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Fifth Annual 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.

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 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.”

After the Boulder event, Adventure Film will mobilize the 2009 award winners to audiences across the US, and internationally to Chile, France, and South Africa.

BENEFICIARY Adventure Film is partnered with Leave No Trace, an international non-profit dedicated to conscious recreation and environmental education. Adventure Film and Leave No Trace’s missions and direction have coincided to promote “Activism through Adventure.”

The Jonny Copp Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunities to bring creative expression and adventure to life. They offer grants, outreach programs, exhibits, and a forum that stimulates individual creativity, intellectual promise and the spirit of adventure. The goal is to enable individuals to realize their full potential while creating positive change for themselves, and others around the world.

ABOUT ADVENTURE FILM Adventure Film was created in 2004 by adventurers, filmmakers and artists wishing to spread the creativity, enthusiasm, and activism inherent to outdoor adventure. Adventure Film celebrates, supports and ties in with those who wish to inspire and fire the creative kilns of transformation and awareness. * For press photos, trailers, tour schedule, tickets and details, visit:

Climb. Ride. Fly. Slide. Fight for your environment. Inspire. Go higher than you’ve ever dared to go.

A schedule and list of films are listed below:Thursday November 12:Signatures—Boulder Theater. Skiing Film. 7p.m. From the orange and gold of fall to the pink cherry blossoms of spring, Signatures follows an entire winter deep in the hardwoods of Hokkaido, Japan. Deliciously deep January blower to April corn, we bring you a film about expression, and the art of riding on snow. At the heart of this lovely tale of deep powder mystery: the seasons. In Japan there is a cultural connection to the different signatures of our terrestrial home – a sense that the rhythm of fall, winter, spring, summer influences the rhythm of the person, their energy, their style, and the lines they choose. Shot in vibrant HD, Signatures is 100% human powered backcountry skiing in all snow-sliding styles: board, noboard, ski, and drop-knee.Africa Revolutions Tour—Boulder Theater. Kayaking Film. 7p.m. Join the Africa Revolutions Tour team as they set out on one of the most action-packed, ambitious kayaking adventures ever! Building on years of film-making and whitewater exploration, the Tour represents a new genre of action sports documentary that couples the adventure and excitement of extreme sport with cause-driven initiatives. The expedition provided the opportunity to educate the people encountered about their solar potential and the Sun Catchers Project, a non-profit that installs solar cooking facilities in African orphanages, hospitals and communities. From the crocodile-infested White Nile in Uganda to big water first descents throughout Madagascar and the highest documented descent of the Zambezi. Come join the adventure!Ascending the Giants—Boulder Theater. Enviornmental Film 7p.m. The Klootchy Creek Sitka Spruce Tree on the Oregon Coast was the largest of its kind. In December of 2007, it toppled during a fierce windstorm, leaving the designation of largest Sitka spruce in Oregon up for grabs. With just a handful of contenders for the title, Brian French and Will Koomjian spent several months measuring the candidates. Join them as they travel to four massive Sitkas, each with its own unique personality and growing conditions. This short documentary features stunning cinematography from both ground and canopy that captures the excitement of climbing these proud behemoths.Friday Nov. 13:Andy Parkin: Life in Adaptation—Boulder Theater. Climbing Film. 5p.m. Andy Parkin is regarded as one of the world’s finest alpine climbers but, in 1984, he suffered a near fatal climbing accident in the Alps, and many believed his love affair with mountains was over. Andy’s slow rehabilitation involved painting and sculpting of the mountains that had so very nearly claimed his life, and now Andy is known as much for his inspirational artwork as his climbing. Incredibly, Andy also learned to climb again, adapting his climbing style to the demands of his damaged body. Andy Parkin: A Life in Adaptation was a collaboration between the artist and a small group of filmmakers with a genuine mutual fascination and respect for the mountains and for Andy’s intriguing way of life, and gives an insightful peak into the life and work of Andy Parkin.End of the Line—B-side Lounge. Environmental Film. 5p.m. Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act. In this film we see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food. Filmed across the world, from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market, The End of the Line follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans. A wake-up call to the world, this film points to solutions that are simple and doable, but political will and activism are crucial to solve this international problem.Over the Bars—B-side Lounge. Biking Film. 7p.m. The DH Productions’ crew has dug deep into their archive and sifted through more than a decade’s worth of footage, pulling out the sickest crash clips they could find. You will hear first-hand from the athletes involved as they take you through the details and explain why they push their limits for sake of progression. Sit back as these pros take you through the mashups blow by blow. OTB is filled with all the broken bikes, bones and blood that have made us famous.Samsara—Boulder Theater. Climbing Film. 7p.m. 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.The Last Descent—B-side Lounge. Kayaking Film. 7p.m. The World’s rivers are being dammed now faster than ever. In response to this, a group of whitewater paddlers set out on a one-year adventure to document what could be the last descents of Nepal’s Marsyangdi River, Uganda’s White Nile River and India’s Brahmaputra River. These rivers are all in the process of being dammed or are threatened by large-scale hydroelectric projects. In addition to native people living sustainably in their environment and the most ecologically diverse areas in the world, these rivers are also home to gigantic whitewater. The adventure of travel and exploration, the story of native people fighting to survive and the exhilaration of whitewater kayaking are mingled together in this award-winning film.Tibet- Murder in the Snow—Boulder Theater. Social Change Film. 9pm In September 2006, two very different groups attempted to climb in the snow capped Himalayas. One sought freedom, the other adventure. A murder bought them together. This is a true story. Tibet: Murder in the Snow centers around an incident which shocked the world, a teenage Tibetan nun, Kelsang Namtso, was killed when Chinese border police opened fire on a group of pilgrims as they fled Tibet over the infamous Nangpa Pass. The shooting was witnessed by several climbers, some of whom videotaped or photographed the events, helped rescue survivors and sent the story out to the world. Using the original climber footage, reenactments and interviews with witnesses and survivors, Tibet: Murder in the Snow tells of young Tibetans who risk their lives each year to illegally cross the rugged Himalaya Mountains in an attempt to see their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, or attend school in India.Saturday Nov. 14:Garbage Warrior—B-side Lounge. Environmental Film. 1p.m. Imagine a home that heats itself, provides its own water, and grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology, recycles its own waste, and has its own power source. And now imagine that it can be built anywhere, by anyone, out of the things society throws away. Shot over three years in the USA, India and Mexico, Garbage Warrior tells the epic story of maverick architect Michael Reynolds, his crew of renegade house builders from New Mexico, and their fight to introduce radically different ways of living. A snapshot of contemporary geo-politics and an inspirational tale of triumph over bureaucracy, Garbage Warrior is above all an intimate portrait of an extraordinary individual and his dream of changing the world. “Tsunami warning systems are put in after tsunamis, security is tightened after terrorist attacks, and we’ll deal with global warming after it happens” Michael Reynolds.Swift. Silent. Deep—B-side Lounge. Ski Film. 3p.m. Swift. Silent. Deep is the story of a secretive, underground crew who call themselves the Jackson Hole Air Force, a band of civil disobedients in the unknown realm of Out-of Bounds. The influence of the Jackson Hole Air Force has reached far beyond Jackson; JHAF members won the first three World Extreme Skiing Championships and are directly responsible for pioneering the big mountain skiing in the world’s most incredible playground – Alaska, which brought about the fat ski revolution, and changed the face of skiing forever. This exploration into the roots of the modern American ski bum features many familiar faces in the action sports world like Warren Miller, Scot Schmidt, and the late Doug Coombs.No Impact Man—Boulder Theater. Environmental Film. 4p.m. Ever wonder just what you can give up? Ever wonder what would be left after you removed all environmental impacts from your life? Do you think you could make it a week? How about a whole year? This very relevant movie follows the Beaven family as they abandon their high consumption Fifth Avenue lifestyle in an attempt to make no-net environmental