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Ginelle Heller
Indiana University Outdoor Adventures

Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Bloomington April 2, 3

WHAT: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
WHEN: April 2 and 3 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
TICKETS: Tickets are $10 for IU Bloomington students with valid student ID, $15 general admission. A festival pass for both days is $17 for IU Bloomington students and $27 general admission. Children under 5 free. Tickets may be purchased at Sunrise Box Office 812-323-3020 or IU Outdoor Adventures, Eigenmann Hall, 812-855-2231. For more information, visit

March 23, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Outdoor Adventures will host the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour April 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. at Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Crossing the Ditch

Photo courtesy of The Banff Center

"Crossing the Ditch," winner of the award for Best Film on Exploration and Adventure, 2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival

A program of The Banff Centre in Alberta, the annual fall Banff Mountain Film Festival is the largest mountain film festival in the world, and one of the most prestigious. Following the film fest in Banff, Alberta, the tour travels to about 350 communities and 32 countries around the world, presenting some of the most inspiring action, environmental and adventure films from the festival.

From approximately 260 films entered into the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival, IU Outdoor Adventures has selected 25 award-winning films that feature a range of styles and themes, including climbing, skiing, kayaking, biking, adventure, culture and the environment.

IU student Ginelle Heller, assistant program coordinator for IU Outdoor Adventures, said the films in this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival will transport audiences around the globe by providing a glimpse into the lives of daring athletes and adventures from both near and far.

"Some of the films are light and humorous, such as the story of a climber's desperate attempt to summit his town's highest parking garage. Others are serious stories of adventure, like two brothers' efforts to cross a treacherous sea in kayaks," she said. "Still others are tragic, such as the teary story of lives cut short in an avalanche and the difficulties of recovering from such a trauma. Despite these differences, all of the films chronicle the experiences of those athletes bent on pushing the envelope of outdoor adventure, and all offer audiences a beautiful and inspiring window into the extremes of human-powered experience."

Featured films at the Bloomington screening:


  • Into Darkness, 15 minutes
  • The Fall Line, 13 minutes
  • Crossing the Ditch, 55 minutes


  • Azadi, 30 minutes
  • The Longest Way, 5 minutes
  • Life Cycles, 14 minutes
  • The Swiss Machine, 20 minutes


  • Chimaera, 7 minutes
  • Dream Result, 17 minutes
  • A Life Ascending, 57 minutes


  • Eastern Rises, 38 minutes
  • Parking Garage, 5 minutes
  • Last Paradise, 26 minutes

AZADI: Freedom is a cultural documentary seen through the eyes of skiers set in the disputed region of Kashmir during the violent militant insurgency of the 1990s. Crossing The Ditch tells the dramatic story of two young Australian kayakers who battle 10-meter towering waves, massive storms, shark-filled seas and strong currents to conquer the Tasman Sea, some of the world's deadliest and most treacherous waters.

The screenings are presented by National Geographic, The North Face and Parks Canada and are sponsored by Deuter, Outdoor Research, Three Cups of Tea/Stones into Schools, Primaloft, Tom's of Maine and ProBar, with support from Mountain Safety Research, Fernie Alpine Resort, Petzl, World Expeditions and Mountain Hard Wear.

Local Sponsors are WFIU Public Radio (Gold Level Festival Sponsor), J.L Waters Outfitters (Gold Level Raffle Sponsor), Bloomingfoods (Gold Level Raffle Sponsor), Bicycle Garage (Silver Level Raffle Sponsor), Paoli Peaks (Bronze Level Raffle Sponsor) and Vibe Yoga Studio.

For more information about the Banff Mountain Film Festival, see