Arts Whistler & Arc’teryx present
VIMFF WORLD TOUR 2022
Date: October 6
Time: Doors 6:30pm | Show 7:00pm | Venue: The Theatre at the Maury Young Arts Centre
Price: $20 | Age restrictions: 19+
The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival World Tour, presented by Arc’teryx, is back for another evening of thought-provoking outdoor adventure and mountain culture films. This year, seven films have been hand-picked for adventure-seeking Whistlerites, highlighting the community and unity that outdoor sports can inspire across all walks of life.
In partnership with ecologyst, the feature film, Before They Fall focuses on the escalation of and potential solutions to the decades-long battle to protect endangered old-growth forests in BC’s Fairy Creek. With door prizes by Arc’teryx & ecologist up for grabs, this night will surely get you seriously stoked for winter!
|A Space For All
A Space For All is a short film about representation, community, and the work that Brooke Goudy is doing to get more people of colour to experience the joy of bikes. The film was created to invoke thought and conversation about privilege, barriers, and how representation in media affects how societies and individuals view themselves and the world around them.
|The Fortress Ghosts
When Fortress Mountain closed in 2004, this once vibrant ski resort quickly became a remnant of the past. Two decades later, the farside chair, frontside chair and day lodge remain standing. While the guests have disappeared, the ghosts remain. Inside these relict structures are stories of ski culture and community. Skiers Mark Abma and Callum Pettit explore the past at Fortress Mountain and ponder the future of this once iconic Alberta destination.
|Ascend: Reframing Disability In The Outdoors
Vasu Sojitra is not seeking to inspire you to feel good, and his trauma doesn’t exist solely to benefit the education of others. He is seeking to inspire you to move mountains and take action. Skiing is the method, but the real mountains are the “isms” that fail to support disabled communities, communities of colour, and so many others for whom access has not been a right. Through his personal journey, the attempt at a new objective, the famed line “The Skillet” on Mt. Moran and over 40,000 “dips to Nirvana,” we hear his truth and begin comprehending what it might look like to be in solidarity.
Athlete, artist, designer and musician, Sämi Ortlieb has quietly been producing some of the most creative segments in skiing over the past few years, taking his über-well-rounded skill set from the streets to backcountry lines and pow and everything in between. For the 2019 season, he rounded up a motley crew of riders to create a segment unlike anything that’s been done before.
|This is Home – Matt Hunter
Freeride legend Matt Hunter is constantly evolving, but his vision for mountain biking has always remained true. In his hometown of Kamloops, BC, Matt never needed to journey far to escape the distractions of everyday life. Now with kids of his own, those precious moments are all the more enriched by the people around him.
This film follows Tom as he progresses from a novice fell runner to expert status. But what lengths is he willing to go to achieve his goal, and when is enough, enough? Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on…
|Before They Fall
Conservation groups, First Nations communities and scientists come together in this timely, talented short film about how a decades-long battle to protect endangered old-growth forests in BC escalates at Fairy Creek (the last unprotected, intact valley on Southern Vancouver Island).
This story explores the characters’ relationships with ancient forests and why it’s imperative that we collectively protect them. It touches on potential solutions, such as transitioning away from old-growth logging and providing Indigenous sovereignty.
The Farmer, a local legend in the Wasatch Mountains, spends his winters harvesting one of the most precious crops on earth: powder. This film explores how his passions for efficiency and sustainability were utilized to maximize a lifetime of skiing.
UPDATE: In the months following the release of this film, David Van Dame, AKA ‘The Farmer,’ was diagnosed with bladder cancer. After a difficult fight with the illness, he sadly passed away on Oct 17, 2021. This has been a heartbreaking loss; however, his community, friends, family and loved ones find solace in knowing that Dave lived his life to the fullest, prioritizing the things that matter most in life. Dave was happy about the opportunity to share his story and his perspectives on skiing, efficiency and conservation in this film. Throughout his struggle with cancer, he felt uplifted, knowing that these messages would connect with people worldwide for years to come.