Panorama – January Stories

7th January 2007 – Banff Film Festival @ RK HeliPlex

Will Gadd - Poster Boy and Adrenaline Junkie - Read more at his website by clicking on the picture

Tonight we were at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the RK HeliPlex. They showed seven quite different movies from the main festival held in November each year in Banff.

Anomaly (custom edit). 16min – USA

Anomaly n. (a-nom-a-ly) 1. Deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule 2. One that is peculiar, irregular, abnormal, or difficult to classify. Hard to define, never easy to apply. Yet, this tribulation and continued progression within the ski and snowboard arena. Anomaly, TGR’s newest 16mm and HD ski and snowboard release, showcases the freakish and abnormal abilities of today’s top athletes as they push the boundary of what is humanly possible.

The Best of Jo. 3min – Canada

The Best of Jo is a stop-action Lego film made by a 12 year old boy in Nelson, BC about a coffee-addicted guy called namned Jo. He is eager to try all the mountain sports available to him, such as climbing, skiing and fishing.

First Ascent: Thailand (custom edit) – USA

Steep towers of untouched rock jutting out of the ocean. And the best part is that with only the sea below you, there’s no rope. Thailand is a dream come true for David Lama, perhaps the best on-sight climber in the world, and purportedly the future of the sport. Amidst the exotic beauty of the Andaman Coast, Lama and friends take 60-footers into the drink, and bring deep water soloing to a new level.

Roam (custom edit) 18min – Canada

Roam is a mountain-bike film that follows the travels of the worlds’ top riders as the explore new places to ride, and visit some of the notorious meccas of mountain-biking such as, Moab, Utah and Whistler, BC.

Asiemut. 56min – People’s Choice Award & Special Jury Mention – Canada

In 2005, Oliver Higgins and Melanie Carrier went on their first cycling expedition – 8000km across Asia. In six months they pedalled from Mongolia to Calcutta, India, travelling through Xinjiang, the Taklimakan Desert, the high Tibetan plateau, and the jungle of Nepal Why? Not only to discover the world, but also to discover themselves.

Kids Who Rip (custom edit) 12min – USA

Kids Who Rip highlights amazing young athletes in the action sport community. This special edit for the Banff Mountain Film Festival features remarkable kids who love to ski, snowboard, skateboard and surf.

Yes to the No 10min – Canada

A look into the sport of noboarding, which is snowboarding without the use of bindings. The sport of snowboarding was essentially started by skateboarders and surfers looking for a winter alternative to the two summer sports. Now that snowboarding has reached its peak, there is only one way to change the way snowboarding is done, and that is to take the bindings off the board and really surf the mountain. &

When we got out from the movies, Jessie said: “I donno what happen, but when we went in, we were at Panorama, now when we came out we suddenly ended up in Fernie, coz it doesn’t snow this much in Pano!!”

I tell ya, it’s puking down pow pow! The lifts are opening in eleven hours, I will be there in half an hour before they actually open!

This is what’s life is all about, being happy, living life. I say that again: LIVING LIFE!

9 January – Shit Happens

Hey People,

Right now things are deveolping quite fast and a bit to fast for my likes…

Some issues have developed and I will be heading to Banff this coming weekend to try to find another job, and then preferable within my area of study.

As you might have read my experiences on New Years about work have gotten me started to wanting to get out of here and the stars seems to be kicking the people around me to kind of forcing me into a move.

Some of the issues are so high up in the hiarchy with the Pano resort and I feel troubled being treated this way due to them being in the service industry and all…

I have a friend coming in a month today so I need to stay put until he leaves the 23rd of Feb.

Maybe it can be sorted out, maybe it’s a big missunderstanding, perhaps a linguistic issue that I unconciously put across to irritate them to the degree they threatened me to basically “bugger off” if it’s not good enough for me. All this because I wanted to help out, give some pointers on how to improve some things in a very constructive way.

So yes, it all have taken a turn from bad to worse and it seems to escalade so rapidly I feel I have no choice but to pack up and leave as soon as possible.

I am really looking forward to this weekend in Banff, getting out from Pano and seeing some other people that are not so… humm excuse my language but slutty and boneheaded as many people are up there.

I found a few that actually are good people and that I do apprechiate!

Enough nagging, I will post a update as soon as I can!

Be Safe out there!!


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