Rio Theatre

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

Speakers

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Steve Tersmette & Shawn Emmett

The story of Shawn Emmett’s and Steve Tersmette’s 2017 MEC Adventure Grant expedition: travel nearly 280 km by roughly combining the Southern Purcell Traverse and the Bugaboos to Rogers Pass traverse, two of the grand ski traverses in Western Canada, in the summertime on foot. They got it done, but it was far from easy.

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Lorraine Blancher & Robin Munshaw

In 2017, Lorraine and Robin received the MEC Adventure Grant to pioneer and develop backcountry mountain bike trails with local communities in the Atacama Desert of South America. Lorraine and Robin will join us to tell the story and premiere their film about the project.

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Kristina Engel & Friends

A tale about four adventurous friends and their story being some of the first people to have SUP toured the Broken Island archipelago. White sandy beaches in BC? Camping in old growth forests? Hell yeah! But getting there involves traversing windy channels and currents on paddle boards loaded with gear. A show with a twist, high flying acrobatics, live music, and an inspirational story that’ll leave you craving island adventures.

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John Price

John Price is an photographer & climber. He has spent the last six years traveling all over the world, while basing himself out of Canada. Over the last three years John has been actively climbing and photographing rock, ice and alpine ascents throughout North America, including the deserts of Nevada, the Ruth Gorge in Alaska, the remote corners of the Himalaya, rural Japan, recently in Alaska & the French Alps and extensively throughout the Canadian Rockies.

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Jessa Gilbert

Blurring the lines between artist and adventurer, Jessa Gilbert creates artworks that celebrate adventure and wilderness, drawing inspiration directly from her travels and exploration in the backcountry. She grew up in Upstate New York before moving to Vermont to study Art and Art History at the University of Vermont... and to snowboard. She worked primarily as a product developer in Vermont while also competing nationally in freestyle snowboarding through the sponsorship of various brands.

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Janneke Vissers

Janneke Vissers, originally from the Netherlands, moved two years ago to North Vancouver to have a life with more nature, space and most important of all: mountains. Having the summer off this year, waiting for her visa to be approved, created a perfect situation to spend some time hiking and discover Canada’s most beautiful mountains.

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Craig Demartino

After surviving a 100 foot groundfall in 2002, Craig went back to life on very uncertain terms.“My body and mind were so different, I didn’t know if I could, or wanted to ever climb again.” After moving past the feelings of just being happy to be alive, the rebuilding process began. Surges followed which screwed and plated his body back to a new “normal” but the mental game of deciding who this new person was, was just beginning.

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Chris Bertish

Chris Bertish is a Big Wave Surfing Mavericks champion; Stand Up Paddle Boarding Guinness World Record Holder and Ocean Pioneer. He recently redefined the concept of Extreme Adventure by becoming the first person ever to Stand Up Paddle across any ocean. Defying all odds, Chris paddled 7500km - solo, unsupported and unassisted - for 93 days, across the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco, Africa to Antigua in the Caribbean. This is a truly unparalleled global feat!

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Ben Page

Ben Page is a multi-award winning filmmaker, adventurer and photographer from the UK. He has spent the past few years travelling to some of the world’s remotest corners in search of wild and diverse adventures and experiences.

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Films

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Skye’s The Limit

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Director: James Appleton
Origin: UK
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 25 min

One woman's extreme solo stand up paddle-boarding voyage, circumnavigating the wild, rugged and beautiful Isle of Skye in Scotland, highlighting the vulnerability to plastic pollution, and empowering positive change.

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Camera Trap

BC PREMIERE
Director: Marty O'Brien
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 25 min

Aspiring wilderness photographer Peter Mather puts everything on the line in his quest to capture one photo that will tell the story of the Porcupine caribou herd and the greatest land migration on earth.

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Lindsey Ross: A Less Convenient Path

BC PREMIERE
Director: Andrew Schoneberger
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 12 min

In an age of speed, convenience, and ease, artist Lindsey Ross does things the hard way.

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In Perpetual Motion

BC PREMIERE
Director: Krystle Wright
Origin: Australia
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 5 min

The life of an adventure photographer often involves extreme environments and ever-changing terrain to navigate. A journey into the lifestyle and process of the photography of Krystle Wright.

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The Frozen Road

BC PREMIERE
Director: Ben Page
Origin: UK
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 24 min

Ben Page sought an adventure of perfect solitude in the Canadian Arctic. Yet, as he came to realize, the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment were a long way from the romanticisms of a Jack London book.

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Pedal

Director: Scott Hardesty
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 8 min

Forty-three countries down, Hera Van Willick rides her bicycle across continents, fully self-supported. This is her journey and what she has learned along the way.

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Qamaniq

Director: Caroline Cote
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 14 min

In August 2017, a team of 3 women aged 25 to 30 embarked on a quest to discover their own boundaries in an immense, wild and remote territory.

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Ephemera

WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Dave Mai
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2018
Duration: 12 min

When you think of ice climbing, the sunny Okanagan Valley is probably one of the last places you would consider. Ephemera is a short film about ice climbing in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia Canada, and the intrepid folk that ascend the formations.

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Coconut Connection

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Director: Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll
Origin: Belgium
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 36 min

Having previously explored the coast of Baffin on board the famous Dodo’s Delight Nicolas Favresse & Sean Villanueva decide to return on a big wall free climbing expedition in the month of July which is rumoured to have better weather.

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Uruca II

Director: Erick Grigorovski
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 8 min

Hugo and Lipe are back on the wall to face all challenges of alpine climbing—frozen and wet rock, poor communication with each other, inner demons, selfies, and the frigid, ever-changing weather.

