January 17, 2010 – The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure back to Portsmouth, New Hampshire at the Portsmouth Music Hall on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 7pm, doors open at 6pm.

The Portsmouth stop of the tour is underwritten by Jay McFarland of Hampton Ford Hyundai. For the fifteenth year in a row, proceeds will benefit Avis Goodwin Community Health Center, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit that provides people in NH access to quality medical, mental and dental healthcare and services, based on ability to pay.

“The 2010/2011 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world,” says Jay McFarland of Hampton Ford Hyundai. “We are happy to help bring such a quality experience to the seacoast and at the same time, helping Avis Goodwin provides local people with much needed access to affordable healthcare.”

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. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will stop in about 350 communities and 32 countries across the globe. From approximately 260 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe.

Traveling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports is what the Banff Film Festival is all about. This year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival. The Portsmouth show will feature films ranging in length from five to forty minutes and include:

Dream Result— Expeditions to Norway and a quest for waterfalls throughout Argentina and the US. A follow up to a Radical Reels film, in which one of the kayakers almost died. Features White-water kayaking. www.Rev-Inn.com

Fly or Die—Cutting edge climber Dean Potter combines free solo climbing and BASE jumping leading to a daring evolution of the sport. Features rock climbing, Free-base jumping and. www.senderfilms.com

The Fall Line—After losing his legs in a grenade blast, Calhoun endures a tortuous recover and finds freedom on the ski slopes of Aspen Colorado. Features Downhill Skiing/ a Human Story www.tylerstableford.com

Last Paradise—A maverick bunch of kids in New Zealand show 45 years of stunning original footage, reliving their journey as legendary extreme sports pioneers on the roads less traveled. Features Human Adventure/Extreme Sports: Surfing, Skiing and others. www.lastparadisefilm.com

Tickets are $25 and are expected to sell-out. For tickets and information contact Avis Goodwin Community Health Center’s Carleen Nicholson at 603-516-2542, cnicholson@agchc.org, visit www.AvisGoodwinCHC.org or contact the Music Hall box Office at www.themusichall.org

About Avis Goodwin Community Health Center

Avis Goodwin Community Health Center (AGCHC) is the only non-profit community health center in Strafford County, New Hampshire that focuses on providing high-quality, affordable medical, dental and mental health services for all, regardless of the ability to pay. To learn more about AGCHC, visit www.AvisGoodwinCHC.org

About Hampton Ford Hyundai

For over 53 years, the McFarland Family has been serving New Hampshire’s seacoast at their North Hampton and Exeter New Hampshire locations. There are currently two generations of the McFarland family actively working in the business. Since its onset in 1957, the McFarland philosophy has emphasized a personal relationship with employees and customers. The state-of-the-art service and collision facilities, value pricing, and friendly staff help make the Hampton experience truly unique. From overnight test drives to innovative pre-owned exchange policy, you’ll be glad you chose Hampton Ford Hyundai for your all of your vehicle needs.

Media contact:

Lara Willard, 603-516-2558, lwillard@agchc.org *Film images available*

Banff Contact:
Jill Sawyer, Media & Communications Officer, The Banff Centre
phone: 403-762-6475 fax: 403-762-6158
email: jill_sawyer@banffcentre.ca

website: www.banffmountainfestivals.ca

The screenings of The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Canada and the USA are presented by National Geographic, The North Face, and Parks Canada; sponsored by Deuter, OR (Outdoor Research), Three Cups of Tea/Stones into Schools, Primaloft, Tom’s of Maine, ProBar; with support from MSR (Mountain Safety Research), Fernie Alpine Resort, Petzl, World Expeditions & Mountain Hard Wear.

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