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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour, RIT

Get off the beaten path and explore the edge of believable with captivating stories from the 46th Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival. Stand on the highest peaks, ski the steepest slopes, and be a part of the gripping adventures waiting for you in this year’s Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour. From exploring remote landscapes to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films selected for the 2021/2022 World Tour are sure to captivate and amaze you. Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out!

Important Notice
All patrons will be required to show proof of full vaccination at a designated location in the SAU prior to auditorium doors opening. Please plan to arrive early with the required documentation. Full details and any updates regarding vaccination requirements, masking, and other COVID-19 guidelines can be found at the RIT Safety Plan.

April 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2022
Ingle Auditorium
Student Alumni Union, RIT
"SAU" in section F-6 of the RIT campus map:
Campus Map
Vaccination Checks: 5-6 p.m.
Doors Open: 6 p.m.
Showtime: 6:30 p.m.

Contact/Additional Info
Tom Connelly

On sale Friday, March 11, 2022
RIT University Arenas Box Office
RIT Students: $11 advance/$13 door
RIT Staff/Fac/Alum: $15 advance/$17 door
Public: $18 advance/$20 door
15% discount on 3-night bundle.
Max 4 RIT discounted tickets/bundles per person.
Some fees may apply for phone or online purchases.

All films are captioned.
Sign language interpreters available by request.

Monday, April 18th

Dog’s Tale, A (Tour Edit) Accordion


Taken from the film A Dog’s Tale.

(2021, Canada, 5 minutes)
Advisory: None
Focus: Mountainbiking, dogs
Film Synopsis: There’s something primal about the feeling of the forest floor under your paws and smelling a thousand different smells all at once. The freedom of the trail is what we long for.

Can’t Beat This Place For FunAccordion


Taken from the film Can’t Beat This Place For Fun.

(2020, USA, 13 minutes)
Advisory: None
Focus: Boat building
Film Synopsis: This film is a small vignette of Fretwater Boatworks, a very unique boat crafting shop that keeps the tradition of wooden dory building alive whilst honoring the dreams of Grand Canyon pioneer Martin Litton. These beautiful boats still represent advocacy toward wild places compromised and/or lost.

Precious Leader WomanAccordion


© Leo Hoorn

(2021, Canada, 46 minutes)
Advisory: coarse language
Focus: Snowboarding, culture
Film Synopsis: Hailing from the remote village of Alert Bay, British Columbia snowboarder Spencer O’Brien dedicated her life to becoming a world champion. But, being driven to win came at a cost. Snowboarding at the elite level was taking Spencer further from her Indigenous heritage than she realized. Precious Leader Woman tells Spencer’s story from childhood to the world stage, to coming full circle to embrace her identity as she pushes forward bringing her heart and soul to her next challenge, the backcountry.

Intermission and Prize Draw

Jump to Zero Accordion


© Tyler Rizzuto

(2020, United States, 7 minutes)
Advisory: None
Focus: BASE jumping
Film Synopsis: Jump To Zero is the story of 3 BASE jumpers changing the paradigm of human-powered access and female empowerment in action sports. Knowing that car and plane access have adverse environmental effects, they set out to discover how much they can reduce their impact while still enjoying the places they love and practicing the sports that bring them joy.

Inside- A Hole New Ski Experience Accordion


© PološkaJama Lensecape Productions

(2021, Austria, 11 minutes)
Advisory: coarse language
Focus: Skiing/snowboarding and caving
Film Synopsis: After an amazing ski tour at the Grand Ferrand massive in France, where you can ski through stunning rock caves, a few skiers decide to take it to the next level in a huge cave in Slovenia.

Reel Rock 15: Action Directe Accordion


Taken from the film Reel Rock 15: Action Directe.

(2020, USA, 15 minutes)
Focus: Climbing
Film Synopsis: French powerhouse Melissa Le Nevé spends seven years battling insane moves, inner doubt, and the burden of history to climb the most revered sport route on earth.

Breaking Trail Accordion


© Emily Ford

(2021, USA, 30 minutes)
Advisory: None
Focus: Winter hiking
Film Synopsis: As Covid-19 surges amidst ongoing civil unrest, Emily Ford sets out with a borrowed sled dog named Diggins to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1900 km Ice Age Trail in winter. As the 69-day journey through subzero temperatures tests her physical and mental endurance, Emily and her canine protector develop an unbreakable bond as they embrace the unexpected kindness of strangers.

Tuesday, April 19th

Follow the Light Accordion


© JB Liautard

(2021, Andorra, 3 minutes)
Advisory: None
Focus: Mountain biking, light
Film Synopsis: From sunsets over dramatic landscapes to the illumination of hot air balloons and the warm ambience of Turkey, immerse yourself in this colorful adventure with riders Kilian Bron, Pierre Henni, Pierre Dupont and JB Liautard.

Finally Accordion


© Germain Favre Felix

(2020, France, 13 minutes)
Advisory: None
Focus: Skiing
Film Synopsis: After two months of confinement, Ben Buratti, the prodigy of French freesking, needed to feel what he was capable of again. As a setting, he chose his home mountain of La Clusaz. What skier doesn't dream of finding themselves completely alone on their home mountain?

