Banff Mountain Film Festival brings the exhilarating beauty of mountain landscapes, sports, and culture to Montana this month. The best films from Banff’s 41st annual festival arrive at Helena Middle School Auditorium at 7 p.m. May 3 (443-5360) and the Lincoln Center Auditorium in Billings at 7 p.m. May 5 (248-4555).
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour begins immediately after the Banff Mountain Film Festival, held every November in Banff, Alberta, Canada. In just a few short hours, viewers will climb the highest peaks, paddle the wildest waters and journey to the most enchanting and beautiful places on the planet.
Among the offerings:
“Metronomic”: Above the Gorges du Verdon, a skillful blend of artists and high-level balancing athletes plays a high-energy symphony devoted to risk. It’s a hymn that melds visual performance and contemplative poetry into pure entertainment.
“Iran: A Skier’s Journey”: Skiers Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots find comfort, bedazzlement, and a surprisingly cool ski culture in a country they were told not to visit.
“Libby Peter”: One of the UK’s most respected climbers reflects on how climbing has shaped her life.
“Elk River”: A modern band of explorers joins their ungulate counterparts on a trek from Wyoming’s ranch lands, over mountain passes and treacherous river crossings, to the rugged beauty of Yellowstone’s high-alpine meadows. Along the way, they meet backcountry guides and cattle ranchers whose lives are intricately tied with the fate of the elk.
“Ace and the Desert Dog”: For his 60th birthday, adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Khan, set out on a 60-day trek in Utah’s canyon country.
“Four Mums In A Boat”: When four middle-aged working British mums announced they wanted to row the Atlantic Ocean, their families thought they had lost their minds.
“Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out”: Explore the rural landscape around Edinburgh in a film that sets out to capture the simple fun of a ride in the country with moments of incredible riding and a touch of humor.
Tickets at $12-$15; learn more at www.thebasecamp.com.