Adventure Film Festival
CLIMB. RIDE. SLIDE. FLY. FIGHT FOR YOUR ENVIRONMENT. INSPIRE. GO HIGHER THAN YOU'VE EVER DARED TO GO.
The Adventure Film Festival and Bozeman Ice Fest partnership was an integral part of our community. AFF has moved to Chile for their future operations and we hope to be able to include this in future festivals.
Join award-winning filmmakers, visionary conservationists, and the world’s foremost names in adventure at the 14th annual Adventure Film Festival. Presented by Meridian Line, this adventure immersion showcases a selection of 2018’s most critical and transformative independent films, featuring special guests and live performances. Go beyond the screen and into the life with activities and workshops that define the AFF spirit of community building and legend making.
Adventure Film started in 2003 as a dream in the heart of the Himalayas. In a tent during a storm, on a handful of scratch paper, the late Jonny Copp sketched out the vision of a community-based, mission oriented, outdoor adventure film festival that tied indie film with art and activism. Today, Jonny’s spirit lives on in a festival that has reached over 100,000 people with a World Tour traveling from Boulder to Bozeman, Israel to Chile, and many cities in between. Adventure Film is supported by the Jonny Copp Foundation, a 501c3 made possible with the support of filmmakers, sponsors, non-profits, partners, volunteers—and our ever-growing audience.
12/8/18 - First Screening from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Produced by: Paxson Woelber and Cale Green
First tracks are always an allure for those who partake in winter sports. To the backcountry ice-skating community, it’s no different. Filmed across Southern Alaska, “Wild Ice” showcases figure skaters, speed skaters and hockey players in their native element: ice caves, mountain lakes and glacial lagoons.
Director: Frank Pickell, Producer: Dan Benshoff, Stephan Drake
Exploring the tidepools of a deserted tropical beach, a young boy finds a mysterious treasure washed up on the rocks. It whispers of another world, holding magic unlike anything he has seen before.
Director/Producer: Nick Edwards
Kate examines the complexities of her roles as a snow scientist, an individual and an athlete. Longs Peak serves as the ultimate mental and physical playground in her exploration of balance.
Director: Sarah Menzies
“I love my body the most when I am out running. Even if it’s hard, and even if I’m having a bad day. . . . I know I have my body, and it works, and I feel really strong and powerful. And in that, I feel beautiful.” –Mirna Valerio
Director: Teresa Hoerl, Producer: Luz Marina Gennes, Mirjam Raymond, Melanie Schwier
Steph Davis chooses passion. She quit law school in her early twenties to pursue climbing, ticking newsworthy ascents from Yosemite to Patagonia. While living in her car in Utah, she discovered her second calling: BASE jumping. Although she’s suffered many losses, Steph never regrets choosing an unconventional way of life—one full of extraordinary choices, where what seems to be a wrong decision at first can turn out to be the right one.
Director/Producer: Josh Berry
This beautiful, meditative story takes us swimming with Great Whites along with a diver who is at peace with the incredible risks that he takes.
Director: Tucker Gragg, Austin Gardner, Producer: Blueline Media, Kevin Weaver
After losing his eyesight in a 1997, Lonnie Bedwell described his blindness as a wall that prevented him from living a full life, until he discovered kayaking—the door that opened back up the world for him. Later, he became the first blind kayaker to navigate the Grand Canyon in a solo kayak. Today, Lonnie spends his time engaging fellow blind paddlers in the spray and white foam of the Ohioplye and Yellowstone wilderness—leading them to that doorway, so that they too can create their own vision of the life ahead.
Director: Nate Dappen, Producer: Nate Dappen, Neil Losin
1974 was a year of legend for the Dappens: the young couple built their own canoes, launched them from Washington, and became some of the first people to paddle the Inside Passage to Alaska. Not surprisingly, tales of this voyage later captured their sons’ imaginations. In 2017, the Dappens sought to recreate the adventure as a family—renovating those old canoes, and retracing their 1974 route. “The Passage” is a story about the dreams of aging brothers, fathers, and sons, and the wild places that come to define entire families.
