AND The Outland Mountain Shop

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Tickets are $5 for Caltech Students


From ice-climbing in the Canadian Rockies to paragliding in the Himalayas, from the nomadic lives of Tibetan herders to the climbing adventures of Biscuit the dog, this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour captures the spirit of mountain adventure. Be part of that adventure when the festival comes to The Caltech Ramo Auditorium on March 24th 2004 at 7:30 pm.

Films in this year's tour will take you to the ends of the earth and to adventures to be found in your own backyard. Featuring a wide variety of stories - from mountain sports, to mountain culture and environment - the festival explores virtually every corner of the globe, including Iceland, Norway, Mexico, Nepal, Bhutan, Montserrat, China, Siberia, Italy, Pakistan, Croatia, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.

Tour highlights are plentiful. Front Range Freaks: Biscuit (3') profiles a small dog with a big appetite for rock climbing. A Man Called Nomad (39') examines the dilemma of nomadic herders caught in the interface between their traditional lifestyle and the changing world around them. Wehyakin (36') follows a crew of international paddlers as they plunge through spectacular white water in Iceland, Norway, and Mexico. The Other Final (53') tells the story of a game between the lowest-ranked teams in international soccer - Bhutan and Montserrat. Played against a mountainous Bhutanese backdrop on the same day as the World Cup Final, this match is more about the love of sport than the final score.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is produced by Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre. The tour includes award-winning films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival, an annual event held in early November at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada. This year over 300 entries from 38 countries were entered in competition.

The world tour spans the globe, making its way to North and South America, Europe, South Africa, India, Poland and Iceland. Experience the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour with The Caltech Alpine Club and the Outland Mountain Shop in The Caltech Ramo Auditorium on March 24th 2004 at 7:30 PM. For tickets and information call the Caltech ticket office (1-888-2CALTECH) or The Outland Mountain Shop (626-568-8828).

Web site: www.banffmountainfestivals.ca


PROSPECTIVE FILM LIST:

 

 

Eiger North Face – In the Footsteps of Its First Climbers (Eiger-Nordwand – Auf den Spuren der Erstbesteiger)

2003 BEST FILM ON CLIMBING

(Switzerland, 2002, 52 minutes)

Directors: Frank Senn, Thomas Ulrich Producer: Otto Honegger

In 2002, the accomplished mountaineers Stephan Siegrist and Michal Pitelka take on the challenge of climbing the Eiger’s infamous North Face using equipment similar to that available to the first-ascent party in 1938. The documentary follows the two men in their attempt to repeat the original feat and observes their battles with themselves, the Eiger’s North Face and their unusual, outdated equipment.

 

Falling
(USA, 2003, 6 minutes)
Director/Producer: John Armstrong
This short film about waterfall kayaking beautifully captures the awe and exhilaration that kayakers experience when they are able to find harmony in a very special place.

 

Edge Dancing – A Journey across Siberia
(USA, 2003, 13 minutes)
Director/Producer: Joy Tessman
This is a story about two young kayaker/photographers whose nations had conditioned them to be enemies, but who came to depend on each other at the extreme edges of the disintegrating
Soviet Union.

 

Front Range Freaks: Biscuit * Custom World Tour Version
(USA, 2003, 3 minutes)
Director/Producer: Peter Mortimer
With encouragement from owner Tom, Biscuit — a small dog with an appetite for big climbs — makes her way up difficult and committing rock faces.

 

Focused: Shane McConkey * Custom World Tour Version
(USA, 2002, 10 minutes)
Directors/Producers: Steve Winter, Murray Wais, Scott Gaffney
Shane McConkey takes his usual antics on snow — and off — to the next level.

 

ROCKSTARS! – One Steep Planet * Custom World Tour Version
(Switzerland, 2003, 12 minutes)
Director: Alec Wohlgroth
Producer: Halsundbeinbruch Film
The Swiss Alps provide the backdrop for variety of wild stunts and escapades on and off the bike.

 

Janica Kostelic
(USA, 2003, 23 minutes)
Director/Producer: Bud Greenspan
The civil war of 1991 in Yugoslavia left the Kostelic family jobless and penniless, but with their mutual love for skiing intact. Ante Kostelic, a self-taught coach, would drive his two children, Janica and Ivica, to the Austrian Alps to train. Living out of their car, they often skied on closed or backcountry slopes, and slept outside at night. They arrived in
Salt Lake City with no expectations of what would happen when they took on the titans of Olympic alpine skiing.

 

Unlimited Winter * Custom World Tour Version
(Canada, 2003, 5 minutes)
Director/Producer: David McMahon
Mixing traditional and modern cross-country skiing, “Unlimited Winter” provides a dynamic and unusual look this sport. Featuring Olympic medalist Beckie Scott.

 

Xtreme Tramping – The Lord of the Springs
(Canada, 2003, 7 min)
Director: Todd Forsbloom
Producers: Todd Forsbloom, Jeremy Smith
This mockumentary follows an elite team of Xtrampers searching for the perfect backyard trampoline. The tricks, the tramps, the trespassing and the adrenaline highs all come to life in this hilarious comedy.