Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Last night, our family went to the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. We saw one of the four Connecticut showings at the middle school in Glastonbury. I can’t say how much I love this event. Debbie and I have been nearly every year for 10 years. The films suit our lifestyle. We love adventure. We love sport. We love mountain culture. We love the environment. The Banff Film Festival brings all of those loves together. Someday, we will visit Banff and see the festival live. For now, like 200,000 others around the world, we enjoy the traveling show.

For the first time, we got to share it with our family. Our three-year old was definitely more attentive than our five month old, but they both had a fun (and late) night out. We prepared for the event (all of us) by taking naps, and we were all still yawning during the last group of films. A movie night that has us up past 10 o’clock is a rarity. The films switch up from venue to venue. Last night, we saw nine films varying in length from four minutes to 29 minutes.

We saw: The Ultimate Skiing Showdown, Africa Revolutions Tour, Mustang — Journey of Transformation, Mont-Blanc Speed Flying, MedeoZ, Pick-up Sticks, First Ascent: Alone on the Wall, Signatures: Canvas of Snow, and Project Megawoosh.

We have our favorites, but the whole experience was enjoyable. I would love to see the other 21 films on tour, but it was an excercise just getting to the single showing. Several of the films made a strong impression. We all enjoyed Mustang, particularly our son. This film about Tibetan culture was fabulous and interesting. The combination of mountain culture, art, and the environment was excellent.

Pick-up Sticks was also excellent and provided another glimpse at the impact of global warming. The cuddly wildlife was another hit with the three-year old. However, it was First Ascent: Alone on the Wall, that mesmerized me. Alex Honnold’s solo free climbing was just unreal. I was afraid for him. I was afraid for the filmmakers. I’m conflicted about this sort of climbing. Is it a death wish or is it the pinnacle of performance? Both? Either way, he is as talented as a climber can be, until someone tops his feats. 

The final scene in Project Megawoosh is also the final scene in the trailer, which is a must watch. That moment closes the trailer and it closed the showing last night. Believe me, our son is glad that he stayed awake.  We are already looking forward to next year.

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