Banff Mountain Film Festival lineup announced for Spokane shows

November 17, 2018 GMT

The Banff Mountain Film Festival’s Spokane lineup was selected today.

Filmgoers will be treated to a visual, emotional and auditory smorgasbord featuring outdoor adventure, reflection, conservation and humor.

The films were selected around 1 p.m. by Phil Bridgers and Paul Fish of hosting Mountain Gear along with World Tour hosts from Banff. Spokane’s shows are among the first screenings from the recent festival in Banff.

This weekend’s shows at the Bing Crosy Theater and the Garland Theater are all sold out.

Friday Nov. 16 lineup (7 p.m., at the Bing Crosby Theater)

Rogue Elements: Corbet’s Couloir

Anyone who has ever skied or snowboarded Jackson Hole knows just how nerve-racking it can be to send it into the infamous Corbet’s Couloir, even in the best of conditions. Doing it in icy conditions on mountain bikes is nothing short of insane, and that’s exactly what we did. 4 minutes.

Sacred Strides

Bears Ears National Monument is one of the most talked-about public lands under threat. In March 2017, a group of Native American tribes put their differences aside and came together to run 1280 kilometers to Bears Ears to send a message of unity. 12 minutes.


A mountain biker has an amazing menu of rides to choose from but which will he pick? 2 minutes.

Grizzly Country

After serving in the Vietnam War, author and eco-warrior Doug Peacock spent years alone in the Wyoming and Montana wilderness observing grizzly bears. This time in the wild changed the course of his life. With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes. 12 minutes.

Ice & Palms

Bikepacking, summiting mountains and skiing some iconic lines along the way,Friends Max and Jochen have one dream –5 weeks, 1,800 km and 35,000 vertical meters self-propelled across the Alps. 32 minutes.


Brothers of Climbing

How can you be what you can’t see? Mikhail Martin, co-founder of Brothers of Climbing said, “I literally typed, ‘Are there black climbers?’ in Google … someone said, ‘black people don’t climb.’” 7 minutes.

My Mom Vala

Vala lives in Reykjavik, Iceland and travels to Greenland for work and to immerse herself in rivers thick with migrating char. But for Vala’s 10-year old 8 daughter, Mathilda, Greenland lives only in the stories that her mother tells and her own imagination. 10 minutes.

The Ario Dream (tour edit)

This is a gripping account of expedition-style cave exploration and at the apex are the cave divers, pushing into the unknown in deep sumps where rescue is not an option. 24 minutes.

The Frenchy

Jacques is an 82-year-old, badass athlete, but the real story is how he inspires us with his contagious love of life, epic tales of survival and his ability to counter aging through laughter. 14 minutes.

Saturday Nov. 17 lineup (7 p.m., at the Garland Theater)

Beautiful Idiot

Take a wild ride through the mindset and motivations of those who feel driven to pursue greatness, how it feels to fall short, and the consequences of reaching a lofty goal when the struggle to get there has defined you for so long. 15 minutes.

Land of the Wind

In Patagonia, further South than most people ever dare to venture, there’s a land of infinite vastness and beauty. Fine-art photographer Eliseo Miciu explores this mythical place, and also learns a bit more about himself. 18 minutes.

Fast Horse

Fast Horse follows the return of the Blackfoot bareback horseracing tradition in a new form: the Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow* struggles to build a team with second-hand horses and a new jockey, Cody Big Tobacco*, to take on the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy at the Calgary Stampede. 14 minutes.

Feel of Vision

After losing his eyesight in a hunting accident in 1997, Lonnie described his blindness as a wall that prevented him from moving forward, from living a full life. However, as he tells it, kayaking acted as a door in the wall that opened up to the whole world. Today, Lonnie spends his time engaging fellow blind paddlers in the spray and white foam of the Ohioplye and Yellowstone wilderness. He’s driven to lead more men and women to the doorway so that they too can create their own vision of the life ahead of them. 26 minutes.


For the Love of Mary

General Film Synopsis: When 97-year-old runner George Etzweiler dons his lucky ancient green running shorts, he’s not just running to the summit of Mt. Washington, Etzweiler carries something else special with him: The memory of his late wife of 68 years. 6 minutes.

Brotherhood of Skiing

Since 1973, the National Brotherhood of Skiers has overcome barriers by bringing soul, smiles and a party to the mountain. 10 minutes.

How to Run 100 Miles

The odds were stacked against Jayson Sime early in life: poverty, homelessness, dyslexia, bullying. But he learned to fight. In 2017, he entered his first 100-mile mountain ultramarathon, betting on his lifelong resilience to carry him to the finish line. 27 minutes.

Far Out: Kai Jones

Eleven year old Kai Jones isn’t old enough to go to the movies alone or order a sandwich at the pub, but in the mountains age doesn’t matter. He is following in his family’s ski tracks… right into backflips and tricks off of cliffs. 5 minutes.

Sunday Nov. 18 lineup (6 p.m., at the Bing Crosby Theater)


Inspired by a Dr. Seuss narrative, this mountain bike film is sure to take you places like no other. 6 minutes.

Boy Nomad

9-year old Janibek lives with his family in Mongolia’s Altai Mountains. His first love is racing horses, but this winter, his father will bring him on the toughest journey in a nomad’s life: the winter migration. 21 minutes.

Far Out: Terrace B.C.

Three pro skiers head to Terrace, British Columbia to fly off jumps, smash pillows and search for perfect ski lines. Little did they know that a passionate local would lead them to even more fun, laughs and stoke in the backcountry. 5 minutes.

Break on Through

Margo Hayes, a little-known 19 year old from Boulder, Colorado, she has moved to Europe to train and climb with the goal of succeeding on two of the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. But by pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first. 26 minutes.



Marcel and Andrezj are a legendary pair of mountaineers. They have been the first ones to conquer the highest and hardest peaks. Despite their different temperaments, they make a great team. Now they face the biggest challenge: reaching the virgin summit of the highest mountain. In order to achieve this, they will have to overcome formidable obstacles, suffer hardships and stand each other for a long time. But Andrezj is no longer willing to continue in Marcel’s shadow. 11 minutes.

The Mirnavator

Ultra-runners overcome obstacles with every stride. Force of Nature Mirna Valerio never thought she would have to overcome the negative voices that believe she doesn’t belong in the sport. 11 minutes.

The Passage

In 1974 a small determined team built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage. The Passage is a story about revisiting that journey, fathers and sons, and the wild places that define us. 25 minutes.

Skier Vs. Drone

It’s the classic battle of man vs. machine but Olympic Bronze Medalist ski racer, Victor Muffat-Jeandet isn’t worried. 4 minutes.