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The Fortress Ghosts

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VIMFF 2022 BEST SHORT FILM
BC Premiere
10 mins |
Canada |
2021
DIRECTORS:
Bryan Smith
, Cameron Sylvester
LANGUAGE: English
This film was screened in November 2021, as part of the VIMFF Fall Series and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!

Synopsis

When Fortress Mountain closed in 2004, this once vibrant ski resort quickly became a remnant of the past. Two decades later, the farside chair, frontside chair and day lodge remain standing. While the guests have disappeared, the ghosts still remain. Inside these relict structures are stories of ski culture and community. Skiers Mark Abma and Callum Pettit explore the past at Fortress Mountain and ponder the future of this once iconic Alberta destination.

Directors

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Bryan Smith

A decade ago Bryan Smith bought his first camera at WalMart and started calling himself a filmmaker. While his imagery barely cracked amateur status on that first expedition, his passion and persistence would carry him through the ranks of the industry in the span of just 10 years. His first film, 49 Megawatts, documented a community’s struggle with a hydroelectric project on the Ashlu River and eventually led him to the hallways of National Geographic. He received an Expedition Council grant to lead a team of kayakers into the wilds of Kamchatka and went on to direct The Man Who Can Fly for the National Geographic Channel. After several years as a freelance director of photography for National Geographic, Bryan founded Reel Water Productions. A boutique production company based in Squamish, British Columbia specializing in documentary, expedition and commercial content.
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Cameron Sylvester

As a former Olympic rower, Cam’s commitment to a life of activity runs deep. Since retiring from sport, his passion has shifted to cinematography. His ability to document captivating stories of adventure and adversity have brought him to the furthest reaches of the globe, while working with some of the most iconic athletes and individuals in the outdoor industry. His ability to shoot in the most challenging environments, combined with his creative approach to editing has established a relationship with some of the most recognized brands in the outdoor industry.
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