Feb 7, 2014
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Returns to Connecticut

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Returns to Connecticut

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Connecticut Feb. 21-23 with a new collection of action-packed adventure films and exotic travelogues from around the globe. The films will light up big screens in Glastonbury, New Haven and New London.

The film competition kicks off each fall in Banff, Alberta, before hitting the road in 40 countries where the inspiring documentaries and short films are viewed by more than a quarter of a million people. There are usually 350 entries, from which award-winners and audience favorites are chosen for the tour.

This year’s selections include:

• Grand Prize Winner and People’s Choice Award North of the Sun (Norway)—On the remote slopes of an Arctic island, two men build a cabin out of flotsam found on the beach and spend a winter skiing and surfing.

• Best Short Mountain Film: 35 (USA)—A mountain climber vows to live life passionately on his 35th birthday.

• Best Film Mountain Sports: Heaven’s Gate (Finland)—A group of wing-suit pilots gather at Tianmen Mountain in China to fly through the sacred site of Heaven’s Gate, an archway carved out of the mountain. Jeb Corlis (above) plunged 6,000 feet from a helicopter and became the first man to fly through the opening (on his second try!).

Streams of Consequence (USA)—One of the last remaining wilderness areas in the world is threatened as plans for mega-dams on the rivers of the Chilean Patagonia are solidified—what will become of the native people and their struggle to keep their lands dam-free?

Sufferfest (USA)—bikers Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright attempt to link all of California’s 14,000-foot peaks.

Screenings:

Feb. 21, Smith Middle School, Glastonbury, to benefit Connecticut Audubon Center Glastonbury; Feb. 22, Hill Regional Career High School, New Haven, to benefit Urban Resources Initiative; and Feb. 23, Connecticut College, New London, to benefit the Connecticut College Women’s Volleyball Team.

For schedule and tickets, visit blog.shop-denali.com/2012/12/banff.

 

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Returns to Connecticut

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