Watched Banff Film Festival 2019 World Tour

Watched Banff Film Festival from

Blue track including:

  • Charge – 4 min – people having a hoot skiing
  • Bayandalai – Lord of the Taiga – 11 min – spiritual BS from a Mongolian herder
  • The Imaginary Line – 10 min – fun weekend masquerading as meaningful protest
  • Deer 139 – 44 min – ridiculous hijinks from lady scientists backpacking along the path of a radio collared deer – good soundtrack
  • Billder – 6 min – Canadian dude self finances building mountain bike trails on Vancouver Island by firefighting – could have been longer, enjoyed it but wanted a bit more
  • HUNZA ski and culture in Pakistan – 33 min – three French skiers climb remote mountains all over the Hunza valley and ski down them – had 5 min talking with the first recognized Pakistani climber, maybe shoulda made it more about him
  • Circle of the Sun – 5 min – woman surfs and skis in the midnight sun – bad poetry – needed more time for message to come through
  • REEL ROCK 13: Up To Speed – 20 min – entertaining documentary about speed climbing, a new Olympic sport – of course the Russians are hardcore into it

There’s something about the homemade films that has an extra charm and reality. They’re put together by a handful of friends, by appearances, and honor simple experiences and good people.

Unfortunately the film fest doesn’t work on smart TVs so we spent like half an hour connecting a series of cables trying to get it to play from a laptop.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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