Director/Producer: Abraham Joffe ACS
Shawn is an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, photographer and marine conservationist. Recognizing that people only protect what they love, he is on a mission to capture inspiring and dramatic imagery that connects the global community to the beauty and vulnerability of threatened marine species.
12/8/18 - Second Screening from 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Director: Christopher Newman
A visual narration of Wallace Stegner’s 1960 “Letter to Congress.” As public lands become threatened across the country, Stegner’s words seem as prescient as ever.
Director: Ben Knight
In 1953, Hollywood starlet and folk singer Katie Lee embarked on her first of many river trips through the Grand Canyon. From that moment, until her passing last November, her life was shaped by a duty to protect the beauty of those canyon walls, and she became a passionate activist against the damming of the Colorado River. “Katie” is a tribute film, honoring the life of a champion for places untouched by mankind.
Director: Dominic Gill, Producer: Nadia Gill
In the hours after the devastating hurricanes of 2017, members of the Puerto Rican climbing community mobilized, joining forces to put their rope and outdoor skills to use. This short follows these amateur climbers as they help neighbors, clear trees and roads, and even solve “urban bouldering problems”—all amidst the disaster’s major search and rescue operations.
Director: Tim Kemple Producer: Stevie Meier, Camp4 Collective
For the intrepid surfing communities around the shores of Lake Superior, the words of local Dan Schetter say it all: “It’s dangerous. It’s not like some clean, perfect ocean wave you stand up and come out of. There’s ice chunks falling on my head…. It’s a race … to get to the wave before the ice fills in.”
Director: Director: Jordan Halland, Producers: Jordan Halland, Alan Gordon, Luke Webster
Filmmaker Jordan Halland and his team hike deep into Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier to capture ice climbing in a new light. Filmed entirely at night in sub-arctic temperatures, “Brighter Night” is the result of an idea filmmaker Jordan Halland hasn’t been able to shake since his first shot on a glacier almost a decade ago. He knew one day he would be back to use the natural qualities of the ice to his cinematic advantage.
Director: Cameron Maier, Producer: Matthew Hulet
Since a 100–foot fall that took his right leg and left him with spinal injuries in 2002, Colorado climber Craig DeMartino has been undeterred in his adventure pursuits, bagging lauded First Disabled and In-A-Day Ascents on El Capitan. But—it is his day-to-day life that should be making the headlines.
Director: Joey Schusler, Aidan Haley, Ben Page. Producer: Joey Schusler, Mandil Pradhan
Kids and bikes—wherever you are in the world, they go together. The streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers, but then again nothing is typical about Rajesh (RJ) Magar. From learning to ride on a self-constructed clunker, to becoming a four-time Nepalese national champion by age 21, RJ’s story is one of childhood dreaming and unstoppable determination, forged from junkyard scraps and tested on the rugged trails of the mighty Himalaya.
Director: Tahria Sheather, Producer: Lindsey Hagen
Artistic inspiration is often drawn from nature, and in Jessica Kilroy’s experience, the natural sounds of Indian Creek, UT provides the perfect recording studio- from the chorus of coyotes, to the strumming of yucca. “Creek Sessions” is an audial homage to one of the many wild areas currently under threat by natural resource extraction.
Director/Producer: Jenny Nichols
This film illustrates the intersection of art, culture and science in a region defined by climate change. It follows artist Zaria Forman as she returns to her homeland of Greenland, seeking the wisdom of NASA scientists, an Inuit elder, and her late mother.
Director: Jim Aikman
Conrad Anker is one of the greatest and most notorious professional mountain climbers in history. But at 54, his career in the big mountains is winding down, especially after suffering a heart attack on a climb high in the Himalayas in 2016. His friend Alex Wildman is a novice big-wall climber and cardiac nurse who recently recovered from stage 4 lymphoma and intense chemotherapy. With new perspectives on life, both are eager to return to the mountains. Together, they team up to support each other on returning to a longtime favorite: El Capitan. On its iconic granite walls, they both seek to put their traumatic brushes with mortality in the past.