Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Film line-up for Cleveland stop of Banff Mountain FF World Tour

Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, climb the highest peaks and see a beautiful celebration of the bicycle when you attend the 2011 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Cleveland on April 15 and 16 at the Masonic Temple. On The Edge Films has just announced the film line-up (notice it's a different line-up each night) and you can buy advance tickets for one or both nights at Century Cycles -- we're the event's exclusive bike store sponsor. More ticket and event details here. See you there!

Life Cycles
Canada, 2010, 14 minutes
Directed and Produced by Ryan Gibb and Derek Frankowski
Classification: General - no advisory
Focus: Mountain Biking
Filmed in Ultra HD, Life Cycles provides some of the most visually stunning images the mountain sports world has ever seen. It's a beautiful celebration of the bicycle, and is sure to amaze anyone who has ever ridden one.

Parking Garage: Beyond the Limit
USA, 2008, 4 minutes
Directed by: John Dabrowski
Produced by: Mark Odlum
Classification: Some adult references
Focus: Humor
A spoof of the Discovery Channel Show, Everest: Beyond the Limit.

Crossing the Ditch
Best Film on Exploration and Adventure
Australia, 2009, 55 minutes
Produced by Greg Quail, Douglas Howard & Justin Jones
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Classification: General - coarse language
Focus: sea-kayaking, human adventure
Spanning 2200 kilometres between Australia and New Zealand, the Tasman Sea is one of the world's deadliest and most treacherous oceans. No one had ever successfully navigated the Tasman by kayak, although many had tried. Crossing the Ditch tells the story of two young Australians, James Castrission and Justin Jones, who battle ten-metre towering waves, massive storms, shark-filled seas, and strong currents to conquer the Tasman Sea.


Into Darkness
USA, 2010, 15 minutes
Directed and Produced by John Waller
Classification: General - no advisory
Focus: Caving
Into Darkness is a short adventure essay about the experience of exploring the secret underworld of caves. The images and sounds of spectacular and remote wilderness caves will reveal a fantastic world unlike anything we experience on the surface.

Last Paradise
(Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour edit)
New Zealand, 2010, 26 minutes
Directed and Produced by Clive Neeson
Classification: General - no advisory
Focus: Human Adventure / Extreme Sports: Surfing, Skiing and others
In the remote wilderness of New Zealand, when necessity was the mother of invention, a maverick bunch of kids concocted a dream that they would one day share with the world. In Last Paradise, through 45 years of stunning original footage we relive the journey of legendary extreme sports pioneers on the roads less travelled.

Dream Result
(Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour edit)
People's Choice Award, Radical Reels Night
USA, 2009, 17 minutes
Directed by Rush Sturges
Produced by Tyler Bradt
Classification: General - coarse language
Focus: Whitewater kayaking
A group of top athletes and friends are driven by passion to explore the limits of possibility. Expeditions to Norway and a quest for waterfalls throughout Argentina and the US are all part of the program in Dream Result - so hang on for the ride!

Rush Hour Dream
Germany, 2009, 5 minutes
Directed and Produced by Kerim Jaspersen and Christian Menn
Classification: General - no advisory
Focus: Paragliding, Environment
An office worker in Düsseldorf, Germany, has a Rush Hour Dream in the tramway on his way to work and wakes up on a beautiful mountainside to discover that he is carrying a paraglider in his laptop.

The Fall LineUSA, 2010, 13 minutes
Directed and Produced by Tyler Stableford
Classification: General - no advisory
Focus: Downhill skiing / Human story
After losing his legs in a grenade blast in Iraq, 101st Airborne Ranger Heath Calhoun endures a tortuous recovery. Years later, the Virginia native finds freedom in an unlikely location: on the ski slopes of Aspen, Colorado. Calhoun discovers a talent for ski racing and earns a chance to represent his country again - as an athlete on the 2010 Paralympics ski team. With a gold medal in the balance, Calhoun commits everything to the challenge.

Miracle in the Storm
Australia, 2009, 52 minutes
Directed by Nial Fulton
Produced by Guy Norris and Leo Faber
Classification: General - coarse language
Focus: Paragliding, Human Story
In 2007, German paraglider Ewa Wisnierska created history when she survived a harrowing encounter with the fury of nature's power. After being sucked into a massive thunderstorm and pulled up to 10,000 meters, her body faced a multitude of life-threatening forces, including low oxygen, freezing temperatures, and wild weather conditions. There is no exaggeration in the title of Miracle in the Storm - Wisnierska managed to navigate her way out of the storm and survive.


Kranked Kids - Just down the road
Canada, 2010, 4 minutes
Directed and Produced by Bjørn Enga
Classification: General - no advisory
Focus: Mountain biking/humour
Kranked Kids - Just down the road is a delightful four-minute coming-of-age mountain bike parody.

Eastern Rises
Best Film on Mountain Sports
USA, 2010, 38 minutes
Directed by Ben Knight
Produced by Travis Rummel
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Classification: Parental guidance - coarse language
Focus: Fly-Fishing, Environment, Culture
The Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East may as well be the end of the earth. Its enormously wild landscape is swarming with bugs and bears and threaded with rivers full of massive mouse-eating trout. In the stunning film Eastern Rises, fishing is poetry, Bigfoot lurks in the fog, and fishermen risk life and limb in decommissioned Cold War helicopters to explore rivers that have never been fished before.

The Swiss Machine
USA, 2010, 20 minutes
Produced by Nick Rosen and Peter Mortimer
Classification: Parental Guidance - coarse language
Focus: Climbing / Mountaineering
Ueli Steck may be the greatest speed alpinist the world has ever seen. In The Swiss Machine, Steck tells of his record-breaking ascents in the Alps, accompanied by stunning aerial footage that captures him racing up 2500-metre alpine faces. When he joins Alex Honnold in Yosemite, Steck sets his ultimate goal: to take his one-man alpine speed game to the largest, highest walls in the world.

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