Samsara and Pra Caramba Trailers - 2009 Adventure Film Festival

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On November 12-14 in Boulder, Colorado, the Fifth Annual Adventure Film Festival will premiere the most exciting and inspiring award-winning independent films from around the world. The festival is dedicated to all aspects of adventure — from serious exploration to environmental heroism to gripping tales from the edge of the believable. Renan Ozturk's "Samsara" and Cedar Wright's "Pra Caramba" will both premiere at this year's festival.

"Pra Caramba" Trailer from Cedar Wright on Vimeo.

Taste Brazil in this spicy short! Accompany climber Cedar Wright for a literal “walk-on-the-edge.” The usual palette of exotic sport climbing, slack-lining and adventure driving take on a tropic piquancy with death-defying free soloing and Base-jumping—Brazilian style.

"Samsara" trailer from Renan Ozturk on Vimeo.

In the heart of the lofty, knife-sharp Vindhya Mountains in India sits a 6,500-foot rock and ice route that resembles a massive shark fin and rises from the ocean of crags. This fin, that is twice as long as anything on El Capitan and just as steep, has denied many notable climbers from reaching its summit. In Samsara, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk set out to attempt a first ascent. The film is woven together with art, journal excerpts and still photography. Produced by the athletes, Samara is an unfiltered perspective into a powerful Himalayan climbing experience. The team spends twenty days of life on the cliff face with ten days of food through major storm cycles on a hanging platform smaller than the size of a single bed. They push to the very edge of what they thought possible and rediscover why they are drawn to suffer in such sacred and beautiful places.

More about the Fifth Annual Adventure Film Festival:Presented by Patagonia, this three-day festival features over 20 high caliber films handpicked by the Adventure Film Selection Committee from over 200 entries submitted from around the word. At the best venues in town, including the historic Boulder Theater and the intimate B-Side Lounge, the eclectic lineup features exploration, surfing, climbing, biking, skiing, as well as films that tackle environmentalism, global awareness, and social issues. There will also be an Adventure Filmmaking Workshop designed to inspire the audience to create outdoor films of their own. Discussions with top outdoor filmmakers, photography exhibits, gear giveaways, live music, and fundraising for non-profit organizations enrich the This year’s festival will to pay tribute to the late Jonathan “Jonny” Copp, Adventure Film’s co-founder and visionary who was killed in an avalanche in western China this past spring, during an expedition to make a first ascent of the 6800-meter Mount Edgar. This year’s festival will present a special episode from the new National Geographic series 'First Ascent: Point of No Return,’ which documents the final days of elite climbers Jonny and his partner Micah Dash, and Sender Films’ cameraman Wade Johnson. Jonny’s passing reminds us all of the spirit of Adventure Film — the belief in the power of the story, especially the narrative of adventure and awakening to change and challenge the world we live in. With over 5,000 attendees in 2008, the Adventure Film Festival goes on with the support of filmmakers, sponsors, non-profits, partners, volunteers — all adventurers — who believe in the message: “Make your own legends.”

Visit:AdventureFilm.org for more information.