Banff Mountain Film Festival: 1st Session
ALL.I.CAN: THE SHORT CUT Best Feature-length Mountain Film, sponsored by Town of Banff Stunning time-lapse sequences, creative visuals, great skiers, and deep powder are highlights of this excerpt from the award-winning feature film that looks at snow sports and the environment. GRAND LIBRE AU GRAND CAP France, 2011, 18 minutes Website: www.bertranddelapierre.com Join Arnaud Petit and Stephanie Bodet as they attempt what might be the toughest route in the Alps, a majestic 3,900-metre pinnacle that juts from the Mont Blanc Massif: Grand Capucin. Close camera work and lively discussion along the route allow us intimate access to a refreshing and effective climbing partnership. French with English subtitles. NARSICAME USA 2011, 4 minutes Humour. Everything you ever wanted to know about 'Strap Induced Digitally Compressed Strapped Syndrome' HANUMAN AIRLINES USA, 2011, 26 minutes Two Nepali adventurers channel the Hindu God of Wind on their mission to launch a paraglider from Mount Everest's summit and travel to an ocean they have never seen. WHITEWATER GRAND PRIX Canada, 2011, 4 minutes Twenty-eight of the world's most talented, most versatile, and most progressive kayakers compete in a multi-disciplined, 6-stage competition on spectacular whitewater across Quebec. REEL ROCK: ICE REVOLUTION USA, 2011, 13 minutes Website: www.senderfilms.com A revolution is taking place, led by Canadian maniac Will Gadd. After 30 years of ice climbing, Gadd has finally realized his dream of climbing radically overhanging, heinously difficult ice at British Columbia's spectacular Helmcken Falls. Gadd and Tim Emmett dodge exploding icicle bombs and send the hardest pure ice climb in the world. SOLITAIRE Special tour edit Website: www.sweetgrass-productions.com In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, and a handful of drifters emerge from the whiteout, ready to cast their lot onto inhospitable lands and forsaken peaks. Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is the inspiration for a poetic and visually stunning film that ventures beyond the frontiers of most mountain sports films. REEL ROCK: ORIGINS - OBE & ASHIMA USA, 2011, 23 minutes Website: www.senderfilms.com There's a nine-year-old girl from New York City taking the bouldering world by storm, and her name is Ashima Shiraishi. Guided by her coach and former bouldering star Obe Carrion, this tiny master is crushing competitions and raising the bar for her peers. A trip to the bouldering mecca of Hueco Tanks provides a glimpse of the past for Obe and the start of amazing new adventures for Ashima.