WFF Adventure Film Series

Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19
Maury Young Arts Centre

Adult: $16 – $22
Children (Under 12): $8-$10


FRIDAY, MAY 17, 7:00PM – 10:00PM (Doors 6:30PM)

ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION – People’s Choice and Winner Announcements

Returning this year, WFF in collaboration with Mountain Life Magazine presents the Adventure Photography Competition as part of the series. Open to all ages, the top ten photos and the People’s Choice Photo will be determined by an online, social voting system channel through WFF’s Facebook page. The winning photo will be selected by a Mountain Life jury to be featured in the summer issue of Mountain Life Coast Magazine which hits the stands June 1, and will receive $200 cash and a prize package. The top three photos will also be featured online on The People’s Choice and Winner announcements will be made at the beginning of the May 18 show.

REEL ROCK TOUR 13 delivers jaw-dropping action, soulful journeys and rollicking humor in a brand new collection of the year’s best climbing films. The WFF Adventure Film Series presents four REEL ROCK 13 films with an intermission after the first film.

2018 | 48 mins | Unrated | USA | Dir. by Zachary Barr, Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer

Every so often an athlete comes along who redefines their sport. Adam Ondra, the 25-year-old Czech crusher, is exploring a new realm of human potential in climbing. Late last year, he established a benchmark for the sport; a 5.15d in Norway he dubbed “Silence” (as in, drop the mic). On the heels of this ascent, we follow Adam from his home in the Czech Republic, across Europe to North America, as he innovates new training methods, establishes upper echelon first ascents, and attempts to be the first person to send 5.15 on the first try. AGE OF ONDRA is a rare, intimate journey with one of the greatest athletes at the peak of his powers.

2018 | TBD Mins | Unrated | USA | Dir. Henna Taylor

Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of the Moon, is a vast landscape of sandstone walls in the desert of Jordan. Hoping to lure international climbers, two Israelis team up with a local Bedouin guide to establish an 1,800-foot route, eventually recruiting American climber Madaleine Sorkin to help achieve their dream. Valley of the Moon explores the importance of climbing as a way to cross cultural barriers, build friendship and chase adventure in one of the most breathtaking regions on earth.

2018 | TBD Mins | Unrated | USA | Dir. by Sender Films

When climbing was announced as part of the 2020 Olympics, it was a monumental occasion for the sport. But many climbers were shocked to learn that one of three combined events required to compete for a medal is… speed climbing. REEL ROCK correspondent Zachary Barr looks into this little-known and seldom practiced sub-discipline of the sport and the role it will play in shaping climbing’s future. Barr’s journey from the U.S. to France (the birthplace of modern speed climbing) to South Asia (it’s actually huge there) culminates at an international competition in Moscow, where speed demons race up a 15-meter wall in less than six seconds.

2018 | TBD Mins | Unrated | USA | Dir. by Taylor Keating & Cedar Wright

A dream team of six elite climbers mount an expedition to one of the world’s last great climbing frontiers: the remote frozen towers of Antarctica. Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker tackle a new route on the 3,600-foot Ulvetanna; Savannah Cummins and Anna Pfaff summit the towering Holtanna; and Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright make a harrowing and hilarious blitz of 13 different spires spread across the ice field, including one pitch that Honnold calls “the scariest I have ever led.” Queen Maud Land — the name of this icy region — showcases a stunning, rarely visited wilderness, and the suffering and vision needed to climb at the bottom of the world.

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Adventure Filmmaking Workshop

New for 2019, WFF’s Adventure Film Series features an instructional Adventure Filmmaking Workshop on what it takes to create a great mountain film from conception to execution on the afternoon of May 18. The faculty will include award winning adventure filmmakers Grant Baldwin (Director, THIS MOUNTAIN LIFE), and Brian Hockenstein (Director, THE RADICALS).


2018 | 76 mins | Unrated | Canada| Dir. by Grant Baldwin

Martina Halik and her 60 year-old mother Tania embark on a six-month ski trek through the treacherous Coast Mountains of British Columbia. This journey has only been completed once before, and never by a female duo. Their adventure is interspersed with beautifully crafted portraits of high-altitude human endurance and passion-an avalanche survivor, a snowshoe artist, a snowbound convent-that are by turns captivating and inspiring. Woven between their arduous and uplifting story are vignettes of others who have chosen a mountain life: a group of nuns inhabiting a mountain retreat to be closer to God; a photographer is buried in an avalanche; an impassioned alpinist; a focused snow artist; a couple who has been living off the grid in the mountains for nearly 50 years. What is it that leads these adventurous people to sacrifice everything – comfort, family, personal safety – for a life in the mountains?


2018 | 86 mins | Unrated | Canada| Dir. by Jonathan Hunwick and Kenton Gilchrist

Every February, four dozen athletes are invited to Alaska to undertake a journey which will challenge their bodies and minds, their wills to succeed, and their wills to live. The Iditarod Trail Invitational is the world’s longest, toughest and most remote ultra marathon, challenging competitors to journey 1000 miles across the Alaskan tundra on bike, foot, or ski. More people summit Everest in an afternoon than have made it from Anchorage to Nome on a bicycle. But this year twenty-six racers will attempt the full 1000 miles of the Iditarod Trail. The fastest time recorded is 12 days. The longest is more than 30. It’s the unknowns that bring these elite athletes here year after year in search of purpose and excitement, but it’s those same unknowns that make this one of the most dangerous races on Earth. How willing are you to lose your toes, or your hands, or someone you love. That’s the consequence of not being prepared on the Iditarod Trail.


2018 | 106 mins | 14A | Australia | Dir. by Cameron Ford and Charlie Turnbull

In 2015 5 friends from Australia set out to bike from Oklahoma to California the same route the families traveled in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. The friends did this on a budget of just $420 which is equivalent to the $18 each family had on average that made the same trek during the dust bowl. They were overwhelmed by the generosity of the people in the states they biked through which are known as Red States. During the editing process of the documentary they realized this trek was more about the people they met than the actual trek.

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 6:30PM

2018 | 88 mins | Unrated | Australia | Dir. by Jim Lounsbury

The MEANING OF VANLIFE is an adventurous, revealing look into the Vanlife community through the eyes of nomads who have chosen to live a life of freedom on the road. A movement that exemplifies a deeper societal trend towards minimalism and authentic community building.

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 8:30PM

2017| 110 mins | Unrated | USA | Dir. by Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention. But for Tommy Caldwell, the Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly after, he SYNOPSIS PAGE 04 lost his index finger in an accident, but resolved to come back stronger. When his marriage fell apart, he escaped the pain by fixating on the extraordinary goal of free climbing the Dawn Wall. Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Should he abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?