BOEC brings Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to Breckenridge for seventh year
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What: 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.
When: 5 p.m. private reception, 6:30 p.m. doors open for general admission, 7 p.m. films begin Friday, Feb. 26.
Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge.
Cost: $20 general admission, or $70 VIP reception, which includes advanced seating, appetizers and desserts and two drink tickets.
• “The Important Places” (2015, USA, 9 minutes) — Best Short Mountain Film, sponsored by The North Face.
• “Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta” (2015, USA, 17 minutes).
• “The Warmth of Winter” (2015, USA, 6 minutes).
• “Reel Rock 10: A Line Across the Sky” (2015, USA, 40 minutes) — Best Film, Climbing, sponsored by Alpine Club of Canada.
• Women’s Speed Ascent” (2015, USA, 4 minutes).
• “Kroger’s Canteen” (2015, South Africa, 8 minutes).
• “Denali” (2015, USA, 8 minutes).
• “Eclipse” (2015, Canada, 31 minutes) — Best Film, Snow Sports, sponsored by Bergans of Norway.
• “UnReal” (special edit, 2015, USA, 12 minutes).
BRECKENRIDGE — In the trailer for “Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta,” an ice climber smiles as she claws her way out of a large hole in the ice, wearing a large backpack.
“Another great day in paradise,” she quips, slightly out of breath, to her comrades.
That sentence may well describe any of the films to be seen at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Breckenridge on Friday, Feb. 26. For the seventh year, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center is hosting the film festival, bringing jaw-dropping films to the exact type of audience that loves them — residents and visitors of the Colorado Rockies.
FILMS OF DARING
Nine films were chosen to be shown at this year’s Breckenridge stop, and each offers a glimpse of the lives of adventurous individuals.
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Some, like “Climbing Ice” and “Women’s Speed Ascent,” document attempts at breaking records and achieving feats never done before. “Reel Rock 10: A Line Across the Sky” is the longest of the films at 40 minutes and focuses on climbers Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold taking on the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia. The traverse, which has at times been called impossible, consists of four miles, six peaks and 13,000 vertical feet. The views are breathtaking.
Those yearning for summer will find a treat in “UnReal,” which follows the exploits of mountain bikers — though they do tackle some snowy terrain as well.
A few of the films go beyond the physical exploits and look into the mindset of what makes the outdoors special, such as “The Important Places.” “Ice Climbers” and “Eclipse” offer a photographer’s perspective on these types of journeys as well.
“We always pick the top award winners,” said BOEC development director Marci Sloan, on deciding which films will be shown in Breckenridge. “We really try to stick with the theme of the celebration of the outdoors or a great human story. And that fits well with our mission.”
ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE
The BOEC is a locally-based nonprofit that provides educational, instructive and enjoyable experiences to people with disabilities and special needs. Situated on 39 acres near Breckenridge, the BOEC facility includes a lodge, climbing wall and high-ropes course. Its year-round programming features options for children and adults to participate in a number of active engagements.
Among its programs is an Adaptive Ski and Ride school, in which instructors help those with disabilities to learn to ski and snowboard. This includes wounded veterans, many attending The Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge each year. The BOEC also hosts wilderness programs in summer and winter, professional team-building retreats and an internship program. Proceeds from the film festival are put toward supporting these adaptive programs.
“It’s our hugest awareness event,” Sloan said. “We see lots of benefits from the event, whether it’s somebody becoming a new donor or volunteer or coming on our programs.”
IN THEIR 40S
This year, the BOEC will also celebrate its 40th anniversary as a Summit County nonprofit organization. As chance would have it, the Banff film festival just celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015. The films showing this Saturday are all its 2015 films, from the 40th celebration.
As in past years, there will be a VIP reception before the film festival, including food and drinks. The Pine Beatles, a local band, will also be performing.
Tickets for the festival are currently available online at http://www.boec.org. Sloan urges people to buy them online rather than waiting, as they sell out every year.