Dundee Mountain Film Festival 2008, Saturday

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SATURDAY MORNING 29th November BONAR HALL Tickets £6.00

09.30 IL NEIGE À MARRAKECH Film Switzerland, 2007, 15 min Produced and Directed by Hicham Alhayat To fulfill the last wish of his dying father who has always dreamt of skiing once in Switzerland, Karim, his 28-year-old son, now living in Geneva, tries to obtain a visa for his father. But the visa has been irrevocably denied, and Karim decides to take his father to Oukaimeden, a Moroccan Atlas ski resort instead, and make him believe he is really in the Swiss Alps! Assisted by his best friend, his sister and a very special restaurant keeper, Karim’s imagination knows no bounds as he gives his father a most unforgettable day. Silver Gentian for the Best Short Film (Trento Film Festival 2008).

09.45 BEZAD’S LAST JOURNEY Film Ireland, 2004, 56 min, Produced and Directed by John Murray Irish writer and mountaineer Dermot Somers travels with a group of nomads on a spectacular mountain journey across Iran. The Qashqua’i are native Iranian nomadic herders who spend their lives on a gruelling migration across the Zagros mountains. With unprecedented access to one of the world’s most insular and secretive countries, this film follows Bazad, a charismatic and highly articulate Qashqua’I shepherd on his spectacular 500 kilometre migration across the mountains of Iran.

10.45 to 11.10 BREAK Exhibitions and refreshments

11.10 GRAVITY CHASERS II: WHITE MEN CAN JUMP Film UK, 2008, 7 min Produced by Richard Steel and Directed by Rob Wallace This beautiful film shot in stunning scenery shows Scots experiencing the ultimate adrenaline rush by jumping off cliffs and bridges into water in the Highlands of Scotland, and includes scenes shot at the Arbroath Cliffs.

11.20 ISLENSKA Film France, 2007, 26 min Produced by Jordan Campbell and Directed by Cécile Cusin Lured by timeless volcanoes, sweeping glaciers and mysterious medieval like landscapes, a media team descends on Iceland to unearth the country’s secrets and untold stories. This trio of journalists and friends are all passionate ski mountaineers, but are committed to going beyond the obvious mountain adventure to dig deeper. Islenska is a neuvo-style documentary that celebrates an island nation’s remarkable people and natural beauty. It is a film that captures one team’s vision of what Iceland is – ‘Islenska’ – spiced by music from Icelandic artists.

11.50 GRANITE IN SPIRES Film UK, 2008, 37 min Produced and Directed by Jim Osborne Scots Jim Osborne, Rob MacCallum, Mike Schauch, Joe Taylor and Gerry Galligan climb Bugaboo and Pigeon Spires in the footsteps of Austrian born guide Conrad Kain in Canada’s British Columbia. Imaginative and metaphorical writing and beautiful narration describe the ascents and descents of two of the Bugaboos granite skyscraper towers.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON 29th November BONAR HALL Tickets £8.00 All films screened in this afternoon’s programme are from The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

14.00 BALANCE Film Canada, 2006, 13 min Produced and Directed by Paul Cotton ‘Balance’ is a look into the rapidly growing world of new school skiing. As the title suggests, the film profiles all aspects of the sport: big mountain lines, terrain parks and half pipes, and jibbing. With a refreshing mix of high-energy shots cut to an upbeat soundtrack, the audience is challenged to judge whether these athletes are crazy or just extremely talented, or maybe both. The athletes balance their desires to progress their skills with the obvious safety risks associated with high calibre skiing.

14.20 CROSS-COUNTRY WITH THE SNAKES Film USA, 2007, 13 min Produced and Directed by Hansi Johnson This is a short film about a Nordic skiing punk band. It documents a tour with the ‘Black-eyed Snakes’ as they ski all day and play rock all night. Nordic skiing, long portrayed as serene and classical, is cast in a new light as exciting and dynamic through the lens of punk blues rock and fast action photography.

14.35 TRIAL & ERROR Film Canada, 2006, 8 min Produced and Directed by BjØrn Enga Mountain biker Ryan Leech sets out to ride a very challenging trail in the coastal mountains of British Columbia. During his attempts at riding the trail, he reflects on the erroneous ways in which our society keeps clearing its forests and how he feels about this. Peoples’ Choice Award for Radical Reels (Banff Mountain Film Festival 2007).

14.45 IN-FLUX Film France, 2005, 17 min Produced and Directed by David Arnaud ‘In-Flux’ is about the true meaning of paddling, the perpetual need to go out and travel the globe in your kayak in search of a little something you can’t find anywhere else, other than on a river. Whether it be adrenaline driven action, unexpected cultural experiences, inaccessible natural wonders or strong and unique moments, you’ll find it in this movie!.

