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FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 4
DOORS OPEN 6:00PM
FILMS BEGIN 7:00PM
Our Theory of Human Motivation | 3
What gets you up in the morning? There are the fundamentals: water, air, food. But from there it gets deeper. If you’re like us, it’s a need to thrive, grow, to become the person we dream of being. We wake up to close the gaps between the supposed to do’s and the want to do’s.
Homeland – Undiscovered Trails Of The Kackar Mountains | 4
Homeland, an adventure video project to showcase the unique riding locations of the Kackar Mountains in the northeast Turkey.
Camp Yoshi | 10
After moving to Oregon and falling in love with the ability to explore the outdoors with ease with his wife and two kids, Rashad Frazier knew he had to extend the invitation to others. Driven by the magic of his experiences, his background as a chef, and his love of good food and connecting people to incredible places that open up to conversation, he created Camp Yoshi, which curates custom outdoor adventures centered around shared meals and shared experience with the goal of creating a space for Black people and allies to unplug and in turn reconnect with the wilderness. By virtue of being in these places, Camp Yoshi’s trips transform historically segregated spaces into safe havens for community, conversation and nourishment.
Kyra: An Olympic Story | 8
At the Tokyo Olympics, Kyra Condie was one of four Americans to compete in the first ever Sport Climbing event. Kyra’s journey to the Olympic Games is remarkable. At age 11 she was diagnosed with severe idiopathic scoliosis and told that she would never climb again. She underwent a spinal surgery at age 13 and defying expectations, she ascended to the top of the sport.
The Wanderlust Women | 8
There was a time when Amira Patel had never hiked, and upon her first 3km hike up Rivington Pike with her mother, Aysha, she struggled. A few years on, and Amira has now inspired and created an outdoors community of over 1000 Muslim women in a social hiking group called “The Wanderlust Women.” This is Amira and Aysha’s story of joint turmoil resulting in a discovery of the outdoors, as well as their experiences of diversifying the space as Muslim women.
Latitude | 9
LATITUDE is a poetic short documentary film that follows four daring young women to the 79th parallel, under 700 miles from the North Pole to rediscover themselves amidst Svalbard’s epic arctic ocean sailing, ice mountain climbs, and ski descents. Shelby Dyer, Anna Marno, Brittney Ziebell & Jessica Baker are all former competitive skiers & they revisit what skiing means to them to find a new curiosity and love for a sport they’ve known all their lives.
The Outlaw Sport | 8
This film tells the story of Vancouver’s iconic North Shore mountain bike trails. You’ll learn how a group of colourful rogues kickstarted this sport and built a network of trails that have became world famous.
Spirit of the Peaks | 42
Caught between athletic passion and cultural obligation, a Hunkpapa Lakota skier learns to be a better relative to the mountains where he skis and to the people who once called them home.
Katie | 10
Katie Lee was the grande dame of Western singers and environmentalists. She was also an author, musicologist, storyteller, actress, songwriter, filmmaker, photographer, activist, poet and river runner, one of a handful who knew the 170 miles of Glen Canyon well. Before it was dammed, she made 16 trips down the river and even named some of the side canyons. Glen Canyon, and the river that ran through it, changed her life, so it’s not surprising that she never got over her horror at it being flooded under 500 feet of Colorado River water behind Glen Canyon Dam.
The River Runner | 86
The River Runner follows legendary expedition kayaker Scott Lindgren’s 20-year quest to be the first person to paddle the four great rivers that originate from Tibet’s sacred Mount Kailash. The film is not simply a jaw-dropping adventure, but also an intimate portrait of Lindgren as he navigates the terrifying terrain of trauma, addiction, and a life-threatening brain tumor. As a result of a rough upbringing, Lindgren forbade any sign of emotional vulnerability which fuelled his obsession and subsequent success in paddling the world’s most dangerous whitewater. The River Runner takes an honest look at adventure culture, and what is lost when outdoor pursuits take precedence over emotional well-being. When Lindgren’s demons finally scratch their way to the surface, he comes to recognize that to achieve his goals, he must reckon with his own definition of strength.
