The 2009/2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has hit the road with stops planned in more than 285 communities and 30 countries across the globe including Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School on Route 90.

The annual local screening of selections from this year’s festival is sponsored by Maine Sport Outfitters on Route 1, which is selling advance tickets for $10. Admission at the door will be $12. Tickets for youth are $5.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is produced by Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre and features award-winning films and audience favorites from approximately 300 films entered in the annual festival in Banff in Alberta, Canada. The tour features a collection of inspiring, thought provoking, adventure, environmental and cultural short and feature-length films.

This year’s local program eschews the feature-length entries in order to offer 11 films. They range in length from three to 26 minutes; and in subject matter from frozen waterfall climbing to extreme unicycling.

“We packed ’em in,” said Jeff Boggs of Maine Sport, which has sponsored the tour’s Midcoast stop for 10 years.

Film synopses

Think cross-country skiing is old school? “The Ultimate Skiing Showdown,” a four-minute film from Canada directed and produced by David McMahon, puts the “X” in XC by juxtaposing some of the fastest skiers on the planet with some amazing Nordic stunts.

“Kranked — Revolve” is a festival award winner, having garnered the People’s Choice Award for Radical Reels. The 11-minute Canadian film directed and produced by Bjørn Enga, presented in a special World Tour edit, is a high-adrenaline mountain bike journey from the insane Megavalanche race in the French Alps to the lush coast of British Columbia, incorporating dirt jump, trail, freeride, slopestyle and downhill riding.

In “Hunlen,” a 12-minute Canadian film directed and produced by Will Gadd, Gadd and E.J. Plimley illustrate what happens if one shows up to do a first ascent of the biggest frozen waterfalls in Canada and it isn’t completely frozen. The 1,000 feet of climbing is technical, but it’s the giant slabs of ice breaking free along the way that make the climbers nervous.

“Mont-Blanc Speed Flying” was named Best Short Mountain Film at the Banff festival. The 10-minute French film was directed and produced by Didier Lafond, who filmed it as one continuous shot in Ceneflex. An excerpt from the sequel to the 1980s cult ski film “Apocalypse Snow,” “Mont-Blanc Speed Flying” follows a group of six speed riders from the upper slopes of Mont Blanc down to Chamonix.

In “Africa Revolutions Tour,” a 20-minute American film directed by Rush Sturges and produced by Tyler Bradt, six professional kayakers team up with Rita Riewerts, founder of the nonprofit Sun Catchers Project. As the kayakers take on everything from the crocodile-infested White Nile in Uganda to big-water first descents in Madagascar, Riewert journeys alongside, bringing solar ovens to orphanages, hospitals and communities along the way.

“Deep/Shinsetsu,” a three-minute Japanese film directed and produced by Masaki Sekiguchi, captures the essence of Japan’s bottomless powder skiing and sets it to the music of indie folk artist José Gonzales. “Shinsetsu” means deep powder in Japanese.

“First Ascent: Alone on the Wall” is the latest from renowned climbing filmmakers Sender Films. The 24-minute American film, directed and produced by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen, follows 24-year-old Alex Honnold, who gained international kudos for his landmark free-solo of Moonlight Buttress in Zion National Park, Utah, as he readies himself for an unbelievable challenge: the first free-solo of the Regular Northwest Face route on Yosemite’s Half Dome.

The six-minute “MedeoZ” from France, directed and produced by Guillaume Broust, features a photographer’s quest to capture six different mountain sports — climbing, skiing, snowboarding, speed riding, paragliding and BASE jumping — in a single shot during the 2008 Nissan Outdoor Games in Chamonix.

“Revolution One,” a 10-minute American film directed and produced by Dan Heaton, showcases the rapidly emerging sport of off-road unicycling. World champion unicyclists Kris Holm and Dan Heaton perform on one wheel what most wouldn’t dare to attempt on two as they bounce and slide over rocks, logs and rails.

Women are not often subjects of adventure sport films, much less women over 30. But the 26-minute American “Rowing the Atlantic,” directed and produced by JB Benna, spotlights Roz Savage who, a few years ago, put aside what for many would be an ideal life (husband, great job, big house), picked up a few pairs of rowing oars and a row boat and set off across the Atlantic Ocean – alone.

In its first week online, the video “Project Megawoosh” went viral. Soon after, the filmmakers created a special extended cut for the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which went on to receive a Special Jury Mention. The four-minute German film, of Bruno Kammerl’s test run of the world’s tallest water slide, directed by Minh Duong and produced by Nikolas Hannack, should send the audience home laughing.

For tickets and more information, call 236-7120.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to