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Rio Theatre

RIO THEATRE – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC | (604) 879-3456

Speakers

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Ian Holmes

Ian Holmes is a big mountain snowboarder.  An ex world cup competitor in Ice/Mixed climbing, Ian turned these skills to accessing bigger and more committing lines in remote parts of the planet.  In his own words he is an extremely average climber and a below average snowboarder that just happens to be a better climber than most snowboarders, and a better snowboarder than most climbers.

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Jon Turk

Jon Turk earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1971 and was nominated by National Geographic as one of the Top Ten Adventurers of the Year in 2012. Between these bookends, Jon has written 30 environmental science textbooks, has kayaked around Cape Horn and across the North Pacific, mountain biked across the northern Gobi and made numerous first ski descents and first rock climbing ascents around the globe.

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Kate Harris

Between sneaking illegally across Tibet, studying the history of science at Oxford, and staring down a microscope for a doctorate at MIT, Kate Harris realized that she didn't have to launch to the planet Mars to feel a sense of discovery. Weaving adventure, history, and reflections on her travels, Harris explores the meaning of "exploration" on our mapped and tamed world in this talk about her bicycle journey on the Silk Road.
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Kelly Cordes

Climber, writer, and self-proclaimed margarita specialist Kelly Cordes has established new alpine routes around the world, from Alaska to Peru, and Patagonia to Pakistan.As an undersized kid who wanted to be a cowboy, Kelly Cordes never dreamed that the mountains would define his life. But he stumbled upon an obsession that delivered unimaginable joys alongside seemingly endless flops, both of which still frame his attempts to navigate his little world. His personal experiences in climbing and in life intersected with a larger journey as he sought to uncover the truth in his award-winning book The Tower: A Chronicle of...

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Krystle Wright

Adventure Photographer Krystle Wright gives insight into her freelance career and how she's endured the changes as a creative to stay current in an ever-evolving competitive industry. She will share some of her best-known images and the stories behind them in what it took to create iconic images. 

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Mike Hopkins

The award winning DreamRide trilogy by Mike Hopkins and Juicy Studios, has shown us what happens when you mix creativity with two wheels and toss them into the world’s wildest landscapes. Naturally there are fair few logistics that go hand in hand with these kind of productions, and we all know logistics open the door to the odd disaster, and dodging disaster usually makes for a pretty good story.

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Derek Frankowski

Derek Frankowski has spent almost two decades behind a camera chasing good light and interesting subjects, from the Jungles of Madagascar to rink side at NHL games. Starting his career in action sports photography lead him to be Senior Photographer at Bike Magazine and eventually co-create the documentary Life Cycles (winner of the Grand Prize at VIMFF in 2011), and more recently working on Planet Earth II for the BBC.
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Films

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Blood Moon

The film follows Robbie Phillips, Calum Cunningham and Alan Carne as they attempt to open a new climb, ground up, on a 700m Big Wall called Tsaranoro Atsimo in Madagascar.

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Boy Nomad

BOY NOMAD follows a year in the life of 9-year old Janibek, who lives with his family in Mongolia’s Altai Mountains.  His first love is racing horses, but this winter he faces the toughest journey in a nomad’s life: the winter migration.

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Chasing Monsters

Australian storm-chasing photographer Nick Moir ventures through Tornado Alley in the American Midwest.

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Craig’s Reaction

WINNER: VIMFF 2019 BEST CLIMBING FILM

Since a 100 foot fall in 2002 that took his right leg and left him with multiple spinal injuries, Colorado climber Craig DeMartino has led one hell of a life, including lauded First Disabled and In-A-Day Ascents on El Capitan. But it's his day-to-day story that really makes an impact.

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Dreamride 3

DreamRide 3 is the final chapter in a series that has taken audiences to some of the wildest environments on Earth.  Combining a Dr.Suess inspired narrative, mind blowing natural landscapes, and one dreamer on a mountain bike, this film will take you on an adventure like no other.

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Entre Les Lignes / Between The Lines

Between the lines explores the vision of Vivian Bruchez as he finds new ski descents to be opened in the Mont Blanc range.

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Children Of The Columbia

Join big mountain skiers Dane Tudor and Christina Lustenberger as they travel up the waterway that shaped them, the mighty Columbia, home to some of the best skiing in the world.

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Hike The Line

Long-distance backpackers, Tenny Ostrem and Claire Wernstedt-Lynch, attempt the first ever 2,000-mile thru-hike of the U.S.-Mexico border, gaining a unique perspective on our borderlands while enduring the most difficult adventure of their lives.

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Ice & Palms

WINNER: VIMFF 2019 BEST MOUNTAIN SPORTS FILM

Jochen Mesle and Max Kroneck start their biggest and most extraordinary ski tour so far. The mission: Bikepacking across the alps and skiing some iconic mountains along the way - no motor allowed!

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In The Starlight

In the Starlight is an intimate portrait of the outdoor Canadian photographer Paul Zizka. Before leaving for new astrophotography expeditions to Greenland and Namibia, Paul tries to balance family, travel and work as one of his biggest challenges.

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Just Anna

In an era where searching out and developing new routes seems out of vogue: all is not lost as we meet Anna Taylor. This remarkable 20 year old is bucking all the tends with stunning new sport routes and bold traditional lines.

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Perspectives: India

As an artist and professional mountain biker, Micayla Gatto finds inspiration in her surroundings, be it at home in British Columbia, Canada or somewhere as distant as India.

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Notes From The Wall

19 days on a 1200-meter-high vertical wall in Torres del Paine, Patagonia. An honest and profound story of an ascent spiced up by rough weather conditions, technical climbing and live music.

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Shapeless Fulfillment

Adventure Photographer and Polar Guide Ben Haggar embarks on a solo Bikepacking mission in western Greenland on a route never before attempted on two wheels. Battling rough terrain, loneliness, trench foot, and extreme weather, Ben finds solace on the barren tundra and his mountain bike.

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RJ Ripper

Kids and bikes; wherever you are in the world, they go together. The chaotic streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers, but then again nothing is typical about Rajesh (RJ) Magar.

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She Is The Ocean

An in-depth exploration into the lives of nine astonishing women from all four corners of the globe. These inspiring women share one love – the deep love for the Ocean.

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Sound Water

From the Headwaters of the Elaho River, down the Squamish and into Howe Sound -- Sound Water is a film that questions our pursuit for adventure, our relationship with nature and with ourselves.

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Spirit of Jaguar

Crossing of the mysterious Sierra Maigualida Mountains leads to the Indian Hodi Tribe, living in harmony with nature.

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The A.O.

Adam Ondra is one of the most successful and versatile climbers of our time. His strong, lean body seems to effortlessly transcend gravity. We find out more about the forces that drive this climbing talent to new heights in The A.O.

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The Serengeti Rules

WINNER: VIMFF 2019 BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM

Exploring some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, five pioneering scientists make surprising discoveries that flip our understanding of nature on its head, and offer new hope for restoring our world.

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Tierra Del Viento

Patagonia; further South than most people ever dare to venture there's a land of endless distance and beauty. When photographer Eliseo Miciu explores and shoots this mythical place, he also learns more about himself.

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Zabardast

WINNER: VIMFF 2019 GRAND PRIZE

The intimate travel diary of an incredible freeride expedition into the heart of the Karakoram range. The search for one of the most beautiful mountains to ski on the planet, standing at 5880m. A meeting point of Freeriding and Mountaineering. A true adventure.

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Climbing Towards an Olympic Dream

At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Sport Climbing will be included for the first time. There will be only 20 spots available per gender globally. Competitive rockclimber Tiffany Melius’ goal is to be one of those women.

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