Durango stop is this weekend!

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2019
Banff Mountain Film Festival 2019

A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission, and the babysitter were worth it.

Alfred Hitchcock

By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager
March 11, 2019

Get that babysitter money ready because The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Durango stop this Friday and Saturday is sure to be worth it!

This festival will take you on an adventure – 16 to be more precise – where you can experience the thrill of mountain biking across peaks, the passion of protecting Yellowstone grizzlies, the determination to complete a six-month ski traverse in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, the camaraderie of overcoming racial barriers to party on a mountain, and the joy of an adventurous life well-lived. And that’s all on Friday!

Each spring, Rocky Mountain Wild and the San Juan Citizens Alliance team up to host the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Durango. For the second year in a row, we will be hosting an expanded event with two nights of high action, mountain adventure. Each night will feature a different line up of films.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, here’s a snapshot of some of the brilliant female athletes and filmmakers you’ll see at the film festival:

Friday Highlights:

This Mountain Life: Coast Range Traverse Segment tells the story of a mother-daughter team, Tania and Martina Halik, who set out on a six-month ski traverse in the coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada in celebration of Tania’s 60th birthday!

Despite hardships, including lost food drops, a dangerous river crossing, and a monstrous storm, together, the pair traversed some of the rockiest terrains during one of the harshest winters in recent history and in doing so, strengthened their bond. Check out the trailer below and be sure to get your Friday tickets!

The Frenchy is brought to you by the filmmaker Michelle Smith. Jacques Houot, a charismatic resident of Carbondale does it all: mountain biking, skiing, and cyclocross racing. This documentary shows how he inspires us with his contagious love of life, epic tales of survival, and his ability to counter aging through laughter.

Michelle Smith moved to the Rocky Mountains from the east coast in 2002 to pursue a lifestyle that revolved around a passion for challenging herself with mountain adventures. As she immersed herself into this lifestyle, she discovered that what engaged her the most was not her own quest, but the community and characters that she encountered in the mountains. The Frenchy won her the “Pure Joy” award at the 5 Point Adventure Film Festival, and screens in the European Outdoor Film Tour as well as the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Check out the trailer below and be sure to get your Friday tickets!

Saturday Highlights:

Follow Lee and Rickie in a raw and real portrayal of the places we go emotionally when under extreme duress while riding 190 kilometres a day from Banff to Mexico in the film Divided.

In 2017, Rickie Cotter and Lee Craigie rode the Tour Divide, a 2,745 mile self-supported mountain bike race from Canada to the Mexican border. This film documents the journey the two friends made in a way the filmmakers hope inspires and encourages the watcher to get out there and have their own adventure!

Fear of failure can stop all sorts of adventures before they even start, but what if failing is the best part? Check out the trailer below and be sure to get your Saturday tickets!

The Beaver Believers: Meet Sherri Tippie not only tells the story of Sherri Tippie, a woman who is working to restore the North American beaver, but is also made by Sarah Koenigsberg – the director of Tensegrity Productions, a filmmaker, photographer, and educator whose work focuses on stories of art, the environment, and community in the American west. Her films illuminate the power of storytelling as a medium through which to explore complex science and policy issues.

The film we will be screening follows Sherri Tippie – a self-described “city person” who doesn’t like camping but is a lover of all living things. For the past two decades, she has been trapping unwanted beaver in the great Denver area and relocating them to happier homes in the mountains of Colorado. Nationally recognized for her expertise in trapping and re-locating beaver, Sherrie explains how she learned her craft: “Hey, it’s not that hard. I’m a woman. I read the directions that came with the traps.”

Check out the clip below and be sure to get your Saturday tickets!

This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors.

A huge thank you to our sponsors: Pine Needle MountaineeringAdventure Pro MagazineAlpine BankBackcountry ExperienceDurango Running CompanyRochester Hotel & BarSolarWorksTailwindZia Taqueria.

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