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VIMFF 2012 films

23 Feet Feb 11, Denman Cinemas USA, 2011, 29 min Directed by Allie Bombach Produced by Sarah Menzies "23 Feet" is a film about a community of people who make the conscious choice to live simply in order to do what they love in the great outdoors.

23 Feet

Feb 11, Denman Cinemas

USA, 2011, 29 min Directed by Allie Bombach Produced by Sarah Menzies

"23 Feet" is a film about a community of people who make the conscious choice to live simply in order to do what they love in the great outdoors. Three women set out across the west in their 23 foot, 1970 Airstream to search for the stories of people who have turned their backs on the creature comforts of society to live in school buses, vans, and other small spaces.

5 Races 5 Continents

Feb 16, Pacific Cinematheque

South Africa, 2011, 26 min Directed by Dean Leslie, Produced by Greg Fell

Follow Kilian Jornet and a team of trail runners through the 2011 running season. Arguably the best trail runner in the world, Kilian provides unique insight into why he runs and how he is able to compete at such a high level as he takes on some of the world's most demanding races. Incredible cinematography portrays the simplistic beauty of trail running in the mountains!

Broken Tail

Feb 14, Pacific Cinematheque

Ireland, 2011, 58 min Directed by Colin Stafford Johnson, Produced by John Murray

One of the world's leading tiger cameramen travels through India on a personal pilgrimage, piecing together the last journey of Broken Tail - one of the planet's most famous wild tigers. Through the heartbreaking story of this charismatic tiger cub, he will uncover the trail of disaster stalking the last surviving tigers on Earth. Join us for this incredible film on VIMFF's very own Tiger Night!

Denali Experiment

Feb 10, Centennial Theatre

USA, 2011, 15 min Directed by Jimmy Chin, Produced by Camp 4 Collective

WORLD PREMIERE. Free-ride skier Sage CattabrigaAlosa and big mountain snowboarder Lucas Debari step out of their elements and make an attempt to climb, ski and snowboard Denali. Sage and Lucas get a helping hand from a huge cast of seasoned and professional climbers and ski mountaineers: Hilaree O'Neill, Conrad Anker, Ingrid Backstrom, Jim Zellers, Emilio Previtali and Giulia Monego, as the two embark on the hardest expedition of their lives.


Feb 10, Centennial Theatre

UK, 2011, 45 min Directed by Alastair Lee

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. Take a front seat ride and experience what it takes to make a first ascent on one of the world's biggest alpine faces in 2011. The film joins top British alpinists Jon Bracey and Matt Helliker as they honor their late friend Jules Cartwright by following his original vision of making a stunning and formidable new line on Mt Hunter's incredible north buttress; The Moonflower.

On The Trail of Genghis Khan

Feb 13, Pacific Cinematheque

Australia, 2010, 172 min Directed by Tim Cope & Richard Dennison

Follow Tim Cope on his incredible 10,000km journey from Mongolia to Hungary by horse, foot and camel - a journey not completed since Genghis Khan and his descendants nearly 700 years ago. At the heart of this is Tim's personal story as he strives to live a dream in the face of an epic adventure..but first, he must learn how to ride a horse!

White Water Black Gold

Feb 15, Centennial Theatre

Canada, 2011, 54 min Directed by David Lavallee

"White Water, Black Gold" follows David Lavallee on his three year journey across western Canada in search of the truth about the impact of the world's thirstiest oil industry. This is a journey of jarring contrasts, from the pristine mountain icefields that are the source of this industry's water, to the dirty Tar Sands tailings ponds. This critically acclaimed documentary headlines our Sacred Headwaters night.

From The Inside Out

Feb 17, Centennial Theatre

Canada, 2011, 37 min Directed by Dylan Dunkerton Produced by The Coastal Crew

From the Inside Out is a look into the world of freeride mountain biking through the eyes of the riders themselves. Filmed entirely in British Columbia, The Coastal Crew showcases the sport's top riders on a diverse variety of terrain. The experiences of all the riders are captured to show the viewer the thoughts and emotions that are based around the action and risks that make our sport such a spectacle.


