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Banff Film Festival on Tour

  • Posted by mark
  • 19 February 2010

been a bit slow with this one seein as thought theres only a couple of screenings left, but one of those screenings does happen to be in Cardigan tomorrow night, i also just realised tims already posted about this but a little reminder never hurt anyone...


The Banff Mountain Film Festival is uprooting from the mothership festival in the Canadian Rockies and will shortly be heading for the UK to tour to a location near you.

The Banff World Tour features award-winning films and audience favourites from about 300 films entered each year in Banff. Come and see why more than 200,000 people across the globe gather at Banff screenings indoors to celebrate the outdoors!

The climbing films featured on the Banff 2010 tour will include:

First Ascent: Alone on the Wall - Follow the groundbreaking free-solo ascents of Alex Honnolt. After gaining international climbing renown for his landmark free-solo climb of "Moonlight Buttress" in Zion National Park, Alex moves on to his next big challenge: the first free-solo of the massive "Regular Northwest Face" route (2000 vertical feet) on Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome.

Hunlen - See what happens when two climbers show up to climb one of the biggest frozen waterfalls in Canada -- but it isn't completely frozen. The climbing is technical—all 1,000 feet of it — but it’s the giant slabs of ice breaking free beside the route that makes the climbers very nervous.

Progression World Cup - An insightful and entertaining look at the intensely competitive world of top-class indoor rock climbing.

To The Rainbow - Paul Pritchard was one of Britain’s most talented climbers in the late 1980s. A head injury received while climbing the Totem Pole in Tasmania left Paul with severe injuries and partly disabled. Now, 13 years on, he makes an emotional return to climbing – on The Rainbow in North Wales.

As well as climbing flicks, there will be a selection of other brilliant mountain based films featuring mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, whitewater kayaking and speed flying (a cross between paragliding and skiing including some incredible aerial footage as they descend Mont Blanc). Full details of the film programme at each venue, as well as more information and how to buy tickets can be found at http://www.banff-uk.com

UK tour dates include:

• 29 January Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow
• 3 & 4 February Union Chapel, Islington, London
• 6 February Theatre By The Lake, Keswick
• 11 February Komedia Club, Brighton
• 13 February Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester
• 18 & 21 February Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
• 20 February Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan

As well as seeing some great films, you can also win some great nightly prizes as well as go in the draw to win a 7 day Mont Blanc trek. A bar will be open at all screenings before the films and during intermission.

birds eye view

  • Posted by howies
  • 19 February 2010

On my lunch breaks I really enjoy trawling through the internet to find what random events are going on in London. 

Well today I stumbled across this film festival Birds Eye View- celebrating women filmmakers.  It's on at the BFI Southbank from the 4th- 12th March. (tickets are on sale through their website)

They have some amazing UK film premieres, that even if you cannot make it to the event are well worth a look.  I particuarly want to watch Amreeka- the story of a mother and son immigrating to the US in a post 9/11 world.  This film was written and directed by Cherien Dabis, Palistinian herself but brought up in the States.  Should be really thought provoking!

Here's a trailer for the festival itself... ;feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

let the games begin

  • Posted by howies
  • 13 February 2010

The opening ceremony was on at 2.am. this morning.  I couldn't face staying up that late to watch it...but I have watched some cheesy montage footage of it on Youtube.  I thought I would spare you the cheese, and just post up this awesome animation from the BBC.


You can follow all events from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics live.

Coming soon...

Two documentaries I'm looking forward to this year:

Bad Brains Documentary, in final stages of production


Chasing Legends, documenting the 2009 Tour de France through the eyes of the Columbia HTC team


Any I should add to my list?

Jeff. ;feature=player_embedded">

Made in Queens

  • Posted by mark
  • 5 February 2010



i just found out about this, anyone seen it yet?

Made in Queens is a short film that lifts the lid on an underground scene emerging in the outskirts of New York’s Queens borough. Directed by Nicolas Randall and Joe Stevens, the film looks at a small crew of Trinida­dian teenagers, led by Nick Ragbir, who are obsessed with customising their bmx bikes with the fattest soundsystems they can possibly hook them up with. ">

Roll With The Gods

This is the trailer for Machotaildrop. It looks like major fun.

[/youtube] (yes that was Steve Olson, and Rick McCrank. )

I HAVE to get a Manwolfs jacket.


T.I.M.E. Out

  • Posted by howies
  • 12 January 2010

Watching the skate video Jeff just posted up, reminded me of a skateboarding video from Element- this.is.my.element

Nyjah Huston


The soundtrack was an awesome collaboration with musician Odd Nosdam.  He made each track after watching the video, making music to accompany each skater's riding style.

Tony Tave


Enjoy :)

Man up or chicken out*

The snow has chilled out (pun) for a while here in London, but it's still freezing and a little icy. It took me 25 minutes to psych myself up to ride to work, it was just worth it. Just.

I thought I'd done all my manning up for the day, but this trailer makes me want to go skate in the cold when I get home.

;feature=player_embedded[/youtube] via Tweakerzine

But if I wimp out and stay inside, I can watch this over and over again.

;feature=player_embedded[/youtube] via 14 Bike Co. (*pun no.2)

Decisions, decisions.


Theatre Mwldan

  • Posted by tim
  • 11 January 2010

If you're down our way soon then the Theatre have some interesting films coming up.

The Cove Jan 15-19th


Big River Man Jan 20-21st


Banff Festival World Tour Sat 20th Feb


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