Discover the thrills of big tree climbing in British Columbia, journey to the home of the gods in the Japanese Alps and explore adventure as a tool for health and mental wellbeing in the mountains of Scotland & the villages of Nepal.
Place of the Gaels (Coldhouse Collective)
From the climbers and skiers who live for Scottish winter to the musicians and craftspeople who make their living in the highlands, so much of our inspiration still comes from the mountains of Scotland. This film catalogues US climbers as they journey through the country discovering that the weather is just as fickle, the people just as welcoming and the climbing just as demanding as they’d always heard. See the Place of the Gaels trailer.
28’ / UK.
Ascend (Simon Perkins)
A short that attempts to articulate why Jon Wilson mountain bikes. As a young adult, Jon lost his leg to cancer. Mountain biking has played a critical role in helping him sink his teeth back into life. Filmmaker Simon is one of many who are lucky to get to call Jon a friend, a friend who inspires and gives perspective.
06’ / USA.
Hunting Giants (Sean Horlor / Steve Adams)
Hunting Giants follows a thrill-seeking explorer who wants to find and climb the biggest tree in Canada outside a logging community on the brink of collapse. A cinematic adventure exploring a question faced by resource communities around the world: extract profit until there’s nothing left or look for a more sustainable future? See the Hunting Giants trailer.
24’ / Canada.
Pillars (Richard Berry)
A social commentary on shared human experiences around the world, ‘Pillars’ began as an ethnographic study of life in Nepal, focusing on day-to-day life and the deeper cultural and religious belief systems, which run through Nepalese society. However, during production the film evolved, giving the filmmaker the opportunity to comment on the state of Western society using Nepal as the vehicle for this, through imagery and an interview with Nepalese native Mingma Sherpa.
06’ / UK.
Nihon (Dean Leslie)
Japan’s connection with the natural world has shaped its people’s lives and culture for thousands of years. In ancient times they looked on their mountains as the dwelling places of the gods. This still continues through the Japanese practice of Shugendo, which is centred on the examination of our relationship with the natural world. Rickey Gates and Anna Frost travel to the Japanese Alps to explore this shared bond with the mountains. See the Nihon trailer.
05’ / South Africa.
In Gora (Andy Collet / Mathias Joubert)
A team of riders join Val and Tim, who define themselves as “a modern nomad couple”, for a road trip through Europe. Aboard the retrofitted bus they have entirely renovated into a camper van, Val and Tim travel the world chasing powder along the way. The journey brings the riders into the anything but ordinary daily life of these two atypical nature lovers. In Austria, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Montenegro, they encounter the locals and ride the best mountains they find on their way. See the In Gora trailer.
44’ / USA.
Friday 27 April - Sunday 29 April
Friday: 8.00pm - 10.00pm Screen 2
Saturday: 12.30pm - 2.30pm Screen 1
Saturday: 5.30pm - 7.30pm Screen 2
Sunday: 12.30pm - 2.30pm Screen 1