Flying a hot air balloon over Turkey, engaging with grizzly bears in Alaska, diving over a frozen lake, and cruising the streets of Chicago as a bicycle courier are among the subjects of the short films featured in the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour which will be screened in Redlands on February 25 and 26.
Hosted locally by the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, the film festival begins each day at 6:30 p.m. at the Fox Event Center, 123 Cajon St., Redlands. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 per day and can be purchased at sgwa.org or at the door.
A different film program will be offered each evening.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival, a program of the Banff Centre, is the largest mountain festival in the world, according to a press release. At the end of the Banff Film Festival, Canada, a selection of award-winning and audience-favorite films are selected for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.
With stops scheduled in more than 125 cities in the United States and more than 40 countries around the world, the tour showcases a collection of action, environmental and adventure films from the festival.
Hosting the festival in Redlands raises funds and recruits new members for the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association.
The association maintains trails in and around the San Gorgonio Wilderness and the Cucamonga Wilderness for the US Forest Service; provides volunteer foot and horse patrols in these wilderness areas; operates the Barton Flats Visitor Center, Mill Creek Visitor Center and interpretive sites at Horse Meadows and Big Falls Picnic Area in Forest Falls; and issues wilderness permits and sells forest service adventure passes.
The seven films that will be screened on February 25 include “Follow the Light”, an adventure with cyclists Kilian Bron, Pierre Henni, Pierre Dupont and JB Liautard; “Bear-like” (tour montage), featuring two adventurers in close contact with grizzly bears in Alaska; “If You Give a Beach a Bottle”, in which Max Romey travels to a remote beach on the Alaskan coast in search of marine debris; and “My Midsummer Morning,” in which Alastair Humphreys embarks on his most terrifying journey yet, walking through Spain and earning money for food by playing the violin.
The six films slated for Feb. 26 include “Never in the Way,” featuring Chicago-based bike courier Nico Deportago-Cabrera, who sees city maps as a central nervous system where everything is connected; “A Foreign Native” (tour edition), in which a professional skier spends nearly a year in Iran, his trip taking a different route when military activity intensifies in January and COVID-19 hits in February 2020; and “Reel Rock 15: Deep Roots,” in which Lonnie Kauk embarks on a personal journey to honor his indigenous Yosemite roots and connect with his legendary father by rehearsing his iconic climbs.
For more information and a full list of films, go to sgwa.org.