Outdoor action… do you have any?
BIFF Adventure Film Pavilion (AFP) is back in Boulder this year, starting Friday and continuing Sunday with films covering everything from skateboarding to bikepacking, mountaineering to slacklining, river running to skiing (all the way to the North Pole). AFP will screen 22 films shot in 13 countries – 15 shorts and seven features, all in one venue at the 500-seat Grace Commons Church, 1820 15th St., Boulder.
Some highlights of this year’s Adventure Film Pavilion:
8 p.m. Saturday
For two decades, UC graduate Holly Morris has told and championed pro-women and cross-cultural stories on the world stage. She is an internationally renowned filmmaker, author and presenter. His latest feature, ‘The Babushkas of Chernobyl’, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize for Directing – the first of nearly two dozen awards the film has received. before being released worldwide.
“Exposure” tells the story of an expedition of women from the Arab world and the West, led by explorer Felicity Aston, who set the audacious goal of skiing to the North Pole. This daring and unprecedented group navigates through everything from frostbite and polar bear threats, to sexism and self-doubt in an intimate story of resilience, survival and global citizenship – in what could be the last expedition on ice on top of the world.
“Exposure” is a perfect film to screen just before International Women’s Day on Tuesday.
“Various global feminist stories that take place in the crucible/elixir of the natural world have been my wheelhouse for a few decades,” Morris said. “So when I heard this group was teaming up for an ice expedition to the roof of the world, I just knew a movie had to be made. It was clear right away that this expedition was unprecedented. – a first in many ways. In the end, several women became the first of their nations to reach the North Pole.
“Ours was the most ambitious North Pole production I’ve ever seen – no dogs, no snowmobiles, no support, no men,” Morris said. “Our all-female film crew, including heroic filmmakers Ingeborg Jakobsen and Kathryn Barrows, are filming in minus 39 degrees (no generators there). My vision was to shoot 100% truth, without narration. We used several 4K cameras, including a drone and 360 units, but we had a very limited budget. The filmmakers were the real heroines of this story. The way they skied back and filmed at the same time was next level, giving rise to sub-zero analogies with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.
Director Holly Morris and producer Jill Mazursky will appear in person at this screening.
The sanctity of space
8:15 p.m. Friday
“The Sanctity of Space” tells the story of former Boulderites Renan Ozturk and Zack Smith, and their friend Freddie Wilkinson, as they retrace the steps of Bradford Washburn, a legendary mountaineer, explorer and photographer of the 1930s. Set in Alaska’s Denali National Park, the group of renowned mountaineers pursues the ultimate adventure and shows us why humans should explore.
“I couldn’t have imagined a better community to share this film with,” Ozturk said.
2:45 p.m. Saturday
If you think your The bikepacking trip didn’t go as planned, you’ll think differently after seeing “Between Giants”. Maxwell Frost and David Deaton tell the story of their 3,500 mile bicycle journey through the Indian Himalayas along the highest mountain roads on the planet. Their adventure confirms the adage “what can go wrong, will go wrong”.
Maxwell Frost and David Deaton will appear in person for the screening.
If adventure shorts are your thing, there are 15 shorts in three different programs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- “Goal Zero: Power Moves” (Adventure Shorts 1, 5:45 p.m. Friday) spotlights Quinn Brett of Estes Park and her 2,450-mile adaptive bike journey on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Quinn Brett will appear in person for the screening.
- “Link Sar” is former Boulder producer Jim Aikman’s film about elite American mountaineer Graham Zimmerman’s attempt to reach one of the world’s toughest unclimbed peaks. Jim Aikman will appear in person for the screening.
- “Breaking Trail” (Adventure Shorts 2, 5:30 p.m. Saturday) follows the adventure of backpacker Emily Ford as she treks the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter – becoming a hero, advocating to return fuel area accessible to all.
- Colorado filmmaker and BIFF alum Ben Knight premieres his film “Learning to Drown” (Adventure Shorts 3, 3 p.m. Sunday) which follows professional snowboarder Jess Kimura as she shamelessly shatters stereotypes until a personal tragedy collapses. Ben Knight will appear in person for the screening.
Find tickets and the full lineup at biff1.com/adventure, or in person at Grace Commons Church. Proof of COVID vaccination card is required.
—Kathy Beeck, Boulder International Film Festival