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Banff, Film Festival, Interview, Mountain Film / 19.11.2010

An interview with the author Greg Mortenson

It’s been on the New York Times bestseller list for 197 weeks. The book Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin continues to engage and inspire millions of people around world. This story of one man’s journey to build schools for children in the most remote regions Pakistan and Afghanistan has helped to forge a better understanding of how to encourage peace and cooperation where there has been only war and armed conflict for decades. But when I met with Mortenson at the MountainFilm Festival in Telluride Colorado he shared with me his latest project. “The second book I wrote, Stones Into Schools, is more about Afghanistan," he said in an interview. "It’s also about the lessons I learned in Three Cups of Tea about empowering the people, listening to the elders, about really letting the people themselves do the work. So I tried in the to really show that people themselves can be empowered.” Stones Into Schools isn’t just a sequel to a popular piece of non-fiction. It’s a testament to the impact one person can make in the lives of others. By providing the people of Afghanistan with the tools they need to help themselves, Mortenson is doing more than building schools. He’s paving a long road toward a world that lives in peace.
Diversity, National Parks, Outdoor Recreation, Yosemite / 18.11.2010

Can the power of celebrity bring more people of color into the National Parks? Yosemite Ranger Shelton Johnson thinks so and now that he’s grabbed the attention of talk show host Oprah Winfrey momentum is building to invite the rap star Snoop Dogg to go camping. A petition is being circulated in the hopes of enticing the urban music icon into the wild.

Banff, Breaking News, Film Festival, Film preview / 15.11.2010

[caption id="attachment_4245" align="aligncenter" width="497" caption="From The Asgard Project, winner of the award for Best Film on Climbing, 2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival."][/caption]

After a terrific week in celebration of adventure culture the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is hitting the road this week. With it’s first stops through the state of Montana the new series of action pics both long and short are making the rounds throughout North America. You’ll find below a complete list of the films listed on the tour.
Banff, Climbing, Film Festival, Film Review, Interview, Mountain Film, Podcast / 12.11.2010

An interview with Sender Films producers Nick Rosen and Peter Mortimer I just got back from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Held every year in November at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada this celebration of alpine culture marks the end of one adventure season and the beginning of the next. After putting in time at the MountainFilm Festival Telluride and few other events throughout the year I’ve had the chance to see a lot of movies about athletes and explorers pushing the boundaries of the human experience. But one film in particular hits really close home. Called Point of No Return this movie for television produced by Sender Films depicts of lives of guys I once knew who died tragically in the pursuit of a dream.
Banff, Film Festival / 09.11.2010

[caption id="attachment_4190" align="aligncenter" width="351" caption="photo courtesy of Banff Mountain Film Festival"][/caption] The Eric Harvey Theater was standing room only Sunday night at the Banff Mountain Film Festival where glass and cash were awarded in 12 categories of adventure movie making. Jason Burlage took the top prize for Mi Charcra and A Life Ascending by Stephen Grynberg nabbed three awards including People’s Choice. [caption id="attachment_4188" align="alignleft" width="245" caption="Best of Banff Award"][/caption] With no catchy name like Oscar or Emmy the trophies are colorful fused glass sculptures crafted by Leslie Rowe-Israelson and Melani Rowe of Twin Vision Glass. Selecting among 259 films from 32 countries a jury panel of 5 arduously picked Banff’s Best of Fest.