Balcony Opens and Films Begin at 12:30
Navarre – Paradise Lost | 3
Away | 4
Fantastic Sky – Switzerland | 4
Freezing November | 4
Jutland – Breath of the Seasons | 4
Midnight Sky | 4
La Palma | 8
SATURDAY MATINEE | FEBRUARY 5
DOORS OPEN 1:00PM
FILMS BEGIN 1:30PM
Revelation | 2
“The heat and the softness of the sunshine
The peace and the rawness of the storms and the cold.
The motion and the rhythm and the ebb and the flow
Of the tides and the wind
Of this glorious weather all around”
The Running Pastor | 8
Sverri Steinholm grew up chasing sheep up and down the rugged, exposed slopes of the Faroe Islands. Today he is a pastor of the Lutheran Church, the dominant religion on the island. He is also a compulsive runner, finding solace and spiritual refuge from personal conflicts and the burdens of priesthood on the trails and roads of his homeland. He may inhabit a very different world, but his words will ring true to anyone who has found peace in nature. “Somehow I am driven to it.”
Shred and Flow | 6
Robin Vieira and Sarah “Eddie” Edwards are quite different, but on mountain bikes, they complement each other perfectly. Together they push their limits and find ways to build confidence and community.
Down With Adventure | 8
Spending time outdoors has created a unique bond between Melody Buck Forsyth and Ruby, who was born with Down syndrome. Through their goal to visit all 62 national parks, the family hopes to inspire others.
Heritage | 4
Father and daughter Derek and Tahja Henderson explore the love for Nature that binds them together.
A Trail for Everyone | 13
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is developing a Trails Master Plan for Connected Communities. The Trails Master Plan (TMP) will create a vision for a recreation-focused lifestyle through community investment, shared stewardship, economic opportunity and important new local jobs, all benefiting economically disadvantaged communities in California’s Plumas, Sierra, Butte and Lassen Counties.
Chasing Ghosts | 16
Deep in remote Florida swamps, a team of researchers and photographers have made a new discovery that upends what we thought we knew about the ghost orchid, one of the world’s most iconic flowers, and how it reproduces. In their quest to identify the pollinator of the ghost orchid for the first time, this team spent three summers standing waist-deep in alligator- and snake-laden water, swatting air blackened by mosquitoes, and climbing to sometimes nausea-inducing heights. They came away with an even deeper love for Florida’s wildest wetlands and with surprising revelations that may help to conserve both the endangered orchid and its shrinking home.
Trail Floof | 7
Five dogs rescued from shelters tell the stories of their new lives after being adopted by owners in North Vancouver, who all happen to be mountain bikers… It’s pretty universally agreed that dogs are awesome – whether as trail dogs or best buddies. Trail Floof shows there can be a happy ending for stray and shelter dogs – join 5 North Vancouver puppers as they tell their stories living with their new owners who, whether first-timers or experienced trail builders, are all taking their new friends out with them on the trails.
The Last Last Hike | 20
83-year-old Nimblewill Nomad has become the oldest person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. But he didn’t start at Springer Mountain, Georgia – his trek began on Flagg Mountain in Alabama, the true southern terminus of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Throughout his odyssey, he’s meeting hikers along the way and sharing the magic of Flagg Mountain, where he has been the caretaker for the past three years. With more than two decades and 50,000 miles of hiking experience behind him, will this really be his last last hike?
My Last Day of Summer | 9
It is the last day of summer and Julia is at the local bike shop hoping that her bike can be fixed. While checking out the flashy displays of new bikes and shiny components, a comic book catches her eye. The comic explores a world which stylizes the sights and sounds she experiences on the trails. The comic captures her imagination and she soon finds herself on a ride like none other.
Dead Last | 8
Having been born without the lower part of her left arm, 26-year-old Kaitlin Heatherly had never considered her potential as a world champion rock climber, let alone much outside of her comfort. But after attending a SheLift retreat for women with physical differences in Moab, and the encouragement of paraclimbing mentors, Kaitlin discovered her latent talent and passion for the sport. Within 5 months of training, Kaitlin entered herself into the national paraclimbing competition, placing her into the world championships. This is a story that follows an unassuming athlete’s journey to worlds and the impact that community and recreation can have on one’s self-esteem.
