Tahoe Adventure Film Festival returns to MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa this weekend
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What: Tahoe Adventure Film Festival
When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 17:30 p.m.
Where: MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Tickets: Start at $20
It’s here — the 13th annual Tahoe Adventure Film Festival. Marked by a fast-paced format and adrenaline enthusiasts, the collection of films honoring top high-performance adventure athletes is sure to get your heart racing and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Roughly 10 films were chosen for this year’s event. Topics range from base-jumping to climbing, and even a little surfing — featuring people and locations from around the world. If you’re a fan of the opt outside movement, this is an event you won’t want to miss.
“I will say the films this year, we did try to focus on and highlight women athletes, which in the past it has been hard to find films about super high-end female performance. This year we have two in two different sports where women represent the highest level of the sport, and that’s really cool,” TAFF host Todd Offenbacher said.
“We also have films that highlight kids, the future of where the sport is going, and minorities, which is really interesting. There’s a film with an African American boy and a Japanese girl — it’s unique, and not something we’ve seen in climbing’s past.
“Each film, before we show it, we give context as to why we picked it. This one highlights the minorities not represented in the past, as well as young kids who are performing at the same level of the best adults in the world. This is the direction the sport is going, and they’re unique kids because they’re not from mountain communities — they’re from urban areas and have excelled because of climbing gyms,” Offenbacher added.
TAFF began back in 2003, but the mission has stayed the same: to commend the talent of adventure athletes and come together as a community.
“This is a collection of different action adventure films, and they’re not judged. They’re celebrated. Tahoe comes together and celebrates the lifestyle and our community, which is really great,” Offenbacher said.
Whether you have never attended the event before or are an adventure film junkie, you’ll fit right in with the tight-knit community.
“I think what helps make our community so connected is when you do sports like climbing, it’s different than sports like tennis and golf. You’re holding the rope for someone else, and you’re trusting that person with your life. If they let go of that rope, there’s a grave result.
“You’re counting on people and that creates a really unique bond — one you don’t see if you play tennis or golf with people. They’re both great sports, but you’re competing against each other,” Offenbacher explained.
The tribe will come together on Saturday, Dec. 10, at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa to watch films about skiing, mountain biking, personal profiles and more.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. performance. Be sure to arrive early to make the most of the experience — local photographers and dancers will provide entertainment before the film screenings begin.
Learn more at http://www.laketahoefilmfestival.com.