15 March 2011

Banff Mountain Film Festival Returns!!

We are pleased to announce that the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be returning to Morgantown at the Metropolitan Theater, 369 High Street, 7:00 PM, Thursday, April 7, 2011.

Tickets will be available this Friday, March 18, from our retail partner Pathfinder of WV.

235 High Street (next to the County Court House)
Morgantown 23505, 304.296.0076; www.pathfinderwv.com

Mon: 10am-7pm, Tuesday thru Friday 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sunday closed

Tickets will also be available at the door after 6 PM on the 7th, but buy in advance at Pathfinder’s and save.

Tickets are $14 in advance, students with school ID $11 and at the door after 6 PM on April 7, $16 for adults and $13 students.

To see the awesome new 2011 Banff Intro video and for more information regarding tickets, hours, contacts, directions, etc. visit our web at:


And back by popular demand, The Legendary Woodticks, playing traditional old-time string music.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Morgantown, WV, 7 PM, Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kranked Kids - Just down the Road
Canada, 2010, 4 minutes,
Directed and Produced by Bjørn Enga
Website: www.radical-films.com
Classification: General - no advisory
Focus: Mountain biking / Humour
Kranked Kids – Just down the Road is a delightful four-minute coming-of-age mountain bike parody

Life Cycles (Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour edit)USA, 2010, 14 minutes
Directed and Produced by Ryan Gibb and Derek Frankowski
Website: www.lifecyclesfilm.com
Classification: General – no advisory
Focus: Mountain Biking
Filmed in Ultra HD, Life Cycles provides some of the most visually stunning images the mountain sports world has ever seen. It’s a beautiful celebration of the bicycle, and is sure to amaze anyone who has ever ridden one.

Crossing the Ditch Best Film on Exploration and Adventure, sponsored by the Kicking Horse Coffee Company
Australia, 2009, 55 minutes
Produced by Greg Quail, Douglas Howard and Justin Jones
Website: www.quail.tv and www.crossingtheditch.com.au/
Classification: General – coarse language
Focus: human adventure; sea-kayaking
Spanning 2200 kilometres between Australia and New Zealand, the Tasman Sea is one of the world’s deadliest and most treacherous oceans. No one had ever successfully navigated the Tasman by kayak, although many had tried. Crossing the Ditch tells the story of two young Australians, James Castrission and Justin Jones, who battle ten meter towering waves, massive storms, shark-filled seas, and strong currents to conquer the Tasman Sea.

Khumbu Climbing School
USA, 2010, 8 minutes
Directed and Produced by Renan Ozturk and Corey Richards
Website: http://camp4collective.com
Classification: General - no advisory
Focus: Mountaineering, Human story / Culture
Through this beautifully crafted film, we learn how the Khumbu Climbing School has contributed to the safety of Nepali climbers, Sherpas and high-altitude support workers as they learn proper techniques for knot-tying, belaying, and ice climbing from world-class mountaineers. In Khumbu Climbing School, it's apparent that the school provides more than just training – as one experienced Sherpa says: “I always felt like a yak, even though I had been to the summit of Mount Everest. Now, I'm a climber."

Into Darkness
USA, 2010, 15 minutes
Directed and Produced by: John Waller
Website: www.uncagethesoul.com
Classification: General - no advisory
Focus: Caving, Environment
Into Darkness is a short adventure essay about the experience of exploring the secret underworld of caves. Journey along with a group of cavers who push through impossibly small passages to access some of the final frontiers on earth. The images and sounds of spectacular and remote wilderness caves will reveal a fantastic world unlike anything we experience on the surface.

The Swiss Machine
USA, 2010, 20 minutes
Produced by: Nick Rosen and Peter Mortimer
Website: www.senderfilms.com
Classification: Parental Guidance - coarse language
Focus: Climbing, Mountaineering
Ueli Steck may be the greatest speed alpinist the world has ever seen. In The Swiss Machine, Steck tells of his record-breaking ascents in the Alps, accompanied by stunning aerial footage that captures him racing up 2500-metre alpine faces. When he joins Alex Honnold in Yosemite, Steck sets his ultimate goal: to take his one-man alpine speed game to the largest, highest walls in the world.

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