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The Cinematheque

THE CINEMATHEQUE – 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC | (604) 688-8202

Speakers

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David Crerar

Author David Crerar will present stories from his book, "The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore: a Peak Bagger’s Guide" (RMB: Rocky Mountain Books). Few Vancouverites know of the natural beauty and adventure that lies within them, or even their names and history. David will discuss some of the history and secrets of the peaks, including Indigenous names, cultural significance, and uses; logging and mining; watersheds and waterfalls; old growth trees; plane crashes; cached whisky; first ascents; name origins; plants; mushrooms; wildlife; and, above all, fun and adventure.​

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Geoff Powter

Geoff Powter has been a life-long climber and adventurer, with 13 Himalayan expeditions and many first ascents around his home base in the Canadian Rockies on his resume, and has been a mountain writer and thinker for nearly as long. He was the Founding Editor of Polar Circus, was the Editor of The Canadian Alpine Journal for 13 years, and his magazine pieces for publications around the globe have earned him 14 National Magazine Awards, including both the Gold and Silver awards in the same year in the Sports journalism category for profiles of Lena Rowat and Sonnie Trotter.

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Helen Rolfe

Japan’s Junko Tabei was the first woman to climb Mount Everest and to complete the Seven Summits, both significant events in mountaineering history. This presentation by Helen Rolfe focuses on the writing process of Honouring High Places, the first English telling of Tabei’s life. Mixed with readings, stories of recent travels to Japan to meet the Tabei family, and a slideshow, this presentation shares the human element of both the climber and the writer.

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Jamey Glasnovic

For travel writer Jamey Glasnovic adventure has always been a slippery concept to nail down. Is it high risk high reward type activities? Is foreign and exotic a prerequisite? Is it something else entirely? To support his new book, A Few Feet Short, An Uncommon Journey to Everest, Glasnovic examines his relationship with adventure and motivation, while reflecting on his 3 month journey to the Nepal Himalaya in 2016.

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Pat Morrow & Jeremy Schmidt

In the 1970s, at a time before guidebooks and social media made the other-worldly beauty of slot canyons famous, Pat Morrow, Jeremy Schmidt, and Art Twomey set off looking for a canyon they knew did not exist. Every spring and fall for nearly ten years, the three friends dragged their cameras and climbing gear through the most remote and rugged corners of the American southwest, finding exquisite beauty and high-spirited adventure in places no one knew.

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Harry Crerar

Authors David Crerar, Harry Crerar & Bill Maurer, will present stories from their book, "The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore: a Peak Bagger’s Guide" (RMB: Rocky Mountain Books). Few Vancouverites know of the natural beauty and adventure that lies within them, or even their names and history. They will discuss some of the history and secrets of the peaks, including Indigenous names, cultural significance, and uses; logging and mining; watersheds and waterfalls; old growth trees; plane crashes; cached whisky; first ascents; name origins; plants; mushrooms; wildlife; and, above all, fun and adventure.​

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Bill Maurer

Authors David Crerar, Harry Crerar & Bill Maurer, will present stories from their book, "The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore: a Peak Bagger’s Guide" (RMB: Rocky Mountain Books). Few Vancouverites know of the natural beauty and adventure that lies within them, or even their names and history. They will discuss some of the history and secrets of the peaks, including Indigenous names, cultural significance, and uses; logging and mining; watersheds and waterfalls; old growth trees; plane crashes; cached whisky; first ascents; name origins; plants; mushrooms; wildlife; and, above all, fun and adventure.​

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Films

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Ascending Afghanistan: Women Rising

WINNER: VIMFF 2019 BEST MOUNTAIN CULTURE FILM

A film following the first female Afghan mountaineering team as they navigate their first expedition and fight for recognition as athletes amongst their country, culture and families.

 

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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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Echoes Across Seymour

Outdoorsman Alex Douglas has spent the past 40 years single handedly preserving the disappearing memory of the pioneers of Mt.Seymour, hoping to inspire a new generation to appreciate the mountain he calls home.

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Feel of Vision

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Lonnie Bedwell, a former Navy Petty Officer turned extreme adventure athlete, became the first blind person to ever whitewater kayak the entire length of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in a solo kayak.

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Big World

As parents, how do we teach our kids that there is a world beyond social media, standardized tests and soccer practice? Join Eddie Bauer athlete David Morton and his seven-year-old son Thorne on a week-long SUP journey down the Karnali and Bheri Rivers in Western Nepal.

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Focus

In 2011 Steve Bate was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a severe form of tunnel vision that is slowly robbing him of his sight. The film follows Steve as he participates in the Rovaniemi 150, a gruelling self-supported fat bike race through the Arctic tundra of Finnish Lapland.

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In The Shadows Of Everest

Pemba Sherpa and Tenzing Gyalzen Sherpa are professional climbers who are becoming leaders in their community, following in the footsteps of Conrad Anker and Jenni Lowe-Anker who founded the Khumbu Climbing Centre in their village of Phortse, Nepal.

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Inside The Indus – A Pakistani Odyssey

A kayak expedition down the fabled Rondu Gorge in northern Pakistan.

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Inwards

70 year old german climbing pioneer Bernd Arnold bridges between success in climbing and inner experiences. From the roots of childhood to distant mountain regions and friendship he draws a line back home to present days.

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In The Valley Of Wild Horses

Every summer in the interior of British Columbia, Canada, the community of Xeni Gwet'in travels 200-km by horse and wagon from their home in Nemiah Valley to the famous Williams Lake stampede.

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My Dear Kyrgyzstan

A Kyrgyz man takes it upon himself to transform his abandoned Soviet mining village into an international tourism destination.

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Safety To Nome

Twenty-six ultra endurance athletes embark on a 1000-mile human powered race across Alaska on the Iditarod Trail, where being prepared - for anything - is the only way to guarantee your safety. Or your survival.

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Surviving The Outback

Could you survive alone across hundreds of kilometres of remote outback for a whole month, trekking and sailing on a makeshift raft, with nothing but a time capsule of antique stuff from 1932? Mike wasn’t sure he could pull it off either!

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The Beaver Believers

Sometimes the best solutions to the biggest problems can be found in the most unlikely of places. Meet the beaver believers: five scientists and a hairdresser, tackling climate change, one stick at a time.

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The Lorax Project

WINNER: VIMFF 2019 JURY'S AWARD

Six friends embark on a determined quest to climb, and then BASE jump 'The Lorax', a formidable climb on Frenchman's Cap in remote western Tasmania.

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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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The Undamaged

Hydroelectric dams are threatening the last wild rivers of Europe. A crew of whitewater kayakers decided stand up for the rivers, traveling from Albania to Slovenia, kayaking 23 rivers in 6 countries paddling, protesting and sharing the secret, free-flowing rivers of the Balkans.

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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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Treeline

WINNER: VIMFF 2019 BEST CANADIAN FILM

TREELINE is about our oldest living companions on earth: trees. The film brings extraordinary forests in British Columbia, Japan and Nevada "to life" through cinematic exploration of playful, yet powerful experience of gliding through each forest on snow.

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Way Of The Hunter

Deep in the Great Bear Rainforest, against the backdrop of British Columbia’s breathtaking wilderness, a former hunter comes to terms with his past and looks with hope towards the future.

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Anba – In The Depths Of Haiti

Olivier Testa has been exploring the caves of Haiti since 2009, leading expeditions, training, and exploratory projects across the country. Baraka Flims sketches a colourful and rythmic portrait of the Pearl of the Antilles.

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