Colorado-based photographer Pete McBride's film Chasing Water, the companion to his book The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict, won the Adventure Through Activism Award over the weekend at the 2011 Adventure Film Festival in Boulder, one of two $500 cash prizes awarded this year (see trailer at www.PeteMcBride.com). The other went to director Ian Cheney, who won the AFF Visionary Award for his documentary Truck Farm, about his attempt to grow food in the bed of his pickup truck after moving to New York City, and about the similar efforts he inspired in Denver and across the country.
Boulder-based climber Cory Richards and Carbondale-based director Anson Fogel won Best Action Film for their documentary Cold, which Richards shot on his way to becoming the first American to climb an 8,000-meter peak in winter on the first successful winter ascent of Gasherbrum II, a 26,362' peak in the Himalayas, in February 2011 (check out the Show + Tell interview with Fogel for more about the film)
Sherpa Cinema's All.I.Can won Best Ski Film.
Ben Stookesberry's documentary Kadoma, about an epic kayaking trip into the Congo and the tragic death of guide Hendri Coetzee, won Best Whitewater Film.
The Leave No Trace Award went to director Seth Warren's film Playgrounds Re-Imagined, which also picked up the Most Likely To Save The World award for its 9 year-old narrator Dylan Brophy.
Scrapertown, director Zack Canepari's documentary about Oakland, California's Original Scraper Bike Team, won Best Cultural Documentary.
Renan Ozturk's Towers of the Ennedi won Best Climbing Film for his documentary about a climbing excursion to northeastern Chad.
And Jeremy Collins won the Make Your Own Legends Award for his film The Wolf & The Medallion.
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