The Cinematheque

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

Speakers

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Thorin Loeks

Thorin Loeks is a singer-songwriter/adventurer from the Yukon Territory, who has pedalled, paddled and hiked his way around North America, always bringing his guitar and writing music along the way.

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Rob Wood

Born in 1945, Rob Wood grew up in a village on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors in England. His teenage years were preoccupied with rock climbing. Studying architecture for five years in London during the mid sixties, Rob was lured west by Expo 67 and the Canadian wilderness. He made the first British ascent of the Nose of El Capitan in 1968 and pioneered Ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies in the early 70’s.

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Lilliana Libecki

At 14 years old, Lilliana Libecki has already travelled to every continent on the planet. She has discovered a passion for humanitarian work on 4 major expeditions and has founded a non-profit charity organization - 'The Joyineer Fund'.

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Keith Partridge

Capturing the essence of adventure in more than 60 extreme films has taken Emmy award winning cameraman and filmmaker Keith Partridge to some of the world's most hostile and spectacular environments from deep within the bowels of the earth on caving expeditions, through unchartered forests to the summit of Everest.

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Kat Young, Natasha Drozdzenska & Ania Markiewicz

Friends Natasha, Kat and Ania set out on the Annapurna Circuit with Tila, their female Nepali mountain guide, to cross one of the highest traversable passes in the world, Thorong La (17,769 feet/5,416m). They join VIMFF to inspire fellow everyday women who want to plan their own adventure.

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Jim Martinello

Jimmy Martinello's roots lay in the Sea to Sky Corridor for the last 30 years, home town Squamish British Columbia where he lives with his beautiful wife and two amazing children. He has been an avid adventurer his whole life and in the last 25 years his travels and adventures have taken him across the globe. He has been passionate about photography and film for the last 20 years documenting his explorations.

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Istvan Hernadi

Istvan Hernadi is a retired IT engineer who spends his time exploring the mountains of BC, Yukon, Alaska, the Andes and the Himalayas. His photography is featured on Getty Images and his writings have appeared in several magazines. He self-published a number of photo books featuring his adventures in Bhutan, Sikkim and northern Canada. He is a Life member of the Alpine Club of Canada where he led numerous mountaineering, skiing and trail running trips in Western Canada.

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Dan Lewis & Bonny Glambeck

Bonny Glambeck and Dan Lewis are veteran sea kayakers, having paddled much of the BC coast and trained hundreds of guides. They live off-grid near Tofino and commute by kayak year-round. For over 25 years they’ve worked to protect Clayoquot Sound, and were key organizers of the 1993 mass protests against clearcut logging. Currently they work at Clayoquot Action. They like to play chess while sitting out storms.

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Adam Hart

Adam Hart, co-founder of “Clear Impact Biohacking”, has spent the past 14 years providing forward thinking organizations with a blueprint for optimizing executive mental health and performance. Adam loves sharing how to increase cognitive energy and performance through biohacking. He does this by highlighting some of today’s top biohacks that are easy to implement and provide an immediate result on our mental and physical health.

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Films

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Bonington Mountaineer

BC PREMIERE
Director: Brian Hall & Keith Partridge
Origin: UK
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 80 min

This feature length documentary film follows the life and climbs of Chris Bonington, one of the worlds most famous mountaineers. It is a complex story of friendship, love, risk and devastating loss.

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Magnetic Mountains

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Director: Steve Wakeford
Origin: UK
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 85 min

Award winning documentary on the psychology of risk taking in the mountains, featuring top Alpine names but told through story of an everyman.

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La Vallée Des Loups

Director: Jean-Michel Bertrand
Origin: France
Year of Production: 2016
Duration: 90 min

This film is a personal quest, the story of crazy gamble taken by a passionate dreamer, an anti-hero capable of tackling any obstacle in the way of his goal to encounter wild wolves in their natural habitat.

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Ascend

Director: Simon Perkins
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 6 min

A short film about how Jon Wilson, who lost his leg to cancer as a young adult, uses mountain biking to sink his teeth back into life.

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Blood Road

WINNER: BEST ADVENTURE FILM - VIMFF 2018
BC PREMIERE
Director: Nicholas Schrunk
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 96 min

The mysteries surrounding her father’s death in the Vietnam war lead ultra-endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch on an emotional journey as she pedals 1200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh trail.

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The Nahanni Whisperer

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Director: Dominique Snyers
Origin: Belgium
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 53 min

Four young climbers dream of climbing the Lotus Flower Tower, a legendary big wall, somewhere in the Cirque of the Unclimbables in the furthest outreaches of Northern Canada. For 800 m of climbing, they will have to face 550 km of dangerous Nahanni river over a whole month of total independence.

