Hailed as the Sundance of the High Peaks, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
comes to town tonight with a program of short, documentary, and feature films. For three decades, the movies have showcased people with more guts than weve got: Skiers leap off cliffs, men jump from planes 30,000 feet above the Grand Canyon, and a group of middle-aged Canadians fights over a hockey puck on a mountaintop. Its an opportunity to be a part of something you dont ordinarily see or do, says Christine Russell of Ohio Sports & Fitness Magazine
, which hosts.
Each year organizers sift through more than 300 entries from 40 countries to select the best movies pitting athletes against mountains. Tonights program features eight films about death-defying mountain bikers, paragliders, and skiers. Their appeal, says Russell, transcends the Mountain Dew-sippin crowd. Some in the audience are definitely athletes, she says. But most of them are armchair athletes who just love films.
Sat., April 8, 7:30 p.m.