Banff Mountain Film Festival – N. New Jersey / Rockland Co. NY

Banff mtn sounds so swanky... until you threw in the part about new jersey. :D

what's wrong with Dirty Jersey!! ;) besides its actually in suffern NY (and you'll forget about both for the couple of hours while you're there. that is until a cell phone rings during the movie! then you'll rememeber, yep NJ)

here's the line up of flicks (Anomaly and 1st Descent looking like my favs):

First Ascent: Thailand (custom edit)

USA, 2006, 8 minutes
Directed by Peter Mortimer
Produced by Peter Mortimer, Timmy O’Neill, Nick Rosen, Pascal Bronnimann
Focus: Climbing
Steep towers of untouched rock jutting out of the ocean. And the best part is that with only the sea below you, there's no rope. Thailand is a dream come true for David Lama, perhaps the best on-sight climber in the world, and purportedly the future of the sport. Amidst the exotic beauty of the Andaman Coast, Lama and friends take 60-footers into the drink, and bring deep-water soloing to a new level.

Anomaly (custom edit)

USA, 2006, 16 minutes
Directed and produced by Todd Jones, Dirk Collins, Steve Jones, Corey Gavitt
Focus: Ski/Snowboard (some coarse language)

ANOMALY n. (a-nom-a-ly) 1. Deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule 2. One that is peculiar, irregular, abnormal, or difficult to classify. Hard to define, never easy to apply. Yet, this has come to embody a year of extraordinary feats, tribulation and continued progression within the ski and snowboard arena. Anomaly, TGR’s newest 16mm and HD ski and snowboard release, showcases the freakish and abnormal abilities of today’s top athletes as they push the boundary of what is humanly possible.

The Best of Jo

Canada, 2006, 3 minutes
Directed and produced by Logan Carlstrom
Focus: Sport / Animation / Humour
The Best of Jo is a stop-action Lego film about a coffee-addicted guy named Jo. He is eager to try all the mountain sports available to him, such as climbing, skiing, and fishing.

Fatima’s Hand

Best Film on Mountain Sports
Germany, 2006, 38 minutes
Directed by Jens Hoffmann
Focus: BASE jumping/Culture
Rating: General — No Advisory

A 27-year-old woman from Norway plans to climb and BASE jump off an imposing mountain in one of the most remote and poorest area of Mali, West Africa. The project does not work out as planned. It turns into a risky adventure and opens the eyes of the filmmakers and athletes, to a different reality.

Ride of the Mergansers

USA, 2004, 11 minutes
Directed and produced by Steve Furman / Furman Technologies
Focus: Environment
Rating: General — No Advisory

The hooded merganser is a rare and reclusive duck found only in North America. Every spring, in the Great Lakes region, the wary hen lays and incubates her eggs in a nest high in the trees. Just 24 hours after hatching, the tiny ducklings must make the perilous leap to the ground below in order to begin life in the wild. Ride of the Mergansers brings this hidden drama to the screen.


People’s Choice Award and Special Jury Mention
Canada, 2006, 56 minutes
Directed and produced by Olivier Higgins, Mélanie Carrier
Focus: Cycling/Culture
In 2005, Olivier Higgins and Mélanie Carrier went on their first cycling expedition — 8000 kilometres across Asia. In six months they pedalled from Mongolia to Calcutta, India, travelling through Xinjiang, the Taklimakan Desert, the high Tibetan plateau, and the jungle of Nepal. Why? Not only to discover the world, but also to discover themselves.

And no... I had nothing to do with the Flying Mergansers ! ;)
Great show

Just wanted to confirm what a great movie night it was. I was so pumped to ski, bike, climb, and jump off a cliff after watching all the fun. Heck, I even downloaded the youtube trailer. Awesome.
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