MEC Canadian Adventure Show
Wed Feb 15 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The RIO Theatre MAP
At VIMFF 2016 - Benjamin received the MEC Adventure Grant for his XBC project - this is his story about how he used his grant funding.
Last summer, Benjamin Jordan realized his greatest dream, by flying his Paraglider from Vancouver to Calgary, and becoming the first person to have free-flown from Pacific to Prairie.
Paragliding over the entire span of Canada's Southwestern Mountain ranges, this summer, Canadian Paraglider Pilot and Filmmaker, Benjamin Jordan, discovered that "Impossible" was just a code word for "Fun!"
From Pacific to Prairie, the 35-yearold filmmaker bounced from glacial peak to high desert to rocky mountains, landing high when possible and near villages to re-stock supplies when needed.
Solo and un-supported, Jordan took his time, walking only when necessary, spending time on summits for up to one week for the temperamental Canadian weather to allow him another chance to make his life goal, a reality.
Though often in solitude, hikers would occasionally find the pilot playing ukulele, waiting out stability or strong winds, and ask how many days had passed or how much distance he'd covered. "They thought I was being an a**hole" he said "because I had no clue. But it didn't matter to me, and, if I was looking at those numbers I probably would have gone crazy!"
In the end it took him 39 days to cover 1000 km, much of which had not previously been flown. The first 100 km of the journey was made on foot as Jordan marched away from the stabilizing effects of the Pacific sea breeze. Once nestled in the mountains, things came together and, despite having to wait patiently for good weather windows, a mere 75 km had to be walked between the first and last cross-country flights of the journey, some spanning up to 140 km of uncivilized, un-landable terrain, shattering Jordan's expectations of both flying in Canada, and himself as a pilot.
When asked if this was a record, he said "Perhaps it will be one day, but first someone else needs to be crazy enough to give us something to compare it to." For now, Jordan's goal is to share what he's learnt about the land, the air and himself through photos, stories and eventually a film.
Benjamin Jordan stands for Adventure. Once an established fashion and advertising photographer in Toronto, Jordan fell deeply in love with paragliding and chose to combine his passions into a medium for positive change. His aerial pursuits have landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records and resulted in multi-award winning films, such as "The Boy Who Flies", the inspiring story of young Malawian man's struggle to become his countries first paraglider pilot. Proceeds from his work have allowed Jordan to devote time to philanthropic endeavours such as the School of Dreams Project, connecting the beautiful people of Malawi with the quality paragliding equipment and instruction they need to realize their dreams of flight. When Jordan isn't off flying or filming in some remote corner of the earth, he calls Honey Bus, his 26-foot converted school bus, home. Together they weave through the Rocky Mountains in search of new places to live, shoot, edit and fly.