The Adventure Film Festival opens tonight at the Boulder Theater with two shorts and two feature-length films to kick off the four-day festival. Here's what's in store for adventurous film fans tonight:
Skateistan: To Live and Skate in Kabul Grain Media shot this 10-minute documentary short for the Diesel New Voices campaign, following the unlikely success story of Skateistan, a skateboarding-based NGO working with young people in Afghanistan.
Eastern Rises: A Fish Story
Felt Soul Media and The Fly Shop travel to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Far East Russia to reel in an epic fly-fishing adventure. The Volcanoes of Kamchatka are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the area also features the Valley of Geysers' Kronotsky Biosphere Reserve, the Southern Kamchatka Wildlife Reserve and some of the world's best fishing, including the world's greatest diversity of salmon (chinook, chum, coho, seema, pink and sockeye) as well as the rainbow trout these guys are mostly after. If you thought the Adventure Film Festival was all climbing porn and ski porn, think again: There's fishing porn, too.
Director Ben Sturgulewski's 5-minute short, produced by Sweetgrass Productions and presented by Adventure Film Festival sponsor Patagonia, explores the skiable mountains and high desert terrain around the Chilkat River in Haines, Alaska, in springtime.
Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey
Aspen-based skier, author, filmmaker and Warren Miller Entertainment regular Chris Davenport is best known for more local projects like his Ski the 14ers (he skied all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks in 2007) and his most recent tome Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America. This time he headed as far out of his way as he could get to lay ski tracks in places that had never even seen footprints.
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Tickets for tonight's show are $20; full festival passes are $50. We'll post a guide to the rest of the weekend's films tomorrow morning, but don't miss the filmmaker's workshop on Friday at REI Boulder (1789 28th Street) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- Adventure Film Festival founder Johnny Copp gave his festival the motto "Make your own legends" for a reason: He liked to surround himself with participants.