15.05 AIN’T GOT NO FRIENDS ON A POWDER DAY Film Switzerland, 2007, 5 min Produced and Directed by Nicolas and Loris Falquet Loris is a ‘classic’ freerider; however Jean-Yves has a more or less ‘accidental’ style. This film draws a parallel between two styles, and two approaches to the same mountain, which are otherwise worlds apart.

15.10 to 15.35 BREAK Exhibitions and refreshments

15.35 ICE MINES Film Canada, 2007, 30 min Produced and Directed by Will Gadd What’s an ice climber to do in the age of global warming? Go underground! Deep underground! Five years ago, Will Gadd heard rumours of ice hidden in the blackness of abandoned mines in Sweden. This is the story of what Gadd and his friend Spak found.

16.05 ENTROPY Film Norway, 2006, 15 min Produced and Directed by Morten Gjerstad ‘Entropy’ documents the most progressive season in snowkiting so far. Join some of the world’s best riders across the globe as they search for the ultimate snow and wind conditions. Along the way, they reinvent the sport by taking a new school approach and pushing the limit of wakestyle manoeuvres.

16.20 to 17.00 DAVE WHALLEY ‘CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF MOUNTAIN RESCUE’ Mountain Rescue legend Warrant Officer Dave Heavy Whalley was a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue (MR) for 36 Years. He was the Team Leader of RAF Leuchars, RAF Kinloss MR and Deputy Team Leader at Valley North Wales. ‘Heavy’ spent the last 4 years as a Controller in the Rescue Coordination Centre at RAF Kinloss giving him a unique insight into Rescue in the UK. He was the Senior Team Leader at the Lockerbie Disaster and has been involved in over 1,000 mountain and over 80 aircraft incidents in mountainous areas. He has been a member of the Executive of The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland for over 20 years, serving for 3 years as Chairman. He is now the Accident Statistician for this National body. He was awarded the BEM, MBE and the Distinguished Service Award for Service to Mountain Rescue. ‘Heavy’ is a very active mountaineer and he has been on over 40 Expeditions all over the world and was a member of the successful RAF MRT Everest NE Ridge Expedition in 2001.

SATURDAY EVENING 29th November BONAR HALL Tickets £10.00 This evening’s programme is presented in association with the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

19.00 RHUM AND WATER Film UK, 1958, 5 min Scottish Screen Archive Historic footage from the Scottish Screen Archive in this short epic celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club in recognition of the 100th anniversary this year of the LSCC.

19.15 THE TOWERS OF PAINE Film UK, 2007, 25 min Produced and Directed by Leo Dickinson Last year, Leo Dickinson discovered a lost gem in Vic Bray’s attic – a film shot by Vic of the 1963 first ascent of the Central Tower of Paine. Leo offered to remake the film in memory of this remarkable ascent: ‘It was like finding a dinosaur egg and then hatching it!’ The film features an all star cast and use of the first ‘Whillans Box’, crucial to survival high up. Success came after weeks of bad weather in mid January when Don and Chris Bonington summited.

19.40 to 20.30 REINHOLD MESSNER ‘PASSION FOR LIMITS’ PART 1 Climber, writer, photographer and Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004, Reinhold Messner was born in South Tyrol, Italy, on 17th September 1944. He grew up in the Villnöss Valley in the Dolomites and later studied at the University of Padua. He started climbing mountains at the age of five and has been one of the world’s most outstanding mountaineers for thirty years. In his over three thousand climbs he has achieved over a hundred first ascents, and was the first to climb all of the world’s 8,000 metre peaks. Messner was the first to reach Mount Everest’s top without oxygen support. He has crossed the Antarctic, Greenland, Tibet and the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts on foot.

20.30 to 21.00 BREAK Exhibitions, refreshments and People’s Choice Film Award



Venues: Tower Lecture Theatre and Bonar Hall, Park Place, DD1 4HN [DMFF Website] mail@dundeemountainfilm.org.uk 01382 730699

Tickets from:

Tiso 22/24 Whitehall Street, Dundee, DD1 4AF Tel 01382 221153 Blacks Camping and Leisure, 47/49 Commercial Street, Dundee, DD1 3DG Tel: 01382 229424 Avertical World, 7/11 Blinshall Street, Dundee, DD1 5DF Tel 01382 201901 Craigdon Mountain Sports, 25/29 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5EZ Tel 01738 631006 Tiso 26 Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen, AB1 1AU Tel 01224 634 934 By post (see application form on website) and at the door during the Festival, subject to availability

At the Saturday morning and afternoon sessions at the Bonar Hall only, children under 5 will be free, 12 and under will be half price, and these concessions will be available at the door.

Dundee Mountain Film Festival (DMFF) Society is a registered Scottish charity No SC029267, and is a Member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film. Anyone wishing to support the Festival is invited to contact the Festival at the address above. There will be a prize draw raffle offering fantastic prizes on Friday and Saturday evenings, and voting for the People’s Choice Film Award.

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