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Saturday, January 29, 2022
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

Do you think you’ve tried everything skiing can throw at you?

Why ski down a mountain when you can ski through it?

See how it’s done when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour presents “Inside--A Hole New Ski Experience.” The film revolves around skiers who follow up an amazing tour skiing through stunning rock caves at the Grand Ferrand Massive in France with skiing in a huge cave in Slovenia.

It’s one of 20 films that will presented over three nights Friday through Sunday as the Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to The Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum.

As always, films vary in length. One features breathtaking footage of grizzly bears, as another follows the first woman to complete a historic through-hike of Wisconsin’s 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter with a borrowed Alaskan Husky in minus-50-degree temperatures.

The Festival will run Friday, Feb. 4, through Sunday, Feb. 6. Each night will feature a different lineup of films.

“We are one of the very few areas that will host three nights worth of films,” said Michael Boge, who has brought the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to Sun Valley since 2000.  “I figure if we are going to host it, let’s do it right.”

Boge and the festival tour were forced to go virtual last year because of the pandemic. But he just finished up with two nights of films with live audiences in Sandpoint.

“The best part is that the energy is still there with the programs, with many loyal fans coming out to view another year of great films,” he said. “Live events are best as they bring out the community!”

Doors open at 6 p.m. with films starting at 7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will support the Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center. Tickets are $24 in advance, available at https://theargyros.org/

They’re $27 at the door.

FRIDAY, FEB. 4:

A DOG’S TALE

There’s something primal about the feeling of the forest floor under your paws and smelling a thousand different smells all at once.  The freedom of the trail is what we long for.

 CAN’T BEAT THIS PLACE FOR FUN

This film is a small vignette of Fretwater Boatworks, a very unique boat crafting shop that keeps the tradition of wooden dory building alive while honoring the dreams of Grand Canyon pioneer Martin Litton.

 PRECIOUS LEADER WOMAN

Hailing from the remote village of Alert Bay, British Columbia snowboarder Spencer O’Brien dedicated her life to becoming a world champion.  But being driven to win came at a cost.  Snowboarding at the elite level was taking Spencer further from her Indigenous heritage than she realized.  Precious Leader Woman tells Spencer’s story from childhood to the world stage to coming full circle to embrace her identity as she pushes forward bringing her heart and soul to her next challenge--the backcountry.

 JUMP TO ZERO

The story of three BASE jumpers changing the paradigm of human-powered access and female empowerment in action sports.  These three set out to discover how much they can reduce their impact while still enjoying the places they love and practicing the sports that bring them joy.

 INSIDE – A HOLE NEW SKI EXPERIENCE

After an amazing ski tour at the Grand Ferrand massive in France where you can ski through stunning rock caves a few skiers decide to take it to the next level in a huge cave in Slovenia.

 REEL ROCK 15: ACTION DIRECTE

French powerhouse Melissa Le Neve spends seven years battling insane moves, inner doubt and the burden of history to climb the most revered sport route on earth.

 BREAKING TRAIL

Emily Ford sets out with a borrowed sled dog named Diggins to become the first woman to thru-hike the 1,180-mile Ice Age Trail in winter.  As the 69-day journey through subzero temperatures tests her physical and mental endurance, Emily and her canine protector develop an unbreakable bond as they embrace the unexpected kindness of strangers.

 SATURDAY, FEB. 5:

FOLLOW THE LIGHT

From sunsets over dramatic landscapes to the illumination of hot air balloons over the warm ambience of Turkey, immerse yourself in the colorful adventure with three incredible riders.

 FINALLY

After two months of confinement, Ben Buratti, the prodigy of French freeskiing, needed to feel what he was capable of again.  As a setting, he chose his home mountain of La Clusaz.  What skier doesn’t dream of finding themselves completely alone on their home mountain?

 BEAR-LIKE (DER BAR IN MIR)

Two adventurers engage in close contact with grizzly bears in Alaska experiencing first-hand the struggle for survival and dramatic fighting scenes.  Driven by a desire to explore the unknown, the film tells a personal story of wilderness, framed through breathtaking footage of these amazing creatures.

 IF YOU GIVE A BEACH A BOTTLE

Inspired by a picture book, Max Romey heads to a remote beach on Alaska’s coastline in search of marine debris.  What he finds is a different story altogether.

 DREAM MOUNTAIN

When is it right to follow your dreams?  Mountain guide Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita questions, then follows her intuition on the most important expedition of all – her own life.

 EM

Emilie Pellerin has spent most of her adult life traveling the world and living a dirtbag life.  She has honed her skills on the rock and in the process has become one of the world’s best onsite climbers ready to push her levels to La Zebree, a spectacular 5.14a overhanging crack in Quebec.

 MY MIDSUMMER MORNING

In 1935 a young Englishman named Laurie Lee arrived in Spain. He had never been overseas; had hardly even left the quiet village he grew up in.  His idea was to walk through the country, earning money for food by playing a violin in bars and plazas.  Nearly a century later, the book Laurie Lee wrote ---“As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning”--inspired Alastair Humphreys to fall in love with Spain, the landscapes and the spirit and with Laurie’s style of travel.  He traveled slow, lived simply, slept on hilltops, relished spontaneity and loved conversations with the different people he met along the hot and dusty road.  This film is his journey. (Advisory: Non-sexual nudity)

 SUNDAY, FEB. 6:

NEVER IN THE WAY

Chicago-based bike messenger, Nico deportago-Cabrere sees city maps like a central nervous system--everything is connected.  Roads, buses, people and cars all carrying bits of information around a giant organism and making live and breathe.  The point Nico says is “to never be in the way.”

 ALWAYS HIGHER

Lysanne Richard is one of the world’s best international competition high divers but the 39-year-old Canadian mother of three is ready to focus on personal projects of her own.  Will these projects be enough or will she try to make the challenge even more difficult by pushing her personal limits?

 A FOREIGN NATIVE

A professional skier leaves his familiar world behind and spends close to a year in Iran.  His journey takes a very different route when military activity and COVID hit in February 2020.

 MARKUS EDER’S THE ULTIMATE RUN

What if you could link every powder turn, every rail, every cliff drop, every comp run and every kicker nailed into one ultimate run?  Well, Markus Eder did just that in “The Ultimate Run.”

 IZEMBEK

There has been pressure for nearly four decades to build a road through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.  Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Gerrit Vyn explores the areas to document its wildlife and wilderness.

 REEL ROCK 15: DEEP ROOTS

A film that tells many different stories on the people, places, families and climbing in the Yosemite valley. (Advisory: Coarse language).

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