2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour State College, Pennsylvania
Local Presenting Sponsor
Hot on the heels of the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has hit the road. The 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival World tour brings films from the 38th Annual Banff Mountain Festival to over 390 communities and 35 countries across the globe. State College, PA is one of the stops on the tour!
From adrenaline-fueled action sports, to an exploration of wild landscapes and remote mountain cultures, films in this year’s tour are sure to captivate the explorer within you.
Join the Sierra Club Moshannon Group when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to State College at the State Theatre in downtown State College on Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th, with different film selections each night.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is produced by Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre, and features award-winning films and audience favorites from approximately 300 films entered in the annual festival in Banff.
Come early and visit with our local sponsors and community groups who will have displays and information available in the lobby. Our 2013 Local Presenting Sponsor is Appalachian Outdoors! Prizes including mountain gear will be raffled off during intermission.
The State Theatre is a fantastic environment to experience the best films that capture the spirit of mountain culture and of mountain sports!
Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out.
Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth!
Banff Mountain Film Festival Intro Video 2012/2013
Friday, April 12 Selected Films
(films subject to change)
In 1972, American folk hero Wild Bill Cooper led a ragtag crew of adventurers on a most unlikely expedition over the top of the world, with goal of snowmobiling from Minnesota to Moscow. Filled with humour and misadventure, this amazing story is not like anything you have ever seen!
Build them and they will live. That is the simple message in this short documentary that looks at the issue of wildlife and highways, and some of the pioneering solutions that exist to prevent road kill and reconnect landscapes. After seeing this film, you’ll never drive down a highway the same way again.
From the film 1st Afghan Ski Challenge
1st Afghan Ski Challenge
* Best Film. Mountain Sports — Sponsored by Live Out There *
In a quiet corner of this conflicted country, gutsy first-time skiers learn to ski through trial by fire! Racing with a true spirit of camaraderie, they take part in the first-ever downhill racing competition in Afghanistan.
From the film Ernest
USA, 2012, 5 minutes
General, no advisory
You’ll fall in love with Ernest Wilkinson, one of the last of a vanishing breed of mountain men, as he explains what your best survival tool is!
From the film Reel Rock 7: Wide Boyz
Reel Rock 7: Wide Boyz
* Best Short Mountain Film – Sponsored by The North Face *
Meet UK off-width crack climbing specialists Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall who train hard and play harder. Wide Boyz is about suffering in a dodgy Sheffield basement, the ethics of style, and big payoffs in the Southwestern US.
Saturday, April 13 Selected Films
(films subject to change)
This 100% human-powered film uses striking time-lapse photography and an original story to bring the landscape center-stage and offers a thrilling new perspective that re-establishes the Canadian Rockies among the finest mountains in the world.
Australian adventurers, James Castrission and Justin Jones, dare to tackle the perilous journey across Antarctica to the South Pole and back again, completely unassisted — just two men dragging their food and shelter across 1140 kilometres of barren ice. Many have tried — all have failed. After much planning and preparation, Cas and Jonesy arrive to tackle one of the last great Antarctic odysseys, but discover an eerie similarity to Captain Scott’s race to the South Pole: there’s a Norwegian on the ice. He’s more experienced, he’s tackling the same record, and he has a head start.
The world of mountain biking has many communities. And while different riders follow different lines, they all end up in the same place. Tire to ground, foot to pedal, hand to bar — people drawn together by trails of dirt. Come join us!
From the film Petzl RocTrip China
Petzl RocTrip China
* The Banff Centre Award for Creative Excellence *
France, 2012, 23 minutes
Directed and produced by: Vladimir Cellier, Julien Nadiras, Guillaume Broust
Being stuck in traffic has never seemed so enchanting! A superb soundtrack of traditional music takes us to a remarkable spot that offers climbers from all over the world no fewer than 250 pitches on delicious limestone walls.
The Grand Canyon is an immense place, almost unfathomable in scale, and one of the last places in the American West to be explored. Deep within this vast wilderness run concealed tributaries, hiding some of the Canyon's most remarkable features — enchanting slot canyons and the secrets deep within their walls.
This sweet piece of visual and musical poetry builds to a climax of Taiko drumming and swirling snow that will envelope you!
NOTE TO PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN: Some films include cautions about coarse or suggestive language (see the “Classification” information listed with each film). While we do not believe that any of the language is gratuitous or crosses the line of what most people would find offensive, we want you to be aware of the nature of the language in some of these films. Questions? Please contact Lynne Heritage by email (814-571-8063) or Gary Thornbloom by email (814-353-3466) or at the Sierra Club table the night of the event. Thank you.
Driving Directions & Public Transit: 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival — State College
The State Theatre
130 West College Avenue, downtown State College Driving Directions via Google (on-street parking; nearby Pugh, Fraser parking garages and municipal lots)
via CATA Public Transit:
Most CATA Bus Routes stop at Allen Street and College Avenue, less than a block away from The State Theatre.
Go green, let someone else drive — Enjoy the bus!