impact for twelve months. Will they make it? Will their relationship make it? You will come away with new ideas and a strong sense of inspiration to reduce your own environmental footprint.Reporter—Boulder Theater. Social Change Film. 6p.m. This important film explores the world of Nicholas Kristof, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times who almost single-handedly put the crisis in Darfur on the world map. The film puts the viewer in Kristof’s pocket, revealing the man and his methods, and just how and why real reporting is vital to our democracy, our world-awareness, and our capacity to be a force for good. Nicholas knows that statistics deaden his readers’ interest and compassion so he goes in search of individuals whose stories will reflect the country’s desperate crisis and mobilize readers worldwide. He journeys through ravaged villages and displacement camps, and makes a harrowing visit to Congo’s reigning rebel warlord, General Nkunda, at his jungle hideout.First Ascent: Point of No Return—Boulder Theater. Climbing Film. 7p.m. This special episode of the new Nat Geo Adventure series follows Alpinist Jonny Copp, his climbing partner Micah Dash, and Sender Films cameraman Wade Johnson on their fateful expedition to the unclimbed east face of Mt. Edgar, in western China. The episode documents the lives of these climbers leading up to the expedition, and features extensive footage of the expedition recovered from the massive avalanche that tragically took their lives. This is Wade Johnson’s final masterpiece, and homage to three people who were an integral part of the Adventure Film family.New World Disorder 10: Dust & Bones—Boulder Theater. Biking Film. 8p.m. Dust & Bones is the final installment of New World Disorder, the end of an era. Shot in high definition with RED cameras, the film opens with a ridiculous throw down by Darren Berrecloth and then moves on to unbelievable back flip combinations from Greg Watts and the new school styles of Graham Agassiz. Follow the Clump, Stumps and Jumps Tour as they jam the west coast and entertain a Giants baseball game from the Hell Barge in San Francisco Bay. Watch Paul Basagoitia slay his personal playground in Nevada, Gee Atherton "keep it lit" through the forests of Italy and Aaron Chase with Adam Hauck and friends session Highland MTB park in New Hampshire. This film is the culmination of a decade of blood and sweat and represents the state of the art in freeride and slopestyle mountain biking – don’t miss it!Making the Crooked Straight- Patagonia—Social Change Film. 8p.m. A film about one man’s journey to save the world by saving one child at a time. Born on Long Island and educated at John Hopkins, Dr. Rick Hodes has dedicated his life to helping heal the sick and poor of Ethiopia over the past 20 years. Often compared with Albert Schweitzer and Mother Teresa, Hodes believes the only way to change the world is to be the change you want to see. We are led through an exploration of this remarkable man’s work in Ethiopia, his highly original family life, and the spirituality that has guided his choices and sacrifices.Other Films that have not yet been scheduled:Pra- Caramba 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.Slate Monkeys—Climbing Film Check out Boulder’s own trad rock climbing phenom Matt Segal along with Hazel Findlay and the legendary Johnny Dawes wrestle with the post-modern landscape of vertical Welsh slate. Whose technique will prove successful?Waypoint: Namibia—Climbing Film A 29-min film about Patagonia athletes Majka Burnhart and Kate Rutherford departed for Namibia with two goals: to find a way up an unexplored face, and to find a way into a deeper understanding of southern Africa Along with Peter Doucette, the trio discover a climbing-plus adventure in a landscape of translucent scorpions, laser sharp granite cracks, and foreboding meter-long cobra tracks. Along the way, they mingle with the Himba–one of the last great Southern African pastoral tribes. An esoteric exploration–in the name of first ascents–and remarkable cultural connection.Winter’s Wind—Ski Film A montage of cuts, breathtaking Chamonix-valley scenery, and of course, amazing skiing, all backed by a poetic narrative by pro-skier Micah Black, Winter’s Wind might very well help us understand why we ski…The Ripple Effect—Ski Film Set in the heart of Colorado during one of the deepest winters on record, The Ripple Effect captures the essence of life in the Rocky Mountains. From the progeny of an accomplished mountaineer to the cultural influence of an Olympic snowboarder, the compelling role of snow and its effect on multi-generations is undeniable. At once an action-driven homage to Colorado’s snow-covered Elk Range and a poignant story of loss and affirmation, The Ripple Effect promises to emerge as the definitive meditation on life in the mountain.