The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is Back!
After a two-year hiatus, in-person shows for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour are returning to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin! This year's shows are on Friday and Saturday night, May 5th and 6th. Doors open at 6pm and the shows begin at 7pm. Whole Earth Provision Co. is hosting the event with proceeds going to support our Texas State Parks.
The Banff World Tour presents the best films shown at the 2022 Banff Mountain Film Festival in Banff, Canada. They feature adrenaline-fueled outdoor adventure films and short documentaries celebrating mountain cultures around the world. Each evening's selection of films will be different. We'll be posting a list of the films soon.
Tickets are now on sale!
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We hope you'll join us for these fun evenings and help support our Texas State Parks.
Night One Films
Colors Of Mexico 2021 Commencal (4 minutes)
Discover Mexico and its magnificent mix of backdrops with Kilian Bron and his team.
Eco-Hack! 2022 United States (16 minutes)
Biologist Tim Shields has watched desert tortoise populations in the Mojave Desert plummet since the 1990s. The latest threat? Ballooning populations of ravens, thanks to increased human activity in the desert. Tired of taking notes on a quiet catastrophe, Tim quits traditional observational biology in exchange for direct intervention.
Lil' Buddha 2020 United States (9 minutes)
Lo Phong has hiked over 77,000 kilometres since age 19. He attributes his motivation and drive to his Hmong lineage, a family of survivors who've historically persevered and celebrated their freedom since their removal from SouthEast Asia by the US military in 1976. Lo Phong's story chronicles the journey of a refugee on a quest for freedom and a sense of home.
Wild Waters (Tour Edit) 2022 Switzerland (45 minutes)
Audience Choice Award 2022
Adventurer, competitor, daughter, friend, pioneer, hero, and badass human are all words used to describe French kayaker, Nouria Newman. In Wild Waters, we follow Nouria as she prepares to become the first female to run a 100-foot (30 m) waterfall; we watch her grow from a young, keen Olympic hopeful to one of the greatest kayakers of all times - male or female. However, running some of the world's hardest whitewater isn't Nouria's biggest life challenge. Realizing that the expectations placed upon her as both an athlete and as a woman weight heavily on her decisions and ambitions, she pushes back to make her own path. It is this central aspect of her life - this refusal to conform to others' expectations - where Nouria is able to use kayaking as a way to transform into her truest self, and become a once-in-a-generation kayaker.
Alta 2022 Switzerland (4 minutes)
A team of high performance riders travels to Alta, Utah for a spring freeskiing session that delivers all styles and conditions of skiing. Reel Rock: Cenote 2022 United States 9 minutes A young papaya farmer discovers the pure joy of climbing in the crystalline limestone sinkholes of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The Nine Wheels 2022 United Kingdom 21 minutes The film tells the story of the Schneeberger family a.k.a The Nine Wheels. This film explores what it is like to live with a disability, brotherly love, the devotion of parents and ultimately, what it is like to live life one day at a time.
Sheri (Tour Edit) 2022 United States (18 minutes)
Sheri Tingey's 60-year career as a woman who has defied the odds by starting a company at age 50 that has revolutionized the outdoor industry. The film is a story about the hurdles she overcame to launch the company, about the ways she hid from view so that people would judge the boats, not her role in creating them. At this watershed moment of reckoning around equity and inclusion for the industry, Sheri's life story will both warm audiences, and ask them to grapple with important questions about who belongs.
Walking on Clouds 2021 Brazil (6 minutes)
In the city of Praia Grande, Santa Catarina, Brazil, Rafael Bridi attempts the highest highline record in the world by setting his line above the clouds.
Night Two Films
Continuum 2021 Canada (2 minutes)
Everything is connected. Each ride is an extension of the one before and each reentry is a transition to the next launch. Each experience builds on one another toward a flow state of endless progression.
KUMARI: A Father's Dream (Tour Edit) 2022 United States (16 minutes)
Deep in rural Nepal, Jagat Lama is driven by a promise he made to his dying father to bring medical care to the village. Along with a group of childhood friends from low-caste families, he starts a trekking guide social enterprise that transforms their home community of Kumari. The guides channel their profits and energy into developing a self-sustaining community centered around many of the regions firsts: basic electricity, a women's skill center, a local school, a working community farm and a medical hospital.
North Shore Betty 2021 United States (12 minutes)
The misty forests above North Vancouver, British Columbia are hallowed ground for mountain biking, a place so harrowing it's influenced every aspect of the sport for over 30 years. It's also where Betty Birrell, at age 45, picked up mountain biking after a career as a mountaineer and professional windsurfer. Three decades later, the single mother is a role model for her son, her friends and anyone she's met along the way - and proof that you're never too old to send.
Tempo II. Movements in Jungle 2022 United States (6 minutes)
Best Film Mountain Sports Award
A conceptual exploration of the shared feelings between music and mountains — Tempo II. Movements in Jungle is set in the world's largest urban jungle, exploring styles of Brazilian drumming and trail running.
Balkan Express 2022 Germany (40 minutes)
Best Film Snow Sports Award
German mountaineers Max Kroneck and Jochen Mesle book a one-way train ticket from Munich to Thessaloniki - and start their 2500-kilometre journey back home by bike and ski. They explore the mountains of the Balkans, looking for the most beautiful ski runs and sharing good times with locals along the way.
A Baffin Vacation 2022 Canada (12 minutes)
Erik Boomer and Sarah McNair-Landry set off on a bold multi-sport 45-day expedition traveling through the remote landscape of Baffin Island in search of stunning cliffs to climb and unexplored rivers to kayak.
Wood Hood 2021 United States (16 minutes)
Best Short Film Award
DeVaughn is a 15-year-old kid from New York City who loves skateboarding and craves a "quiet place" to escape the chaos of his home, the city, and kids that steal from him. The film follows a weekend-long group camping trip, and as we weave between the city and the woods, a place that is unfamiliar and historically inaccessible to many, we witness the joy and growth that is possible when kids have an opportunity to find that "quiet place".
Free to Run 2022 United States (31 minutes)
When the Taliban takes over Afghanistan threatening the basic human rights of women across the country, UN human rights attorney and mountain runner, Stephanie Case, must fight to find a way forward for the Afghan women of her NGO, Free to Run, in the midst of taking on the longest and hardest ultra trail race of her life.
Danny MacAskill's Do A Wheelie 2021 United Kingdom 5 minutes
Join Danny MacAskill and a host of friends as he pushes the boundaries of the humble wheelie and learns a thing or two from friends old and new.