Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour makes Lake Tahoe stop |

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour makes Lake Tahoe stop

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WIll Gadd climbs as part of "Frozen Titans," which played at this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Courtesy Will Gadd | Provided

If you go

What: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

When: 6 p.m. Monday, March 30

Where: MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa

Tickets: $20


Lake Tahoe will get a taste of the Banff Mountain Film Festival this week, and that taste will have a local flavor.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour stops at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa on Monday.

The tour stop is organized by Strawberry Station General Store owner David “Squirrel” Schlosser. The rock climber began hosting a tour stop more than two decades ago when he operated the Rocknasium climbing gym in Davis, Calif. He brought the tour to Lake Tahoe’s South Shore five years ago following lobbying from his children, he said Tuesday.

“Once you go, you just never want to miss a year again,” Schlosser said.

Schlosser plans to pick the film festival lineup in the days leading up to the show, possibly even on the day of the show itself. He’ll have his choice of about 40 films from the Banff festival, a film competition which started in 1976 and takes place every November in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The annual presentation of short films and documentaries focuses on mountain culture, sports and the environment.

Hundreds of films from approximately 30 countries are entered into the competition each year, according to organizers. Films shown at the festival range from everything created by first-time filmmakers to established outfits like the BBC and National Geographic. The 2014 festival hit the road to hundreds of locations immediately after the main festival. Tour stops feature the same edits provided to the Banff festival from film producers.

Schlosser said he tries to pick a selection of films from Banff that have not been shown in the area, while tailoring the mix of adventure and cultural films to the South Shore audience. Attendance nearly doubled the second year he brought the festival to South Shore, and it regularly attracts around 500 people, he said.

Films at the South Shore stop typically range in length from one to about 40 minutes. Schlosser said he strives to have the most programming possible during the three-hour event. Two-and-a-half hours of films are typically shown during the annual tour stop.

The films from Banff haven’t stopped inspiring Schlosser, even after more than two decades.

“When you do see the stuff, you’re like ‘How? Why? How did they do something so good?’ It’s so good,” Schlosser said.

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