No, we didn’t go to Banff to the film festival. Although as has become our tradition in recent years (I think we’ve been to 4 or 5 in the last 7 years?), we went to the World Tour when it came to Ottawa. These shows are always sold-out, and I’m pretty sure the two years we didn’t go were (1) when I’d just gotten to Ottawa and didn’t know when the tour was coming through, and (2) the one year I didn’t remember about it until it was too late to get tickets.
I have a great time every year, and if my biggest complaint is that either of us has yet to win a door prize, I’m OK with that. I won one at a golf tournament last year, so I think my luck is tapped out on that front for at least the next couple of years.
Now, on to the movies. While I felt that there was a heavier-than-normal skew towards winter sports movies this year, overall it was still great. One complaint about the show is that they ended with a movie that is meant to be (and is) inspirational, but personally I’d rather end the night on a happier note (The Freedom Chair).
Actually, now I wish I hadn’t gone to look at the list of movies included in the Tour in order to jog my memory about the movies we watched – 80% of the movies we didn’t watch, I wish we had. (They rotate through all the movies included in the tour, so every stop gets to see a different subset of the movies)
And my biggest advice? Check our CARCA. The Canadian Avalanche Rescue Cat Association. That’s right. They do say that the whole short will be available on youtube after the World Tour, but for now you’ll have to get a taste with this little clip. My favourite movie of the night.
My for real favourite movie of the night was On the Trail of Genghis Khan: The last Frontier. I’m curious to see the other 3 parts, since we were only shown the 4th part. It was also a very timely movie because over Christmas, I had read In the Empire of Genghis Khan by Stanley Stewart – it was great to see a visual representation of a similar journey.
This is the movie that I think the night should have ended on (Skim Bums never die). Happy skiing seniors? Yes please – I want to be them when I grow up!
Reel Rock: Sketch Andy – this guy is a different kind of crazy (with a good measure of stupid mixed in). He’s famous for taking slacklining to a new level – and there were some incredible tricks, but it felt like a bit too much macho show-off. Meh.
We also saw a movie in two parts – your stereotypical powder skiing (sigh… I miss Whistler!); and a pretty neat second part with skiing down city streets (All.I.Can: The Short Cut). These guys climbed a mountain in the winter, and swore about the cold a fair bit (Cold). It was alright.
In a deviation from winter sports – a kayaking short (Seasons: Fall). Cute and sweet. Can’t find a link to any trailers, though. And then this guy ice climbs on glaciers he kayaks to from pretty much his backyard (Blue Obsession). How awesome is that?
I don’t really have a summary – other than to say that you should remember to get tickets next time the Banff Film Festival tour comes to town. It’s a great night out for those interested in all things outdoors.