Bear-Like (Der Bär in Mir) (Tour Edit) Accordion


© Roman Droux

(2019, Switzerland, 52 minutes)
Advisory: coarse language; violence
Focus: Environment
Film Synopsis: Two adventurers engage in close contact with grizzly bears in Alaska experiencing first-hand the struggle for survival and dramatic fighting scenes. Driven by a desire to explore the unknown, the film tells a personal story of wilderness, framed through breathtaking footage of these amazing creatures.

Intermission and Prize Draw

If You Give a Beach a Bottle Accordion


© Max Romey

(2021, USA, 5 minutes)
Advisory: None
Focus: Environment
Film Synopsis: Inspired by a picture book, Max Romey heads to a remote beach on Alaska's coastline in search of marine debris. What he finds is a different story altogether.

Dream Mountain Accordion


© Cira Crowell

(2020, United States, 18 minutes)
Advisory: None
Focus: Mountaineering
Film Synopsis: When is it right to follow your dreams? Let's take the lead of international mountain guide Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita as she questions, then follows her intuition on the most important expedition of all – her own life. Pasang, an accomplished mountaineer, humanitarian and now mother, has won numerous prestigious awards, including National Geographic's People's Choice Adventurer of the Year in 2016. In "Dream Mountain," Pasang reflects on her personal highs and lows and rediscovers for herself just how much the mountains have meant to her. The film offers insights into her struggle to balance mountaineering with motherhood, and the pressures of respecting her traditional culture while pushing boundaries as an elite female athlete. Returning to her mountain-home and life-long passion to face Cholatse, a sheer 21,130ft/6,440m peak in the heart of the Everest region, Pasang leads by inspiration, proclaiming, “Everyone has a right to follow their dreams.”

Em Accordion


© Alexa Fay

(2021, Canada, 14 minutes)
Advisory: coarse language
Focus: Climbing
Film Synopsis: Emilie Pellerin has spent most of her adult life travelling the world and living a dirtbag life. She has honed her skills on the rock and in the process has become one of the world’s best onsight climbers and now she’s ready to put onsighting aside and try pushing her level on her hardest trad route yet, La Zébrée, a spectacular 5.14a overhanging crack in Quebec.

My Midsummer Morning Accordion


© Alastair Humphreys

(2019, UK, 19 minutes)
Advisory: Non-sexual nudity
Focus: Walking
Film Synopsis: In 1935 a young Englishman named Laurie Lee arrived in Spain. He had never been overseas; had hardly even left the quiet village he grew up in. His idea was to walk through the country, earning money for food by playing his violin in bars and plazas. Nearly a century later, the book Laurie Lee wrote – As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning – inspired Alastair Humphreys. It made him fall in love with Spain.

Wednesday, April 20th

Never in the Way Accordion


© S. Lorence

(2020, Canada, 6 minutes)
Advisory: None
Focus: Biking
Film Synopsis: Chicago-based bike messenger, Nico Deportago-Cabrera, sees city maps like a central nervous system. Everything’s connected. Roads and buses and people and cars, all carrying bits of information around a giant organism and making it live and breathe. ‘The point,’ he says, ‘is to never be in the way.

Always Higher Accordion


© Mathieu Tranchida

(2021, Canada, 11 minutes)
Advisory: None
Focus: High diving
Film Synopsis: Lysanne Richard is one of the world’s best international competition high divers. But the 39-year-old Canadian mother of three is ready to focus on personal projects of her own. First on the list is a 22-meter-high dive in the dead of winter over a frozen lake, a feat that has never been done. But will it be enough? Or will she try to make the challenge even more difficult? Watch as she continuously tries to push the limit further and explores her reasons why.

A Foreign Native (Tour Edit) Accordion


© NINE ONE MoritzLiebl

(2021, Austria, 48 minutes)
Advisory: None
Focus: Culture, skiing
Film Synopsis: A professional skier leaves his familiar world behind and spends close to a year in Iran. When military activity ramps up in January and Covid-19 hits in February of 2020 his journey takes a very different route. Learning Farsi and playing the Tanbur, he goes to explore the South of Iran with his new and old friends.

Intermission and Prize Draw

Markus Eder’s The Ultimate Run Accordion


Taken from the film Markus Eder’s The Ultimate Run.

(2021, Austria, 10 minutes)
Advisory: None
Focus: Skiing
Film Synopsis: What if you could link every powder turn, every rail, every cliff drop, every comp run and every kicker nailed into one ultimate run? Well, Markus Eder did just that in ‘The Ultimate Run’!

Izembek Accordion


© Gerrit Vyn

(2020, USA, 13 minutes)
Advisory: None
Focus: Environment
Film Synopsis: There has been pressure for nearly four decades to build a road through Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Gerrit Vyn explores the area to document its wildlife and wilderness, before it's too late.

Reel Rock 15: Deep Roots Accordion


© Lonnie Kauk

(2020, USA, 33 minutes)
Advisory: Coarse language
Focus: Climbing
Adrenaline Factor: Medium-high
Film Synopsis: Lonnie Kauk’s personal journey to honor his indigenous Yosemite roots, and to connect with his legendary father by repeating his iconic climbs.

Prize-draw Information here