VAIL, Colorado - Along with hordes of ripped athletes, some very talented filmmakers will be in town this weekend to show off their outdoor adventures and antics, all of which were caught on film. The Teva Mountain Games hosts the Outdoor Reels film festival today and Saturday. Three films will be shown, all free, at the Lodge at Vail.
"There are so many incredible films being made about the outdoors and making our planet a better place that we really hope people will have the opportunity to experience one or all of these exceptional films," said Michael Imhof, vice president of sales and operations for the Vail Valley Foundation.
"Kadoma" is an intense movie about legendary South African kayaker Hendri Coetzee, nickname Kadoma, who was killed by a 15-foot crocodile in 2010 while paddling the Lukuga River in the Congo. "Frontier" follows a group of pro kayakers traversing the globe in search of the adrenaline rush that only paddling off 100-foot waterfalls can provide. While filming "Deflated," brothers Victor and Daniel Myers spent two months traveling around Central America on a motorcycle, carrying inflatable stand up paddle board, a surfboard, and loads of river and camera gear.
"What do you do for vacation when you work on adventure island?" Victor wrote on his blog belizeadventures.com. "You think up the most obscure plans for yourself and friends throw in some ridiculous elements and whamo! Epics are born."
"Kadoma" - 8 p.m. today; 4 p.m. Saturday
Outdoor Reels will kick off both evening's free films with Eddie Bauer's presentation of "Kadoma," a detailing the final expedition of the late African explorer and kayaker Hendri Coetzee. A legend in the annals of African exploration, Coetzee's final expedition takes viewers on a journey of mind and heart through parts of Africa seldom seen, where his own words will always ring true: "Some of the things that we're about to witness are so intense and horrible that they should stop the show, but they don't. People still laugh and dance. Yes the bad things happen, but so do the good things, the amazing things, and the show goes on."
"Frontier" - 9 p.m. today; 5 p.m. Saturday
Next on the schedule will be Teva's presentation of "Frontier." As a follow-up to 2010's award-winning "Dream Result," River Roots' newest project highlights professional kayakers Rush Sturges, Casper Van Kalmthout and others taking on new rivers and expansive waterfalls across the planet. The film puts a strong emphasis on exploration and progression of the sport while featuring some of the hardest whitewater ever paddled. Highlights include footage of Rafa Ortiz and Aniol Serrasoles' 128.6 foot waterfall descent of Big Banana Falls, in Veracruz, Mexico.
"Deflated" - 10 p.m. today; 6 p.m. Saturday
Rounding out the trio of free films will be C4 Waterman's presentation of "Deflated." In the film, brothers Victor and Daniel Myers document their great adventure across Central America in search of waters worthy of stand up paddle boarding. Traveling by motorcycles, Victor, a seasoned outdoor athlete, and Daniel, a filmmaker, join forces with inflatable SUP board makers, C4 Waterman, to test their might on the rivers and ocean surf of foreign lands.
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