The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has returned to Vancouver and I’m going to both programs—Program A tonight and Program B on Saturday. I don’t know how many times I’ve been to this festival, but I started back in the early 90′s when I lived in Calgary. It’s not quite like being at the actual festival in Banff, but it’s damn good anyway. I get goosebumps every time I hear the music in the intro.
Wrenched is an upcoming documentary about Edward Abbey’s influence on the American environmental movement and the more radical groups like Earth First! The producers have started a funding drive on Indiegogo to cover the costs of production, but they have a long way to go and only 13 days to reach their goal. I hope they make it.
Living the dream.
Like everyone else, I fell in love with the notion of the southwest through the works of Edward Abbey. Must visit again.
Saw this video over at Logcabineer and I could watch it again and again.
- It appears that Sitka has disabled embedding, so you’ll have to check it out over at Vimeo. ↩
In this video, Renan follows Jimmy Chin and his work on assignment for National Geographic. It’s a wonderful look at the microcosm that has evolved in Yosemite and the cinematography is incredible.
Stunning work by Renan Ozturk.
On February 2, Cory Richards, Simone Moro and Denis Urubko summited Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II (8,035m). This was the first winter summit of any peak in the Karakorum and Cory became the first American to summit any eight-thousander in winter.
For more insanity, Cory brought along a Canon 5D and filmed the whole thing. The result is a 19-minute short film that is already racking up a variety of awards, including Best Film at the Squamish Mountain Festival. I’m sure it’s been submitted to the Banff Mountain Film Festival, so I suspect there’s a good chance it will end up on the world tour. Keep an eye out for it.
I learned about the film via The Creak of Boots, a great blog about life on the trail.
Chad Brealey, a friend of a friend, is busy working on a new TV project about sourcing wild food and the teaser above is a very seductive introduction. Also, I think I might have a bit of a man-crush.