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Sweat Lodge

WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Kieran Brownie
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2018
Duration: 12 min

Paul Mcsorley and Kieran Brownie(two pasty Canadians); leave the dark winter of South West BC to delve into a deep corner of the Colombian Amazon 

after stumbling across images of remarkable granite domes in Colombian Director Cuerro Guerra's film, "Embrace the Serpent". 

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ARMY

BC PREMIERE
Director: Daniel Thomson
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 6 min

Alexandra Armstrong loves to ski. But that passion comes at a price. Sacrificing financial stability and a permanent address to chase the dream.

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Ice Call

Director: David Lacote
Origin: France
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 3 min

Discover a new perspective of the mythical Mer de Glace, at the heart of the Mont-Blanc mountains.

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Escape

Director: Anjali Nayar
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 8 min

JaBig, Montreal-based DJ, is on a quest to beat the record for the longest continuous bike ride in a single country.

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Strong The Wind Blows

Director: Benjamin Jordan
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 35 min

After losing the love of his life, a Professional Paraglider pilot searches for meaning by embarking upon the most daring series of mountain flights in Canadian history.

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Hold Fast

FESTIVAL PREMIERE
Director: Jim Aikman
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 55 min

As a professional climber, Conrad Anker has encountered more than a few brushes with mortality. Following a recent heart attack, Conrad heads to Yosemite Valley with friend and cancer survivor Alex Wildman as they attempt to summit El Capitan together.

 

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The Land Of Maybe

WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Will Lascelles
Origin: New Zealand
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 22 min

Three of the world's best rock climbers head to the remote country of the Faroe Islands to attempt a first ascent on the world's highest sea cliff.

 

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Above The Fray

Director: Graham Zimmerman
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 7 min

Beth Rodden is one of the greatest climbers in history. 'Above the Fray’ tells her story from being kidnapped by terrorists to discovering a new-found community of mothers and the ability to open up to a balanced life defined by love rather than fear.

 

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Stumped

WINNER: JURY'S AWARD - VIMFF 2018
Director: Taylor Keating & Cedar Wright
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 25 min

“I don’t want to be known as just a one-armed climber,” says Maureen Beck, “I just want to be a good climber.”

 

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In Gora

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Director: Andy Collet
Origin: France
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 45 min

Riders from the Picture Family join Val and Tim, who define themselves as "a modern nomad couple", for a road trip through Europe. Aboard their retrofitted American school bus that they have entirely renovated into a big campervan, Val and Tim travel the world and chase powder along the way.

 

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Ya Mas – Snowmads in Greece

BC PREMIERE
Director: Marco Freudenreich
Origin: Austria
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 20 min

In January 2017 big mountain skier and adventurer Fabian Lentsch and his Snowmads Truck hit the road and headed to Greece, straight into the winter of the century in this Mediterranean country!

 

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Imagination

WINNER: BEST CANADIAN FILM - VIMFF 2018
Director: Dave Mossop
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 5 min

Have you ever been that little kid sitting in the back seat of your parents car, wishing you were somewhere else?

 

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Becoming History

Director: Mike Douglas
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 15 min

Twenty years ago the New Canadian Air Force and Salomon changed skiing forever with the release of the Teneighty ski. The original crew comes together in Whistler to celebrate the anniversary and look back at what has happened in the sport.

 

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My Irnik

Director: Francois Lebeau
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 15 min

A young father teaches his son about the value of shared adventures, exploration and his ancestral Inuit heritage.

 

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Pursuit

Director: Mike Olbinski
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 7 min

This film is called Pursuit because that is what it's about. When it comes to storm chasing, you can't give up. But that also applies to life. Keep chasing, keep pursuing. Whatever it is. That's the only way to get what you want.

 

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End Of Snow

BC PREMIERE
Director: Morgan Heim
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 20 min

Winter is not coming. One scientist ventures into the wild to find Jon Snow. Um...we mean snow. This is her story.

 

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Living With Wildlife

Director: Leanne Allison
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 23 min

'Living with Wildlife' is the story of how communities in the Bow Valley of Alberta, Canada have come together over the past 20 years to live with grizzly bears and other wildlife.

 

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The Ario Dream

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Director: Paul Diffley
Origin: UK
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 42 min

The film profiles the exploration of the deep caves of the Picos de Europa Mountains. At the apex of the operation are the cave divers, pushing into the unknown in deep sumps where rescue is not an option.

 

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Moment

WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Zak Griffler
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 8 min

They say that when you’re first born you have two real fears. One of them is the fear of heights. Engaging with that fear starts with a step--and ends with a step. The space between is just a series of moments.

 

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The Worlds Highest Marathon

Director: Bjarne Salen
Origin: Nepal/USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 7 min

A story about Christopher Mohn, a Lyme disease survivor who is running the worlds highest marathon, which starts at Everest Basecamp.

 

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Freedom

WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Goh Iromoto
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 8 min

If you had the chance to change your life, would you?

 

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This Way Up

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Director: Andy McKenna
Origin: UK
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 25 min

A story that rarely feature on timelines, in tweets or Instagram feeds - the film ‘This Way Up’ tells the story of professional mountain bike guide Andy McKenna's pharma-free face-off with Multiple Sclerosis and his quest for a holistic path to health. He wants to share what he learned.

 

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Surf The Line

Director: Jeremy Frey
Origin: France
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 3 min

Have you ever dreamed of surfing in the sky? To experience this ultimate sensation of freedom and limitless movement? The Flying Frenchies did it!

 

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