Feb 11, Centennial Theatre

UK, 2011, 55 min Directed by Paul Diffley

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. St John's Head on the island of Hoy is a wild and remote 1000-foot sea cliff. It was first climbed in 1970 by climber and poet Edwin Drummond. Now, 40 years later, Scotland's top climber, Dave MacLeod, sets out to climb the cliff in a single day, finishing with a new desperately hard final pitch up the headwall. Follow Dave as he battles wild exposure, scary run outs and worst of all, vomiting seagulls!


Feb 12, Pacific Cinematheque

USA, 2011, 29 min Directed by Hamilton Pevec Produced by Kimberly Phinney

Two Nepali adventurers channel the Hindu God of Wind on their mission to launch a paraglider from the summit of Everest. From training on the famous Khumbu Ice Fall, to setting a free flight altitude record as they become the third group to ever fly over the Everest Glaciers - Hanuman Airlines follows this incredible story.


Feb 12, Denman Cinemas

Poland, 2011, 46 min Directed by Jerzy Porbski

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. Jerzy Kukuczka was one of the most outstanding Himalayan climbers in history, the second climber to ascend all 14 eightthousanders. A legend, he lost his life in the Himalayas 22 years ago. Why was he exceptional? What was his contribution to the history of climbing? What do his family and other high altitude climbers think about him? All will be revealed in this documentary about one of the finest climbers ever.


Feb 13, Denman Cinemas

Slovenia, 2011, 71 min Directed by Vojko Anzeljc & Gregor Kresal

On the North face of Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps, there is a giant wall known as The Sphinx, which stirred the imagination of Slovenian climbers for decades. This film recreates the heroic efforts of the first team to climb The Sphinx in 1966, and more recently, the first ever free climb on the overhanging alpine face.


Feb 16, Centennial Theatre Feb 17, Denman Cinemas

Canada, 2011, 15 min Directed by Mike Douglas

Josh Dueck was an aspiring skier and coach until a ski accident in 2004 changed his life. Despite his comeback, and success in the world of competitive sit-skiing, Josh's dream is to tackle the backcountry and the steepest and wildest mountains in the world.


Feb 16, Centennial Theatre Feb 17, Denman Cinemas

USA, 2011, 55 min Directed by Nick Waggoner Produced by Sweetgrass Productions

Wandering the length of a continent from Peru's Cordillera Blanca to Chilean Patagonia, Solitaire journeys alongside skiers, snowboarders and telemark skiers as they uncover landscapes never before visited on film. One of the finest feature length ski docs made this year, this film will be the highlight of our two VIMFF ski shows!


Feb 13, Centennial Theatre

Canada, 2011, 50 min Directed by Ivan Hughes

WORLD PREMIERE. A story of solitary endurance, passion and survival, SOUL OF THE SEA shows the journey of Hayley Shephard, a 40-year old New Zealand-born Canadian pursuing her dream to solo kayak amidst the crashing waves and treacherous seas around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, all to bring awareness to an endangered seabird - the albatross.


Feb 18, Centennial Theatre

Belgium, 2011, 58 min Directed by Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. In the spring of 2010 four climbers/musicians - Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Nicolas and Olivier Favresse and Ben Ditto - sailed around the cold waters of the North Atlantic in search of big walls on the west coast of Greenland. With a mixture of adventurous climbing, portaledge jam sessions and entertaining characters, this film will surely be one of the highlights of the Finale evening!

John Harlin III

Swiss Borders Adventure

Fri, Feb 10 Centennial Theatre 7: 30pm

In June 2010, author and adventurer John Harlin III set out on a three-month journey to follow the entire Swiss border under his own power, a 2,000 km odyssey with over a million vertical feet of climbing and descending-but disaster struck early. In summer 2011, Harlin will return to the high Alps to finish the high adventure.

