Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (Feb 7-15) highlights

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

February 7 - 15, 2014

MARKUS PUKONEN - Guest Speaker Caught with my pants down in the Bermuda Triangle February 9 at 7:30 pm (doors 7:00 pm) at The Cinematheque Great Traverses Program Markus will share stories, photos, and video from his recent attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean 5800km from Dakar, Senegal to Miami, USA. As a member of the Canadian Wildlife Federation Africa to the Americas Expedition, Markus joined forces with the Oar Northwest team with a mission to gather oceanographic, physiologic, and physical data and use the adventure as a means of educating and inspiring children. He spent 72 days at sea before capsizing in rough seas 650km north of Puerto Rico. Markus Pukonen is more of a bushwhacker than he is a trailblazer. Over the years he has worked as a Puma Trainer in the Bolivian Amazon, a Silviculturist in British Columbia, a Wildfire Suppression professional across Canada, and in recent years as an Environmental Action and Adventure Documentary Filmmaker. Among other adventures, he has biked 2500km of the Pacific coast of the U.S. and in 2010 became the first person to Standup Paddleboard across the Georgia Strait, 55 km from Vancouver to Nanaimo. Markus believes in impossible things on a regular basis and is striving to create the world he wishes to live in. Born and raised in Toronto, he now surfs and plays with his nieces in Tofino. @markuspukonen; VIMFF link


THE LAST GREAT CLIMB Directed by Alastair Lee | UK 2013 | 60 minutes February 9 at 7:30 pm (doors 6:30 pm) at Centennial Theatre Bill Wall Climbing Show with speaker Sylvia Vidal The Last Great Climb tells the story of British climber and adventurer Leo Houlding’s quest to reach the summit of one of the world’s most remote and challenging mountains. Ulvetanna (Norwegian for ‘the wolf’s tooth’), in Antarctica, was only discovered in 1994 and its north east ridge remained one of the planet’s last few great unclimbed lines. In December 2012, Houlding led an international team to Ulvetanna with the intention of being the first climbers to complete one of the most technically demanding routes in the world, in the harshest environment imaginable. The film includes interviews with Norwegian climbers Ivar Tolleffsen and Robert Caspersen, who first explored the area in 1994. Winner – Best Climbing Film – Banff Mountain Film Festival 2013 Special Prize for Film Craft – Kendal Mountain Festival 2013 Film Website & Trailer VIMFF link


NORTH OF THE SUN Directed by Inge Wegge | Norway 2012 | 45 minutes February 12 at 7:30 pm (doors 7:00 pm) at The Cinematheque Inspired by Nature - Environmental Films Night Tucked between the cold Atlantic Ocean and the rocky slopes of a remote, arctic island, two young Norwegian adventurers discover their own private playground. They build themselves a cabin out of flotsam while clearing the beach of debris, then spend the long winter skiing and surfing in the haunting low light. Winner – Grand Prize – Banff Mountain Film Festival 2013 Film Trailer VIMFF link

Tatty Maclay
Tatty is a half-Swedish, half-English journalist, translator and mother of four. She grew up in London, but spent summers in the Stockholm archipelago. After five years in her husband’s homeland of Scotland, she recently moved her family to Sweden and she writes about their new life for Swedish Press.