The first annual Utah’s High Adventure Mountain Film Festival will launch September 18-21, 2008 at the historic Peery’s Egyptian Theater and the David Eccles Conference Center in downtown Ogden, Utah. This four-day festival is comprised of thrilling films, panel discussions and award ceremonies that promote the spirit of high mountain adventure sports in a picturesque, active mountain town. (Ranked 3rd best town in the nation by Outside Magazine August, 2008)
Sponsored and presented by Ogden Climbing Parks, the film festival will highlight the best of mountain films and will screen new releases and the winners of many of the world’s major mountain film festivals. Film categories include:
- Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Mixed Climbing and Alpine Climbing
- Back Country and Extreme Skiing/Snowboarding
- Mountain Biking
- White Water Sports
- Mountain Classics
- Amateur/“Show Your Shorts” (Films under 20 minutes)
- Mountain Environment Sustainability
- “Above the Summit” - a unique film selection based on people with disabilities participating in high adventure mountain sports and those who have gone beyond the summit to give back to the community.
The Friday night feature film will highlight legendary mountain filmmaker, David Breashears’ latest work, “Storm Over Everest.” Breashears is the invited festival guest of honor and will receive an award from the festival for his several decades of contribution to the mountain film genre.
All films will be judged and prizes awarded by an international jury consisting of individual leaders in mountain adventure sports and media. In addition, audience members will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite films.
A series of three panel discussions and presentations with filmmakers and other invited special guests are scheduled over the weekend to represent diverse viewpoints on High Adventure Mountain Films.
· Strong Women - Discussion led by Catherine Destivelle, one of the world’s top female climbers, author and filmmaker, and Jennifer Jordon, author of Savage Summit and director of the film “Women of K2”.
· Above the Summit - Speakers TBA.
· Preserving the Crags - Discussion led by Jeff Lowe and prominent mountain and environmental specialists on mountain sustainability and the impact of mountain sports on the environment.
On Thursday night, to kick off an extraordinary weekend, the festival will open with a party in town featuring the celebrated rock band The Bastard Redheads.
One of the highlights of the festival will be the Gala Awards dinner featuring many special guests and “Rock Stars” – Climbing legends. Awards will be presented in the film categories and special “LifeClimb Achievements” will be recognized.
Utah’s High Adventure Mountain Film Festival 2008 is part of Utah’s Adventure Festival, which includes both the annual fall film festival and an annual Mountain Arts and Literature Festival (Climbfest) each spring. The film festival is the creation of Ogden Climbing Parks, Deanna Byck, Sc.D., and Jeff Lowe (www.jefflowe.info), a world-class climber and visionary, whose goal is to bring the world of mountain adventure to the community.