I definitely didn’t follow my usual pre-race (or even pre-long run) routine over the weekend. On Saturday I had the opportunity to join Juliana and a few of our friends at the Banff Mountain Film Fest. We noshed on vegetarian cuisine at Fresh before heading to the theatre.
It is certainly not my usual fare, but there were several healthy and delicious options. I decided on an “immune-booster” smoothie, a vegetarian burger with sweet potato fries, as well as a spring roll and quinoa onion ring which were shared by the table. Everything was delicious!
The Film Festival was in Toronto for three days, with various short films being featured each day. We were treated to the following, ranging in length from 8 minutes to 51 minutes:
Dream Result *a favourite*
A group of top athletes (extreme kayaking) and friends are driven by passion to explore the limits of possibility. Expeditions to Norway and a quest for waterfalls throughout Argentina and the US are all part of the program in Dream Result so hang on for the ride!
Renan Ozturk and Corey Richards “go rogue” and file video dispatches from their attempt at the first ascent of Nepal’s 6,000 meter Tawoche Himal. The film takes these individual pieces and ties them together in one well-made story that lets a challenging trip unfold as it happens.
In an incident that shocked the world, a teenage Tibetan nun, Kelsang Namtso, was killed when Chinese border police opened fire on a group of pilgrims as they fled Tibet over the infamous Nangpa Pass. The shooting was witnessed by many international mountain climbers, some of whom videotaped or photographed the events and also helped rescue survivors. Tibet: Murder in the Snow is the story from their perspective.
Through this beautifully crafted film, we learn how the Khumbu Climbing School has contributed to the safety of Nepali climbers, Sherpas and high-altitude support workers as they learn proper techniques for knot-tying, belaying, and ice climbing from world-class mountaineers. In Khumbu Climbing School, it’s apparent that the school provides more than just training as one experienced Sherpa says: “I always felt like a yak, even though I had been to the summit of Mount Everest. Now, I’m a climber.”
Eastern Rises *another favourite*
The Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East may as well be the end of the earth. Its enormously wild landscape is swarming with bugs and bears and threaded with rivers full of massive mouse-eating trout. In the stunning film Eastern Rises, fishing is poetry; Bigfoot lurks in the fog, and fishermen risk life and limb in decommissioned Cold War helicopters to explore rivers that have never been fished before.
Filmed in Ultra HD, Life Cycles provides some of the most visually stunning images the mountain sports world has ever seen. It¿s a beautiful celebration of the bicycle, and is sure to amaze anyone who has ever ridden one.
The films were fantastic and led to some great conversation during intermission and on the car ride home. I really enjoyed the variety and definitely recommend the event if you have an opportunity to attend. Click here to learn more!
It was a fun night, but a late one. I finally tucked myself in at about 12:30AM. Yikes!
Race report up next…