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The 2011 BANFF Mountain Film Festival Tour

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Banff Festival Show Times


April 2nd, Radical Reels, view current information

April 3rd, World Tour, view current information

(Doors open 1 ½ hours earlier)


April 5th, World Tour, view current information

(Doors open 30 minutes earlier)


Whole Earth Provision Company welcomes the 2011 Banff Mountain Film Festival

Whole Earth Provision Company welcomes the 2011 Banff Mountain Film Festival


Whole Earth is pleased to announce the presentation of the 2011 Banff Mountain Film Festival – in both Austin and Houston this year. The film selection for this tour exceeds all of the five previous festivals that Whole Earth has hosted. There’s excitement to satisfy the most adventuresome; there’s great diversity in terms of sports and locales; and there’s human interest and multiple cultures to captivate us all.

We are so delighted to be teaming with the Alamo Drafthouse in Houston to co-host the World Tour at their West Oaks theater on April 5th with a 7:00 pm curtain time. This is an intimate setting and should sell-out early – so get your tickets before they are all gone.

Year six at the Paramount Theatre in Austin will screen two entirely different film lineups with the higher-adrenaline one, called Radical Reels, showing on Saturday, April 2nd at 8:00 pm. The following night will feature a selection of films called the World Tour – similar to the lineup showing in Houston. The World Tour in Austin will be Sunday, the 3rd of April, at 6:00 pm. The difference between the two assortments of films is that Radical Reels has even more high energy pieces than World Tour – if that’s possible. The production quality and artistic expertise imbued in all the films we have chosen is impeccable.

Come earlier than curtain time to visit with local organizations and national gear manufacturers in the lobby before each night’s films. There’s always nifty freebies and a chance to talk with our experts.

The Austin editions of the Banff festival are a benefit once again this year. We are proud to announce that all the proceeds from these two shows will be given to Westcave Preserve. Westcave is a treasure that we want to see stay pristine forever and its governing organization is determined to do this – even while making it available to the public in a measured and environmentally conscious manner. We are so happy to be partnering with them in this effort.


Austin Tickets: Tickets are $18 each night. Available at all three Austin Whole Earth Provision Co. stores, the Paramount Theatre box office, and online at

Houston Tickets: Tickets are $18. Available at both Houston Whole Earth Provision Co. stores, the Alamo Drafthouse-West Oaks box office, and online at







Cross Country Snowboarding

Joel and Tate, the world’s most dedicated Nordic snowboarders, battle the winter elements as they fight prejudice from skiers and regular snowboarders alike.

Follow Me

You’re at the head of a trail you have never ridden before. With a knowing look, a friend turns to you and says, “Just follow me!” Depending on who says it makes a pretty big difference for what lies ahead, but whether it’s a good idea or not, we almost always drop in. From sending giant step-downs to high-speed trails, it’s always better to share the ride.

Light the Wick

Light the Wick is about sparking the flame and watching the world’s best athletes blast off. Once again, TGR’s crew of athletes and cinematographers have raised the bar with some of the ski world’s most jaw-dropping footage. Follow the crew as they discover the previously unskied big mountain playground of Petersburg, Alaska, enjoy an epic powder day at Jackson Hole, and tear up the park at Stephen’s Pass.

Living the Dream

For most of the last six years, Renan Ozturk has been a traveling vagabond following his passion for rock climbing. This existence involved sleeping outside in wild places, hitching rides, living on little, draining his bank account, and occasionally, dumpster diving. Now a little more domesticated, Renan shows us he is still living his dream every day.


A group of friends meet up at a chalet in Chamonix Mont Blanc to recount their extreme sport experiences. A loud noise awakens a child and draws him to the place where these stories have been shared. OSeven is based on Sigmund Freud’s theory that “happiness is a child’s dream fulfilled in maturity.”

Second Nature

An exploration of the abstract and the extreme, Second Nature is an examination of the natural boundaries of the human body. Noah Sakamoto, Patrick Rizzo and J.M. Duran star as the test subjects as they wield skateboards and vintage suits to race down the roads of the High Sierras in California.

The Storming

The Storming is a visual snowboarding feast, born out of the desire to push the limits of the action sport film genre. The Storming features a cast of riders dedicated to advancing the level of the sport in all aspects– from heart stopping big mountain riding to ground breaking freestyle.


Nestled under the Tuzgle volcano in Argentina lies an unexplored wonderland of boulders and crags.Tuzgle follows Swiss climber Nina Caprez and her climbing companions as they discover this playground in the desert.

The Ultimate Ride: Steve Fisher

Renowned kayaker Steve Fisher brings together a crew of big-water pros to experience the force of Africa’s mighty Zambezi River. Steeped in the brotherhood of kayaking, this documentary showcases Fisher and his crew in .


The Longest Way

A highly entertaining time-lapse of a one-year walk from Beijing to Urumqi. Time and distance travelled are charmingly demonstrated by the growth of a beard in this five-minute short.


AZADI:Freedom takes a look at Kashmir in the wake of the violent militant insurgence of the ‘90s through the lens of skiing. The unique role that skiing is playing in rebuilding tourism in Kashmir is explored using cinematography, animation, and the story of local characters. The film crew explores the future presented to young Kashmiri as they venture into the mountains – on backcountry skis. The world’s highest skiable gondola sits amid the most militarized region in the world, yet the freedom of adventure is drawing foreigners back to this former Shangri-La.

Eastern Rises

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.

Parking Garage: Beyond the Limit

A spoof of the Discovery Channel show, Everest: Beyond the Limit.

Last Paradise

In the remote wilderness of New Zealand, when necessity was the mother of invention, a maverick bunch of kids concocted a dream that they would one day share with the world. In Last Paradise, through 45 years of stunning original footage we relive the journey of legendary extreme sports pioneers on the roads less travelled.

As It Happens

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. As It Happens takes these individual pieces and ties them together in one well-made story that lets a challenging trip unfold as it happens.

Dream Result

A group of top athletes 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!