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Films2018-10-20T04:26:14+00:00

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

PROGRAM A

Emily is an avid kayaker who has always lived life to the fullest, but when she faces the biggest challenge of her life, she must face this chapter as if it may be her last.

In the end, by way of her inspirational journey, she shows us how one can live a life without regrets.

Directed by Goh Iromoto

8 min

With an area of 31,700 square miles, Lake Superior is bigger than the state of Maine. In the winter months, strong winds blow across the cold water creating deadly currents… icebergs… and waves. Dan Schetter is a native of the upper peninsula of Michigan, with Lake Superior bordering its northern coast. Schetter is a local legend with a love for the outdoors and Lake Superior’s wicked, winter waters. He’s known for being the crazy guy catching waves in January and sporting a beard of icicles.

Beyond the tale of his frosted beard, this is a story about Dan Schetter’s passion for surfing and how he credits the sport to saving his life. He’s not your typical profile, and the documentary showcases his charm, interesting character and dedication to surfing in below freezing, dangerous waters.

Directed by Tim Kemple

8 min

Kevin Jorgeson and Jacob Cook head to the Bugaboos to attempt the second ascent of the Tom Egan Memorial Route, which contains one of the hardest crack pitches in the world: an unbelievably aesthetic, perfectly splitter, and excruciatingly painful fingertip crack called Blood on the Crack.

Directed by Heather Mosher

10 min

Three of the worlds best freeride mountain bikers travel to Nicaragua to ride down active volcanoes.

Directed by Luke Seile, Paul Williams

22 min

Moksha is a film that follows three Nepali women who have dedicated themselves to spreading the joy that mountain biking can give to women across the Himalayas. Follow these young women as they compete in mountain bike races across the Asian continent, claim titles as the first female MBLA certified mountain bike guides in Nepal, and most importantly witness the impact these women leave as role models for other Nepali women and girls. This authentic and moving film shows their balance of adventure with cultural and family obligations while pushing for a much more gender and socially equitable society in their home country.

Directed by Francesca Weikert, Taylor Killian

26 min

Katherine is dedicating her life to harnessing adventure as a means of protecting and conserving the marine environment, to inspiring everyone to step beyond their doorstep through adventure to fall in love with the beauty and wonder of nature and through this love, to be inspired to take action to protect our wonderful planet.

Directed by Caroline Côté

4 min

An eccentric french skipper builds his own wooden boat and heads through the arctic circle on a quest to find icebergs.

Directed by Dominic Joyce

17 min

Zanskar is a remote kingdom in the northwest Indian Himalaya, where local people are snow-bound for six months of the year. About 10,000 Zanskaris live in the isolated valley. In winter, mountain passes are blocked, the summer Jeep road closes and buses stop.
Two decades ago, three friends founded a ski school – to enable winter travel in the valley, improve quality of life, and to encourage young people to stay in Zanskar by helping establish a culture of mountain sports.
The film tells the story of this friendship, the ski school and the development of skiing in the area. Along the way, a bigger question is raised.

Directed by Ben Stephenson, Vera Neverkevich, Yana Kehrlein

53 min

To the Top is from Take Me Outside. It is a non-profit organization committed to educating and creating awareness with Canadians about our connection with nature and our time spent outside.

Take Me Outside works collaboratively with other organizations, school boards and individuals to encourage children and youth to spend more time outside through various advocacy projects and initiatives.

Produced by Colin Harris for Take Me Outside

6 min

Some may think that the age of exploration is over…maybe you just have to know where to look.

Beyond Roads follows Dr. Simon Donato and his team of Adventure Science athletes as he and longtime friend Jim Mandelli return to the remote and forbidding Musandam Peninsula of Oman in an effort to find undiscovered archaeological sites and complete the difficult 100 km traverse once and for all – having been rebuffed on their two previous expeditions. Starting their expedition at the northernmost tip of Oman, the team has 10 days to travel the wild and unexplored mountainous spine of the Peninsula as they make their way back to civilization in the town of Khasab. Oman is a desert nation containing vast sand seas, rugged coastlines teeming with aquatic life, and a wild and unexplored mountainous hinterland. It is also a country with a rich culture rooted in antiquity. Isolated, rugged, desolate, and beautiful, this often misunderstood corner of the world still offers vast stretches of terrain that have seldom, if ever been explored by anyone but the locals who settled in the region generations ago.

Directed by Simon Donato, Gemita Samarra

14 min

A young man born severely deaf faced exclusion from society from his early days on. He was bullied by his peers, branded a fool by his teachers, and locked away in a basement at his first job at a bank—but Robin Gillon found his way through, all thanks to skiing.

