Banff Mountain Film Festival world tour comes to Breckenridge |

Banff Mountain Film Festival world tour comes to Breckenridge

In the film "Sufferfest 2: Desert Alpine," two friends bike across the American southwest.
© Cedar Wright / Sufferfest 2: Desert Alpine |

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2015

Date: Saturday, Feb. 21

Time: Private reception: 5 p.m. General admission, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Films start at 7 p.m.

Location: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge

Tickets: $20 general admission; $60 private reception.

More info: Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main St. in Breckenridge. This event often sells out ahead of time.

Film Schedule

Vasu Sojitra: Out on a Limb

(2014, USA, 7 min), Filmmaker: Tyler Wilkinson-Ray,


Film Synopsis: Vasu Sojitra lost his right leg to a blood infection at nine months old, but that doesn’t stop him from venturing deep into the backcountry to ski challenging lines – entirely unassisted.

Valley Uprising – The Golden Age

(2014, USA, 28 min) Filmmakers: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell, Zachary Barr, Sender Films and Big Up Productions


Film Synopsis: Valley Uprising: The Golden Age takes us on a journey through an amazing period in the climbing history of Yosemite, from the counterculture lifestyle to the legendary big wall rivalry of pioneers Royal Robbins and Warren Harding.

Tumwater Solitude

(2014, USA, 6 min), Filmmakers: Leah Hemberry, Shane Wilder,


Film Synopsis: With peak flow levels in Washington’s Tumwater Canyon, Sam Grafton sets out to kayak massive waves and Class V+ whitewater.

Wild Women – Faith Dickey

(2014, UK, 3 min), Filmmakers: Lukasz Warzecha, Polished Project,


Film Synopsis: Smile and laugh along with slack-liner Faith Dickey as she shows us just how fun life on the line can be.

And Then We Swam

(2013, UK, 37min) Filmmaker: Ben Finney and Robb Ellender


Film Synopsis: Most adventurers who set out to cross the Indian Ocean have some rowing experience. For two blokes from the UK, that seemed like a minor detail, not a death wish.

Danny MacAskill: The Ridge

(2014, Scotland, 7 min), Filmmaker: Stu Thomson,


Film Synopsis: World-renowned trials rider Danny MacAskill is back! Filmed on the stunning Isle of Skye in Scotland, MacAskill returns to his childhood haunt for a new challenge: riding a mountain bike on the infamous Cuillin Ridge.


(2014, New Zealand, 4 min) Filmmaker: Blair Trotman, Papatuanuku Film


Film Synopsis: Paralyzed in a skiing accident in 2007, Caleb has defied the odds and continued to thrive in his chosen passions. Learning to kayak after his injury, Caleb is positive, inspiring and one epic human!


(2014, France, 5 min), Filmmaker: Jean-Baptiste Chandelier,


Film Synopsis: Touch is a colorful and spectacular flying tour of Santorini in Greece, the Aiguille du Midi above Chamonix and the Col du Galibier in France, with a bit of cheekiness added in, just for fun.

Sufferfest 2: Desert Alpine

(2014, USA, 27 min), Filmmakers: Cedar Wright, Website:

Film Synopsis: Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold are back! This time, a month riding their bikes and climbing desert towers in the American Southwest should be a piece of cake for these fast friends. Or will it?

Afterglow (special edit)

(2014, USA, 3 min), Filmmakers: Michael Brown, Nick Waggoner, Zac Ramras, Sweetgrass Productions


Film Synopsis: Afterglow turns big mountain skiing on its end, and then turns it upside down again, heading into the night through a wintery glow of trippy technicolor.

From the Class V-plus rapids of Tumwater Canyon in Washington to the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, the films of the 2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which stops in Breckenridge, will sweep the audience along on a journey of high-adrenaline feats of daring. The festival will travel through about 285 communities in more than 30 countries.

The Breckenridge stop features 10 films, which will be shown at the Riverwalk Center on Saturday, Feb. 21. Proceeds from the showing will benefit the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC). This is the sixth year the nonprofit organization has hosted films from the Banff festival.


The BOEC is a locally based nonprofit that provides educational, instructive and enjoyable experiences to people with disabilities and special needs. Situated on 39 acres near Breckenridge, the BOEC facility includes a lodge, climbing wall and high ropes course. Its year-round programming features options for children and adults to participate in a number of active engagements.

One of the organization’s major programs is the Adaptive Ski and Ride School, where specially trained instructors assist people with disabilities and special needs in learning to ski and snowboard. As a host chapter of Disabled Sports USA, each year the BOEC puts on The Hartford Ski Spectacular at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge — a winter sports festival for people with disabilities, including wounded veterans, pulling in more than 800 participants annually. The BOEC also hosts wilderness programs in summer and winter, professional team-building retreats and an internship program.

Money raised from the Banff Mountain Film Festival showing goes toward supporting BOEC’s adaptive programs.

“That supports us being able to offer our subsidized fees,” said Marci Sloan, BOEC development director, “because the fees we charge don’t cover the cost of a program.”

The film festival, more than bringing in more than $20,000 each year, also creates awareness for the BOEC’s mission, Sloan said. While many who attend are locals, a large percentage are tourists, who may not be familiar with BOEC programs.

“A lot of the people that come, they become aware of Breckebeiner, they become aware of Cinco de Mayo,” said Sloan, mentioning several other upcoming BOEC fundraisers. “Other than advertising, it’s one of our unique local events where we can tell people what’s going on with us, what we do and get volunteers.”


The Banff Mountain Film Festival licenses about 25 films each year, and some showings take multiple days. With only one evening available, Breckenridge has to choose which films it will have on offer.

The BOEC puts together a committee to pick the best options, those that they feel the crowd in Summit County will enjoy the most.

“We want positive ones that celebrate the outdoors,” said Sloan. “Most everything we pick pretty much is an award-winner in their category.”

The film “And Then We Swam” is about two UK adventurers who take on the challenge of rowing across the Indian Ocean. It won Best Film for its category of Exploration and Adventure.

Another popular film the BOEC will show is “Sufferfest 2: Desert Alpine,” which follows two friends riding their bikes across the American southwest. Stills from the film feature the two climbing tall, crooked rock formations and struggling with biking gear through sand and scrub.

Two films feature adaptive athletes. “Vasu Sojitra: Out on a Limb” follows a daring backcountry skier with one leg, while “Caleb” features a man who learned to kayak after being paralyzed in a skiing accident.

“They tie in so well with our mission, so it’s always great for us to share that positive image,” said Sloan of the two adaptive films.

She’s sure that everyone in the audience will connect with at least one of the films shown.

“We have such a good variety this year, which is thanks to the festival itself, that they do such a good job,” she said. “Each one’s exciting. We think we mix it up well, so there’s always something for everybody.”

Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time at the BOEC website ( or at the Breckenridge Welcome Center. General admission tickets are $20, while tickets for the private reception are $60 and include advance seating, advance viewing of photography exhibit, food (light fare and desserts) and two drinks.

Tickets have sold out every year, so buying them in advance is recommended, said Sloan.

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