Since the dawn of time, everything that has lived and breathed on this planet has been subject to the whims of Mother Nature. The nature of an adventurer is inherently rogue; typically wild in character, subject to the fancy of their imagination. We are unequivocally drawn to nature's rawest fury and deepest mysteries. These are the irreverent souls who pursue the edge.
In the winter of 2017, the magnitude of winter's force was on full display. Telephone-pole-snapping storms pounded the Wyoming landscape. Regions to the west, recently left arid and forgotten, were gifted with unprecedented accumulation. Blizzards in Europe buried towns in an instant before disappearing just as fast, leaving the lucky few who were there to wonder if it even happened. A Bolivian expedition found grace above 18,000 feet before the elements went rogue and the humans reluctantly heeded warnings from above.
Join the TGR team as they embark on an adventure filled with fury and glory, and witness the unimaginable.
Matchstick Productions - the powerhouse that brought you award-winning classics like CLAIM, THE WAY I SEE IT, and DAYS OF MY YOUTH – is proud to introduce the funniest, most action-packed ski movie of 2017: DROP EVERYTHING, presented by Under Armour. Following an artful, narrative-driven 2016 film release, the team at Matchstick took a decidedly more lighthearted approach that returns the focus to the featured athletes and world-class action. DROP EVERYTHING features the world's preeminent freeskiers along with quick-hitting comedy, stunning locations, a potent soundtrack, and stellar cinematography.
DROP EVERYTHING is an unexpected, fun-filled adventure through the world of freeskiing - join Matchstick Productions for the ride along with Mark Abma, Markus Eder, Eric Hjorleifson, Michelle Parker, Sammy Carlson, Cody Townsend, Elyse Saugstad, Tanner Rainville, Chris Rubens, Aaron Blunck, Sander Hadley, Connery Lundin, and more!
A film about speed, turns, jumps, milliseconds, precision, ups and downs, frustration and relief.
From the award-winning Legs of Steel comes an exciting new documentary that will draw you into the seemingly divided worlds that play out within some of skiing's most unique and exciting disciplines. Follow Alpine race legend Felix Neureuther through a testing competitive season full of ultimate highs and lows. Take a ride with Fabian Lentsch and Sven Kueenle as they venture to the nerve centre of Freeride Skiing in Alaska, and watch on with anticipation as Freestyler Paddy Graham and his gang attempt to redefine gravity with the biggest jump ever attempted.
The start gates and slopes are different, and the rewards may seem wildly contrasting, but it's all just skiing in the end... right?
Fred Beckey is the original American "Dirtbag" climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. Beckey's stubborn, singular quest to conquer peaks meant a solitary life on the road, where he left a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake.
The groundbreaking life story of this rebel athlete, who inspired generations of climbers to head for the mountains with his monumental first ascents and eloquent books, is told for the first time in this exclusive documentary film.
Hailed as one of the most prolific, influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey's adventures began in Washington's North Cascade range with his brother Helmy in the 1930s. In 1942, the Beckey brothers cemented their place in climbing lore when the teenagers survived an incredible second ascent of Mount Waddington––considered the most difficult climb in North America at the time. This success marked the beginning of Fred's epic tear of first ascents around the world, during which he became the consummate "Dirtbag" climber: defined as one who forgoes the pursuit of material comforts and defies societal norms in order to pursue a nomadic mountaineering lifestyle.
Through the 1950s and 1960s, Fred's accomplishments exceeded anyone in the sport. He shattered records with an unparalleled string of superhuman first ascents, bushwhacking trails and pioneering direct routes thought previously impassable. He eschewed fame, sponsors, family life and the politics of the sport so that his only obligation would remain conquering the next summit. Fred's individualistic attitude led to him being passed over when the first American team was formed to summit Mount Everest in 1963, but the exclusion only drove Beckey to seek more summits, as he continues climbing to this day.
This year brings two chances to see the films! Banff films will be shown on the 3rd and 4th of December, then the same films will be screened again on December 5th and 6th. Each night features a unique lineup of films. Visit banffcentre.ca for more information, and watch the trailer below.
Saturday December 9
Outdoor Amateur Film Challenge
Warren Miller's Line of Descent
6:00 PM Outdoor Amateur Film Challenge 8:00 PM Line of Descent Doors Open at 5:30 PM
General Admission $17.00, Youth $10.00 for both OAFM and Warren Miller $5.00 for Outdoor Amatuer Film Challenge ONLY
The lineage of mountain lifestyle continues in Warren Miller Entertainment's 68th full-length feature film, Line of Descent, presented by Volkswagen. In this year's film, WME travels the globe, by land, air, and sea, exploring the ties that bind ski culture.
Are you a filmmaker? Information on how to enter the North Bend Outdoor Amateur Film Challenge can be found here.
Sunday December 10
Reel Rock 12
5:00 PM Doors Open at 4:00 PM
General Admission $17.00, Youth $10.00
This November, get ready for climbing's greatest stories, stars, and sends. REEL ROCK 12 premieres five new short films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs, and pure inspiration. Featuring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; the return of Chris Sharma to the deep water soloing stage, and more.
BREAK ON THROUGH
In high-end modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a grade achieved by only a few men and never by a woman. Margo Hayes, a little known 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, is determined to change that. To be closer to the world's hardest routes, she has moved to Europe, where she trains and climbs with the goal of succeeding on two of the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. But pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first.
ABOVE THE SEA
Chris Sharma remains the world's greatest practitioner of deep water soloing — climbing ropeless above the sea. Ten years after his generation-defining ascent of a majestic arch, Chris returns to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca where he discovers a beautiful, sweeping wall with small holds running up its face. If he can link the moves, and endure the numerous heart-stopping plunges into the sea, he will establish what may be the world's hardest deep water solo climb.
For most climbers, it's safety first. But Brad Gobright is definitely not most climbers. Fueled by day-old donuts and unhindered by a fear of falling, this young talent is pushing the limits of scary trad and free solo ropeless climbing. Having survived a few big scares, Brad is determined to make his boldest ascent yet — a first-ever free solo of a heart-stoppingly exposed and difficult route.
"I don't want to be known as just a one-armed climber," says Maureen Beck, "I just want to be a good climber." Maureen Beck may have been born missing her lower left arm, but that hasn't stopped her from going hard. She takes whippers on 5.12 and crushes overhanging boulders, while shot-gunning beers. But she is not here to be your inspiration. "People say, ‘Look, a one-armed climber, now I have no excuses.' I'm like, dude, you never had any excuses in the first place." Maureen is here to crush the gnar — with one bloody stump helping her get to the top.