banff-mountain-film-festival.jpgLake Placid, N.Y. - Hot on the heels of the largest and most prestigious mountain film festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will return for its eleventh year to Lake Placid, 7:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. This year's selection of over 2 hours of magnificent cinematography tells powerful stories that reflect a wide range of mountain experiences and portraits from mountain sports to mountain culture and the environment. Some highlights ... Take a Seat (26') follows a tandem bike rider on a two year journey from Alaska to South America... In Hunlen (12'), ice climbers kick   their way through a nail-biting first ascent ice climb of B.C.'s remote Hunlen Falls  ... Kranked - Revolve (11') is a high-adrenaline mountain bike journey from the insane Megavalanche race in the French Alps to the lush coast of British Columbia ... Signatures: Canvas of Snow (16") features skiers, snowboarders, a photographer and a noboarder-each in tune with this connection to winter and the environment they ride in. Selected from 305 entries from over 20 countries, this year's tour features a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2010 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. The Film Festival is now on world tour to more than 285 cities and towns to 30 countries across the globe in North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. Arrive after 7:00 pm and hear live, on stage,  music by the classic rock group, Split Rock. Tickets, which sell out in advance, are available at High Peaks Cyclery, 331 Main Street, Lake Placid,  518.523.3764, daily 10 am to 6 pm and at Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 518.523.2512. Tickets are $18 in advance or $21 at the door on January 31; (if still available, the show has sold out the past seven years). For additional information and film descriptions, visit:  http://www.chestnutmtnproductions.com/banff/lakeplacidhome1.htm The Banff Mountain Film Festival is sponsored by High Peaks Cyclery, The Mirror Lake Inn, Olympic Regional Development Authority, and Whiteface. Note to editors:  Images from the films are available at:  http://www.banffcentre.info/wikis/tourhost_media/index.php?title=Film_Images_-_World_Tour

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Lake Placid Center for the arts

January 31. 2010  

 MedeoZ France, 2008, 6 minutes; Directed and Produced by Guillaume Broust Website: http://kyom.blogspot.com/2008/02/og-team.html Classification: General - no advisory
  • * Focus: Multi-sport, humour, family-friendly
Filmed in the Mont Blanc range, this short features six different mountain sports: climbing, skiing, snowboarding, speed riding, paragliding and BASE jumping. Kranked - Revolve
  • * Canada, 2009, 11 minutes; Directed and produced by Bjørn Enga
  • * Website: http://www.radical-films.com/
  • * Classification: General - coarse language
  • * Focus: Mountain biking
The coolest human-powered adrenaline tool ever invented -- the mountain bike? "Revolve" blasts in cinematic glory from the French Alps to the lush coast of B.C., incorporating dirt jump, trail, freeride, slopestyle and downhill. A photographer wants to take one shot showing all the sports, instead of taking separate photos of each sport. It takes a lot of work! Take a Seat Special Jury Mention Dominic Gill's mission is to cycle the 32,000 kilometres from the northern coast of Alaska to the southern tip of South America, on a tandem bike, picking up random strangers on the way. A gripping tale of two years and two continents, full of extraordinary characters and incidents. The Ultimate Skiing Showdown
  • * Canada, 2009, 4 minutes; Directed and produced by David McMahon
  • * Website: http://www.xczone.tv/
  • * Classification: General - no advisory
  • * Focus: Nordic Skiing, Family-friendly
The final sprint showdown between the fastest skiers on Earth in juxtaposition with a stunt performer showing some of the sickest moves on Nordic skis. A lot of fun! Rowing the Atlantic
  • * USA, 2009, 26 minutes; Directed and produced by JB Benna
  • * Website: http://www.journeyfilm.com/
  • * Classification: General - no advisory
  • * Focus: Sea-kayaking, adventure, human story, family-friendly
A few years ago, Roz Savage gave up what for many would be an ideal life (husband, great job, big house), picked up a few pairs of rowing oars and a boat to go with them and set off across the Atlantic Ocean - alone - in a rowboat. Signatures: Canvas of Snow
  • * USA, 2009, 16 minutes
  • * Directed by: Nick Waggoner
  • * Produced by Ben Sturgulewski
  • * Website: http://www.sweetgrass-productions.com/
  • * Classification: General - no advisory
  • * Focus: Skiing, snowboarding and noboarding
In Japan there is a cultural connection to the different signatures of terrestrial home - a sense that the rhythm of fall, winter, spring and summer influences the rhythm of the person, their energy, their riding style and the lines they choose. This special edit features skiers, snowboarders, a photographer and a noboarder who are each in tune with this connection to winter and the environment they ride in. Hunlen
  • * Canada, 2009, 12 minutes; Directed and produced by Will Gadd
  • * Website: http://www.gravsports.com/
  • * Classification: General - no advisory
  • * Focus: Ice climbing
What happens if you show up to climb one of the biggest frozen waterfalls in Canada -- but it isn't completely frozen? Will Gadd and EJ Plimley battle to do the first ascent of B.C.'s remote Hunlen Falls. Falling ice, crashing water, fear, big fun! Project Megawoosh Special Jury Mention
  • * Germany, 2009, 4 minutes; Directed by Minh Duong
  • * Produced by Nikolas Hannack
  • * Website: http://www.okifilms.com/
  • * Classification: General, no advisory
  • * Focus: Humour, spoof
Bruno Kammerl, a German engineer, works to perfect the world's tallest human water slide.

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