Directed by Philippe Woodtli

12 min

PROGRAM B

Set in the expansive landscape of Jordan’s distinctive national park, “Wadi Rum” documents the unlikely story of two Israeli climbers, an affable Bedouin Muslim, and a professional American climber as they work together to complete a climbing route up Wadi Rums’ largest rock formation.

Rock climbing is the world’s fastest growing sport and while the sport draws climbers from across the globe to places like Yosemite Valley and Patagonia; Jordan’s Wadi Rum often remains an afterthought. With the 1994  peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, Eli has a dream to show a wary western world how welcoming this part of the Middle East can be.

Three years ago, Israeli climbers Eliav (Eli) Nissan and Elad Omer began working on the  ‘Sultan El-Mujahidin,’ in an effort to re-introduce this area back into the modern climbing community. In the final stage of this project, American-Climber Madaleine Sorkin arrives to help them finish the job. Led by Bedouin guide Mohammad Hussein, Eli, and Elad this film documents the creation of the ‘Sultan El-Mujahidin; interwoven with glimpses of daily Bedouin life.

Emerging filmmaker Henna Taylor combines breathtaking imagery, meditative editing, and the relationships of these four unlikely friends into a profound documentary that reminds us that the imaginary walls we create can often prevent us from understanding a simple beauty that lays waiting  just beyond.

Directed by Kori Price

4 min

In 1974, my 20-year-old parents and uncle Andy built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage. My brother and I grew up paddling those wooden canoes in the Virginia rives and the 1974 adventure became legend in our family – shaping who we’ve become, how we view our parents, and how our parents view themselves. In the summer of 2017, we renovated those canoes and with our aging parents completed their 1974 journey. The Passage is a story about the dreams of aging brothers, fathers and sons, and the wild places that define us.

Directed by Nate Dappen

25 min

There is no singular shot that defines a photographers career as it is about the process of photography and the fine balance between passion and obsession. A short film that explores the work of Adventure Photographer Krystle Wright and the different tangents of fear that weaves between her life and her work.

Directed by Krystle Wright

5 min

“Backcountry skating” is the practice of hunting for wild ice, whether on a river, lake, glacial lagoon, or inside an ice cave. Filmed in southcentral and southeast Alaska over the course of two winters, “Wild Ice” features members of Alaska’s backcountry skating community including nordic bladers, hockey players, and figure skaters. Shot locations include Kenai Lake, the Portage Lagoons, Turnagain Arm, Wasilla Lake, Sheridan Glacier, Byron Glacier, and Portage Glacier.

Produced by Cale Green and Paxson Woelber

3 min

Theo is back! And moved to the big city and got into yoga. Really into yoga. With his practice getting better he wonders, is this it? Who can guide him back to the river? Will he ever return to the beloved and long-lost whitewater river?

Directed by Skip Armstrong

6 min

People have opinions about skier Caroline Gleich: Inspirational. Gumby. Social media star. Role model. Model masquerading as a mountaineer. At sixteen, she stumbled upon a copy of the cult classic guidebook The Chuting Gallery. Irreverent and wonderfully arbitrary, the guidebook lays out a set of 88 ski mountaineering lines across Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. They were difficult and dangerous. When she first said out loud she wanted to ski them, she was met with laughter. “Maybe it was because I was five feet tall, or I was a little blonde girl, but I remember that clearly — and it didn’t feel good” says Gleich. After a decade building her skills, Gleich set out to complete her vision and become the skier she dreamt of being. ‘Follow Through’ is a story of loss, belonging and desire for respect. In this age of hyperconnectivity, which voices do we choose to hear and which do we ignore?

Directed by Adam Clark, Isaiah Branch-Boyle

22 min

JaBig, a Montreal-based DJ, buys a bike on a whim and decides to attempt to beat the record for the longest continuous bike ride in a single country. What’s more, he’ll ride a single speed, fixed-gear bicycle and finish in the winter, approaching the Arctic Ocean by way of Canada’s northernmost continental hamlet, Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories. In his final kilometres, he falls more times than he has in the previous 17,000km combined. JaBig knows he is where he is meant to be, but the final hours will push him further than he ever imagined. The journey is bleak and beautiful at the same time, and Jean’s story will make you pause, asking yourself, “where would I go from here?”

Directed by Anjali Nayar

8 min

Skijoring is a sport that combines fast horses with daredevil skiing through a slalom course in small towns throughout the western United States. Follow Ebbie Hansen, a Montana cowgirl, as she chases her third National Championship.

Directed by Erik Petersen

9 min

While dealing with one of the darkest times of her life, processing family trauma and recovering from injury, Azzah overhears a conversation around the question, “what do you want to do before you die?” Inspired and energized, she rushes home and begins her bucket list. Although she has never seen herself as much of an adventurer, she realizes she’s capable of more than she ever imagined.

