Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Travelling film fest comes to Dadar with 10 shorts that document what adventure is all about

Stills from Doing It Scared. Pic Courtesy/Forest Woodward
Stills from Doing It Scared. Pic Courtesy/Forest Woodward

One of the leading mountaineers of the 1980s and 1990s, British climber (now resident of Tasmania) Paul Pritchard suffered a severe head injury while climbing the Totem Pole in Tasmania, back in 1998. The accident left him with hemiplegia (paralysis of one side of the body). However, 18 years later, Pritchard returns to the Totem Pole to find out if he can finish the climb. If you're keen to learn more about Pritchard's adventure, watch Doing It Scared, an 11-minute short from Australia to be screened at Banff Mountain Film Festival 2017.

Ace And The Desert Dog.
Ace And The Desert Dog.

The festival is held every autumn in Banff, Alberta (Canada), where over nine days, filmmakers and photographers from across the globe gather to share groundbreaking expeditions and adventures shot on film. With selected films, the fest then tours the world. The Mumbai chapter is organised annually by The Himalayan Club, one of the earliest expedition clubs established in the sub-continent in 1928. This year's line-up includes 10 adventure shorts from USA, Canada, France and UK.

The Guide's picks

Locked In
(Canada, 24 mins)
A group of professional kayakers hit the remote rainforests of Papua New Guinea to attempt the first descent of the Beriman River, a daunting 40km run with no way out but to ride to the ocean.

Ace And The Desert Dog
(USA, 9 mins)
Th 2015 film follows adventure photographer Ace Kvale as he ventures on a 60-day trek in Utah's canyon country for his 60th birthday, with his dog, Genghis Khan.

The Trail To Kazbegi
(USA, 16 mins)
Four adventurers go on a mountain-bike mission through the wild Caucasus Mountains. The journey features terrifying lightning storms, river crossings, traversing snow-covered glacial passes and fights with vicious dogs.

Young Guns (USA, 27 mins)
Meet Ashima Shiraishi,
14, and Kai Lightner, 15, the new faces of climbing, who embark on a trip to Norway to put their skills to the test.

Danny MacAskill's Wee Day Out
(UK, 6 mins)
Biker and YouTube star Danny MacAskill explores the rural landscape around Edinburgh in a film that sets out to capture the simple fun of a ride in the countryside.

ON: March 19, 5.30 pm to 8.45 pm
AT: Pracharya BN Vaidya Sabhagruha, Raja Shivaji Vidyalaya, Bhalchandra Road, Hindu Colony, Dadar (E).
COST: Rs 300

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