The Banff Mountain Film Festival Returns to Boise 

The Banff Mountain Film Festival makes its 10th annual stop in Boise for four consecutive nights starting Sunday, February 5, at the Egyptian Theatre. Each night the festival showcases seven or eight films focusing on mountain culture, with such featured sports as climbing, skiing, kayaking, biking and BASE jumping. In addition to nightly films, the festival will also present a photo display of award-winning photographs from two Boise photographers, Glenn Oakley and Patrick Stoll.

Sunday, February 5, featured films include High Fly Summits, which shows BASE jumpers, skiers and skydivers tackling such legendary peaks as Mont Blanc and Mount Fuji; Becoming a Man in Siberia, a profile of three Siberian children following in the nomadic traditions of their ancestors; Bug Out, about a 10-year-old rock climber; and Praszczur ("Grandpa"), a Polish film profiling a 79-year-old paraglider.

Monday, February 6, features The Magic Mountain, about a female educator and her hazardous trek through the Himalayas to help empower illiterate women; Parallelojams, a look at desert crack climbing; and Person as Projectile, in which skier Julian Carr explores the science behind jumping huge cliffs and not getting injured.

Tuesday, February 6, offers Baffin Island BASE Jump Adventure, which follows a six month expedition, and will be introduced by Miles Daisher. In addition to being featured in the film, Daisher holds the world record for the most BASE jumps in one 24-hour period, a record he set last September at Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls. Other films include the French production Sur le Fil des 4000, about two climbers attempting to climb all 82 summits over 4,000 meters in the Alps, and Grand Canyon Dreams, which documents a paraglider's attempt to fly over the Grand Canyon.

Wednesday evening's featured guest is Bernadette McDonald, vice president of mountain culture at the Banff Centre and author of I'll Call You in Kathmandu: The Elizabeth Hawley Story about one of the most important figures in Himalayan climbing. In celebration of the festival's 10th anniversary in Boise, Wednesday night's films will be a retrospective of features from the previous decade, including Vertical Frontier, a comprehensive history of Yosemite climbing, X-Treme Tramping: The Lord of the Springs, a mockumentary about extreme trampoline enthusiasts and their search for the perfect backyard trampoline, and the amazing Biscuit, about a small dog who happens to be a rock climber.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour celebrates mountain culture in all its glory, from the adventure of climbing and the thrill of mountain sports, to the allure of remote cultures and the beauty of the last wild places on earth. With films, photo displays and special guest speakers on hand, the festival celebrates that Boise anniverary in grand style.

Tickets are $15 per night in advance from Select-A-Seat,, or by calling 426-1494. Prices are $20 at the door, and students and seniors are $12.

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