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Friday October 9, 2015  7 – 9:30pm

7:00pm Mark Synnott – The North Face World Renowned Climber and Explorer

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Mark Synnott, 45, is a pioneering big wall climber and one of the most prolific adventurers of his generation. His search for unclimbed and unexplored rock walls has taken him on nearly 30 expeditions around the world including many first ascents. He has climbed Yosemite’s El Capitan 22 times, including several one-day ascents.

Mark is a certified mountain guide and owner of Synnott Mountain Guides, a premiere guide service in N.H. When he’s not in the mountains, Mark works with The North Face Research, Design and Development team and serves on the board of Mountain Rescue Service and the Access Fund.

FRIDAY FILMS

Higher Limits Peyrepertuse / Aug 2015 / Shams – FRANCE – 9min – DC Premiere

PetruskaParagliders and wingsuit flyers unite to create a breathtaking video above a French castle

Golden Gate – Emily Harrington Free Climbing in Yosemite, California / July 2015 / Jon Glassberg – USA – 17min – DC Premiere

Photo 3 JHG_Yosemite_GG_Harrington_2015-145She’s been trad climbing for only three years, but The North Face & Petzl Athlete, Emily Harrington didn’t let that sway her from the magnetic pull of El Capitan’s ‘Golden Gate’ (5.13 VI). 6 days and 40 pitches later, she stood on the summit with broken skin, aching muscles and a smile that stretched across Yosemite Valley. Here Emily shows us that it’s just as much about the journey as it is the destination.

Joe / July 2015 / Andy Maser, Hayden Peters – USA – 8min

Joe_Thumb_2Joe Riis has the job that every child in the world dreams of: He is a celebrated National Geographic wildlife photographer. He spends his life embarking on adventures to the wildest places on Earth, often for months on end, to observe and photograph animals for National Geographic Magazine. He seemingly has the picture perfect life. Or does he? This film tells a more personal story of an oft idolized character to remind that even those who have achieved it all still face many of the struggles that everyone else does. It also celebrates how a man’s love for the wilderness has helped to further curiosity, respect and protection for the natural world around us.

Nature Rx / Feb 2015 / Justin Bogardus – USA – 2min

Photo 8 Golf_is_not_NatureOne lost man, longing for the apocalypse, neutered and crippled by modern life, finds an answer…a hilarious and obvious truth he was missing (and as he discovers – many of us were missing) all along. Rediscovering who he really is, he recognizes how absurdly disconnected he was from himself, his loved ones, and the world around him. Finally having fun again, feeling sexy with his wife, wild, peaceful and free, this man is blunt in his prescription for what ails our modern society and even more clear about what is the cure for us all.

A hilarious and poignant satire about a current day issue affecting all humans, revealed in the perfect post-modern capsule – a prescription drug commercial. A funny and timely spoof, offering the faceless masses a way out of their soul-crushing modern existence and into the life they want to be living – connected, happy, and free.

Denali / April 2015 / Ben Knight – USA – 8min

Photo 4 BenMoon_Denali_chemo_LisaSkaff_foto_1There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest moments. Ben Moon reflects on a life well lived and a dog that lived up to the the name, Denali.

The Weight of Winter / Sept 2015 / Ben Sturgulewski – USA – 4min – DC Premiere

Winds of Winter ScreenshotThe Weight of Winter, produced by DPS Cinematic in association with Outdoor Research and Gore-Tex, follows the DPS Koalas as they step into cold, relentless Hokkaido storms on the north island of Japan.

DCDC / Aug 2015 / Chris Tuss – USA – 8min

DCDC Bryan made screenshotWhat started as the DC Downhill Club (DCDC) has grown into DC Drain and Clean – a group of skateboarders from the Washington, DC area who have made it their mission to seek out backyard pools to drain and skate – making unique friendships along the way. Shot on Red Epic Dragon, Leica R lenses and Duclos 11-16mm. Plus a few shots on the Scarlet. Special thanks to Anthony and the DCDC crew for allowing us to document their work.

Mile for Mile / Mar 2015 / James Q Martin – USA – 15min

Photo 4 2014_12_12_Day_14_CP_stills__104Ultrarunners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson run 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile, to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonica’s efforts to re-wild and protect this vast landscape.

