OGDEN — The Banff Mountain Film Festival will stop in Ogden as part of its world tour.
The festival will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in downtown Ogden.
The Canada-based film festival tour will feature short films from around the globe involving the world’s top adventurers and beautiful mountain landscapes. Films vary in topic, ranging from winter mountain sports like skiing and dog sledding to warmer mountain sports like rock climbing and kayaking.
The 2017 tour stops in 450 communities in 40 countries.
The film festival is presented by Ogden Valley Winter Sports Foundation and serves as a fundraiser for the organization, according to the event’s Facebook page. The OVWSP sponsors the junior race program at Snowbasin ski resort.
Tickets, at $18 for one night or $30 for both nights, are available at the Egyptian Theater’s website. Tickets for Saturday’s films are close to sold out, but a handful of single seats are available. Plenty of tickets are available for Sunday, according to Janifer Larson, local event director for the Ogden venue of the film festival.
Summaries for the films come from Banff’s website. One of Sunday’s films, “Ace and the Desert Dog,” was shot in Utah. Larson says that film is among her favorites. “Any dog story is wonderful,” she explains. “I’m a dog person.”
Saturday, Feb. 18, films
“Max Your Days” — Summer solstice on Canada’s West Coast — the possibilities are endless.
“Poumaka” — With hopes of summiting the elusive Poumaka Tower, American bouldering champion, Angie Payne, leaves everything she knows behind, venturing into the French Polynesian jungle with veteran climber and explorer Mike Libecki.
“The Accord” — Removed from the hustle and bustle of the tropical surf world, Iceland’s surfers confront the the harsh reality of the unforgiving North Atlantic wind.
“Four Mums in a Boat” — When four middle-aged working British mothers announce they wanted to row the Atlantic Ocean, their families think they had lost their minds. Larson says this one is “hilarious.”
“Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out” — On his day off, Danny MacAskill explores the rural landscape around Edinburgh in this film, which sets out to capture the simple fun of a ride in the country.
“Doing It Scared” — Eighteen years after an accident that left him partially paralyzed, climber Paul Pritchard returns to the Totem Pole to find out if he has recovered enough to finish the climb.
“Iran: A Skiers Journey” — Cautioned not to travel to Iran, skiers Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots decide to go anyway. They find comfort, bedazzlement and a surprisingly cool ski culture.
“Trail Dog” — In a small village in the southeast of France, a young man explores the mountains with his dogs. The film is an ode to the beauty and happiness that can be found in the simplest of things — friendship.
“Young Guns” — Meet the new faces of climbing: 14-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 15-year-old Kai Lightner. These two learn some hard but important lessons that will carry them to even greater heights.
Sunday, Feb. 19, films
“Metronomic” — High above the Gorges du Verdon, a blend of artists and high-level balancing athletes play a high-energy symphony devoted to risk.
“Fifty” — Follow one man's attempt to run 50 mountain marathons over 50 peaks in just 50 days in New Zealand, in order to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation.
“Packing It Out” — Follow the guys from the “Packing It Out” crew as they pick up litter — and inspire those they meet — along the Pacific Coast Trail.
“Dog Power” — Get a fascinating view of the world of dog-powered sports and the bond between dogs and their humans.
“Ruin & Rose” — Follow talented freeskiers as they tackle very different terrain in search of gorgeous jumps in Whistler and big lines in Alaska.
“Shift” — Near a sacred mountain in the Yukon, an Indigenous community transforms itself into a world-class mountain biking destination.
“Ace and the Desert Dog” — For his 60th birthday, adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Khan, set out on a 60-day trek in Utah’s canyon country.
“Super Salmon” — Those who plan to construct a hydroelectric mega-dam on Alaska’s Susitna River say it wouldn’t affect the salmon runs because of its location — upstream of where fish usually swim. Tell that to the Super Salmon.