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Extreme adventure onscreen in Edwards

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Vail, CO Colorado
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EDWARDS–Eagle County is full of uber-athletes who have tackled tremendous feats, including many of the world’s steepest chutes, highest peaks or longest treks. At least a handful of locals have climbed Yosemite’s Half Dome. But likely not by themselves. The 25-minute film “Alone on the Wall,” to be shown at the Expeditionary Learning Mountain FilmFest on Saturday night at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, will chronicle Alex Honnold’s pioneering feat of Half Dome, at age of 23. The documentary by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen, founder and partner, respectively, of Sender Films in Boulder, was produced as Honnold completed two ground-breaking projects, including the Half Dome effort.

The film is part of the extreme sport segement of films being shown at the film fest on Saturday. The film “Facing the Waves” chronicling Bobby Vaughn’s legendary surfing adventures and his evolution from former gang member to CEO of surf clothing company FTW (Facing the Waves) in New York, will also show. This 15-minute film was produced by Lee Quinby, an intellectual historian who specializes in understanding opposing belief systems in American culture. Her work with Bobby Vaughn exposes the metaphor of life force represented by the waves.

Three other adrenaline-pumping films will be shown as part of the extreme sport segment at the Mountain FilmFest, taking place from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, including an adventure in Hawaii wave skiing, a climb up the North Face of the Eiger, and an extreme fishing experience in Russia. Tickets for FilmFest can be purchased online at http://www.eagleschools.net/events/ or purchased at the door starting at 4:30 p.m. The FilmFest will feature food and drink, silent auction and raffle, along with films from Mountainfilm in Telluride.

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