Film Review

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Breaking News, Environmental Journalism, Environmental Protection, Film Review, Life Out Loud / 18.04.2013

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] photo by Pete McBride[/caption] Though many destinations around the world aspire to be number one, the Colorado River was named to the top of an inauspicious list. Named in a newly released report from the conservation group American Rivers along with many great tributaries across the nation this mighty waterway is the most endangered river in the United States. Sharing company with rivers from the Black Warrior in Alabama to the Kootenay the runs through British Columbia, Montana and Idaho each is under threat from...

Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Film Review, Fun Film Friday / 05.04.2013

Few films successfully convey the true spirit of the ecstatic existence. A new short by Fitz Cahall reveals much of the mystery behind the idea that at the heart of a life well lived is joy and the serious work of play. Called simply 35 the movie depicts the birthday challenge of climber Derek Craig. In celebration of his natal anniversary he attempts 35 pitches of hard desert rock climbing from dawn until well after sundown. As he ticks off each ascent to mark the years of his life...

Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Film Review, Interview, Life Out Loud, Paragliding, Reel Rock Film Tour / 02.04.2013

Adventure media fans got a rare online look at one of the new features set to appear late this year in the REEL ROCK 8 Film Tour. This six-minute short that posted to YouTube is based on the most recent alpine innovations of the high-speed ascender known as the Swiss Machine. Called Ueli Steck: A New Vision, this mini-movie reveals what's next in ultra-light solo mountaineering as the climber becomes a flier sailing from one peak to the next via paraglider. "At the end of this clip, Ueli describes...

Adventure Media Review, featured, Film Review, Kayaking / 14.01.2013

    When the guys at Forge Motion Pictures wrote to tell me about their latest web movie Cascada they played it down as nothing special. "The new short film is pretty simple kayak porn with soul, 5 minutes," they said via Facebook, "not anything too significant." I beg to differ on all points but one. Set against the raging water falls of a Mexican jungle this captivating little gem actually runs 7 minutes-plus with graceful images of passion and skill that can hardly be called porn. Segments shot in slow...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Expedition News, Film Festival, Film Review, Interview / 23.11.2012

[caption id="attachment_8323" align="alignleft" width="368"] Photograph courtesy Justin "Jonesy" Jones[/caption] Crossing the Ice was clearly a stand out favorite this year at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Taking home the trophy for Best Film on Exploration and Adventure, The People’s Choice Award, and the Grand Prize, this documentary affirms the notion that, at their core, the truly great stories of our time reflect the very best qualities of humanity. Despite the danger, harrowing experiences, and the often competitive nature of any expedition, what matters most is the depth of those...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Film Festival, Film Review, Fun Film Friday / 16.11.2012

Late nights of movie magic are a common part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. But not everyone was up until until 2 in the morning gorging themselves on pale ale, pizza and poutine. At least 30 students were actually working to piece together their final projects as part of the Banff Adventure Filmmakers Workshop. Learning from top producers Michael Brown and Keith Partridge aspiring scholars eager to make adventure movies of their own picked up more than a few pointers. Using the latest cameras and editing equipment...