BANFF 2009 – Film Previews

reducedShowing at Paramount Theatre

  • Sunday 3rd May 2009

  • Tuesday 5th May 2009

Find out how to get tickets here.


Program 1 – Sunday 6.30pm 3rd May

Committed 2: Grit Kids

  • UK, 2008, 22 minutes
  • Directed by Paul Diffley
  • Produced by Dave Brown
  • Production company: Hot Aches Productions

Teenagers Pete and Katy Whittaker burst onto the U.K. climbing scene with a series of spectacular ascents on gritstone. One evening after school, with his whole family assembled to watch, Pete attempts a terrifying and truly iconic line at Burbage South.


If You’re Not Falling

  • UK, 2008, 8 minutes
  • Directed by Dave Brown
  • Produced by Paul Diffley
  • Production company: Hot Aches Productions

Canadian rock legend Sonnie Trotter heads to Scotland to do battle on another “hardest rock climb in the world.” As each day passes, he collects more and more air time: 50-foot falls from the steep rock buttress that plunges down beneath a historic castle. “Well, if you’re not falling, you’re not trying,” observes Trotter.


The Sharp End

  • USA, 2008
  • Directed and produced by Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen

The Sharp End showcases the climbers who risk everything to do the world’s most dangerous and committing climbs. Run-out traditional routes, scary highball boulder problems, ice-covered alpine walls and all-or-nothing free-solo ascents are all part of the game. The film features Alex Honnold, Dean Potter, Mike Patz, Steph Davis, Tommy Caldwell, Jonny Copp, Lisa Rands and many more. (Contains coarse language.)

Shown in three parts:
- Lisa Rands, 6 minutes
- Eastern Europe, 16 minutes
- Base Solo, 16 minutes


Dosage Volume V: Meltdown

USA, 2008, 13 minutes

Directed and produced by Josh Lowell

Rock climber Beth Rodden makes the first ascent of Meltdown, one of the hardest traditional routes in the world.



10 minutes

“ice from the mountain tastes sweeter”

Filmed in the Peruvian Andes, this rhythmic documentary illuminates the process of making a colourful shave ice called Shikashika. To make it one family must journey afoot to the the glacial apron of a mountain where they cut enormous blocks of ice with axe and bare hands. Shikashika is sold at the steps of a cathedral in the valley far below.


The Cable Car

  • Switzerland, 2008, 7 minutes
  • Directed by Claudius Gentinetta, Frank Braun
  • Produced by Claudius Gentinetta

While travelling by cable car to a place somewhere in the mountains, an old man treats himself to some snuff. Et voilà! With every sneeze, the cable car cabin falls apart more and more. The man, however, is far from accepting his fate just like that.


Psyche: Patagonian Winter

  • UK, 2007, 31 minutes
  • Directed and produced by Alastair Lee
  • Production company: Posing Productions

Andy Kirkpatrick is a pioneer of winter climbing in Patagonia, with many hair-raising ascents to his name. This hilarious film documents his latest Patagonian horror show: an attempt at the first winter ascent of Torre Egger with alpinist Ian Parnell. (Contains suggestive language.)


Program 2 – Tuesday 6.30pm 5th May

The Red Helmet

  • USA, 2008, 6 minutes
  • Directed by Tyler Young
  • Produced by Dave Barlia

Overcome with fear, a young boy runs into the forest. He finds a magic red helmet and goes on the adventure of a lifetime. Slowly building his courage, he is transformed and returns to confront his boyhood fears.



  • USA, 2007, 3 minutes
  • Directed and produced by Joaquin Baldwin

An origami tale of a skillful paper folder who could shape the world with his hands.



Mountain Town: The Grasshopper and the Soldier

18 minutes

Shot almost entirely on 16mm and combining elements of cinema verite, feature film and action sports, this mountain culture documentary explores the reality of the Mountain Town in all its glory and inherent contradiction.

From and aspiring Olympian to an 82-year old artist to a newly arrived Mexican immigrant, each character pursues their dreams while this small community weaves seemingly disparate lives together in surprising and often poignant ways.


Under the Influence

  • USA, 2008, 12 minutes
  • Directed and produced by Todd Jones, Steve Jones, Corey Gavitt

This film is about the people, places, and moments that define our riding. Follow the exploits of today’s top riders as they traverse the globe in search of the unique terrain and conditions that emerged from one of the deepest winters in recorded history. TGR captures the mind-blowing efforts of these athletes as never before seen. The Jackson Hole-based film crew shot virgin spines in Alaska, cowboy park jumps at Grand Targhee, pillow popping deep in the Northwest, relentless powder in the Jackson Hole backcountry, and so much more. (Contains some coarse language.)



  • Canada, 2008, 25 minutes
  • Produced by Jamie Houssian
  • Production company: The Collective

Seasons follows seven of the world’s top mountain bikers through four seasons of one year. The film explores what it means to be a full-time rider, as told through the lives of downhill racers, slopestyle competitors, and big-mountain freeriders.


The Last Frontier — Papua New Guinea

  • USA, 2008, 18 minutes
  • Directed and produced by Trip Jennings

The Epicocity crew travelled to Papua New Guinea to document the island of New Britain’s pristine water, habitat, and intact indigenous culture through an exploratory caving and kayaking expedition. The expedition was the first of its kind in New Britain and likely the last before logging and agricultural production change the island forever.


99 Days on the Ice

  • France, 2006, 52 minutes
  • Directed by Jean-Gabriel Leynaud
  • Produced by Patrick Villeneuve, Karsten Kjaer

When I saw through the plane window how much the Arctic was melting, I could feel how close we had been to disaster. We were alive, but the Arctic Ocean was dying. (Contains some coarse language.)


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