Category archives for Film

We got an email today from Boston-based engineering student Julian Tryba about a timelapse video he made of Hawaii. We were swept away by his gorgeous images of Maui and Oahu, a wonderful antidote to the wintertime blues. He clearly hiked up to some high-quality views. We hope you will enjoy it. Here Julian explains…

Celebrating 35 years of inspiration, the 2013 Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado, will run another exciting program of movies and speakers over Memorial Day weekend. The impressive lineup includes leading adventure athletes, environmental activists, and documentary filmmakers. Beginning with the Moving Mountains Symposium on Friday, the festival revolves around the theme of climate solutions. Here festival…

Top prize winners at the 2013 5Point Film Festival set the tone for an exciting spring season of adventure. The long journey of solo explorer Kyle Dempster in the movie The Road From Karakol took the Best of the Fest award. The compelling feature showed viewers the importance of vulnerability in the face of adversity,…

Pick up the September 2013 edition of National Geographic to read writer Freddie Wilkinson’s feature story about this expedition. Queen Maud Land—the adventure starts in sun-soaked South Africa in late spring. On the evening of November 11, 2012, a little after dinner hours, a group of men steadily forms in the back corner of the departures terminal…

When we think of the Colorado River, we think of its power and its beauty, running from the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains and twisting, turning, and splashing through seven western states and two countries. The Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon—a symbol as iconic to the United States as the bald eagle or…

The Equation from ARC’TERYX on Vimeo. Missouri-based artist-climber-filmmaker Jeremy Collins is expressive, artistic, and intuitive—and his new film The Equation is all of those things. In the end, it’s an allegory about how to pursue a life well lived. In the process, it’s a piece of art mimicking the thoughts and ideals of another time.…

Mark Richey and Steve Swenson are alpinists of the old breed: adventurers with successful careers and busy family lives who stalk the world’s most elusive summits on their vacations. At 53 and 57 years old, respectively, the two friends were lured to the Indian Karakoram frontier last July for one more objective: the first ascent…

THIS IS MY WINTER (full movie english) from TimeLine Film on Vimeo. What makes French snowboarder Xavier de Le Rue tick? The big-mountain feats he pulls off are nothing short of incredible as he mixes skills from different sports. The new film This Is My Winter, now available in full on Vimeo, looks at Xavier, his…

By National Geographic Digital Media's Amy Bucci As the opening credits roll for Feel the Hill, the audience is shown someone sawing a kitchen cutting board apart and gluing the pieces onto everyday gardening gloves. We later learn these special gloves are essential gear for a unique extreme sport called longboarding. This film, a People's…

Last week we announced the 2009 Adventurers of the Year, selected for their extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation, action sports, and humanitarian work. Now, for the first time ever, you can vote for the Readers' Choice Adventurer of the Year. To help you get to know them, we are going to highlight a different adventurer…

Danny Boyle, the Oscar winning director of Slumdog Millionaire just announced his next project: a mountaineer epic about the Colorado-based climber Aron Ralston, according to Variety. Ralston, of course, is best known for cutting off his right hand after an 800-pound boulder fell on it while hiking Utah's Bluejohn Canyon in 2003. The movie, called…

As cyclists—including Lance Armstrong (pictured)—dealt with the 100-mile trail and 14,000-vertical-feet climbs for the annual Leadville 100 mountain bike race this past August, cameras followed to catch all the drama in the former mining town in Colorado. Now, Race Across the Sky: Leadville Trail 100 is set to debut on October 22 at 8pm EST…

Grand and great: these superlatives describe our wildest, most spectacular landscapes, as well as the forward-thinking Americans who thought to protect them. Wednesday night (September 30), Episode 4 of Ken Burns’s The National Parks: America’s Best Idea told the founding stories of Grand Teton and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. Grand Teton was the brainchild…

It turns out, movies can make a difference. Richard O'Barry, the dolphin trainer turned dolphin activist who is the central character in the documentary The Cove, announced this yesterday: Today is September 1st, the first day of the dolphin slaughter season in Japan. But when I arrived today by bus from Kansai Airport with media…

The directors of Mountainfilm in Telluride—which is seriously one of our favorite weekends of the year, thanks to its appealing mix of stunning location, thoughtful films, and stimulating discussions—are launching a new event this weekend: Mountain Summit in Aspen. Think of it as Mountainfilm Lite.

If Japan doesn't come to mind when you think of world class backcountry powder, it should.  "It's the best snow I've ever skied in my life," said Nick Waggoner, Director of Sweetgrass Productions. "The best. Ever. …It's known as a powder Mecca." Fresh out of six months in Hokkaido, Japan, Waggoner and the group of…

Amelia, the movie

Text by Alyson Sheppard Perhaps the greatest adventure mystery of all time, the life and disappearance of American aviator Amelia Earhart, is coming to theaters in October 2009. The romanticized Amelia stars Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank as Earhart, the first woman to solo the Atlantic Ocean, who in a 1937 attempt to be the first…

Text by Ryan Bradley Some stories are simple, straightforward, even easy. Louie Psihoyos isn't interested in them. A photographer for National Geographic when he was just 23, Psihoyos sought out assignments that were broad, vague, and visually challenging—subjects included dreams, garbage, and smell. He spent nine months in trash heaps. One time, he nearly fell…

Text by Ryan Bradley; Photograph courtesy of Criterion Collection “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…” —JFK September 12, 1962 Forty years is a long time, technologically speaking. This is the immediately striking thing about For All…

Digital cameras are better—and cheaper—than ever before. But as Assistant Editor Ryan Bradley discovers, for a traveling, photo-hobbyist, film still rules (and isn’t as expensive as you think). Photographs and Text by Ryan Bradley First things first: I’m not a professional photographer. For the past six months I have been taking photographs on film—not exclusively,…

Text by Ben Skinner, author of A Crime so Monstrous and one of our 2008 Adventurers of the Year Mountainfilm gave its Moving Mountains prize jury, consisting of Grammy-winning artist Shawn Colvin, documentarian Chris Paine, HBO Vice President Nancy Abraham, and me, the challenging privilege of selecting one nonprofit from six strong candidates. Each of the…

Text by John Rasmus. See a Mountainfilm photo gallery >> Here at ADVENTURE, we're big fans of the national parks (we do a cover feature on them every year). We're also big fans of the definitive, iconic documentaries of Ken Burns (The Civil War and Jazz are two favorites). Knowing that Burns had just completed…

Copyright Merrick Chase / TELLURIDEPHOTOGRAPHY.NET See a Mountainfilm photo gallery >> We're just back from an incredible long weekend at the 31st annual Mountainfilm in Telluride, which fills the spectacular Colorado box canyon with thought-provoking films, a symposium on worldwide food issues, inspiring guests (Jim Whittaker, Ken Burns, Nicholas Kristof, to name just a few), and a…

Text by Keith Rutowski So you’ve memorized K2 shot for shot, have taken extensive notes on your Warren Miller collection, and are now looking to make an adventure film of your own. Those wishing to break in or to improve their skills might consider enrolling in Serac Adventure Film School, where students gain hands-on learning…

What is Mountainfilm? from Mountainfilm in Telluride Text by Keith Rutowski The 31st annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado, will take place on May 22-25. What began as an event for mountain climbers to watch movies about mountains has since evolved into a four-day tour de force of documentaries, gallery exhibits, and high-profile lectures evaluating…