The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is making their annual stop in Salt Lake City, Utah next week on February 19-21, 2013, at Kingsbury Hall. It’s another great line-up of some of the top films in exploration and adventure, culture and environment, and mountain sports. Films start at 7:00 p.m. each night. Here are a few of the film selections attendees will be viewing this year.
The Gimp Monkeys is about three friends who attempt the first all-disabled ascent of Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan.
The Denali Experiment takes freeride skier Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and big mountain snowboarder Lucas Debari on an ambitious goal to descend Mount Denali. But first, they have to step out of their element to make the ascent to the summit of Denali.
Last of the Great Unknown is a canyoning and exploration film based in the Grand Canyon, one of the last places in the American West to be explored. There are concealed tributaries hiding some of the canyon’s most remarkable features; enchanting slot canyons and the secrets deep within their walls.
NDIZOTHEKA (it is possible) is a film that unites two men from opposite corners of the earth with a common dream; to be the first to paraglide from Mount Mulanje, Malawi’s highest peak. Challenges are faced when one has taken on more than he has bargained for and the other has never learned to paraglide. But what comes are opportunities that neither anticipated.
In One Step Beyond, world renowned snowboarder and BASE jumper, Geraldine Fasnacht, tells an extremely personal and poignant story of friendship, loss, achievement, and angst mixed with incredible moments of euphoria.
The 1st Afghan Ski Challenge depicts gutsy first-time skiers learning to ski through trial by fire in a quiet corner of the conflicted country. They take part in the first-ever downhill racing competition in Afghanistan. This was voted Best Film in Mountain Sports.
Tickets are available at the Kingsbury Hall Ticket Office, the Outdoor Recreation Program at the University of Utah, and the Salt Lake City REI. Get your tickets fast as the Banff Film Festival is in high demand. You won’t want to miss out on this year’s selection of films.
For more information and a complete list of the films showing at Kingsbury Hall, visit the University of Utah Outdoor Recreation Program Web site. For other locations and information on the festival, please visit the Banff Centre Web site.
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