PORTSMOUTH, March 7, 2018 — The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is making a stop in the seacoast as a fundraiser for Goodwin Community Health and Families First. The annual event, now in its 23rd year, will run for back-to-back nights on March 14th and 15th. Each night will feature its own unique line up of the world’s best mountain culture films. Attendees can come for one night or both.

The 2018 World Tour features a collection of adrenaline-charged and thought-provoking films that explore life in the mountains. They highlight remote cultures, intense expeditions into exotic landscapes and bring adrenaline-packed action sports into sharp focus. This world renowned Film Festival invites attendees to get off the beaten path and explore the edge of the believable. The event takes place at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Doors open at 6 p.m. and films begin at 7 p.m.

Event proceeds assist local families in accessing quality, affordable primary and preventive health care services, free from cultural and economic barriers through Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth or Families First Health & Support Center in Portsmouth and Seabrook.

“These films are collections of wild, inspiring, and exhilarating places and people,” said Lara Willard Community Relations Director for Goodwin Community Health. “The stories are as diverse and dynamic as the corners of the globe they come from. They are short movies about outdoor adventurers, explorers and daredevils who paddle, peddle, climb, ski, swim and even fly about in some of the most breath-taking scenic sites on Earth.”

The festival will screen eight films per evening — including short, four-to-five minute films interspersed with longer, 35-plus minute features — with a unique set of films showing each night.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out. Tickets usually sell out so get them early. Tickets are $24.50 at The Music Hall Box Office and are also available by phone or online for an additional $5 charge. For tickets and details contact The Music Hall Box Office at 603-436-2400 or visit http://www.themusichall.org/.

The Portsmouth stop of the 2018 World Tour will feature the following films:


Wednesday, March 14


Where the Wild Things Play

2017, USA, 4 minutes

Filmmaker: Krystle Wright


There’s an ongoing discussion of why there aren’t more females in the adventure industry; whether it’s in big mountain skiing, climbing, or whitewater kayaking. Well, it’s about time we found out Where the Wild Things Play!



2016, Canada, 14 minutes

Filmmaker: Anthony Bonello, Switchback Entertainment Inc


Kilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn’t consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run the Seven Summits of Romsdalen in a single day, a 77 kilometre route with 9,000 metres of elevation gain.



2016, USA, 9 minutes

Filmmaker: Katie Stjernholm, Balcony Nine Media


At the ripe old age of 90, Yvonne Dowlen has been ice skating for as long as she can remember. Edges is a celebration of a life well lived.


DugOut (Tour Edit)

2017, UK, 41 minutes

Filmmaker: Benjamin Sadd


PG – Coarse Language and Nudity

Ben and James decide to travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an indigenous community, learn from them how to build a canoe from scratch, then take that canoe on a journey… What could go wrong?


Ice Call – Backyards Project – Sam Favret

2016, France, 3 minutes

Filmmaker: PVS Company


Try to keep up to freerider Sam Favret as he gives us a new perspective of the mythical Mer de Glace, at the heart of Mont-Blanc.


Dreamwalkers – The Faroes Project (Tour Edit)

2017, Australia, 17 minutes

Filmmaker: Chris Eyre-Walker, Chris Eyre-Walker Photography


Four friends set out on an adventure to be the first to highline in one of the most unlikely of places: the Faroe Islands.


The Last Honey Hunter

2017, Canada, 35 minutes

Filmmaker: Ben Knight, Felt Soul Media


PG – Coarse Language

Maule Dhan Rai is the last man in the remote Nepal village of Saadi who’s been visited in a dream by a wrathful forest spirit called Rongkemi. If no one else in the village has the dream, a generations-old tradition may die.


Intersection: Micayla Gatto

2017, USA, 5 minutes

Filmmaker: Lacy Kemp, Juicy Studios

Website: http://juicystudios.com/

Best Film: Mountain Sports

Mountain biker Micayla Gatto takes the viewer into her world as a painter and as an athlete, riding through beautifully created masterpieces where colours come to life and reality blends with art.



Thursday, March 15


Imagination: Tom Wallisch

2017, Canada, 5 minutes

Filmmaker: Sherpas Cinema

Website: www.sherpascinema.com

Best Film: Snow Sports

Have you ever been that little kid sitting in the back seat of your parents’ car, wishing you were somewhere else? So you imagine a skier on the side of the road, your fingers commanding back flips and roof drops, improbable rail slides and huge airs. Well, what if your imagination came to life?



2017, USA, 8 minutes

Filmmaker: Scott Hardesty, Ultralite Films


Forty-three countries down, Hera van Willick rides her bicycle across continents, fully self-supported, sharing her journey and what she has learned along the way.


Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic

2016, Germany, 52 minutes

Filmmaker: Jochen Small, Drehxtrem, Red Bull Media House


PG – Coarse Language

Special Jury Mention

3 National Geographic “Adventurers of the Year” embark on an insane kayaking mission in Greenland. With kite skis, they tow their white water kayaks over 1000 km of the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the most northern river ever paddled.


Surf The Line

2016, France, 3 minutes

Filmmaker: Hello Emotion


For The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life.


My Irnik

2017, Canada, 16 minutes

Filmmaker: Matthew Hood


Originally from Montreal, Conor falls in love with the northern way of life, and a woman, in the Canadian Arctic. Now the young father helps to pass on the native traditions and ancestral culture to his son, as he learns them himself.



2016, UK, 4 minutes

Filmmaker: Ian Derry, Archer’s Mark


Best Short Film

For freediver Johanna Nordblad, diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries.


Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa

2017, Canada, 14 minutes

Filmmaker: Sherpas Cinema


Apa Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest 21 times, but he wouldn’t wish this upon anybody. Having grown up in the remote Khumbu region of Nepal, Apa was forced to leave school and work as a porter at the age of 12. For Nepal’s rural people, the income earned as a high altitude porter conflicts with the dreams made possible only through education and knowledge.



2017, USA, 25 minutes

Filmmaker: Cedar Wright and Taylor Keating

Website: www.cedarwright.com

Classification: 14A – Coarse Language & Violence

Maureen Beck has never let the fact that she is missing her lower left arm hold her back from climbing. She doesn’t want to be considered a good one-armed climber, or a good female climber…she just wants to be a plain good climber.


About the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival:
Immediately following the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, held annually in November in Banff, Alberta, Canada, a selection of the top films submitted to the Festival go on a tour around the world. Host organizations in each tour location help to choose a program that reflects the interests of their community, creating a unique celebration of adventure and adventurers at each stop. The World Tour spans the globe, reaching over 400,000 audience members.

About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity:
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential.

For details about the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the World Tour and Banff Centre, please contact:
Megan Smith
Ph: 403.762.6401
Email: megan_smith@banffcentre.ca
Website: www.banffcentre.ca

Screenings of The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Canada and the USA are presented by The North Face; sponsored by Deuter, Clif Bar & Company, Mountain House, Oboz Footwear, Yeti Coolers, Buff® and Rab; with support from Petzl, Kicking Horse Coffee, World Expeditions, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Summer Gondola, Mammut and Banff and Lake Louise.


Media contact
Lara Willard, Goodwin Community Health, 603-516-2558, lwillard@GoodwinCH.org, www.GoodwinCH.org

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