Shaba | 12
In the mountains of northern Kenya, a Samburu community is doing something that has never been done before. They’ve built a sanctuary for orphaned elephants to try to rehabilitate them back to the wild. The project is not just changing local attitudes about elephants, it’s changing attitudes about women too because the secret to Reteti’s success is all because of the special bond between a group of local women keepers and one special elephant named Shaba.
Tadpoles: The Big Little Migration | 9
The Big Little Migration is a unique mini documentary and a world first. The movie documents the incredible daily migration of the western toad tadpoles, a designated threatened species, and one that faces constant risk from urban development.
The Long River Home | 20
The Long River Home is a 20 minute documentary film about overcoming the residual impacts of war through kayaking with a team. Aaron Howell and Russell Davies are combat veterans who were injured in war and now come together for another mission as they guide blind Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, on his third trip through the Grand Canyon. Over a 14 day river trip they battle more than 80 powerful rapids, screaming directions to Lonnie the whole way. Always looming downstream roars Lava Falls, the largest rapid of them all. Throughout the journey they remember their past experiences and learn that negotiating the rapids of life is as simple as forming a team, kicking out in the current, and finding a line through the chaos.
Myrtle Simpson: A Life on Ice | 35
Myrtle Simpson narrates the story of three of her most dramatic and significant expeditions, starting with the Edinburgh Andean Expedition to Peru in 1958, her record-breaking success on the Scottish Trans-Greenland Expedition to cross Greenland in 1965 and her team’s attempt to be the first unsupported expedition to reach the North Pole in 1969.
SATURDAY | FEBRUARY 5
DOORS OPEN 6:00PM
FILMS BEGIN 7:00PM
Stoke Your Fire | 1
Reminiscing on the good times and reminding us that although the world has changed, the “Wild” hasn’t, and neither have we. So stoke the fire burning inside you and get outside and explore.
The Titans | 4
The result of ancient volcanic eruptions and millions of years of intense erosion, the Faroe Islands rise tall and steep out of the waters of the North Atlantic. Abrupt, rocky drop-offs plunge into huge ocean swells every day. It is from these cliffs that friends Øssur Debes Eiriksfoss and Jóni Christiansen do what they think any reasonable person should want to do: jump off.
Write Your Line | 3
As a kid, Ben dreams of reaching the level of his favorite athletes, who have become legends today. During his ski descent, he finds himself sharing his ride with the greatest. This descent will go viral on the internet, provoking the craze of future generations, all curious to see such a sharing.
Switzerland Paradise | 6
Kilan Bron brings his mountain bike to to Switzerland, one of the world’s most beautiful adventure playgrounds, to capture the spectacular beauty of the country with beautiful mountain peaks along the way.
Pathfinder – Life Beyond Fear | 10 *
Pathfinder is a tale about the human spirit.
The film follows six world-class slackliners (Highliners) on a mission deep into the Norwegian mountains to attempt something that’s never been seen before: Walking a thin line, elevated in the vastness between two colossal cliffs, illuminated only by the mystical northern lights. The yearning that drives adventurers and explorers to climb the highest peaks, sail endless oceans, and cross vast deserts in the name of progress, is the same passion that drives these slack-liners to attempt what has still been unclaimed. Through the extreme conditions and endless challenges, we learn about their elemental desire to explore the limits of humankind.
Big Speed | 12
Experience the world of Toto and Stef like you have never seen it before. They are on an Epic trip to paraglide off of the peaks of the French and Italian Alps.
