2016 FILM SELECTION
(In alphabetical order)

 

55 Hours in Mexico

55 HOURS IN MEXICO by Joey Schusler (2015)
Saturday, October 22nd – SET#4

For those with 9 to 5 office jobs, the weekend is a source of freedom and balance. How adventurous can one get in a single weekend and 55 hours away from home? We headed to Mexico with our favorite working stiff Karl Thompson to explore the limits of the weekend warrior.

 

Beyond The Veil

BEYOND THE VEIL by Weston Walker, Trevor Clark & Laurel Winterbourne-Clark (2015)
Friday, October 21st – SET#2

The High Fives Foundation is a non-profit that provides resources and support to the dreams of mountain action sports athletes who’s lives have been turned upside down after a life-altering injury.
The true depth of what they give is beyond comprehension, but here is our effort to show the inspiration, love, appreciation, community, and overall perspective they help shape for their family and all those who come in contact. Beyond the veil of physical support, this is what High Fives truly stands for.

 

Flashes of the Altai

FLASHES OF THE ALTAI by Joey Schusler (2016)
Friday, October 21st – SET #1

Three childhood friends set out for the far western corner of Mongolia to combine mountain biking and pack-rafting in a self-supported adventure into the unknown.  Twelve days in the wilderness, riding over high passes loaded with gear, surviving raging whitewater, drinking fermented mare’s milk, and battling the elements, this was not an adventure these young lads would soon forget.

 

Free The Snake

FREE THE SNAKE by Carissa Ridgeway Tudor (2016)
Thursday, October 20th – Opening Night

Snake River Salmon have been trucked, put on barges, diverted up fish ladders — all in the hope that enough would bypass the four dams standing in their way to reach their historic habitat, and ensure their future existence. But it’s not working. The time has come to breach the dams and reconnect wild salmon to this important watershed.

 

It Ain't Pretty

IT AIN’T PRETTY by Dayla Soul (2016)
Thursday, October 2oth – Opening Night

A documentary about the challenges and triumphs of female big wave surfers fighting sexism in the water, in competition, in the media and in the surf industry with the support of a closely-knit community of like-minded women. Featuring Ocean Beach surfer Bianca Valenti’s journey from childhood phenom to world-class big wave charger, this probing, incendiary and thought-provoking film takes you inside a growing movement of women that are shattering the shallow and sexualized images of female surfers in the media. Including interviews with top female athletes and awe-inspiring big wave surf footage filmed in the icy waters of Ocean Beach, San Francisco and Mavericks – one of the biggest waves on the planet – this film empowers a new generation of girls to live their dreams and overcome the challenges they face along the way.

 

Jumbo Wild

JUMBO WILD by Nick Waggoner (2015)
Friday, October 21st – SET #1

A film by Sweetgrass Productions that documents a 24-year battle of skiers, riders, alpinists, conservationists and First Nations to save the Jumbo Valley of British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains from development. Jumbo Wild is a gorgeous, gripping documentary film that captures the true story of the decades-long struggle over the future of the Jumbo Valley. Set against a backdrop of toothy spires and some of the deepest snow on earth, the film takes the audience on a journey into the raw and rugged peaks of British Columbia. Exploring an epic tug of war between a proposed large-scale ski resort on one side and community members, First Nations, and conservationists on the other, the film documents a fierce ideological battle surrounding how we value land and why we care so deeply about our wild backyards.

 

Klocked: Women With Horsepower

KLOCKED: WOMEN WITH HORSEPOWER by Michelle Carpenter (2016)
Friday, October 21st – SET #2

Designed as a feature length documentary, Klocked: Women with Horsepower focuses on women motorcycle land speed record holders Laura Klock and her two daughters Erika and Karlee Cobb. Laura raced on the salt for the first time in 2006, and by 2008 her young daughters had joined her. That year the three became the first mother, daughter, daughter trio in land speed racing history to set records at the same time. In 2008 Karlee was also named the youngest to set a record on the Salt, as she was only 14 years old. The trio has been setting records ever since and have been named some of the most influential women in land speed racing.

Through moving and candid interviews Klocked: Women with Horsepower takes us into the lives of Laura Klock and Erika and Karlee Cobb revealing the strength of their mother, daughter, daughter relationship, the love and rivalry between two sisters and explores Laura’s non-profit dedicated to helping at risk youth called Helping with Horsepower.

 

The More Things Change

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE by Nathan Myers (2015)
Saturday, October 22nd – SET #4

Gerry Lopez first surfed Uluwatu in 1974. The fabled Balinese wave was pristine, magical, and empty. Gerry returned to Uluwatu 40 years later to find it bustling, developed, and a different scene. After a week of surfing and yoga, however, Gerry tapped into a spirit of place that will endure.

