I watched movies for 3 days in Banff, and still managed only to see half the prize winners.
â€œThe filmmaker creates a rich and beautiful canvas on which this story is told,â€ says jury member Julie Tait. â€œThis is a sensual film with an experimental treatment, a story of life, love and loss.â€ â€œItâ€™s sex mixed up with climbing,â€ adds jury member Pat Morrow.
â€œDirector Sharon Colman has given us a refreshing look at the resilience of the natural world in the face of human impact. Sheâ€™s creatively delivered a serious subject in a light-hearted and humorous way,â€ says jury member Rob Frost.
â€œHe has everything,â€ says jury member Kerrie Long. â€œHeâ€™s young, talented, beautiful and articulate. And yet, this is a gritty story of persistence and determination â€” heâ€™s always reaching for the route he might not be able to do.â€
â€œItâ€™s very difficult to deal with the philosophical approach to life in the mountains, and do it visually, not just with words,â€ says jury member Pat Morrow. â€œThis film does that, with its strong synergy among visuals, narration and dialogue.â€
20 Seconds of Joy (my review)
â€œWe get to know the central character over time, and the film combines precipitous physical locations with insight into the deepest recesses of this athleteâ€™s mind,â€ says jury member Pat Morrow.
â€œMountain culture is not just about folkloric traditions,â€ says jury member Charlie Buffet. â€œItâ€™s the way people live and dream their mountain experience. There was a sense of surprise, of playful curiosity, that carried me through this film.â€
The Beckoning Silence (my review)
â€œHigh quality re-enactment, spectacular production values,â€ says jury member Charlie Buffet.
â€œGives voices to two women from a remote and relatively closed culture,â€ says jury member Kerrie Long. â€œIt moved me to tears.â€
â€œRarely does Hollywood treat a delicate story with this level of integrity,â€ says jury member Rob Frost. â€œWe hope that Pennâ€™s work will lead the way for other Hollywood directors, and develop a taste for truth in their audience.â€
The Grand Prize winner:
â€œFor the Grand Prize, we looked to a film that transcends category,â€ says jury member Julie Tait. â€œIn giving us fresh insight into a historic event and the cult of hero, Death on Nanga Parbat offers the viewer a depth of experience that underlines the power of the medium. Itâ€™s a triumph of substance over style.â€
You and I can catch these videos on the World Tour, starting today. Check the Schedule to see when it’s coming close to you.
One awesome trailer as reward for getting to the end of this post:
King Lines follows Chris Sharma on his search for the planet’s greatest climbs. From South American fantasy boulders to uncharted deep water soloing in Greece to the future of sport climbing at Mt. Clark, Sharma and friends find and climb the most spectacular routes in the world.
Click PLAY or watch the King Lines trailer on YouTube.
Chris Sharma – Wikipedia