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Adventure film fest returns Saturday to Eagle-Vail

To save the Earth, you need to fly off of something tall.

Homestake Peak School’s Expeditionary Learning Mountain Filmfest returns for its fifth year on Saturday, featuring films to inspire you to learn as much as you can about our world, to do what you can to preserve it and to soar off its mountains like a flying nylon condor.

“Doing an adventure film festival gives people an insight into expeditionary learning, because adventure is a huge part of what we do at the school,” said Pavan Kreuger, who’s helping coordinate this year’s Homestake Peak Mountain Filmfest.

The short adventure films will screen in four venues at two different times, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Different films are geared toward different age groups: young kids, teens and adults. While the films are directed at different age groups, Kreuger said they share a common theme — achieving more than they think is possible.”

“There’s a little bit of everything,” Kreuger said.

Support expeditionary learning

All the films are from Mountainfilm, the Telluride film festival. The films explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission of exploring cultures, preserving environments and promoting adventure, Kreuger said.

Homestake Peak School’s Expeditionary Learning Mountain Filmfest is a fundraiser for the school. The film festival will feature Apex Mountain School, which will be doing a presentation about avalanche awareness.

“The money will be used to promote adventure and field work, some of the main components of expeditionary learning,” Kreuger said.

From wing suits to surfing in Norway

The four screenings feature multiple films ranging from 5 to 15 minutes long. The four screenings line up like this:

“Adventure Playground” is aimed at younger children: It’s 80 minutes of humor and motivation films geared toward younger kids. Among these films are animated shorts that bring furniture to life and give pencils personality, as well as a film that shows our kids that safety does not mean no fun.

“Thrill Seeker” is targeted for kids through their early teens: It’s 80 minutes of fast-paced mini films focused on the challenges that extreme adventurers face on the mountain, in the ocean, on rivers or in their everyday lives.

“Pure Adventure” is for kids in their late teens. It’s 90 minutes of fast-paced mini films, including the wing suit world champion, the 2012 single speed world championships and stunt biking in Spain.

“Environmental Adventure” is designed for adults: It’s 90 minutes of films that show the extreme measures scientists will go to capture exotic elements on film. This set is anchored by a 46-minute film, “North of the Sun.” Inge Wegge and Jorn Ranum spent nine months in Norway, and they’re all winter because you get to have nine months of winter in northern Norway. They were testing a hypothesis that they could live happily, and even comfortably, off the waste of others. They chose this beach because it held a well-kept secret: some of the world’s finest undiscovered surfing waves.

Food from Yellowbelly will be available, as well as pizza, snacks and drinks before and during the intermission. There will be a silent auction and activities for kids, including a group mural painting and a photo booth.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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