By: Grace Cooper
Whether a comedy, a thriller, or a heartwarming film, there was something for everyone at this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.
This year was my first festival — and definitely not my last. I’ve seen my share of outdoor adventure documentaries, but these films were different. They weren’t just educational; they told a story. As a volunteer at the event, I had the opportunity to talk with a lot of people at the festival about their favorite films of the weekend. So, although all the films were absolutely incredible, here are my favorites from this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour:
Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out
We started out the first night with this cute little film. Starring cyclist Danny MacAskill, this film takes you for a day out in the Scottish countryside as MacAskill performs various stunts, such as balancing on a hay bale and riding on the rail of a train track. The highlights of the sweet, lighthearted film are the hilarious outtakes at the end — showing that even a professional cyclist needs a few tries to perfect the art of jumping over a picnic table.
Definitely one of the more suspenseful films of the weekend, Poumaka follows climbers Mike Libecki and Angie Payne as they climb a tower in French Polynesia. With lots of blood, sweat, and tears, this jungle adventure takes physical endurance and determination as Mike and Angie conquer their fear of the unknown with courage and funny animal facemasks.
Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World
This film follows the ship, Infinity, and her motley crew as they travel from New Zealand to Patagonia, with a quick stop in Antarctica to play with the penguins. Besides all of the crazy adventures (and near death experiences), this movie, filmed by one of the crew, is about the bond of friendship and the spirit of adventure as they battle the high seas with a not-so-new ship. Join these friendly pirates for a ride where this small crew is family and Infinity is home.