 

My Own Private Monster

MY OWN PRIVATE MONSTER by George Opadchy & Curtis Redden (2015)
Friday, October 21st – SET #1

Six years ago, Australian fishermen saw huge waves breaking at Pedra Branca, the Southern-most land of Australia’s Continental shelf. Local surfers investigated and the pictures made the surfing world shudder. It’s not just a rock. It’s not a just a wave. It is a monster at the edge of the world. Only six people have surfed it ever since. The wave is so powerful that the last two people to surf it broke their legs and were knocked unconscious. Twenty-two sailors and scientists have died there. The area is a permanent seal colony patrolled by great white sharks. Now one man, Alastair McLeod, wants to windsurf to the white rock, ride the biggest waves of his life, and windsurf back home. If he makes it, he will be the first. But it’s a long way and a lot can go wrong in one day at Pedra Branca.

 

not-2-bad

NOT 2 BAD by Darcy Wittenberg, Colin Jones & Darren McCullough (2016)
Friday, October 21st – SET #2

Anthill Films—the crew that brought you unReal and NotBad—and the Trek C3 Project have joined forces yet again, this time in Spain, to bring you more shenanigans & unbelievable bicycle riding than ever before. And of course, more unbelievable riding and bicycle mastery you’d come to expect from the Trek C3 Project.

What’s better than one of something? Two of something. One is less than two. Therefore, logic dictates that two must be better than one. Faced with these indisputable facts, we realized that we needed to make a sequel. No one takes you serious in the movie business unless you make at least two of something—more is always better right? And this is serious business. Serious off-road bicycle riding business. So get ready for a whole lot of more. More antics. More deep thoughts. More X-treme mountain cycling. And more slow-mo… especially more slow-mo. Yeah… that sounds Not2Bad.

It’s a mountain bike film that’s Not Dos Bad!

 

Our Boarding School

OUR BOARDING SCHOOL by Steve Gatlin (2016)
Thursday, October 21st – Opening Night

Students at Cypress School in Petaluma, California have recently been introduced to a variety of board sports from surfing to skateboarding, and for youngsters like this it is a behavior-changing and empowering experience as they all have special needs and have never been given opportunities to try these activities before.

With the help of dedicated staff and enlightened visitors, the kids are now not only riding, but also building both functional and art decor skateboards as well, some of which ended up in a massive group art show in San Francisco.

Witness the power that boarding can have in changing the way people with special needs carry themselves and inspire those around them.

 

A Pearl of the Revolution

UNA PERLA DE LA REVOLUCION (A PEARL OF THE REVOLUTION) by Michael Brims (2016)
Saturday, October 22nd – SET #3

A documentary short that focuses on a sustainability project in Cojímar, Cuba.

 

The Rocky Mountain Traverse

THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS TRAVERSE by Bryan Smith & David Pearson (2014)
Saturday, October 22nd – SET #4

In August 2014 Will Gadd and Gavin McClurg, two accomplished paragliders, attempt to complete the first ever paragliding traverse of the Rocky Mountain Range, North America‘s most iconic and by far wildest region. At a distance of over 1.200 km from Canada to the U.S., flying across rugged terrain and landing on mountain tops to camp for the night, this journey will smash almost any current long distance flight record.

 

Sea of Life

SEA OF LIFE by Julia Barnes (2016)
Saturday, October 22nd – SET #3

The ocean is the source of all life on earth and it’s in trouble. Sea of Life follows filmmaker Julia Barnes on an underwater adventure to discover the truth about the biggest threats facing the ocean.

 

Through Clouds and Water

THROUGH CLOUDS AND WATER by A Common Future (2015)
Friday, October 21st – SET #2

A film about Surfing in the Northeast of England. Featuring John Roughton, Simon Palmer and Sandy Kerr.

 

The Trail to Kazbegi

THE TRAIL TO KAZBEGI by Joey Schusler (2015)
Thursday, October 20th – Opening Night

What happens when four like-minded adventurers head into one of the world’s wildest mountain ranges with nothing but their mountain bikes and enough food to survive for 10 days? The answer? What doesn’t happen? Terrifying lightning storms. Raging-river crossings. Snow-covered glacial pass traverses. Mind-melting descents. Constant fights with vicious dogs. Tense encounters with over-zealous border-patrol guards.
All of the above were just another day following “The Trail to Kazbegi,” a self-supported mountain-bike mission through the highest reaches of the Caucasus Mountains in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Our four-man team—adventure filmmaker Joey Schusler, Bike magazine editor Brice Minnigh, photographer Ross Measures and mountain man Sam Seward—spent half of June 2015 exploring the crown jewels of the Georgian High Caucasus on a feature assignment for Bike.