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Upcoming Event: The 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour


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The 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Sponsored By: Skinny Skis

Previewed By: Adam Glos

  • Saturday, Feb. 8th / 8 pm // Sunday, Feb 9th / 7 pm
  • Jackson Hole High School Auditorium
  • Tickets: $12 each night / $20 for both nights

Every year in November, thousands of outdoor enthusiasts descend upon the little town of Banff nestled deep in the Canadian Rockies to relish in the world’s most captivating adventure and culture films. Luckily, Jackson residents will only have to travel to the High School Auditorium to view the award winning movies that took the podium this year in the 38th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

Immediately following the Festival, the Banff World Tour travels across the globe to 40 countries reaching more than 390,000 people at over 840 screenings. Sponsored by Skinny Skis (who, by the way, have been spearheading the Jackson show for 21 years now), the two day event will feature content from over 80 film makers and athletes showcasing a world seen by few and envied by all. Blind kayaking, Norwegian surfing and naked skiing are just a few of the films that caught the audience’s attention this year, and will surely leave the Jackson community mesmerized.

Tickets are $12 ($20 for both nights), and can be purchased at Skinny Skis, Hungry Jacks and Valley Bookstore. Proceeds will benefit the Jackson High School Climbing Club.


Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Trailer


Film Schedule

Saturday February, 8th

    Not Bad

  • Filmmakers: Darcy Wittenburg, Darren McCullough, Colin Jones and Ian Dunn
  • Focus: Biking
  • Seven brave riders set out from the four corners of the globe for thirty days of outrageous fun and bicycle tomfoolery in New Zealand.

    Sensory Overload

  • Filmmaker: Robert Raker, Raker Productions Inc
  • Focus: kayaking
  • Blind kayaker Erik Weihenmayer turns whitewater into a new form of braille.

    Ready to Fly

  • Filmmakers: William A. Kerig, Scott Zeller
  • Focus: ski jumping, human story, female athletes
  • Full of luck and determination, a woman battles massive obstacles not only to achieve her dream, but also to help change the world for other women. In an emotional and triumphant journey with more ups and downs than a ski jumping competition itself, Lindsey Van and her colleagues take us along on their 15-year fight to achieve equality in the Olympic Winter Games.

    The Burn

  • Filmmakers: Mike Douglas, Jeff Thomas, Switchback Entertainment
  • Focus: skiing
  • Fire frees new lines for skiers, who revel in the newly-charred forest.

    Keeper of the Mountains

  • Filmmakers: Allison Otto, Scott McElroy
  • Focus: Culture/human story/female
  • Elizabeth Hawley bucked the conventions of her time by settling alone in Kathmandu in 1960, where she began chronicling Himalayan expeditions for The Himalayan Database. Even as she turns 90, she continues to update these records with rigorous accuracy and dedication.

    I AM RED

  • Filmmaker: Peter McBride
  • Focus: Environmental
  • A visual poem of the Colorado River delivers a simple yet powerful message.

    Push It

  • Filmmaker: Jen Randall
  • Focus: rockclimbing, female climbers
  • Want to see what it takes to get a job done with unique style and grace – and friendship intact? Let these two women show you as they attempt their first big wall climb ever – El Capitan in Yosemite. Though yearning for greater confidence, they are inspiring from start to finish. You go! We’re behind you all the way!


  • Filmmakers: Nasa Koski, Austin Siadak, Matthe Van Biene, Fitz Cahall
  • Focus: Climbing, culture/human story
  • 35 routes in one day to celebrate 35 years of life? Why not? Take the birthday challenge!

    Valhalla Short (Naked Skiing)

  • Filmmakers: Ben Sturgulewski, Nick Waggoner, Michaal Brown, Zac Ramras
    (Sweetgrass Productions)
  • Focus: skiing, snowboarding
  • From naked chairlift riding to cliff airs wearing nothing more than an avalanche beacon and a smile, Valhalla’s naked snow segment sparks laughter from skiers and non-skiers alike.


Sunday February, 9th


  • Filmmakers: Anson Fogel, Skip Armstrong, Shannon Ethridge (Camp4 Collective)
  • Focus: paddling
  • Paddler and cinematographer alike explore a world beyond the unexpected, and find perfection


  • Filmmakers: Jordan Manley and Danny Irvine W
  • Focus: Skiing, culture
  • In the midst of a city dizzy with ambition, a dedicated community of desert-dwellers embraces the local ski hill.

    Return to the Tepuis

  • Filmmakers: Joe Riis and Jenny Nichols, Pongo Media
  • Focus: Environmental, adventure
  • A wee pebble toad living in the crevices of the tepuis of South America is the missing link to understanding the age of the species as well as the age of the tepuis themselves.

    North of the Sun

  • Filmmakers: Inge Wegge and Anne Bergseng
  • Focus: adventure, surfing, environment, snowboarding
  • Tucked between the cold Atlantic Ocean and the rocky slopes of a remote, arctic island, two young Norwegian adventurers discover their own private playground. They build themselves a cabin out of flotsam while clearing the beach of debris, then spend the long winter skiing and surfing in the haunting low light.

    Into the Mind

  • Filmmakers: Dave Mossop, Eric Crosland, JP Auclair, Malcolm Sangster, Sherpas Cinema
  • Focus: snow sports
  • Amazing skiing, stunning imagery, and fabulous music are showcased in this high-energy excerpt from the feature film.


  • Filmmaker: Cedar Wright
  • Focus: Climbing, biking, adventure
  • Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright embark on a wholly human-powered adventure to link all of California’s 14,000 foot peaks. Utterly new to biking, the quirky yet endearing duo push themselves to their absolute limits in pursuit of success.

    Flow: The Elements of Freeride

  • Filmmaker: Oly Mingo
  • Focus: Biking
  • Follow Geophysicist Rex Flake on a high adrenaline mountain bike ride through the Cascade Mountains as he identifies the flora, fauna, and geology of this cinematic region. Uniquely edited without the typical hard core soundtrack, Flow uses creative graphics and sound design to bring the viewer uncomfortably close to the action.

    The Questions We Ask

  • Filmmakers: Kalum Ko, Bruce Kirkby, Jeff Pew
  • Focus: SUP, human story
  • Bruce Kirkby crosses the Pacific from Vancouver to Victoria on a stand-up paddleboard, and ponders what adventure means to him.

    Spice Girl

  • Filmmakers: Kalum Ko, Bruce Kirkby, Jeff Pew
  • Filmmakers: Josh Lowell, Alex Lowther, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
  • The UK climbing scene is known for its strict traditional ethic, yielding super sketchy, dangerous routes, and a competitive machismo. It’s the last place you’d expect to find a
    nice little blond girl putting all the lads to shame, but Hazel Findlay is doing just that. The first woman to climb the British grade of E9, Hazel is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear, and big runouts.

    Valhalla Short (Naked Skiing)

  • Filmmakers: Ben Sturgulewski, Nick Waggoner, Michaal Brown, Zac Ramras
    (Sweetgrass Productions)
  • Focus: skiing, snowboarding
  • From naked chairlift riding to cliff airs wearing nothing more than an avalanche beacon and a smile, Valhalla’s naked snow segment sparks laughter from skiers and non-skiers alike.


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