Squamish Film Tops Festival

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In the Shadow of the Chief, a 50-minute documentary of the 1961 first ascent of Stawamus Chief in British Columbia, won the grand prize at the 7th Annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. The film, by Ivan Hughes and Angela Heck, combines interviews with archival footage of John Baldwin and Ed Cooper’s climb, which so impressed locals that at times 12,000 cars lined the road below.

Psicobloc, Josh Lowell’s film about Klem Loskot and his deep-water soloing antics in Mallorca, won the festival’s prize for best film on rock climbing. The film ski, climb, videotape, the story of three women and one man’s 55-day ski through the St. Elias Mountains, including a traverse of Mount Logan, won the Alpine Club of Canada Award for best mountaineering film.

The film competition at the eight-day festival was juried by Vancouver journalist Dawn Hanna, Canadian writer and photographer Chic Scott, and British author and climber Simon Yates.For more information on In the Shadow of the Chief visit www.fringefilmworks.com

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