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REPORTING · 5th October 2010
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat Search and Rescue is hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Mount Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday October 9th at 7:00 pm. The Festival is an international Film Festival featuring footage on ‘Mountain’ subjects. This year is the festivals 35th anniversary and is the second year the Kitimat Search and Rescue will have hosted it.

"We picked nine excellent films for a well balanced show and think everyone will be pleased. There will be something for everyone," said Kelly Marsh from Kitimat Search and Rescue.

Funding this year goes towards equipment. The Search and Rescue plan on upgrading communications with their radios through the purchase of a repeater.

Last year, the festival sold out. Tickets are available from Search and Rescue Members, Bookmasters and there may still be some at the door.

This year’s films are:
Signatures: Canvas of Snow
 USA, 2009, 16 minutes
 Directed by: Nick Waggoner
 Produced by" Ben Sturgulewski
 Website:
 Classification: General - no advisory
 Focus: Skiing, snowboarding and noboarding
In Japan there is a cultural connection to the different signatures of terrestrial home - a sense that the rhythm of fall, winter, spring and summer influences the rhythm of the person, their energy, their riding style and the lines they choose.
This special edit features skiers, snowboarders, a photographer and a noboarder who are each in tune with this connection to winter and the environment they ride in.
Take a Seat
Special Jury Mention
 UK, 2009, 46 minutes
 Directed by: Ed Stobart, Dominic Gill
 Produced by: Lucy Wilcox
 Website: ;
 Classification: General - nudity
 Focus: Human story, adventure, biking
Dominic Gill’s mission is to cycle the 32,000 kilometres from the northern coast of Alaska to the southern tip of South America, on a tandem bike, picking up random strangers on the way. A gripping tale of two years and two continents, full of extraordinary characters and incidents.

Project Megawoosh
Special Jury Mention
 Germany, 2009, 4 minutes
 Directed by Minh Duong
 Produced by Nikolas Hannack
 Website:
 Classification: General, no advisory
 Focus: Humour, spoof
Bruno Kammerl, a German engineer, works to perfect the world's tallest human water slide.

Revolution One
 USA, 2009, 10 minutes
 Directed and Produced by Dan Heaton
 Website:
 Classification: Parental Guidance - coarse language
 Focus: Unicycling
"Revolution One" takes a look into the history, people and places that have defined the rapidly emerging sport of off-road unicycling.
Follow world champion unicyclists Kris Holm and Dan Heaton as they display riding that has blown the minds of viewers worldwide.

Kranked - Revolve
 Canada, 2009, 11 minutes
 Directed and produced by Bjørn Enga
 Website:
 Classification: General - coarse language
 Focus: Mountain biking
The coolest human-powered adrenaline tool ever invented -- the mountain bike? "Revolve" blasts in cinematic glory from the French Alps to the lush coast of B.C., incorporating dirt jump, trail, freeride, slopestyle and downhill.

 France, 2008, 6 minutes
 Directed and Produced by Guillaume Broust
 Website:
 Classification: General – no advisory
 Focus: Multi-sport, humour, family-friendly
Filmed in the Mont Blanc range, this short features six different mountain sports: climbing, skiing, snowboarding, speed riding, paragliding and BASE jumping.
A photographer wants to take one shot showing all the sports, instead of taking separate photos of each sport. It takes a lot of work!
Mont-Blanc Speed Flying
Award for Best Short Mountain Film, sponsored by Mountain Hardwear
 France, 2008, 10 minutes
 Directed and produced by Didier Lafond
 Website:
 Classification: General – no advisory
 Focus: Speed riding, family-friendly
Six speed riders fly from the upper slopes of Mont Blanc down to Chamonix in one continuous 10-minute shot,
filmed in Cineflex.
First Ascent: Alone on the Wall
 USA, 2009, 24 minutes
 Directed and produced by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen
 Website: www.senderfilms
 Classification: General – coarse language
 Focus: Rock Climbing, free solo climbing
After gaining international climbing renown for his landmark free-solo of "Moonlight Buttress" (V, 5.12+, 9 pitches) in Zion National Park, Utah, in April 2008, 24-year-old Alex Honnold moves on to his next big challenge: the first free-solo of the "Regular Northwest Face" route (VI, 5.12a, 23 pitches) on Yosemite’s Half Dome.
Africa Revolutions Tour
 USA, 2009, 20 minutes
 Directed by Rush Sturges
 Produced by Tyler Bradt
 Website:
 Classification: Parental Guidance - coarse language
 Focus: White-water kayaking, Sun Catcher’s Project (NGO in Africa)
From the crocodile-infested White Nile in Uganda, to big-water first descents in Madagascar, the film follows this group of friends on their dangerous mission.
Accompanying the team is Rita Riewerts, the founder of the Sun Catchers Project, a non-profit that installs solar cooking facilities
in African orphanages, hospitals and communities.
Join the team as they set out on an ambitious kayaking expedition in eastern Africa.
Every cent this film generates will be donated to the Sun Catchers Project