Five must-see movies at the 2011 Adventure Film Festival this week

Categories: Outdoors

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The 2011 Adventure Film Festival gets under way in Boulder this week with a free Adventure Film Community Night at the Patagonia store at 1212 Pearl Street on Thursday at 7 p.m. and a Photographer Seminar at REI Boulder, 1789 28th Street, on Friday at noon, before the first screenings at the Boulder Theater on Friday at 5 p.m. The full-festival pass is $50, good for access to all forty films and shorts, plus a series of workshops and after-parties. Friday passes are $25; Saturday passes are $30. Individual screening tickets are $15 and available in limited quantities (AFF tickets typically sell out, so order online in advance to be safe). We've picked a few of our favorites from this year's featured films, after the jump...

5. All.I.Can. (Sherpa Films). After its Denver premiere last month at the Oriental Theater the buzz was that All.I.Can is the best ski film of the year, rolled up in a thought-provoking bundle of questions about the climate changes big-mountain skiers are experiencing firsthand. At 74 minutes it's more than twice as long as any of the other films screening on Friday night at the Boulder Theater, but you won't be able to take your eyes away for even a second: All.I.Can won Best Documentary and Most Innovative Visual FX at this year's IF3 International Freeski Film Festival. (Screens in the 6-8 p.m. block, with the two-minute short Chalk and Ski).

All.I.Can. Teaser 2 from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.

4. Salt (Jerrycan Films). Photographer Murray Fredericks collaborated with director Michael Angus over a period of three years to present a 54-minute portrait of Australia's desolate Lake Eyre and some of the most stunning time-lapse sequences of all time, set to a soundtrack of Aajinta's Harmonic Spheres. Angus calls Fredericks' photos and sequences "representations of pure space, infinity and emptiness." The film screens at 2 p.m. on Saturday at REI Boulder.

'SALT' Documentary Trailer from Murray Fredericks on Vimeo.

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