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Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa

WINNER: BEST MOUNTAIN CULTURE FILM - VIMFF 2018
BC PREMIERE
Director: Eric Crosland
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 14 min

Apa Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest 21 times, more than any other human. But he wouldn't wish this upon anybody. Having grown up in the remote Khumbu region of Nepal, Apa was forced to leave school and work as a porter at the age of 12. His dreams of being a doctor forever lost. It is a story all to common for the Sherpa people of Nepal, a story Apa aims to change with his work at the Apa Sherpa Foundation.

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Mothered By Mountains

BC PREMIERE
Director: Renan Ozturk
Origin: Nepal
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 16 min

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, Nepal’s leading female mountain guide, has been on top of the tallest peaks on Earth. When she teams up to make a first ascent with an unlikely partner - local punk-rock icon, Sareena Rai - they both find that the paths to the greatest summits lie within.

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The Last Honey Hunter

WINNER: GRAND PRIZE - VIMFF 2018
Director: Ben Knight
Origin: Nepal
Year of Production: 2016
Duration: 36 min

The Last Honey Hunter documents one of the few remaining cultures to harvest the wild hallucinogenic honey from jungle cliffs deep in the remote valleys of eastern Nepal. The film follows Maule Dhan Kulung – the last man in Saadi who knows the ancient ways of the harvest – on his last trip to the cliffs.

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Bruhwiler Country

Director: Keith Malloy
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 7 min

Pro surfer Raph Bruhwiler cut his teeth in the woods and waves of Vancouver Island. Today he teaches his love of the wild to his kids who are more than eager to learn more.

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Hunting Giants

BC PREMIERE
Director: Sean Horlor and Steve Adams
Origin: Canadian
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 24 min

A thrill-seeking explorer wants to find and climb the biggest tree in Canada outside a logging community on the brink of collapse. A cinematic adventure into the old-growth rainforests of British Columbia.

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Searching For Coastal Wolves In The Great Bear Rainforest

WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Blaise Sack
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 7 min

2 childhood friends put a team together in an attempt to find and film the elusive coastal wolf on a remote group of Islands 60 miles from the mainland in the Great Bear Rainforest.

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Foodless Odyssey

Director: Anthill Films
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2016
Duration: 11 min

An adventure story about how we’ve become so reliant on easy to access food.

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Wild Coast

Director: Kelsey Thompson
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 5 min

Local SUP surfers Emre Bosut and Glen Pearson discuss the experience of living and surfing in Tofino, British Columbia.

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Cabin Jams

Director: Jamie Tanner
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 8 min

8 friends travel to a remote cabin, riders and musicians. With no script they set out to interpret the landscape and write and record songs that become the audio for the film. Out in the Mountains all day, in the cabin jamming all night!

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Where The Wild Things Play

Director: Krystle Wright
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 4 min

Friday night at the local watering hole and … where the ladies at? Answer: BASE jumping from high desert cliffs, performing tricks on slacklines, climbing granite routes, shredding singletrack, skiing backcountry lines and generally leaving you fellas behind.

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My Big White Thighs & Me

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Director: Hannah Maia
Origin: UK
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 25 min

A swimming adventure and a story about womanhood, miscarriage, healing, loving your own skin & freezing your bum off in cold water.

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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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Waters Of The Greenstone

Director: Simon Waterhouse
Origin: New Zealand
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 26 min

Through the lense of one of New Zealand's most important cultural symbols - Pounamu - two women, Robyn and Hollie, attempt to tackle the World’s Oldest Adventure Race - The Kathmandu Coast to Coast.

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The Joyineer

Director: Margaret King
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 7 min

At 14 years old, Lilliana Libecki has already been on every continent on the planet and discovered a passion for humanitarian work on 4 major expeditions.

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The Curve Of Time

WINNER: BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM - VIMFF 2018
Director: Jordan Manley
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 23 min

Two veteran professional skiers contemplate the impact their love for adventure has on the very environment that sustains and fulfils them.

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Directly Affected

WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Zack Embree
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2018
Duration: 75 min

Before the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline was in the daily news, Vancouver filmmaker, Zack Embree set out on a mission: understand the impacts the pipeline would have on local communities, First Nations, Canadian democracy and our Paris Climate Accord Agreements.

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Ditch The Van

CANADIAN PREMIERE
Director: Mallory Cunningham
Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 10 min

A reflective short film on musician Ben Sollee's music tours by bicycle. Since 2009, the cellist has traveled over 5,000 miles by bicycle discovering the beauty of limitations.

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Captain of Utopia

BC PREMIERE
Director: Sarah Del Ben
Origin: France
Year of Production: 2017
Duration: 52 min

 

François Bernard has explored the most remote places of the world for more than 30 years. One day, he realized that he was tired of being alone, he wanted to be able to share all the emotions he experienced overtime, with others. So he invested all his life savings in a polar sailboat.

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MINDvsMOUNTAIN: Himalayan X

WORLD PREMIERE
Director: James Frystak
Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2018
Duration: 8 min

Filmmaker James Frystak and Mental Health Speaker Brent Seal are embarking on a journey to climb in the Himalaya for the first time to explore the parallels between climbing mountains and climbing out of mental health challenges.

 

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