Adventure films plunge onto Silver Star screen
Vernon Search and Rescue will once again screen a selection of outdoor adventure films for its 16th annual Best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Three additional events will take place at Silver Star Mountain Resort’s National Altitude Training Centre Dec. 28 and 29.
The event comes after a successful first night of films that were shown at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre in November.
“These would make great Christmas gifts, but buy them early as we usually sell out,” said Kelly Carnochan, film festival publicity co-ordinator. “All proceeds will go towards the purchase of new search and rescue equipment, updates to our existing gear (radios, GPS units, dry suits, climbing ropes, etc.) and for ongoing training upgrades.”
The Friday, Dec. 28 showing at 7 p.m. will feature both award-winning and “best of” films on downhill skiing, climbing, environment, BASE jumping, mountain biking, kayaking and a nordic skiing punk band.
Films include Canadian ski film Balance, King Lines, which won the Alpine Club of Canada Award for best film on climbing, and German film Searching for the Coast Wolves, as well as U.S. climbing film Aerialist, mountain bike film Trial and Error, winner of the People’s Choice Award for Radical Reels, and Higher Ground: Mountain Photographer.
French paddling film In-Flux, American film Cross-country with the Snakes and Swiss film Ain’t Got No Friends on a Powder Day will finish off the evening.
The Dec. 29 matinee showing at 3:30 p.m. features Norwegian film Entropy, which documents the most progressive season in “snow-kiting”, as well as Swiss film Wings on Your Feet about two free-telemark skiers hunting for perfect powder.
The screening also includes Trial and Error, In-Flux, Cross-country with the Snakes, King Lines, Balance, Climber, Great Day for Climbing, Ain’t Got No Friends on a Powder Day and Inner Balance, which features some of the top unicyclists from around the world riding in an indoor mountain bike park.
The final screening, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m., features two award-winning films: 20 Seconds of Joy, named the Best Film on Mountain Sports and People’s Choice Award, which follows 30-year-old Norwegian BASE jumper Karina Hollekim, while The Western Lands – Hoy, named Best Short Mountain Film, follows writer Jim Perrin’s attempted climb of the Old Man of Hoy on his 60th birthday.
Seating is limited to 200 for each event, and tickets are now available at Far West Factory Outlet, Valhalla Pure (Vernon and Silver Star), Stussi Sport, Olympia Cycle and Ski, and Silver Star Resort Guest Services. Cost is $20 for each of the evening shows and $15 for the matinee.