Anna Stump

Anna Stump

Upon entering the Arlington Theatre, you won’t just see gritty carabiners, quilted Patagonia vests, and sharply-designed sustainable water bottles. There is much more to the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour than these.

There are blues-singing dogs, drum-playing free fallers, vodka-filled ski poles, and Go-Pro footage that makes you want to run for Dramamine.

Every year, since 1986, Banff has lit-up film enthusiasts’ expectations for adventure with the best of the best adventure films. There are no actors. Only incredible and hero-ing tales of the many courageous people featured in the films. Skiing, base jumping, fishing, rock climbing, snowboarding, sailing, canicross, skijor, and many more adventure sports are richly infused in the incredible films chosen by the Banff World Tour team.

This year, as part of a two-night tour, Banff wowed with a total of fifteen films. Night one included, “Max Your Days,” “Iran: A Skier’s Journey,” “Ace and the Desert Dog,” “Doing it Scared,” “Four Mums in a Boat,” “The Great Siberian Traverse,” “SHIFT,” and “Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out.” In the film, “Doing it Scared,” Paul, a skilled climber, was ascending the Totem Pole, an infamous tower of rock in Tanzania, when a monstrous rock fell on him leaving him partially paralyzed. Eighteen years after this dangerous climb, Paul is motivated to do it again. And with his wife and best friend in tow, he succeeds.

A polished, fairy-like Michelle Williams joins a dapper, curly-haired Casey Affleck on the red carpet. An unlikely duo? It is clear their paths were aligned for all the right reasons.

Welcomed by Roger Durling, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, both Williams and Affleck arrive at the Arlington Theatre to accept the Cinema Vanguard Award for their acting in the film, Manchester by the Sea, a film which has already made tremendous waves.

“I wish I would have been kind to myself,” Williams confidently shares with a local Jr. High student when asked what she wishes she‘d done differently at age thirteen. Her acting career began early, at age ten. She has come a long way since selling Tide and pizza. Starring in “Lassie,” in 1994, she went on to act in “Baywatch”. “I have never been so excited as I was to walk on the set of “Bay Watch” for the first time, embarrassing as it may be!”

Thursday, 02 February 2017

Rise. It’s Just Fear

Santa Barbara knows how to throw a good party.  Last evening, with prismatic beams highlighting the façade of the Arlington Theatre, one of Santa Barbara’s most dynamic celebrations of the year began: Opening night of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  With 2,200 film enthusiasts, 700 volunteers, 50 countries represented and 200 plus films to be showcased, the SBIFF kicked off the first of an eleven-night festival. 

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