If you did not get a chance to go to the mountains or the beach for a summer vacation this year, your chance to see them on the big screen through the lenses of independent filmmakers is coming soon to a theater near you.
The Banff Centre’s Banff Mountain Film Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main St.
After its initial showing each November in Banff, Alberta, Canada, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road with stops planned in about 450 communities in 40 countries.
"All the films relate to the outdoors," said Rick Bodenhamer, owner of Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters. "It really is a lot of fun."
The 2016/2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour features a collection of films that explore distant landscapes and remote cultures, exposing audiences to exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports.
Bodenhamer previously coordinated the Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Wichita Orpheum Theatre in his position as general manager of Backwoods in Wichita. Since Backwoods closed and he opened Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters in Lindsborg, he decided to move the festival closer to his current location.
While it was held in Wichita, hundreds of audience members came to view the films and interact with a community of people that shared an interest in the outdoors. Many of those viewers have already contacted Bodenhamer for tickets and are planning to drive to McPherson for the film festival.
"They absolutely love it," Bodenhamer said. "It almost becomes a tradition and they really look forward to it year after year, because it's different every year."
Previewing 30-second clips from all of the festival's films, Bodenhamer chose 10 of the 30 films offered to be shown in McPherson.
"I do try to keep it as family-friendly as possible, but because of the subject matter of the films, sometimes some words come out," Bodenhamer said.
Bodenhamer tried to avoid repeating selections that have already been shown at other film festivals in Kansas.
"People that have an interest in culture will enjoy it; people that have an interest in the environment will enjoy it," Bodenhamer said.
The films shown will feature subjects like cliff dancing, rock climbing, skiing and sailing.
"They show people doing these things and usually there's a story with it as well," Bodenhamer said. "It's not just going from point A to point B."
The 10 films run between three and 30 minutes long. The event will last around three hours with an intermission, during which door prizes will be given away and Swedish folk dancers from Lindsborg will perform.
"Another fun aspect of this year's show is we're using it as a fundraiser for Lindsborg Swedish folk dancers," Bodenhamer said. "Being here in Lindsborg, the folk dancers are really ambassadors for the community."
General admission tickets for the Banff Mountain Film Festival are $15 and can be purchased at Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters, 113 N. Main in Lindsborg. You can also call 785-227-9810 to purchase tickets for hold at will call or buy them at the door.
Screenings of The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Canada and the US are presented by National Geographic and The North Face; sponsored by Deuter, Bergans of Norway, Mountain House, Treksta, and Clif Bar & Company; with support from Petzl, Kicking Horse Coffee, World Expeditions, and The Lake Louise Ski Area and Banff Lake Louise Tourism.
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