 

The Moped Diaries / Sept 2014 / Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz, Nick Vitale – USA – 10min

Photo 2 02_moped_Tyler_headWhen a bridge is built connecting his island to the mainland a boy has to come to grips with the change and opportunities that come along with it.

FRIDAY NIGHT FEATURE FILM  10PM

Search for Freedom / Aug 2015 / Jon Long – Canada – 1:32min

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THE SEARCH FOR FREEDOM is the story of a cultural revolution fueled by the human desire to live in the moment and do what makes you feel the most alive. We discover how an electrifying new world came about through pure energy and imagination and the infinite possibilities of self-expression available to anyone willing to drop in. This documentary, written and directed by Jon Long (IMAX® Extreme), is a visceral, visual experience told through the eyes some of the brightest pioneers, legends, visionaries and champions of surfing, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, mountain biking and more.

Saturday October 10, 2015  7 – 9:30pm 

Billabong Adventure Division / Nazare and the 100ft Wave / Dec 2014 / Vincent Kardasik – FRANCE – 10min

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On Thursday December 11th, the Billabong Adventure Division went to Nazare for the biggest swell of the season so far. They met with Garret Mc Namara, Sebastian Steudner, Ross Clark Jones and their team to surf huge waves in Nazare at the infamous Praia do Norte. At the end of a long day and after successfully riding a couple of great waves, Sancho driven by Eric Rebiere let go the rope on what most people call the biggest wave ever ridden in the history of surfing, this is how it happened.

Rabbit Island / May 2015 / Ben Moon – USA – 6min

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One man’s quest to protect an island he loves leads him to ponder great questions: “Is there an opposite to development? Or an antonym to subdivision”? This film is a brief study of an island set on the most majestic all lakes, the mighty Lake Superior, and the artists who gather there.

Places to Go – A Jim Harris Story / Sept 2015 / Mike Rogge, Blake Kimmel – USA – 16min – DC Premiere

Jim-Harris-1“Places To Go – A Jim Harris Story” is a short documentary film of a world-renown photographer and his unique road of recovery following a devastating spinal cord injury.

Verb Cabin is proud to present, in association with High Fives Foundation, Smith Optics and Craig Hospital, the story of a world-renown photographer and his unique road of recovery following a devastating spinal cord injury. “Places To Go – A Jim Harris Story” is a short documentary film featuring photographer Jim Harris. After instructing wilderness mountaineering courses for seven years, Harris was hired for a photo shoot in 2011.  Since then, he’s written about and photographed expeditions for National Geographic, Powder, Backpacker, Men’s Journal, and others. He found a niche shooting Type II Fun and wilderness trips in places like Mongolia, Bolivia and Antarctica, but he loves tromping around his home mountains in Utah.

In November 2014, Harris was practicing with a traction kite, which he was planning on using to pull him and his partners along windswept Patagonia on their skis, when a strong gust caught him and yanked him high into the air. Harris struggled to regain control of the kite. Instead, he accelerated towards the ground in a crushing fall left him with two broken vertebrae in his back, two more shattered, and the loss of feeling and movements in his lower body. An outdoor community fundraising effort raised $107,750 for Harris’ medical evacuation, surgeries and rehabilitation. Once home, he was transferred to the spinal cord facility at Craig Hospital, a cutting-edge rehabilitation center in Englewood, Colo., for his most difficult expedition yet. “Places To Go – A Jim Harris Story” picks up the story from here, following the once-active Harris, confined to a wheelchair, on an emotional and physical journey to get back the life and feeling he lost in a few tragic moments in South America.

Nature Rx / Feb 2015 / Justin Bogardus – USA – 2min

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One lost man, longing for the apocalypse, neutered and crippled by modern life, finds an answer…a hilarious and obvious truth he was missing (and as he discovers – many of us were missing) all along. Rediscovering who he really is, he recognizes how absurdly disconnected he was from himself, his loved ones, and the world around him. Finally having fun again, feeling sexy with his wife, wild, peaceful and free, this man is blunt in his prescription for what ails our modern society and even more clear about what is the cure for us all.

