Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Downieville |

Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Downieville

The popular Banff Mountain Film Festival, sponsored in part by National Geographic, arrives in Downieville Friday for three screenings for three days.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition featuring the world’s best footage on mountain subjects. Of the 21 films to be shown nine feature mountain climbs. Other films include films on mountain life, mountain biking, kayaking, skiing and free falling.

Some highlights

– Dean Potter’s “Aerialist,” the story of a man obsessed with being attached to the world by as little as possible. Potter began his journey as a free-soloist on rock, but his refusal to be confined has pushed him to the outer edge of the climbing world and into the realms of high-lining and BASE jumping. Possessed by the idea that anything is possible, he pursues the most natural yet bizarre dream of man: to fly.

– Gudrun Pflueger is an ex-world champion cross-country skier and long-distance runner. For the last six years, she has been studying wolves in the wilds of Canada, collecting field data, hair, droppings and other evidence for use in scientific projects on wolves. See the picture.

– Mountain biker Ryan Leech sets out to ride an incredibly difficult trail in the coastal mountains of British Columbia. With the valley slated for clear cut logging, “Trial & Error” combines Leech’s extraordinary riding with his thoughts about the very special location.

Proceeds from the film festival benefit the Sierra County Arts Council, a local partner of the California Arts Council.

Downieville is one of 305 cities in 20 countries around the world to host this tour, according to the Banff Web site.

WHAT: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

WHEN: The Yuba Theatre, 212 Main St., Downieville

WHERE: Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

ADMISSION: Advance tickets $16 each showing; $18 at the door. Seniors 65 and older and kids 12 and under half-price. Purchase tickets at BriarPatch in Grass Valley, Downieville Grocery by calling (530) 289-3596 or online at

INFORMATION: Online at or e-mail or call (530) 289-9822.

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