A Grand Journey | 15
Born and raised in Jackson, WY Kira has found a great love for the outdoors. Her lifestyle involves hiking, skiing, biking and pursuing her career as a yoga instructor. Kira was born with a rare birth defect and had her lower leg amputated as a child. Since being able to walk, she has used a prosthetic leg. While some might see this as a major setback, Kira’s fiery passion and athleticism drives her to achieve her goals and amaze those around her with her achievements. Climbing the iconic Grand Teton has been a childhood dream of Kira’s. In A Grand Journey short documentary film we get an intimate look into Kira’s unique but incredibly relatable journey as she attempts to take on a goal she herself may not believe is possible.
Kwanza | 30
Mike Dawsom teamed up with South African Dewet Michau & Brit Jake Holland, who, despite the odds being stacked against them, embraced the challenge of the Kwanza and raced against time to descend the mighty rapids before they are drowned by dams.
The Alpinist | 95
Marc-André Leclerc climbs alone, far from the limelight. The free-spirited 23-year-old makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. With no cameras and no margin for error, Leclerc’s approach is the essence of solo adventure.
Fan Favorite Films from our First 9 Years
Balcony Opens and Films Begin at 12:30
A Slug’s Abode | 3
Stars and Mountains | 3
ATMÓS | 4
Approach of Winter | 5
Tempus Fugit | 6
Namibia | 7
SUNDAY MATINEE | FEBRUARY 6
DOORS OPEN 1:00PM
FILMS BEGIN 1:30PM
Maneuvers | 4
Maneuvers (Manöver) is an experimental animation combining skiing with stop-motion animation.
The Wauhatchie School | 4
Dr. Jean Lomino, Founder of Wauhatchie School and Forest School Teacher Institute, here in Chattanooga TN, shares her belief that children need to experience nature on a regular basis.
Color Outside | 9
After seeing a lack of representation on the trails in Utah, Nailah Blades-Wylie, a marketing director and mom of two, took things into her own hands to create a safe space for women of color to explore together.
The Greenhouse | 5
Bhutan’s constitution mandates that 60% of its land must remain as forests. With over half of its land coverage protected, the country has been able to preserve its lush and diverse ecosystems. But, as Bhutan’s economic prosperity has soared and poverty has been cut by two-thirds in the last decade, its natural biodiversity, once sacred, is being sacrificed. The Greenhouse is a film about a man’s commitment to preserving his land, as both his personal mission and as a lesson to his son.
The Palisades Project | 20
Within the last few decades, a love for motorized and mechanized recreation has created a wave of opposition to the protections provided by the Wilderness Act of 1964. As this conflict spreads across the west and around the globe, The Palisades Project uses a little known landscape located in the Northwest corner of Wyoming to expose this issue and inspire opposing sides towards a solution.
Escaladora | 11
It’s easy to say “the outdoors doesn’t discriminate” if you’ve never faced discrimination yourself. For Monserrat Alvarez Matehuala, bringing her full identity as a woman of color to rock climbing has been both challenging and healing. That’s why she’s building safe, women-of-color-led experiences to empower others in the outdoors.
From My Window | 17
From her bedroom window, Melissa Simpson looks out at the highest peaks in Colorado. Despite being so close, the mountains have always been worlds away for Melissa, who was born with cerebral palsy. With the help of her friend and mentor, blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, Melissa sets out to conquer something far greater than a summit. Through humility and grace, Melissa proves that what is within us, is stronger than what’s in our way.
Naretoi | 27
Naretoi, which means “women empowering women” in KiMaasai, is a documentary film that follows a group of Maasai and American women on a self supported expedition to the summit of Mount Kenya.
Uncarved Block | 10
Climbers Ronnie Dickson and Tony DiSanto explore the potentials of man and machine in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Bayandalai | 12
Bayandalai is an elder of the Dukhas tribe, a reindeer herder living nomadically in northern Mongolia, caring for his animals within the largest forest on Earth – the Taiga. Through his connection with the reindeer, and with the Taiga, Bayandalai has access to spiritual truths and higher consciousness that he may not be able to pass on to his 21st century tribespeople before the lures of city life, jobs, money, houses, things entice them away.
