Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
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Each year in November, The Banff Centre hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival, celebrating the spirit of adventure and mountains! The top films from that festival go on tour, and Chippewa Nature Center is proud to host one of the stops on the World Tour. See some of the best mountain films of 2015 featuring the people who live, play and enjoy those areas through high adventure, humor and a love for the out-of-doors! Once again, CNC will host two screenings of the films! Each screening will feature different sets of films, chosen specifically for the CNC stop on the World Tour. More

Please refer to individual film descriptions for classification details and suitability of the film content for young people. 

55 Hours in Mexico
(2015, USA, 9 min) 
Filmmakers: Joey Schusler, Karl Thompson, Thomas Woodson
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language 
Film Synopsis: Fly to Veracruz on a Friday, rent a car, climb the third-highest peak in North America, ski down and return to your desk Monday. How hard could it be?

© J. Schulser & M. Lowe

Sounds of Paragliding
(2014, France, 4 min) 
Filmmaker: Shams 
Classification: General; no advisory 
Film Synopsis: Listen to nature's harmony while aerobatic paragliding pilot Théo de Blic dances to the sounds of the sky.

© Shams

Darklight (special edit)
(2015, USA, 5 min) 
Filmmaker: Rachel Franks, Matt O’Connor, Zac Ramras, Mike Brown
Classification: General; no advisory 
Film Synopsis: In 2014, the award winning film Afterglow followed skiers down impossibly lit, virgin powder slopes in the dead of night. Get ready for the sequel, this time on two wheels.

© S. Lorence Sweetgrass
Living Rivers - Surf
(2015, USA, 3 min) 
Filmmaker: Max Lowe
Classification: General; no advisory 
Film Synopsis: There is a new and emerging river surfing scene in Montana.

© Max Lowe
Unbranded (special edit)
People’s Choice Award – sponsored by Osprey 
(2015, USA, 46 min) 
Filmmakers: Dennis Aig, Phillip Baribeau 
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language 
Film Synopsis: Four men and 16 wild mustangs set off on a 5000 kilometre journey across the American West from Mexico to Canada. In the spirit of true adventure, whiskey is drunk, tempers fly, tragedy strikes, and the bonds of friendship hold fast. But can the journey help save the plight of the wild horses roaming on public lands? Only time will tell.

© Ben Masters

The Warmth of Winter
(2015, USA, 6 min) 
Filmmakers: Ben Sturgulewski, Philip Drake, Erme Catino, Stephan Drake
Classification: General; no advisory 
Film Synopsis: Outside, the snow flies and the wind roars. But here, quiet and safe in the candlelight, the warmth and the wood wrap around you like a blanket, and the mind melts into reflections of days gone by. Take shelter from the storm. Sit down by the fire, have a drink, and take a load off. There is no warmth like a warmth found in winter.

© The Warmth of Winter film
Builder (special edit)
(2015, Canada, 9 min) 
Filmmakers: Julian Coffey, Scott Secco
Classification: General; coarse language 
Film Synopsis: Some people grow up and leave childish things behind. Others just take their childhood dreams and turn them up to 11 as they age. Building trails and tricks for your mountain bike never gets old, no matter your age.

© Julien Grimard
Operation Moffat
Special Jury Mention 
(2015, UK, 20 min) 
Filmmakers: Jen Randall, Claire Carter, Alex Messenger
Classification: General; no advisory 
Film Synopsis: Operation Moffat takes inspiration and wit from the colorful climbing life of Britain’s first female mountain guide Gwen Moffat. Writer Claire Carter and filmmaker Jen Randall scramble, swim and barefoot climb through Gwen’s landscapes, grappling with her preference for mountains over people, adventure over security and wilderness over tick lists.

© Tessa Lyons Poster
Chasing Niagara (special edit)
Best Film – Mountain Sports – sponsored by Sea & Summit 
(2015, USA, 31 min) 
Filmmakers: Red Bull Media House GmbH, Rush Sturges
Classification: Parental Guidance; sports accident, coarse language 
Film Synopsis: When pro kayaker Rafa Ortiz decides to paddle over Niagara Falls, he sets in motion a series of events leading his team on a remarkable two-year journey from Mexican rainforest rivers to the waterfalls of the U.S. Northwest before coming to a heart-stopping climax at the iconic falls.

© Matt Baker
Nature Rx
(2015, USA, 1 min) 
Filmmaker: Justin Bogardus
Classification: General; no Advisory 
Film Synopsis: Is life a little too mundane or overwhelming ? Feeling tired, irritable or stressed out? Maybe Nature Rx is just the ticket.

© Dream Tree Films & Production

Sponsored locally by: Aero Wallcovering & Painting • Alden B. Dow Home & Studio
Great Lakes Loons • Greater Midland Community Center 
• Little Forks Conservancy • Little Forks Outfitters
Meier Camera Shop • Migizi Economic Development Company
 • Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy


The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is shown at Bullock Creek Auditorium, 1420 S Badour Rd in Midland. Tickets purchased after April 1 will be held at Will Call.

See the film line-up and buy tickets for Saturday, April 9
(Click 'Register' below to buy tickets for Friday, April 8)

$15.00 per Participant
Cancellation Policy
Field Trip and Workshop cancellation policy: If the participant cancels: •before the registration deadline: full refund minus a $10 cancellation fee •between registration deadline and 3 days prior to program: 50% refund •1-2 days prior to program: no refund •If CNC cancels this program (e.g., conditions are unfavorable), participants will receive a full refund.