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Banff Mountain Film Festival lineup set for Spokane show

The lineup of flicks to be shown in Spokane from the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival was set today by Phil Bridgers of Mountain Gear and Banff World Tour host Charla Tomlinson.  About eight different festival films will be shown each night starting tonight and running through Sunday, Nov. 18-21, at the Bing Crosby Theater.  (Rich Landers)
The lineup of flicks to be shown in Spokane from the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival was set today by Phil Bridgers of Mountain Gear and Banff World Tour host Charla Tomlinson. About eight different festival films will be shown each night starting tonight and running through Sunday, Nov. 18-21, at the Bing Crosby Theater. (Rich Landers)

OUTDOOR FILMS -- The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour lineup of films starting tonight in Spokane was decided this afternoon.

Of the 28 festival films authorized so far for the 2016-2017 tour, 21 will be screen in Spokane during the three-day run at the Bing Crosby Theater.

"They'll be talking about 'Sea Gypsies' for years to come," said Tomlinson in one of her many insights into selecting the films.  Bridgers also took into account the World Tour host's notes on how audiences in Montana reacted to the films screened there last week.

Before reading the names of the films, check out the exciting 2016-2017 World Tour trailer to see captivating snippets from the flicks:

Here's what you'll see if you thought ahead and bought tickets for the wildly popular sold out shows in Spokane.

2016 BANFF FILMS LINEUP for SPOKANE

Friday, November 18

DreamRide

  • Enter a dream world where the trail never ends. Where the promise of joy and freedom exist around each bend. Take a magical trip through beautiful landscapes and join us on this DreamRide, a mountain bike adventure unlike any other. (5 min)

Doing It Scared

  • Eighteen years after a catastrophic accident which left him partially paralyzed, climber Paul Pritchard returns to the Totem Pole to find out if he has recovered enough to finish the climb. (11 min)

Northbound

  • Four skaters head north above the Arctic Circle to the cold Norwegian coast to apply their urban riding skills to a canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup of biting winds, ollies and one ephemeral miniramp. (11 min)

INTERMISSION

Ruin and Rose

  • Follow these talented freeskiers as they tackle very different terrain in search of gorgeous jumps in Whistler and big lines in Alaska. (7 min)


Devotion: Libby Peter

  • Libby Peter, one of the UK's most respected climbers, reflects on how climbing has shaped her life, from childhood through becoming a British Mountain Guide and a mother. (5 min)

Sea Gypsies

  • The vessel is Infinity, a 120-ft hand-built sailing ketch, crewed by a community of wanderers. The journey – a 12,800-kilometre Pacific crossing from New Zealand to Patagonia, with a stop in Antarctica, weather permitting.  This film epitomizes the spirit of adventure.

Metronomic

  • High above the Gorges du Verdon, a skillful blend of artists and high-level balancing athletes play a high energy symphony devoted to risk. It’s a hymn that melds visual performance and contemplative poetry into pure entertainment. (5 min, edited)


Saturday, November 19

Danny MacAskill's Wee Day Out

  • A casual look at fabulous bicycling skill riding.

Poumaka

  • With hopes of summiting the elusive Poumaka Tower, American bouldering champion, Angie Payne, leaves everything she knows behind as she ventures deep into the French Polynesian jungle with veteran climber and explorer, Mike Libecki. (15 min)

Being Hear

  • There is an epidemic of extinction of silence on our planet. World renowned nature sound recordist and acoustic ecologist, Gordon Hempton, works to protect the few remaining quiet places from noise pollution. (9 min, edited)

Four Mums in a Boat

  • When four middle-aged working British mums announced they wanted to row the Atlantic Ocean, their families thought they had lost their minds. (30 min, edited)

INTERMISSION

Packing It Out

  • Follow the guys from the “Packing It Out” crew as they pick up litter – and inspire everyone they meet – along the Pacific Coast Trail. (4 min)

Great Siberian Traverse

  • All aboard for the adventure of a lifetime, a 1,200-kilometre ski journey through Russia, along the Trans-Siberian Railway. We’ll stumble upon a fringe backcountry skiing community, deep Siberian powder, and skiing's ancient origins. (27 min)

Dog Power

  • Get a fascinating view of the world of dog-powered sports and the special bond between dogs and their humans. Both share a passion for living, working and playing together outside in different forms of the sled-dog and musher relationship. (25 min)

Max Your Days

  • Summer solstice on Canada’s West Coast – the possibilities are endless!  (4 min)


Sunday November 20

Ace & the Desert Dog

  • For his 60th birthday, adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Khan, set out on a 60-day trek in Utah’s canyon country. (9 min)

Elk River

  • A  modern band of explorers join their ungulate counterparts on a trek from Wyoming’s ranch lands over mountain passes and treacherous river crossings to the rugged beauty of Yellowstone’s high-alpine meadows. Along the way, they meet backcountry guides and cattle ranchers whose lives are intricately tied with the fate of the elk.   (27 min)

Young Guns

  • Meet the new faces of climbing: 14-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 15-year-old Kai Lightner. Pushed outside their comfort zone, Kai and Ashima learn some hard but important lessons that will carry them to even greater heights. People's Choice Award winner from Radical Reels. (30 min)

INTERMISSION

The Perfect Flight

  • When some neighborhood kids gave Shawn Hayes an abandoned red-tailed hawk chick, it launched him on a lifelong journey into the medieval traditions of falconry. (5 min)

The Accord

  • Being so far removed from the hustle and bustle of the tropical surf world hardens Iceland’s surfers to confront the the harsh reality they all must face – that old and unforgiving North Atlantic wind. (19 min)

The Super Salmon

  • Proponents of a plan to construct a $5.2-billion hydroelectric mega-dam on Alaska’s Susitna River say it wouldn’t affect the watershed’s famous salmon runs because of its location – upstream of where fish usually swim. Tell that to the Super Salmon. (25 min)

Max Your Days

  • Summer solstice on Canada’s West Coast – the possibilities are endless!  (4 min)




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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