Banff action flicks return to Lake Tahoe |

Banff action flicks return to Lake Tahoe

Susanne HaalaThe Banff Mountain Film Festival is Monday night at MontBleu.

“And … action!”

For the third year, the Banff Mountain Film Festival will present adventurous, adrenaline-fueled movies in Stateline on Monday at 7 p.m.

Also for the third year, David Schlosser, who is known as “the squirrel,” will serve as the Tahoe liaison and will choose eight to nine films for a 2-hour, 20-minute program at the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

“I don’t like to release the films too early, that would just burst the bubble,” Schlosser said.

He said that viewing short clips online can take away all the excitement and secrets behind the story.

Therefore, Schlosser will meet with the host of Banff, Charla Tomlinson, on the day of the show around 3 p.m., to make the final movie selection for the big show.

One of the movies, the ski flick “All I Can,” especially fascinates Schlosser.

“It’s pretty cool. There is some urban skiing in it with phenomenal jumps all the way through town on roofs or over cars on intersections.” said Schlosser, who believes this movie has been filmed in what he described as “blue-collar town” in British Columbia.

Another film that Schlosser is considering is a paragliding movie of someone jumping off the top of Mount Everest, called “Hanuman Airlines.” In the film, two Nepali men climb up the Everest summit to do the first-ever tandem flight over the tallest mountain in the world.

Schlosser said his cultural film selection for this year might turn out to be “On the Trail of Genghis Khan,” a documentary about a 10,000-kilometer journey by horse from Mongolia to Hungary.

“Before I set off, I never imagined the true extent of the journey ahead of me. I planned it to take 18 months, but by the time I reached Hungary, I had been in the saddle for three and a half years,” filmmaker Tim Cope said on his website.

The animal rescue documentary “C.A.R.C.A.,” which stands for the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Cat Association, shows rescues in difficult avalanche conditions throughout the world and is another favorite that Schlosser is considering for the program.

His film selections are usually 40 percent cultural art documentaries and 60 percent sport movies, he said.

Meagan Steward, program coordinator at Banff, said Lake Tahoe is a great area for hosting the film festival.

“Outdoor communities feel like home for us and that is where our films do best as well,” she said.

Schlosser describes the MontBleu Theater, which holds a capacity of 1,600 people, as “the only venue in Tahoe with the right size and price.”

“Last year we had 450 people attending the film festival, the year before, 250,” Schlosser said. According to Schlosser, even visitors from Los Angeles flew into town for last year’s event to combine the festival with a short ski trip.

“The nice thing about professional theaters is the phenomenal sound system such as the one at MontBleu,” he said.

During the festival, local sponsors will give away prizes including a tandem paragliding ride and a skydiving adventure.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival, which originated in Canada, hosted its 36th annual film festival for nine days during the first week of November 2011. It features adventurous outdoor films with a mission to “inspire creativity” around the world.

This year, 700 locations in 32 countries are hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival in smaller format. They can choose from a selection of 27 films this year.

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