Squamish – The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) is excited to partner with The Squamish Brew Pub for two nights of the most adrenaline inducing and inspiring films from last years festival. First up is the Climbing Night on Thursday 22nd November – five action packed climbing films from around the globe to fire everyone up for that winter roadtrip. The following night – Friday 23rd November – is Ski Night, two and a half hours of diverse ski films to get everyone stoked for the snow.
Tickets are $12 advance (2 for $20) or $15 on the door – available at Valhalla Pure, Outwest and Escape Route.
Doors open at 6:30pm – show starts at 8:00pm and should finish around 11:00pm.
Below is a little taster of a few films you can expect to see. For images and interviews, contact Alan Formanek, Festival Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 778 707-2037
Climbing Night – Thursday 22nd November
Grand Libre au Grand Cap (2011) – Dir. Bertrand Delapierre – France
Arnaud Petit and Stephanie Bodet attempt to free climb a line they originally bolted thirteen years earlier on the Grand Capucin, a magnificent granite pillar perched at 3800 meters in the heart of the Mont Blanc range. The climbing couple confronts delicate and difficult climbing made even more extreme by the altitude and unstable weather. This 450-meter line with an 8b crux is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful and hardest high altitude routes in the Alps.
Vertical Sailing (2011) – Dir. Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll – Belgium
In the spring of 2010 four climbers (who are also musicians), Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Nicolas Favresse, and his brother Olivier (all from Belgium) Ben Ditto
(USA), and 75 year old Captain, the Reverend Bob Shepton (UK) sailed around the cold waters of the North Atlantic in search of big walls on the west coast of Greenland in the 30 foot Dodo's Delight.
They succeeded in climbing what Bob had named the "Impossible Wall", 850 metres high and shooting straight out of the sea. The climbing proved to be "very wild, and never simple, with grassy cracks, guano covered slabs, mossy offwidths, vertical kitty litter, and vomiting seagulls”.
Ski Night – Friday 23rd November
The Freedom Chair (2011) – Dir. Mike Douglas – Canada
Josh Dueck was an aspiring skier and coach until a ski accident in 2004 changed his life. Despite his comeback, and success in the world of competitive sit-skiing, Josh’s dream is to tackle the backcountry and the steepest and wildest mountains in the world.
Solitaire (2011) – Dir. Nick Waggoner – USA
Wandering the length of a continent from Peru's Cordillera Blanca to Chilean Patagonia, Solitaire journeys alongside skiers, snowboarders and telemark skiers as they uncover landscapes never before visited on film.