Steph Davis

Earth to Sky

Sat, Feb 11 Centennial Theatre 7: 30pm

A story of free climbing and base jumping four classic desert towers in Moab, Utah: Ancient Art, Hindu Tower, Sister Superior and King of Pain. Four very different sandstone spires, each a unique individual; the most beautiful way to climb each one, and the safest and best way to jump it.

VIMFF FEAT Canada Sun, Feb 12 Centennial Theatre 7: 30pm

The second instalment of FEAT Canada - an evening of 9 short presentations by Canada's best adventure athletes. Featuring Anders Ourom, Hayley Shephard, JD Hare, Mandy-Rae Krack, Michael Schratter, Ryan Leech, Ryan Pogue, Ryley Breiddal, and Shawn Leclair.

Jon Turk

Ellesmere Circumnavigation

Mon, Feb 13 Centennial Theatre 7: 30pm

During the final week of the 2,400 km circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island by JonTurk and pro kayaker Erik Boomer, a polar bear ripped a hole in the tent-while five other bears looked on their evening menu. The 104 day journey around the world's tenth largest island on skis, in kayaks, and on foot, was considered by polar experts to be the last great unattempted polar expedition.

VIMFF Sacred Headwaters Evening

Wed, Feb 15 Centennial Theatre 7: 30pm

A series of films and short presentations on the BC's West Coast fragile natural beauty, and the impact of thirsty oil drilling and the proposed Enbridge Pipeline. Films include: White Water Black Gold; Tipping Barells; The Pipedreams Project; On The Line.

Nick Waggoner

Human Power: The Ski Films of Sweetgrass Productions Thu, Feb 16 Centennial Theatre 7: 30pm Fri, Feb 17 Denman Cinemas 7: 30pm

Nick Waggoner from Sweetgrass Productions (Signatures, Hand Cut) is coming up to present their latest film Solitaire along with stories from the end of the earth, making award-winning ski films with human power. Nick shares some insight into the good, the bad, and the weird of skiing around the world, capturing world-class cinematography and soulful narrative from British Columbia, to Japan, to Peru.

Jason Kruk and Hayden Kennedy

Alpine Artist / if your going to be dumb you better be tough

Sat, Feb 18 Centennial Theatre 7: 30pm

Climbing bold new routes on legendary peaks like Cerro Torre and the North Twin, always in the funniest style possible, whether light, fast, or free. A new way of looking at the historic faces, including the legendary Compressor Route on Cerro Torre, finally free and freshly shaved.

Dominic Gill

Take a Seat Project

Sat, Feb 11 Denman Cinemas 7: 30pm

Dominic embarks on a journey down from Alaska to Argentina on a tandem bicycle, picking up strangers on the way. He took a video camera and filmed the journey. He now takes his tandem bicycle to Egypt, the heart of the Arab uprising to explore the country, its politics and its rich history, inviting Egyptian people to take a seat.

Bernadette McDonald

Freedom Climbers

Sun, Feb 12 Denman Cinemas 7: 30pm

The story of a group of extraordinary Polish adventurers who emerged from under the blanket of oppression following the Second World War to become the world's leading Himalayan climbers. Although they lived in a war-ravaged landscape, with seemingly no hope of creating a meaningful life, these curious, motivated and skilled mountaineers created their own free-market economy under the very noses of their Communist bosses and climbed their way to liberation.

Eliza Kubarska and David Kaszlikowski

Impossible Expeditions Mon, Feb 13 Denman Cinemas 7: 30pm

This is a story about the most important journey - life itself. Everybody has to find their own way to express themselves.

Photography, climbing and exploration are keys to David's and Eliza's dreams. Their adventures may seem a bit crazy, even impossible to some of us, but nothing is impossible in the land of dreams.