We pick up with Azzah in her own personal sunrise as she redefines what she wants her life to look like. Her story is one of identity, self-discovery and answering the call of the natural world. It reminds us that there’s a difference between living and just being alive.

Directed by Julia Kwan

8 min

Over the span of three decades, four good friends circumnavigated New England via sea kayak. We follow them on the last leg of their voyage down the Hudson to the foot of the Statue of Liberty.

Directed by Nick Bowie, Nick Callanan

11 min

3rd movie of the trilogy, We Are the Rovers Norway will take you on a fantastic human paramotoring adventure and make you discover the beauty of the untouched Norwegian sceneries. The movie will take you out on land, sea and in the air to make you have a feeling of the greatest of the country. The trip is rythmed by the sound of the propellers, the movement of the waves on the BeXplore Boat and the unfinishing roads in the Nomads Bus. A human adventure where laughs, discoveries and the unexpected make every moment unforgettable.”

Directed by Antonin Michaud-Soret, Robin Montrau, Matthew Minyard

25 min

A base jumper, grounded by his duty to his family, yearns for the freedom of the sky.

Directed by Jake Blackburn, Quentin Curzon

8 min

Kids and bikes; wherever you are in the world, they go together. The chaotic streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers, but then again nothing is typical about Rajesh (RJ) Magar. Since learning to ride on a beat-up clunker, to becoming the four-time National Champion at age 21, RJ’s story is one of boundless childhood dreaming and unstoppable determination, forged from junkyard scraps and tested on the rugged trails of the mighty Himalaya.

Directed by Erik Petersen

19 min

3100: RUN & BECOME

University of Ottawa

What if the simple act of running could lead to profound enlightenment? 3100: Run and Become follows an unassuming Finnish paperboy in his attempt to complete the Self-Transcendence 3100 Miler – the world’s longest race – where he must run at least 60 miles per day for 52 days around a ½ mile sidewalk loop in New York City. His quest takes viewers not only to the heart of this astonishing event but around the globe to the ancient cultures that have held running sacred for millennia.

Directed by Sanjay Rawal

80 min
Special Screening

In this half-hour documentary, an aspiring wilderness photographer puts everything on the line in his quest to capture one photo that will help tell the story of the greatest land migration on earth.

Directed by Marty O’Brien

25 min

Breaking boundaries requires stepping beyond your comfort zone. No one ever got anywhere by just cruising. In order to see your full potential, you need to go that bit further. To achieve it, you have to stretch your mind, body and soul in ways you could have never imagined. Nobody said it would be easy, but it’s the only way you can do it. Don’t be afraid of challenges you’ll be facing or the changes you’ll inevitably have to make on the way. There will be blood, sweat and tears, but when it all comes together and your dream becomes a reality… that is what they call success.

Directed by Bob van de Gronde

4 min

Following the end of exploitive mining on the Indonesian island of Timor, a group of kayakers and climbers explore ecotourism opportunities in the region. The team discovers a wealth of world- class rock climbing and watersports that have the potential to put Timor on the map as a premier destination. This is the story of the local Mollo people who stopped an environmental tragedy with peaceful protest, who stood firm through adversity, and of their efforts to create a sustainable future for their families and island environment.

Directed by Greg Balkin

4 min

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2017

Best in Show

40 Winters

40 Winters follows adventurer Simon Donato, professional obstacle course racer Ryan Atkins and ultra-runner Adam Campbell as they attempt to traverse the 11 peaks of the iconic Mt. Rundle ridge in a single day. With interviews from mountain legends such as Chic Scott, Charlie Locke, Will Gadd and Jack Firth, 40 Winters examines what it means to live and play in the mountains, have adventures, and most importantly come home safely.

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Directed by Drew Goldsack

People’s Choice

At What Price

Professional adventure and climbing photographer John Price explores the myth of ‘the perfect life’ that’s so pervasive in social media. Set in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, this film ponders how to strike the balance as an artist between self-promotion and authenticity.

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Directed by Tommy Day

Environmental Spirit

Shift

SHIFT is a half-hour documentary about the indigenous youth from Carcross, Yukon who have spent the past 10 years converting traditional trails around their town in to a world-class mountain biking destination — and transforming their community and themselves along the way.

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Directed by Kelly Milner

Best Ottawa Film

Jondachi

The Jondachi river cuts its way through the jungles of the Napo Valley in Ecuador. For those who live with the river it provides more than a physical connection. It provides a connection that fills the spirit.

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Directed by Mike McKay