Banff Mountain Film Festival

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 7:00pm to Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00pm

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is celebrating its 40th year by bringing you a line-up of the best action, environmental and adventure films from around the globe. Join the University of Oregon Outdoor Program when the 2015/2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Eugene at the McDonald Theatre on Thursday, April 14th and Friday, April 15th at 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm).

Click here to watch the tour trailer.

Advance tickets go on sale March 18th and are availabe at the following locations:

For general questions visit us at the OP Barn (1225 E 18th Ave.) or call 541-346-4371

2016 Film Lineup

Program 1: 
The Important Places *Best Short Mountain Film – sponsored by The North Face
(2015, USA, 9 min)
Filmmaker:  Gnarly Bay, Forest Woodward
Classification:  General; coarse language
Film Synopsis: Using a mix of old 16mm footage and new visuals, a son rediscovers the necessity of returning to and protecting “the important places” in our lives.  
Kroger's Canteen
(2015, South Africa, 8 min)
Filmmakers:  Greg Fell, Dean Leslie
Classification:  General; coarse language
Film Synopsis: In 2014, Kilian Jornet won the Hardrock 100 mile race through the San Juan’s of Colorado. Along the way he stopped at Kroger’s Canteen – an aid station perched on a tiny ledge, 13,100ft above sea level.   This is a story about that aid station, about the people who make it happen, and about the spirit one can only find at the Hardrock 100.      
Women's Speed Ascent
(2015, USA, 4 min)
Filmmakers:  Keith Ladzinski, Chris Alstrin
Classification:  Parental Guidance; Coarse language
Film Synopsis: Mayan Smith-Gobat and Libby Sauter knew that the women's speed record for the ascent of The Nose on El Cap was theirs for the taking. Crushing the old record after just a few days of attempts, Mayan and Libby put their names in the record book of the infamous route in the Yosemite National Park.     
Unbranded (special edit) *People’s Choice Award – sponsored by Osprey
(2015, USA, 46 min)
Filmmakers:  Dennis Aig, Phillip Baribeau
Classification:  Parental Guidance; coarse language
Film Synopsis: Four men and 16 wild mustangs set off on a 5000 kilometre journey across the American West from Mexico to Canada.  In the spirit of true adventure, whiskey is drunk, tempers fly, tragedy strikes, and the bonds of friendship hold fast.  But can the journey help save the plight of the wild horses roaming on public lands? Only time will tell.  
Rocky Mtn Traverse (special edit)
(2015, Canada, 25 min)
Filmmakers:  Bryan Smith, David Pearson
Classification:  Parental Guidance; coarse language 
Film Synopsis: When Will Gadd and Gavin McGlurg decided they wanted to define a bold new style in paragliding, they could not have picked a more vegetated, convoluted and downright burly route to test their concept.  With one simple rule of only being able to make forward progress in the air, they set off on a 700-kilometer traverse of the Canadian Rockies.                                                                              
Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta 
(2015, USA, 17 min)
Filmmakers:  Chris MacAskill, Anton Lorimer
Classification:  Parental Guidance; coarse language
Film Synopsis: Join award-winning photographer Tim Kemple and ice climbers Klemen Premrl and Rahel Schelb for an expedition to Iceland’s Vatnajökull Glacier to discover new ways to push the boundaries of climbing ice.     
Pretty Faces (special edit)
(2014, USA, 11 min)
Filmmaker:  Lynsey Dyer
Classification:  General; no advisory
Film Synopsis:  Celebrate women who thrive in the snow! Follow her as she chases snow, from the time she needs to be lifted onto the chairlift to her first Alaskan dream line and beyond.
unReal (special edit)
(2015, USA, 12min)
Filmmaker:  Teton Gravity Research
Classification:  General; no advisory 
Film Synopsis:  Imagine a world where you ride the perfect trail perfectly, and sometime snow isn’t the only stuff that falls from the sky. When you spend all of your time at work dreaming about mountain biking, which life is real
Program 2: 
55 Hours In Mexico
(2015, USA, 9 min)
Filmmakers:  Joey Schusler, Karl Thompson, Thomas Woodson
Classification:  Parental Guidance; coarse language
Film Synopsis:  Fly to Veracruz on a Friday, rent a car, climb the third-highest peak in North America, ski down and return to your desk Monday. How hard could it be?
Darklight (special edit) 
(2015, USA, 5 min)
Filmmaker:  Rachel Franks, Matt O’Connor, Zac Ramras, Mike Brown
Classification:  General; no advisory
Film Synopsis:  In 2014, the award winning film Afterglow followed skiers down impossibly lit, virgin powder slopes in the dead of night.  Get ready for the sequel, this time on two wheels.  
Paradise Waits (special edit)
(2015, USA, 7 min)
Filmmakers:  Teton Gravity Research
Classification:  General; no advisory 
Film Synopsis:  How do you celebrate winter when snow finally falls? Freeskier Tim Durtschi takes tram laps at Jackson Hole and big mountain skier Angel Collinson rips up some Alaskan lines.
Search for Freedom (special edit)
(2015, Canada, 44 min)
Filmmakers:  Jon Long, Laura Zeman
Classification:  General; no advisory
Film Synopsis:  The Search for Freedom is the story of the human desire to live in the moment and do what makes you feel the most alive. This is a visceral, visual experience told through the eyes some of the brightest pioneers, legends and cultural visionaries in the realm of outdoor sports.
Operation Moffat *Special Jury Mention
(2015, UK, 20 min)
Filmmakers:  Jen Randall, Claire Carter, Alex Messenger
Classification:  General; no advisory
Film Synopsis:  Operation Moffat takes inspiration and wit from the colorful climbing life of Britain’s first female mountain guide Gwen Moffat. Writer Claire Carter and filmmaker Jen Randall scramble, swim and barefoot climb through Gwen’s landscapes, grappling with her preference for mountains over people, adventure over security and wilderness over tick lists.    
Sounds of Paragliding 
(2014, France, 4 min)
Filmmaker:  Shams
Classification:  General; no advisory
Film Synopsis:  Listen to nature's harmony while aerobatic paragliding pilot Théo de Blic dances to the sounds of the sky.
Builder (special edit)
(2015, Canada, 9 min)
Filmmakers:  Julian Coffey, Scott Secco
Classification:  General; coarse language
Film Synopsis:  Some people grow up and leave childish things behind. Others just take their childhood dreams and turn them up to 11 as they age. Building trails and tricks for your mountain bike never gets old, no matter your age.
Living Rivers - Surf
(2015, USA, 3 min)
Filmmaker:  Max Lowe
Classification:  General; no advisory
Film Synopsis: There is a new and emerging river surfing scene in Montana
Eclipse *Best Film – Snow Sports – sponsored by Bergans of Norway
(2015, Canada, 31 min)
Filmmaker:  Anthony Bonello, Switchback Entertainment
Classification:  Parental Guidance; coarse language
Film Synopsis:  The odds are low, the risks are high – photographer Reuben Krabbe is determined to capture a photo of a skier in front of the 2015 solar eclipse in Svalbard. But the weather’s bad, the guide is sketchy, the pressure is massive and the skiers just want to ski.     


McDonald Theater (1010 Willamette St)
Advance Tickets: $11 UO Students & OP Co-op Members $15 General Public At the door: $12 UO students and & OP co-op members $16 General Public
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