The Banff Film Festival 2014 World Tour has been making its rounds and is back in Utah at Kingsbury Hall next week, February 18-20, 2014. From climbing to skiing, biking, wingsuit flying, kayaking, environmental and culture, this year’s Banff will undoubtedly encourage adventurers to keep doing what they love the most, and that is playing in the great outdoors. Here are a few of the films Salt Lake City will see at next week’s Banff.
For information on all films showing in Salt Lake City, please visit http://campusrec.utah.edu/events/banff-film-festival-radical-reels/. To see if the Banff Film Festival World Tour is coming to your town, visit http://www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/worldtour/.
Sufferfest is just what Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold experienced while on a wholly human-powered journey adventure to link all of California’s 14,000 foot peaks. Imagine two pro climbers, new to biking, pedaling their way to each of these peaks to climb in California. Find out if they endeared through this challenge, pushing their limits in pursuit of success.
Ready to Fly
Ready to Fly is a film that portrays the massive obstacles through the eyes of American ski jumper Lindsey Van and her colleagues to achieve a dream and help change the world for other women to gain equality in the Olympic Winter Games. The 15-year fight took extreme determination and threw out more challenges than an actual ski jumping competition, but in the end it was a triumphant journey.
Streams of Consequence
Environmental film, Streams of Consequence depicts one of the last remaining wilderness areas in the world being threatened as plans for mega-dams on the rivers of Chilean Patagonia are solidified. Witness the outcome for those struggling to keep their lands dam-free.
In Heaven’s Gate, a group of wingsuit pilots gather at Tianmen Mountain in China, the birthplace of the dream of human flight, to attempt an intimidating feat: Flying through the sacred site known as Heaven’s Gate, an archway carved out of the mountain. Watch with abated breath as professional BASE jumper and skydiver Jeb Corliss drops from a helicopter and soars toward the opening.
Erik Weihenmayer is renowned for being the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest back on May 25, 2001. And now several years and adventures later, he will take us on a new form of braille through whitewater in a kayak in the short film Sensory Overload.
Not Bad is a film with seven brave riders that set out from the four corners of the globe for thirty days for some outrageous fun and bicycle mischief in New Zealand.
The Last Great Climb
Leo Houlding, Sean “Stanley” Leary and Jason Pickles are at it again in their latest climbing installment with Alastair Lee in The Last Great Climb. Watch as this hilarious team of adventure climbers takes on a bold new line on a remote spire and majestic unclimbed, Ulvetanna Peak (2931 meters), in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. Ulvetanna Peak is one of the most technically demanding climbs in one of the world’s harshest environments. But if you’re familiar with this team of climbers and their past expeditions together, you know it couldn’t have been a better team to take on this ultimate peak.