For the past 10 years, Maine Sport Outfitters has brought the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90. The annual event has drawn capacity crowds, even during snow storms. That reception has led to a two-night event this year.

“We’ve been asked in the past to add a night, so we’re taking a crack at it,” said Maine Sport’s Jeff Boggs.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is produced by Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre and features award-winning films and audience favorites from approximately 300 films entered in the annual festival in Banff Alberta, Canada, held in 2010 Oct. 30 through Nov. 7. The World Tour has stops planned in more than 285 communities and 30 countries across the globe.

The films are the best of the entries the internationally acclaimed competition attracts from all over the globe. The festival is dedicated to celebrating mountain culture and that focus results in films that range from contemplative explorations of native populations in the highest reaches to extreme winter sport athletes who ski and snowboard down — and sometimes leap off — the earth’s peaks. The cinematography is often stunning.

“We discussed having a sport night and a cultural night, but the feedback we largely receive (here and from the Banff staff) is that folks like a mix of different subjects, so each night is a different mix of films and subjects,” said Boggs.

The film menu is subject to change, but following is the list of the scheduled films and some information about them. Each evening’s screenings begin at 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 11

• “Life Cycles,” a 14-minute edit from a Canadian movie filmed in Ultra HD, offers some of the most visually stunning images the mountain sports world has ever seen. Its thought-provoking narration also serves up a beautiful celebration of the mountain bike and a tribute to the culture of mountain biking.

• “Crossing the Ditch,” a 55-minute film from Australia, was named Best Film on Exploration and Adventure. It tells the story of two young Australians who battle towering 32-foot waves, massive storms, shark-filled seas and strong currents to cross the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand … by kayak.

• “The Fall Line” is an inspiring 13-minute USA film about 101st Airborne Ranger Heath Calhoun, who lost his legs in a grenade blast in Iraq. The Virginia native finds freedom in an unlikely location — on the ski slopes of Aspen, Colo. Calhoun discovers a talent for ski racing and earns a chance to represent his country again, this time as an athlete on the 2010 Paralympics ski team.

• “Salt,” winner of the Banff Centre Award for Creative Excellence, has nothing to do with Angelina Jolie. The 28-minute Australian film takes us on internationally acclaimed photographer Murray Fredericks’ annual journey to the heart of Lake Eyre, in a remote corner of southern Australia. There he captures scenes and intense moments that prove beauty lies hidden in the midst of this bleak, empty, desolate land.

• “Still Motion” also offers a film take on still photography. The playful five-minute Canada film is compiled from the highlights of a whole year of wildlife research, still images from motion-triggered wildlife cameras that create an intricately sequenced movie-like glimpse of Alberta’s amazing wildlife.

• “The Swiss Machine” refers to Ueli Steck, who may be the greatest speed alpinist the world has ever seen. In this 20-minute U.S. film, Steck tells of his record-breaking ascents in the Alps as stunning aerial footage captures him racing up 8,000 foot alpine faces. Then he brings his one-man alpine speed game to the largest, highest walls in the world — Yosemite.

Saturday, Feb. 12

• “Dream Result” is being shown in a World Tour 17-minute edit. A group of top athletes and friends are driven by passion to explore the limits of possibility via expeditions to Norway and a quest for waterfalls throughout Argentina and the United States. The U.S. film won the People’s Choice Award for Radical Reels, so hang on for this ride.

• “Into Darkness” is a 15-minute adventure essay about the experience of exploring the secret underworld of caves. The images and sounds of spectacular and remote wilderness caves reveal a fantastic world unlike anything we experience on the surface in this U.S. film.

• “Eastern Rises,” which won the award for Best Film on Mountain Sports, is a 38-minute U.S. film set on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. This enormously wild landscape is swarming with bugs and bears and threaded with rivers full of massive mouse-eating trout. In this “extreme fishing” film, fishing is poetry, Bigfoot lurks in the fog and fishermen risk life and limb in decommissioned Cold War helicopters to explore rivers that have never been fished before.

• “The Longest Way” film from Germany won Best Short Mountain Film with its highly entertaining and touching time-lapse portrait of a one-year walk from Beijing to Urumqi. Time and distance traveled are charmingly demonstrated by the growth of Christoph Rehage’s beard in his five-minute short.

• “Deeper,” in a 27-minute World Tour edit, follows snowboarder Jeremy Jones and other top freeriders as they venture past the boundaries of helicopters, snowmobiles and lifts to explore untouched realms. All-night hikes, sleeping on peaks, camping 65 miles from civilization, 20 below temperatures, 10-day storms and 18-mile days bring the adventure back into riding in this carbon neutral U.S. film.

• “Fly or Die,” a 24-minute U.S film, got a Special Jury Mention in its exploration of a bold new climbing innovation, Free BASE. Cutting-edge climber Dean Potter combines free solo climbing and BASE jumping — jumping from fixed objects such as Buildings, Antennae, Spans (bridges) and Earth (cliffs) —on a quest that will lead to a daring evolution of the sport.

In addition to the screenings, introduced by a visiting tour commentator, there will be raffle prizes of outdoor gear throughout the evening so attendees should hold on to their ticket stubs. They also should give themselves ample time to find a space in the school’s parking areas and walk over to the auditorium; this event does draw a crowd, and the folks in town for the National Toboggan Championships are just the type of free spirits who enjoy these films.

“I’d love to fill the house for two nights,” said Boggs.

Adult tickets for each night are $10 in advance at Maine Sport Outfitters on Route 1. At the door, tickets will be $12, $5 for students. For more information, call 236-7120 or visit and click on the events tab.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to