Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival - ORANGE program
5 FILMS FROM THE BANFF CENTRE MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL:
MY MIDSUMMER MORNING - 19 minutes In 1935 a young Englishman named Laurie Lee arrived in Spain. He had never been overseas; had hardly even left the quiet village he grew up in. His idea was to walk through the country, earning money for food by playing his violin in bars and plazas. Nearly a century later, the book Laurie Lee wrote – As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning – inspired Alastair Humphreys. It made him fall in love with Spain – the landscapes and the spirit – and with Laurie’s style of travel. He travelled slow, lived simply, slept on hilltops, relished spontaneity, and loved conversations with the different people he met along the hot and dusty road.
IZEMBEK - 13 minutes Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is a place few people have heard of but its fate is important to the protection of public lands everywhere in the United States. There has been pressure for nearly four decades to build a road through Izembek’s federally designated wilderness. Join Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Gerrit Vyn as he explores one of Alaska’s great wildlife areas to document it’s wildlife and wilderness, most for the first time. Before it’s too late.
PRECIOUS LEADER WOMEN - 46 minutes AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER Hailing from the remote village of Alert Bay, British Columbia snowboarder Spencer O’Brien dedicated her life to becoming a world champion. But, being driven to win came at a cost. Snowboarding at the elite level was taking Spencer further from her Indigenous heritage than she realized. Precious Leader Woman tells Spencer’s story from childhood to the world stage, to coming full circle to embrace her identity as she pushes forward bringing her heart and soul to her next challenge, the backcountry.
NEVER IN THE WAY - 5 minutes Chicago-based bike messenger, Nico Deportago-Cabrera, sees city maps like a central nervous system. Everything’s connected. Roads and buses and people and cars, all carrying bits of information around a giant organism and making it live and breathe. ‘The point,’ he says, ‘is to never be in the way.
REEL ROCK 15: DEEP ROOTS - 34 minutes Lonnie Kauk’s personal journey to honor his indigenous Yosemite roots, and to connect with his legendary father by repeating his iconic climbs.