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SOLD OUT Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2014

Hi-Pointe Theater

Wednesday, Mar 26 2014, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday, Mar 27 2014, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

1005 McCausland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63117

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival, a program of The Banff Centre, is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road. 

With stops planned in about 390 communities and 35 countries across the globe, this year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival.

Traveling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2013/2014 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

From approximately 300 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe.

Each evening will feature different films on all things mountain including skiing, climbing, paddling, snowboarding, and mountain culture.   To see all the films plan on attending both nights.

No reserved seating! First come - First Seated.







Courtesy parking is available across the street at Lindell Bank on the East side of McCausland Avenue whenever the bank is closed, in the lot two doors south of the theatre next to the Yoga and Pilates studio and on Clayton Avenue. Please do not park in the apartments nearby.   These are paid spaces.   Please pay special attention on the bank lot to the areas marked on the pavement no parking and tow zone.

Parking is somewhat restricted at this venue.   The best plan is to meet your friends for dinner or drinks before hand and carpool to the theater.   PLEASE CARPOOL



Wilderness Medicine Clinics

Telluride Mountain Film Festival

Nature and Landscape Photography Seminar

Hiking The Ozarks and Beyond

Hiking The Appalachian Trail

Basic Map & Compass Class

Yellowstone National Park Seminar


SPECIAL NOTICE:   Films may change without notice.  Films are listed in random order and not in the order of screening.  Some films contain coarse language so parents beware!

Films Scheduled For Wednesday, March 26th


Cascada -  Kayaking - 8 min

USA, 2012, 8 minutes
Filmmakers: Anson Fogel, Skip Armstrong, Shannon Ethridge (Camp4 Collective)

Paddler and cinematographer alike explore a world beyond the unexpected … and find perfection


Keeper of the Mountains - Cultural -  16 min

Special Jury Mention

USA, 2013, 16 minutes
Filmmakers: Allison Otto, Scott McElroy

Elizabeth Hawley bucked the conventions of her time by settling alone in Kathmandu in 1960, where she began chronicling Himalayan expeditions for The Himalayan Database. Even as she turns 90, she continues to update these records with rigorous accuracy and dedication.


Flow - Mtn bike - 3 min

USA, 2013, 3 minutes
Filmmakers: Oly Mingo

Follow Geophysicist Rex Flake on a high-adrenaline mountain bike ride through the Cascade Mountains as he identifies the flora, fauna, and geology of this cinematic region. Uniquely edited without the typical hard core soundtrack, Flow uses creative graphics and sound design to bring the viewer uncomfortably close to the action.

North of the Sun - Adventure - 46 min

Grand Prize Winner – sponsored by MEC

People's Choice Award – sponsored by Treksta

Dolby Audio Award

Norway, 2012, 46 minutes

Tucked between the cold Atlantic Ocean and the rocky slopes of a remote, arctic island, two young Norwegian adventurers discover their own private playground. They build themselves a cabin out of flotsam while clearing the beach of debris, then spend the long winter skiing and surfing in the haunting low light.




Into the Mind - Skiing - 12 min

Canada, 2013, 12 minutes
Filmmakers: Dave Mossop, Eric Crosland, JP Auclair, Malcolm Sangster, Sherpas Cinema

Amazing skiing, stunning imagery, and fabulous music are showcased in this high-energy excerpt from the feature film

Return to the Tepuis - Environment - 9 min

USA, 2013, 9 minutes
Filmmakers: Joe Riis and Jenny Nichols, Pongo Media

A wee pebble toad living in the crevices of the tepuis of South America is the missing link to understanding the age of the species as well as the age of the tepuis themselves.


Sufferfest - Climb/adventure - 18 min

USA, 2013, 18 minutes
Filmmakers: Cedar Wright

Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright embark on a wholly human-powered adventure to link all of California’s 14,000 foot peaks. Utterly new to biking, the quirky yet endearing duo push themselves to their absolute limits in pursuit of success.


Split of a Second -  Wing suit - 8 min

Sweden, 2012, 8 minutes
Filmmakers: Björn Fävremark and John Boisen

99.9% of time is spent in preparation for living a few moments of joy. The other .1% is to only be here now, and step off that cliff!


Valhalla - Nude skiing - 3 min.

USA, 2013, 3 minutes
Filmmakers: Ben Sturgulewski, Nick Waggoner, Michaal Brown, Zac Ramras (Sweetgrass Productions)
Classification: Parental Guidance, nudity

From naked chairlift riding to cliff airs wearing nothing more than an avalanche beacon and a smile, Valhalla's naked snow segment sparks laughter from skiers and non-skiers alik



Films Scheduled For Thursday, March 27th

Poor Mans Heli - Para/skiing - 6 min

Canada, 2013, 6 minutes
Filmmakers: Mike Douglas, Switchback Entertainment

A group of skiers launch themselves across a valley via paragliders to the remote slopes.


The Last Ice Merchant - Cultural - 14 min

Best Film – Mountain Environment and Natural History – Sponsored by Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

USA, 2012, 14 minutes

When Baltazar Ushca dies, the long‐lived tradition of harvesting glacial ice from the tallest mountain in Ecuador will die with him. Every action is tenderly portrayed as Baltazar steadfastly wraps his bounty in hay and loads it on his donkey for delivery to his loyal customers.


35 - Climb/introspective - 5 min

Best Short Mountain Film ‐ Sponsored by The North Face

USA, 2013, 5 minutes
35 routes in one day to celebrate 35 years of life? Why not? Take the birthday challenge!


Heavens Gate - Wing suit - 48 min

Best Film – Mountain Sports – Sponsored by Live Out There

Finland, 2013, 48 minutes
Filmmakers: Iiro Seppanen, Nic Good, Pan Pacific Entertainment
Classification: Parental Guidance, coarse language

A group of wingsuit pilots gather at Tianmen Mountain in China, the birthplace of the dream of human flight, to attempt an intimidating feat – flying through the sacred site known as Heaven’s Gate, an archway carved out of the mountain. As Jeb Corliss drops from a helicopter and soars toward the opening, nearly a half-billion people hold their breath.



Not Bad - Biking - 10 min

Canada, 2013, 10 minutes
Filmmakers: Darcy Wittenburg, Darren McCullough, Colin Jones and Ian Dunn

Seven brave riders set out from the four corners of the globe for thirty days of outrageous fun and bicycle tomfoolery in New Zealand.



I am Red - Environment - 4 min


USA, 2013, 4 minutes
Filmmakers: Peter McBride

A visual poem of the Colorado River delivers a simple yet powerful message.


Sensory Overload - Kayaking - 8 min

USA, 2013, 8 minutes
Filmmakers: Robert Raker, Raker Productions Inc

Blind kayaker Erik Weihenmayer turns whitewater into a new form of braille.


Spice Girl - Climbing - 24 min

USA, 2013, 24 minutes
Filmmakers: Josh Lowell, Alex Lowther, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language

The UK climbing scene is known for its strict traditional ethic, yielding super sketchy, dangerous routes, and a competitive machismo. It’s the last place you’d expect to find a nice little blond girl putting all the lads to shame, but Hazel Findlay is doing just that. The first woman to climb the British grade of E9, Hazel is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear, and big runouts.

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