Banff World Tour Films 2023

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.

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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.