Thirteen films to be shown at Peery's

Feb 17 2011 - 8:03pm

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“Fly or Die,” a film about free climbing and base jumping, screens Saturday.
“Fly or Die,” a film about free climbing and base jumping, screens Saturday.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival has been a fixture in Ogden for 12 years.

But for the first time, Jan Larson, who brings the festival to Ogden, was able to vote on which films should be accepted.

"I went up to Banff last fall to their film festival up there, where they review all the films and vote on them," said Larson, of the Ogden Valley Winter Sports Foundation. "The ones that are voted on up there are the ones that go on tour. We reviewed probably 50 or more films and met the producers and some of the real-life climbers and kayakers, those that are in the films."

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is a fundraiser for the Ogden Valley Winter Sports Foundation, which helps train competitive young skiers.

The Ogden event, which upgraded to a two-night event last year, covers the outdoors from ski life to wildlife to regional life in the backcountry around the globe.

There are comedic short films mixed with films that follow treks down rivers and waterfalls -- including emotional journeys such as in the featured Sunday film "A Life Ascending," which shows a town's life several years after an avalanche killed seven people in British Columbia.

"The one I am really excited about, which is on Saturday, is 'Eastern Rises.' It's fly-fishing in Russia. That is just fantastic," Larson said.

The Ogden foundation had to whittle the schedule from the 29 movies selected in Banff, Alberta, to 13 events to fit into two nights.

"It was really hard to pick this year, because every one of them was great. It would be great if we could show them all."

Larson said it's getting tougher every year to pick the films because the cinematography has excelled in the last decade.

"It's even gotten better with developments in digital photography," Larson said. "There was not one bad film we saw up in Banff. It's going to be harder to choose films because of the photography situation.

"The scenery is just outstanding and from all over the world."

THE SCHEDULE

Saturday

"Chimaera," 7 minutes, Canada, 2010. Unique slow-speed cameras capture the life of a man on the slopes.

"Fly or Die," 24 minutes, USA, 2009. Climber Dean Potter showcases Base Free Solo -- a combination of free climbing and base jumping.

"Eastern Rises," 38 minutes, USA, 2010. A look at the landscape, wildlife and fishing of Kamchatka Peninsula.

"AZADI: Freedom," 30 minutes, USA, 2010. A film that rediscovered the skiing terrain and life of Kashmir, torn apart by the violent militant insurgence of the '90s.

"Still Motion," 5 minutes, Canada, 2008. Motion-sensor cameras capture still photographs of a year's worth of wildlife research, streamed together in moving picture form.

"WildWater," 25 minutes, USA, 2010. A journey into the soul of white-water adventurers who take to the river to explore stunning scenery.

"Kranked-Kids: Just Down the Road," 4 minutes, Canada, 2010. A coming-of-age mountain-bike kid's parody.

Sunday

"Dream Result," 17 minutes, USA, 2009. Top athletes and friends take river adventures through Argentina and Norway, to kayak down the highest waterfall drops.

"Parking Garage: Beyond the Limit," 4 minutes, USA, 2008. A spoof of Discovery's "Everest: Beyond the Limit."

"A Life Ascending," 57 minutes, USA, 2010. A look at the life of mountaineering guide Ruedi Beglinger and his family on a remote glacier of the Selkirk Mountains, British Columbia, where a town is recovering after a deadly avalanche.

"Last Paradise," 26 minutes, New Zealand, 2010.The journey of a group of kids who became legendary extreme-sports pioneers is told through 45 years of footage.

"Rush Hour Dream," 5 minutes, Germany, 2009. An office worker falls asleep on a tramway, only to awaken to hang-gliding along a mountainside.

"The Swiss Machine," 20 minutes, USA, 2010. Profile of speed alpinist Ueli Steck and his record-breaking ascents in the Alps.

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