A hilarious and poignant satire about a current day issue affecting all humans, revealed in the perfect post-modern capsule – a prescription drug commercial. A funny and timely spoof, offering the faceless masses a way out of their soul-crushing modern existence and into the life they want to be living – connected, happy, and free.

Surfaces / Mar 2013 / Ian Durkin – USA – 2min

Surfaces screenshot“We live amidst surfaces, and the true art of life is to skate well on them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.  The boys from The Worble cruised around the Green Mountain State, skating on the many different surfaces the landscape offered.

Delta Dawn / Oct 2014 / Peter McBride – USA – 16min

Delta DawnDelta DawnThe Colorado River hasn’t kissed the sea in almost two decades — until the spring of 2014 when an experimental pulse of water was released into this forgotten delta. A team of river runners followed the water to witness this unprecedented restoration effort, and attempted to be the only, and potentially the last to float the Colorado River to the sea by paddle board. With unpredictable adventure as the backdrop, filmmaker Pete McBride tells the story of Western water, a challenged Colorado River and the uplifting potential for environmental restoration via collaboration, all through his repeated experiences chasing a river to the sea.

First 12-Way Wingsuit at Aiguille du Midi – Chamonix, France / Sept 2015 / Raffault Dino – France – 2min

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This summer (2015) twelve of the world’s best wingsuit pilots were in Chamonix, France and struck up an idea—jump off the Aiguille du Midi together.    Featuring Sam Hardy, Noah Bahnson, Vince Reffet, Rudy Cassan, Carlos Pedro Briceño, Nathan J. Jones, Graham Dickinson, Scott Paterson, Scotty Bob, Will Kitto, Seb Brugalla and Julien Millot.

Jump / June 2015 / Joel Ruscinski – CANADA – 7min

Jump_PosterJump is a short documentary chronicling Dan Iaboni’s struggle to open the world’s first parkour gym, and how his parkour has inspired his life’s philosophy.

INTERMISSION

55 Hours in Mexico / May 2015 / Joey Schusler, Max Lowe, Thomas Woodsen – USA – 9min

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For those with 9 to 5 office jobs, the weekend is a source of freedom and balance. How adventurous can one get in a single weekend and 55 hours away from home? We headed to Mexico with our favorite working stiff Karl Thompson to explore the limits of the weekend warrior.

 

Ishtar X Tussilago / Aug 2015 / Maceo Frost – SWEDEN – 5min – North American Premiere

Ishtar X tussilago ISHTAR_POSTER_smallsizeIshtar X Tussilago is a short film by Maceo Frost starring Downhill longboard Rider Ishtar Bäcklund in the epic mountains of Norway. Combined with an epic soundtrack from Swedish rock band Tussilago, the film is a glimpse into the profound feeling of believing in yourself and living one’s greatest dreams.

The Warmth of Winter / Sept 2015 / Ben Sturgulewski – USA – 6min – World Premiere

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The Warmth of Winter, produced by DPS Cinematic in association with Outdoor Research and Gore-Tex is a reflectional video, recounting the deep and legendary sunny powder days on the north island of Japan over a night cap at a nearby bar.

I Lost My Dream / July 2015 / Stefan Hunt – AUSTRALIA – 9min – North American Premiere

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Not all your dreams will come true. Moacir Zeledon learnt this the when he was only a boy. Leaving a Nicaraguan life of poverty and abuse he set his sights on America with his mother.  But in pursuit of this dream they were faced with the Mexican nightmare. But as Moacir comes to learn “You don’t fail from trying, you fail from giving up”.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEATURE FILM – U.S. PREMIERE –  9:45PM

JUMBO WILD / Oct 2015 / Nick Waggoner – Canada – 60min

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Deep in the raw and rugged peaks of British Columbia lies an ethereal and sacred valley. At the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River, Jumbo Creek cascades out of one of the deepest snowpacks on earth, past crumbling glacial ice, wildflowers, and grizzly tracks.

For decades, First Nations, conservationists, backcountry skiers and snowboarders have fought a proposed large-scale ski resort deep in the Jumbo Creek area of the Purcell Mountains, British Columbia. After 24 years of opposition, what more will it take to keep Jumbo wild for good?

 

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