Sender Films, Forge Motion Pictures win big at 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival
Colorado-based filmmakers won four of the top prizes at the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival in Banff, Canada on Sunday, including three awards to the Boulder-based Sender Films crew - all for films featured in the Reel Rock 7 video compilation and film tour - and one to Carbondale-based director Skip Armstrong of Forge Motion Pictures for the third episode of his Of Souls + Water series.
Sender Films Boulder's Sender Films won three awards at the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival, including Best Film -- Climbing for 'Honnold 3.0'
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Best Film -- Climbing went to Honnold 3.0, a 33-minute documentary following climber Alex Honnold's solo link-up of the Yosemite Triple (Mt. Watkins, El Capitan, and Half Dome), from directors/producers Peter Mortimer, Josh Lowell, Alex Lowther, and Nick Rosen. "With so many great films, the climbing category was very hard to evaluate," wrote jury member Tommy Heinrich. "Reel Rock 7: Honnold 3.0 rose above all else with its great imagery, editing, and storytelling. It is gripping, and made our hands sweat, most likely yours too. It is a simple portrait of a young man who keeps breaking unimaginable boundaries over and over."
Best Short Mountain Film went to Paul Diffley and Chris Alstrin's Wide Boyz, a 12-minute excerpt from their feature-length film about British off-width crack climbing specialists Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall. "The Best Short Mountain Film award goes to a film with two of the most charming, talented, tenacious, oddball Brits you're ever going to meet," wrote jury member David Brenner. "Their giddy enthusiasm is infectious, their never-say-die attitude is inspiring, and their training methods are just peculiar."
People's Choice Award -- Rad Reels went to La Dura Dura, from directors/producers Josh Lowell, Brett Lowell, Peter Mortimer, Alex Lowther, and Nick Rosen for their 27-minute documentary following Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra attempts at a 5.15c-rated first ascent in Spain.