Wheeler to host 2 nights of adventures
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What: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Where: Wheeler Opera House
When: Tuesday, Mach 3, Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m.
Cost: $15; $25 for 2-day pass
Tickets: Wheeler box office; www.aspenshowtix.com
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to the Wheeler Opera House this week, with two nights of outdoor and adventure films, including an award-winning new movie by Basalt’s Pete McBride.
McBride’s “Delta Dawn” won the Best Short Mountain Film award at the festival in November. It follows McBride on a trip down the Colorado River in the Mexican delta last year during an experimental pulse flow that sent water down the river all the way to the Sea of Cortez, where it hadn’t gone in 16 years.
McBride will introduce “Delta Dawn” on Wednesday night at the Wheeler.
Each year, after the film festival in Banff, a selection of its best films goes on tour. In Aspen, the Ute Mountaineer has served as the host of the tour annually since the late 1980s. The Ute’s Susan Jackson selected the lineup of films this year.
“We have a little bit of everything, and the films will hit a broad spectrum,” she said.
Jackson said she wanted each night to include a variety of sports and genres, from skiing to kayaking and climbing, some told with humor, some with notes of personal and environmental tragedy.
Among the films in the lineup is “Sculpted in Time: The Wise Man,” which tells the story of Eddie Hunter, an 88-year-old man who has been skiing his hometown mountain — Mt. Norquay — for eight decades.
“Afterglow” features nighttime backcountry skiing, with athletes soaring and shredding in light-up suits.
In “Africa Fusion,” two rock climbers make their way across some undiscovered landscapes in South Africa.
“Sufferfest 2,” a sequel to the popular biking-and-climbing adventure comedy, again features Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold suffering through a quest to climb towers across the desert.
“And Then We Swam” follows two inexperienced Brits on a quest to row across the Indian Ocean. As the title suggests, it doesn’t go well.
The screenings begin at 7 p.m. tonight and Wednesday at the Wheeler Opera House. Tickets are $15 for each night or $25 for a two-day pass.
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