Sierra Club Moshannon Group Hosts Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival April 5-6

– by Ellen Foreman

Travel to remote vistas, explore topical environmental issues, and get up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports! The 2023/2024 Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world and is happening Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre in State College, PA.

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The Banff World Tour celebrates amazing achievements in outdoor storytelling and filmmaking worldwide Sierra Club and has been the Sierra Group Moshannon Group’s only fundraising for two decades. This year’s films range from skiing in Greenland rock climbing in Southern France and base jumping in Pakistan. Have a look and choose one night ($25 per ticket) or both nights ($40)! Tickets are available through the State Theatre Box Office

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Friday Night Films

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- Photo taken by Nicolas Bossard, MS PROD

How Did We Get Here? (Tour Edit)
This is a film highlighting the ski crew the Blondes–three women who thrive on their friendship and adventures in skiing and in life.

Still Alive
Doctors gave him until the age 25 to live and now, 10 years after his expiration date he is still climbing. Despite having Cystic Fibrosis, Klaas Willems has bolted hundreds of routes in Sardinia, Italy and dedicated his life to climbing.

Sea to Sky Trail Series:Progression
The trail running community is constantly evolving. Lately runners have progressed, drawing from the world of alpinism, rock climbing, and running and tackling technical terrain in a way we’ve never seen. Watch as Emma Cook-Clarke and Jesse MCAuley dig deep on the west peak of Ch’ich’iyúy Elxwíkn an iconic Sea to Sky Trail.

Slides on the Mountain
Two young brothers from the Lil’wat Nation set out to ski the sacred mountain they were raised beneath, pushing both themselves and their culture to evolve.

Leaving A Tread
Mountain Biker Israel Carrillo shows us his hometown of Guanajuato, Mexico, and the difficulties and differences of being a mountain biker in Mexico.

Eternal Flame - (Best Film: Mountain Sports)
Following in the footsteps of pioneer jumpers from 1990, French BASE jumpers Eric Jamet and Antoine Pecher jump from the top of the Nameless Tower in Pakistan after climbing the Eternal Flame route, combining one of the most beautiful ascents with one of the most exhilarating descents in the world.

After You’ve Gone
Rachel Finn, a female fishing guide in the Adirondacks, grapples with life after loss. While taking a once-in-a- lifetime trip to Argentina, she navigates moving forward in an unapologetically true-to-self way, that brings a smile to everyone who crosses her path.

Pioneers: Tandem XC Skiing (Tour Edit)
After winning the American Birkebeiner, the largest cross country ski race in North America, Joe Dubay was disqualified for wearing the wrong bib. Now, 11 years later, Joe and his former roommate who lent him the bib – Chris – document their return to the Birkebeiner to pioneer a new sport: tandem cross country skiing.

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- Photo taken by Maxwell Frank, Becky Gardner, WTB

Saturday Night Films

No Way
Jean-Baptiste Chandelier takes his unique low-flying, ground-skimming art combining paragliding and filmmaking to a whole new level.

The Ascension Series: Morag Skelton
Morag Skelton doesn’t let anything stand in the way of her love of nature. As a deaf climber, she is constantly pushing the limits of what is possible on the mountainside.

School of Fish (Best Short Film)
Indigenous people and salmon have been intertwined for thousands of years in Bristol Bay, Alaska. For the last century, corporations have sought to extract the wealth of this rich region and now Pebble Mine threatens to pollute its pristine headwaters. Can the next generation step up to defend the most prolific salmon run left on earth?

Chronoception (Tour Edit)
Thomas Delfino, Léa Klaue and Aurélien Lardy, embark on an ambitious expedition in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan to ski the Kokshaal-Too range. This skilled team, accompanied by renowned guides Hélias Millerioux and Jean-Yves Fredriksen, finds themselves propelled into a space where time seems to have suddenly come to a halt.

To Be Frank
Frank Paine is a 73-year-old South Bay icon and humble local legend whose life orbits around a two-block stretch of beach. His unforgettable moustache is what most first notice, but his magnetic spirit and unwavering passion are what keeps the Hermosa Beach surf community connected and whole.

Going Greenland
What happens when you combine a renewable energy sailboat with an arctic ski expedition in Greenland for the first time ever? Athletes Rachael Burks and Jessica Baker put the idea to test, and endure a both harrowing and inspiring journey along Greenland’s West coast fjords and towering mountains.

Well Worn Life with Dani Reyes-Acosta
Meet Dani Reyes-Acosta: a mountain athlete, land cultivator, and storyteller whose path consistently seeks the limits of her possibility.

Reel Rock: DNA
French sport climber Seb Bouin has been quietly working his way through elite grades, culminating in his attempt to establish a long pitch through an overhanging cave in the Verdon Gorge of France – possibly the most difficult route in the world!

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