For the second year in a row, Rick and Julie Bodenhamer of Lindsborg’s Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters will bring the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to central Kansas.
Films featuring activities like ice skating, kayaking, rock climbing and dog sledding will be shown from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main St.
“It never disappoints,” Rick said. “People just love it.”
After its initial showing each November in Banff, Alberta, Canada, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road with stops in more than 400 communities in 40 countries.
“It’s definitely a highlight of our year,” Rick said.
The Bodenhamers choose nine of the 35 films available for this year’s event and realized their favorites fulfilled an audience request from last year — for the films to focus on female adventurers.
“It’s all about the best films, but this year the films — the good ones — are all ones with women,” Julie said.
The evening’s feature film “Stumped” tells the story of Maureen Beck — a woman who rock climbs despite missing part of one arm.
“When there’s a will, there’s a way. And I think that’s what really charges people up about these films. Because they see people reaching for the stars — almost literally — and it doesn’t matter what’s going on in their life,” Julie said. “Nothing’s holding them back. They’re doing this.”
This year’s film festival is rated PG-13 for strong language, something the Bodenhamers said they usually try to avoid with families in mind.
“We don’t like to go there because there are some families who want to bring their children and expose their kids to this, so we have that warning on there,” Juliewe said. “...They’re going to be amazing films, but this year there are a couple that are amazing with a little language in them.”
The films will range in length from three to 52 minutes and prize drawings will be held at intermission. Concessions and a bar will also be available.
Tickets for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour’s stop in McPherson are selling quickly this year.
“There’s something about Banff. People hunt for it, they connect with it and that feeling lasts all year long,” Julie said.
The Bodenhamers say they hope word about the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour continues to spread so that they can expand next year’s film selections.
“If we can sell this show out, we can add a second night,” Julie said. “That’s the goal. There were 35 to choose from. And if we could only show nine in one night, there’s a lot more to go. We would like to add the second night.”
Tickets for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour are $15 and are available at Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters at 113 N. Main in Lindsborg, or by calling 785-227-9810.
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