Banff Mountain Film Festival: 2nd Session
SEASONS: FALL USA, 2010, 4 minutes Deep canyons with steep, spring-fed creeks provide Kate Wagner with a soul-session in this paddling paradise. THIS IS MY WINTER France, 2011, 28 minutes Website: www.timelinemissions.com Get a glimpse behind the scenes of a season with big mountain legend Xavier de le Rue. Dealing with dangers, joys, and the ups and downs of a winter spent skimming his board over steep and gnarly lines, it's all in a day's work for one of the world's finest snowboarders. THE TRAIL COLLECTOR Switzerland, 2010, 5 minutes Directed and produced by Tom Malecha Website: www.filme-von-draussen.ch People collect all kinds of things: stamps, coins, art. This is a collection of trails. NARSICAME USA 2011, 4 minutes Humour. Everything you ever wanted to know about 'Strap Induced Digitally Compressed Strapped Syndrome' COLD Grand Prize, sponsored by Mountain Equipment Co-op Best Film on Climbing, sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada Experience Gasherbrum II in the middle of a deep, dark winter as seen from the raw, honest perspective of alpinist Cory Richard's camera. This film deftly captures the interwoven roles of pain, fear, and doubt - and reveals a harrowing descent that amplifies their isolation and exposure. BLUE OBSESSION USA, 2011, 8 minutes The beautiful and ever-changing icefalls of Alaskan glaciers provide a stunning setting for some unusual ice climbing adventures TOWERS OF THE ENNEDI USA, 2011, 14 minutes The Ennedi Desert of Chad is a hot, sand-scoured, and unfriendly place. But from its vast belly rise clusters of breathtakingly lovely spires, towers, and rock formations. Veteran climber Mark Synnott, known more for his far-flung adventures than his technical accomplishments, brings young climbing stars Alex Honnold and James Pearson to the Ennedi to explore its untouched landscapes. THE FREEDOM CHAIR Best Film on Mountain Sports, sponsored by Live out There Canada, 2011, 15 minutes Website: www.switchbackentertainment.com Josh Dueck was an aspiring skier and coach until a ski accident in 2004 changed his life forever. Despite his comeback and success in the world of competitive sit-skiing, he wasn't content. Josh's dream is to tackle the backcountry and the steepest and wildest mountains in the world - and with his infectious outlook, he may just catch his dream. REEL ROCK: RACE FOR THE NOSE USA, 2011, 24 minutes Welcome to the wildest competition known to man -- the speed record on the Nose route of El Capitan. For 50 years, the best climbers in the world have been one-upping each other on this massive granite monolith in Yosemite National Park, racing up 3,000 feet of vertical rock in under three hours, and risking life and limb to shave mere seconds off the record time. We follow Dean Potter and Sean Leary on their attempt to break this legendary record on the classic route that has been the scene of epic rivalries, brutal accidents, and remains to this day a hotly contested prize.