Colin Angus

Rockin' and a Rowin' around Vancouver Island

Wed, Feb 15 Denman Cinemas 7: 30pm

A quest to break a human powered speed record around BC's biggest island. Join Colin Angus as he shares his recent record-breaking voyage around Vancouver Island in a rowboat. Over the course of 15.5 days he rowed 1100 km through some of the most challenging waters on the West Coast in a home-made self-designed boat.

Margo Talbot

Adventure Addicts

Thu, Feb 16 Denman Cinemas 7: 30pm

What compels people to actively seek out challenges when they could just kick back and crack open the next six pack? Based on her newly-released book, All That Glitters, Margo's presentation explores the hidden drives that compel us to push into the unknown in the quest for personal transformation and social evolution.

Hunza Shangrila Pilgrimage and Diran Peak Base-Camp trek with Nazir Sabitr Expeditions

14-day fully guided trip in one of the most beautiful corners of the planet, the Hunza Valley in Northern Pakistan. Includes all travel in Pakistan, hotel accommodation with all meals, and guiding; does not include international airfare to and from Pakistan. This is a trip of your dreams.

Valued at $2,500!

Lowepro Pro Runner x450 AW DSLR

This rolling backpack delivers a convertible, streamlined and urban-inspired solution for pro photographers and photojournalists who carry their gear through crowded airports and busy city streets. It's purpose built for superior protection and maximum flexibility as photographers work and travel. This easy-to-convert design fits up to a prosized body with grip and 300mm f/2.8 attached lens (x450 AW), laptop, tripod and multiple accessories, plus a few personal items.

Value $430.

Seven-day Guided Cycling Trip to the Kettle Valley with Great Explorations

Now part of the Trans-Canada Trail, this route is one of the longest rail trails in the world and incorporates some of the most magnificent scenery in British Columbia including famous Myra Canyon. The trip is all-inclusive.

Dates: August 13-19, 2012 Value $995.

Arcteryx Gore-tex Jacket of Your Choice (gift certificate)

Named for ARCHAEOPTERYX LITHOGRAPHICA, the first reptile to develop the feather for flight, freeing itself from the constraints of the horizontal world.

At Arc`teryx their central purpose is to build the finest products possible. The Arc`teryx advantage is achieved by merging our unrivaled designs with the best quality, highest performing materials and assembling them in the most innovative and most durable manner for the intended use.

Estimated Value $500.

Movement Ski: COULOIR PERFORMS! The CTS (Control Torsion System) promotes excellent edge grip, allowing for a smooth and secure ride through a variety of lessthanperfect conditions. Powder skiing is as fun as ever with COULOIR's progressive flex pattern and mid-fat width. Choose COULOIR for shredding your hill, touring the backcountry, or when a window in the weather allows you to finally bag that technical line you've been eyeing for seasons.

Value $770.

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Howe Sound Brewing in Squamish Dinner & night for 2

Known as the "grandfather of micro-brewing in Canada", Howe Sound Brewing in Squamish ("the Brew Pub") continuse to brew in the craft style using unfiltered 100% barley mash. They pride ourselves in brewing a diverse selection of flavorful, well-balanced ales. You are invited to enjoy the experience! Value $200.

Norco 2012 Storm Mountain Bike

Designed with the recreational rider in mind, the STORM is a hardtail for the masses. It shares many of the same features that are found in its more expensive counterparts such as lightweight frames, suspension forks and great components. The STORM's feature packed frame has less aggressive geometry than its bigger brothers, making these bikes perfect for weekend excursions with family or friends. Valued at $480.

MOD UVEX Goggle by Recon

From the home of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Recon Instruments is a multi-award winning company creating innovative action sports technology behind micro optic displays, providing real-time information on speed, jump analytics, distance, vertical, temperature and much more. MOD Live snap-fits into any Recon-Ready goggle frame to give you real-time data, hands free, in the harshest environments on earth. All of MOD's Performance statistics and realtime data, plus, integrates with Android smartphones, for additional apps and live connectivity.

Value $600.