Sweet Home Kamchatka | 25
Ekaterina Osichkina, 19, and junior world skiing champion. She has put Kamchatka in the mouth of the whole community of this sport. Will it be for its blunt superiority? Or for his charisma out of series? We follow her to her home, in the far east of Russia, where together we will discover the wild beauty of this secluded place in the world, as we climb much more active volcanoes than we expected.
Out of the Blue | 42
A mysterious character engages a combination of street artists and mountain alpinists for an unthinkable project located in the Oberland summits of Switzerland.
SUNDAY | FEBRUARY 6
DOORS OPEN 6:00PM
FILMS BEGIN 7:00PM
Madman Trails Of Bhutan | 4
Join Wyn Masters, Cody Kelley, and Florent Poilane as they explore Bhutan by bike.
The Black Stonefly | 6
Gian Lawrence is a fly fisherman and outdoorsman with a unique origin story. Growing up in Puyallup and Tacoma’s Hilltop, he fell into a life of crime, violence and destitution until a near-death experience opened his eyes and his soul to the outdoors and a sport largely inaccessible for young black men like himself, fly fishing.
We Are Like Waves | 13
WE ARE LIKE WAVES is an intimate look into how surfing changes Sanu’s life, documenting the struggles and breakthroughs of becoming a female Sri Lankan surfer. Sanu must decide if she wants to continue a typical life as a housewife, or risk carving her own path as a surfer. This is a story of finding one’s voice in a sea of expectations.
Ascend: Reframing Disability in the Outdoors | 10
Vasu is not seeking to inspire you to feel good. His trauma doesn’t exist solely to benefit the education of others. He is seeking to inspire you to move mountains. To take action. Skiing is the method, but the real mountains are the “isms” that fail to support Disabled communities, communities of color and so many others for whom access has not been a right. Through his personal journey and the attempt of a new objective, the famed line “The Skillet” on Mt. Moran, and through over 40,000 “dips to Nirvana,” we hear his truth and begin to comprehend what it might look like to be in solidarity.
The Fish & The Flame | 14
When a supposedly extinct fish resurfaces in the path of oncoming wildfire, a Colorado biologist braves the flames on a daring rescue mission.
Metanoia | 22
Before exit restrictions and bans on contacts should dominate the news in March 2020, the Mountain Tribe Crew embarks on a ski touring adventure in the Otztal Alps. An old customs hut on the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, which is closed in winter, serves as accommodation. The pandemic situation is worsening faster than expected. The initially euphoric mood fades and an inner tension spreads among freeriders. After extensive contact with the valley, relatives and the police, the decision is made to end the film project early. However, the quarantined Otztal and the applicable restrictions make it difficult to travel home.
Desire Lines | 20
Follow world-record highliner Mia Noblet as she returns to her hometown of Nelson, British Columbia, to combine highlininging and backcountry skiing in and around her local ski resort, Whitewater. With the support of her family and lifelong friends, Mia pushes the limits of her sport in a way she could never have imagined had she not come back home. For Mia, coming home is a progression, not a regression.
Girls Gotta Eat Dirt | 7
The story of three best friends, roommates, and riding partners with a taste for the finer things. And plenty of dirt on their jorts.
Lock Down, Rock Up | 10
Jerome Mowat takes us through the challenges he faced as a front-line paramedic during the global pandemic and how he used rock climbing as an escape.
Obsession | 7
Ice climber David Roetzel is the first person to free solo every major ice formation in Colorado’s famed East Vail. This involved climbing more than 1,000 feet of ice in a single day without fall protection.
Mothered by Mountains | 16
A man’s place is on the mountain, a woman’s place is in the home. That’s the message Pasang Lhamu had always heard but was never willing to accept. Her go-against-the-grain nature made her Nepal’s first mountaineering instructor and National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year. What was supposed to be a film about women empowerment becomes something so much more as Pasang and Sareena, a punk rocker and unlikely climbing companion, attempt a first ascent together.
Les Eaux Blanches (The White Waters) | 53
Five friends travel to Iceland – this holy land of waterfalls to try and push their limits, always with the same questions in mind : “ Why do we always feel like we have to throw ourselves down waterfalls ? Why do we paddle ? Why ? ”