Join the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association at the 2023 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, February 24th and 25th at the Fox Event Center in Redlands CA. Tickets are $30; purchase a membership to SGWA and receive a free ticket. Tickets will be held at the theater will-call office. See below for film descriptions.
Fox Event Center 123 Cajon St, Redlands, CA 92373
Friday Feb 24
“Flow” – Follow skier Sam Favret into a closed resort during the winter of 2021, with doses of unreality, serenity, powerful skiing, and the pleasure of rediscovering a playground in its wild state.
“The Fastest Girl in the Village” – As a girl growing up in Lesotho, Khothalang Leuta never imagined she could become a bike racer. See what can be accomplished when opportunity is provided.
“Nuisance Bear” – Best Film: Environment. Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, is famous as an international destination for photographing polar bears. Through a shift in perspective this film reveals an obstacle course of tourist paparazzi and wildlife officers whom bears must navigate during their annual migration.
“Wild Waters” (tour edit) – Audience Choice Award. French kayaker and Olympic hopeful Nouria Newman prepares to become the first female kayaker to run a 100-foot waterfall. Refusing to conform to the expectations of others enables her to use kayaking as a way to transform into her truest self, and become a once-in-a-generation kayaker.
“Creation Theory” – Creative Excellence Award. Nature’s raw elements converge in the Westfjords of Iceland, taking us on a journey from the interstellar birth of gravity and rhythm to their ultimate human creative expression: surfer on wave, snowboarder on peak, and musician on stage.
“Reel Rock 16: Cenote” – A young papaya farmer discovers the joy of climbing in the crystalline limestone sinkholes of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.
“Free to Run” – When the Taliban takes over Afghanistan, and threatens the basic human rights of women across the country, UN human rights attorney and mountain runner Stephanie Case must fight to find a way forward for the Afghan women of her NGO, Free to Run, while also undertaking the longest and hardest ultra trail race of her life.
“Do a Wheelie” – Danny MacAskill and a host of friends push the boundaries of the humble wheelie and learn a thing or two from friends old and new.
Saturday Feb 25
“Alta” – A team of high performance riders travels to Alta, Utah, for a spring freeskiing session that delivers a variety of styles and conditions of skiing.
“Reel Rock: Bridge Boys” – A horizontal big-wall adventure on the longest crack climb ever attempted.
“Continuum” – Everything is connected. Each ride is an extension of the cycling adventure before and each reentry is a transition to the next launch.
“Before They Fall” – A decades-long battle to protect the remaining old-growth forests of British Columbia escalates when conservation groups, First Nations, scientists, and land defenders block a logging company from accessing the last unprotected ancient watershed on southern Vancouver Island.
“A Baffin Vacation” – Erik Boomer and Sarah McNair-Landry set off on a 45-day expedition traveling through the remote landscape of Baffin Island above the Arctic Circle in search of stunning cliffs to climb and unexplored rivers to kayak.
“Wood Hood” – Best Short Film. DeVaughn is a 15-year-old kid from New York City who loves skateboarding and craves a quiet place to escape the chaos of his home, the city, and kids that steal from him. During a weekend group camping trip in the woods, we witness the joy and growth that is possible when kids have an opportunity to find that quiet place.
“Doo Sar: A Karakoram Ski Expedition Film” (tour edit) – Andrzej Bargiel and Jedrek Baranowski set off to the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan for a skiing adventure full of passion and love at nearly 20,000 feet. “North Shore Betty” – The misty forests above North Vancouver, British Columbia, are hallowed ground for mountain biking, a place so harrowing it’s influenced every aspect of the sport for over 30 years. It’s also where Betty Birrell, at age 45, picked up mountain biking after a career as a mountaineer and professional windsurfer. Three decades later, the single mother is a role model for her son, her friends and anyone she’s met along the way.