Check out the collection of inspirational adventure films that we'll be showing at our Mountainfilm on Tour - Aus & NZ screenings:
Directed by: RC Cone
Iceland is an island in the very north Atlantic where the wind is unpredictable at best, where perfect waves are almost as rare as albino elephants and where frigid temps require a full wetsuit arsenal.
In other words, being a surfer in Iceland requires a particular mix of hardiness, patience, passion and insanity. And more than anything, it requires befriending that mercurial, capricious, wildly drunken and occasionally benevolent wind.
ACE AND THE DESERT DOG
Directed by: Brendan Leonard, Forest Woodward, Stefan Hunt
Ace Kvale, a veteran photographer, and Ghengis, a blue heeler “dogger” (that’s canine for “blogger”), live together in the Utah desert. Their backyard: 2 million acres of canyons, redrock cliffs, dry washes, empty landscapes and desert wilderness.
For his 60th birthday, Kvale decided to go on a 60-day backpacking trip. Ghengis, naturally, joined him, along with friends who tagged along for sections.
Ace and the Desert Dog proves that while backpacking may not be sexy, what it lacks in glamor it makes up in meaning. Kvale and Genghis are living proof, plodding along to spectacular places only reachable by foot, following the cycles of the season and learning lasting lessons from one another. Namely: Slow down, spend as much time with your best friends as possible and don’t forget to play.
ACROSS THE SKY
Directed by: Tim Kemple, Renan Ozturk, Anson Fogel
Walking 500 meters — the length of nearly five football fields — is no big deal.
But when you walk it on a slackline, suspended between the great towers of Utah’s Castleton Valley, like Théo Sanson did in November of 2015, it becomes a mega-feat of endurance, exposure and courage.
ANGEL ANNIHILATES ALASKA
Directed by: Teton Gravity Research
In 2015, Angel Collinson won the award for the Best Female Freeride Performance at the International Freeskiing Film Festival.
It’s not hard to see why: She’s fast, fierce and can send it with the best of them. The spines of Alaska don’t stand a chance against her.
Directed by: Cedar Wright
As longtime professional climbers who eat, sleep and live the sport, Cedar Wright and Matt Segal are used to being competent, comfortable and at the top of their game.
Then they get into paragliding, and what starts as a toe dip turns quickly into a consuming addiction, as well as a lesson in what it’s like to be bumbling, naïve, gung-ho beginners. Tree landings, sketchy moments and junkshow launches become part of the new normal.
With only six months of flying under their belts, and professional flier Matt Henzi as a sensei, Wright and Segal embark on an audacious objective: to climb and fly off Orizaba, the third-highest peak in the America’s and the highest in Mexico.
What ensues is disaster-style climbing, iffy weather, broken gear and a lesson in jumping into the deep end and being forced to swim.
Directed by: Nick Rosen, Peter Mortimer
Two of the best young climbers in the world are Kai Lightner and Ashima Shiraishi. In this fun film, they go climbing together in Norway to see what they can achieve.
Directed by: Skip Armstrong
The vision came to Krystle Wright in a dream: a bird’s-eye view of BASE jumpers in flight over a stark desert landscape. When she awoke, the adventure photographer resolved to make that vision into reality. And with that, the dream turned into an obsession — one that led her on a four-and-a-half-year journey of failed attempts, uncooperative weather, disappointments and inward examination.
The Mysteries follows a tenacious, and perhaps crazy, quest to chase down an elusive image and provides a glimpse into the kind of singular passion that drives people to reach their goals, regardless of what stands in the way.
ONE OF THOSE DAYS 3
Directed by: Candide Thovex
A manhunt is underway in the Alps to arrest French skier Candide Thovex. His crime? Where do we start?
Dude skis over a helicopter, into camera vans, hits trees, interrupts races and busts through barns. In One of those Days 3, he takes his POV delinquency to new limits.
TAXCO URBAN DOWNHILL
Directed by: Kelly McGarry
Margaritas, mariachi and something you’ve never done in Mexico. Kelly McGarry rides an outrageous urban line down cobbled alleys and otherwise.
Directed by: Darren Durlach, Dave Larson
Growing up in East Baltimore surrounded by poverty and violence is hard enough, and Coffin Nachtmahr had the added challenge of being different. He stutters. He never quite fit in, and he was picked on.
Then he discovered a lifeline in the unlikeliest of pursuits: yo-yoing. In the subculture of “throwers,” he found purpose, acceptance and community. Today, Coffin is the city’s best, transforming the simple activity of yo-yoing into a transfixing dance of creativity, innovation and connection.
No stranger to testing the boundaries of fear on a BMX bike, Canadian rider Drew Bezanson has literally climbed the rafters at contests just to drop in higher than anyone else.
Eventually, he reached the point where no current ramp set-up was high enough or big enough to push himself on.
Enter Uncontainable, a ramp set-up custom-built out of enormous shipping containers.
WHEN WE WERE KNIGHTS
Directed by: Anson Fogel
Understanding that his life was threaded with risk, climber and BASE jumper Matt Blank embarked on a project: writing letters to his closest friends and family to let them know how much they meant to him. That way, he figured, if his life were cut short he’d leave something behind to express his affection.
What he didn’t expect was that one of the recipients — his best friend and longtime climbing partner Ian Flanders — would go first.
When We Were Knights, an elegiac film by Anson Fogel, explores friendship, partnership, adventure and the many iterations of love that give meaning to our lives.
As per direction from the Australian Government Classification Board, Mountainfilm on Tour - Aus & NZ is Exempt from Classification: Some films contain moderate language and adult themes, parental guidance is recommended for children under the age of 15. Parents and guardians’ discretion is recommended before deciding whether the material is suitable for the child.
Banner Film Still: The Accord