VIMFF is excited to announce our 2017 Fall Series dates on November 7-10 featuring 3 Reel Rock 12 shows and 2 gripping Ski Shows.
Always a hit with climbers and non-climbers alike, VIMFF will be one of the first to host Reel Rock 12 in Canada this year. There are 3 opportunities to catch Reel Rock Shows on Tuesday November 7th at the Rio Theatre, and Wednesday November 8th and Friday November 10th at Centennial Theatre.
Now in its 12th year, the Reel Rock 12 shows consist of five new short films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs, and pure inspiration. You may remember the headlines this year when Margo Hayes, a 19-year old from Boulder, Colorado became the first woman to climb 5.15’s in both Spain and France. The film Break on Through captures the trials and tribulations that Margo experiences on her way to completing her epic feats. The night will also feature the film Above the Sea following the world’s greatest practitioner of deep water soloing, Chris Sharma; Safety Third featuring Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addition and Stumped, a real look into the climbing life of one-armed climber, Maureen Beck.
This year we are combining Reel Rock shows with Fall Series programming, so in addition to Reel Rock we have 2 epic Ski Shows to get you pumped up for the upcoming ski season (crossing our fingers for snow!). On Wednesday October 8th at the Rio Theatre, join us as the pioneer of extreme skiing, Sylvain Saudan takes to the VIMFF stage. He received the nickname “The Skier of the Impossible” when he first skied down Couloir Gervasutti, a 65-degree chute in the Alps. On this special evening, meet the man who has paved a path (or skied a line) for extreme skiers and free riders, followed by two ski films. The first a creative film on urban skiing called Imagination, and the second the film Tsirku by Sherpas Cinema.
On Thursday October 9th at Centennial Theatre catch the live premiere of a multimedia presentation by mother-daughter duo from BC, Martina and Tania Halik. From January to June of this year, the duo embarked on a journey of epic proportions. A five and a half month long ski traverse of the Coast Mountains of BC and Alaska during which their definitions of “challenges”, “suffering” and “impossible” were redefined along the way. The night will also feature the film Follow Through, documenting ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich as she realizes her dream to ski Utah’s most difficult lines. The final film of the evening will be one that all outdoor enthusiasts should watch in the age of environmental adversity. Directed by North Vancouver local, Jordan Manley, who also directed the highly acclaimed Skier’s Journey series, The Curve of Time is a film you will not want to miss.