For the nineteenth year in a row, The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is making a stop in the Seacoast as a fundraiser for Goodwin Community Health. Typically known as a display of inspiring feats in visually stunning surroundings, this two and a half hour compilation of the best films from the festival in Banff Canada will enthrall and entertain you at the Music Hall in Portsmouth at 7:00 p.m. on February 12.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour offers thrill seekers lots of adrenaline pumping action, a window to world culture, and virtual exploration of mountain life across the globe. This stop of the tour will directly benefit local families in gaining access to quality, affordable health care through Goodwin Community Health.
“We personally preview all the films and select only the films we think will most inspire, grip and fascinate our Seacoast area fans. This year’s mix of films dive into the sheer drive of the human spirit, visually stunning landscapes and at least one or two films that make you want to hold your breath as you watch,” said Lara Willard, Community Relations Director of Goodwin Community Health. “We also aim to show a mix of snow, climbing and paddling adventures along with something you have never seen before like this year’s wing suit pilots in the film ‘Split of a Second.’ “
The Banff Mountain Film Festival, a program of The Banff Centre, is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road. With stops planned in about 400 communities and 40 countries across the globe, this year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival.
Tickets for the show usually sell out so it is suggested to get them early. Tickets are $26 at the Music Hall box office and are also available by phone or online for an additional $4 charge. For tickets and details contact The Music Hall Box Office at 603-436-2400 or visit http://www.themusichall.org/.
The 2014 Portsmouth stop of the World Tour will feature the following films:
Fire frees new lines for skiers, who revel in the newly-charred forest in The Burn.
Keeper of the Mountain
Elizabeth Hawley bucked the conventions of her time by settling alone in Kathmandu in 1960, where she began chronicling Himalayan expeditions for The Himalayan Database. Even as she turns 90, she continues to update these records with rigorous accuracy and dedication. Keeper of the Mountains (special edit) is her story.
35 is the story of one man’s personal challenge to climb 35 routes on his 35th birthday and a celebration of life lived to its fullest.
North of the Sun
Tucked between the cold Atlantic Ocean and the rocky slopes of a remote, arctic island, two young Norwegian adventurers discover their own private playground. They build themselves a cabin out of flotsam while clearing the beach of debris, then spend the long winter skiing and surfing in the haunting low light in North of the Sun (Nordfor Sola).
Split of a Second
Wingsuit pilots spend endless hours preparing for just a brief moment of flight – Split of a Second is an ode to that instant of ecstasy.
The first woman to climb the British grade of E9, Hazel Findlay, is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear, and big runouts. Spice Girl demonstrates how Hazel is shaking up the macho UK climbing scene.
Paddlers and cinematographers explore a world beyond the unexpected and find perfection in Cascada.
Sea of Rock
A bicycle found lodged on a climbing route in the Austrian Alps inspires two expert riders to follow in the treads of the early cyclists down the über-gnarly slopes of Sea of Rock.
From the chair to the air, wearing nothing but an avalanche beacon and a smile, a handful of skiers and snowboarders bear it all in Valhalla’s naked skiing segment.
Screenings of The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in the USA are presented by National Geographic and The North Face; sponsored by Deuter, Outdoor Research, Black Diamond, MSR, Clif Bar, and Cushe Footwear; with support from Petzl, Kicking Horse Coffee, World Expeditions, MEC, Bowmore, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and The Lake Louise Ski Area.