Announcing Our Official Film Selection For 2018/19

A sneak peek of Adventure Film’s official selections for 2018!

We are thrilled to announce our official selections for the 2018 Adventure Film Festival. Our thirty final picks feature local rising stars, international influencers, and world premieres . . . some will go on to the AFF world tour; all will be shown at our flagship event in Boulder, Colorado. Our award-winning lineup of filmmakers, athletes, and conversationalists will take you out to the little-known marine wonderlands of West Papau, inland to surf Lake Superior’s winter waves, then home to Colorado’s very own Longs Peak. You’ll join a band of Puerto Rican climbers providing aid to hurricane victims, peek through the iris of an adventure photographer’s camera and into her deepest fears, and learn the heart of climbing legend Conrad Anker as his career winds the way of wisdom. From ultramarathoners to NASA scientists, folk rock to rock climbing . . . no two films have the same stripes; each is crafted to shift the way we view our world and ourselves. Without further ado . . . a selection of the films! (for a full list go to

Tales By Light 3 (44:45 min)

Director: Abraham Joffe ACS

Shawn is an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, photographer and marine conservationist. Recognizing that people only protect what they love, he is on a mission to capture inspiring and dramatic imagery that connects the global community to the beauty and vulnerability of threatened marine species.

Climbing Out of Disaster (8:30 min)
Director: Dominic Gill

In the hours after the devastating hurricanes of 2017, members of the Puerto Rican climbing community mobilized, joining forces to put their rope and outdoor skills to use. This short follows these amateur climbers as they help neighbors, clear trees and roads, and even solve “urban bouldering problems”—all amidst the disaster’s major search and rescue operations.

Directors: Amy Marquis & Dana Romanoff

The Colorado River makes a deep imprint both on the landscape it carves and the people whose lives it flows through. Confluence follows an up-and–coming indie folk band as they traverse and document this endangered river system, using music to translate its story.

RJ Ripper (19:25 min)

Directors: Joey Schusler, Aidan Haley & Ben Page

Kids and bikes—wherever you are in the world, they go together. The streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers, but then again nothing is typical about Rajesh (RJ) Magar. From learning to ride on a self-constructed clunker, to becoming a four-time Nepalese national champion by age 21, RJ’s story is one of childhood dreaming and unstoppable determination, forged from junkyard scraps and tested on the rugged trails of the mighty Himalaya.

Surfer Dan (7:50 min)

Director: Tim Kemple

For the intrepid surfing communities around the shores of Lake Superior, the words of local Dan Schetter say it all: “It’s dangerous. It’s not like some clean, perfect ocean wave you stand up and come out of. There’s ice chunks falling on my head…. It’s a race … to get to the wave before the ice fills in.”

Hold Fast (54:40 min)
Director: Jim Aikman

Conrad Anker is one of the greatest and most notorious professional mountain climbers in history. But at 54, his career in the big mountains is winding down, especially after suffering a heart attack on a climb high in the Himalayas in 2016. His friend Alex Wildman is a novice big-wall climber and cardiac nurse who recently recovered from stage 4 lymphoma and intense chemotherapy. With new perspectives on life, both are eager to return to the mountains. Together, they team up to support each other on returning to a longtime favorite: El Capitan. On its iconic granite walls, they both seek to put their traumatic brushes with mortality in the past.

Wild Ice (3 min)
Produced by: Paxson Woelber and Cale Green

First tracks are always an allure for those who partake in winter sports. To the backcountry ice-skating community, it’s no different. Filmed across Southern Alaska, “Wild Ice” showcases figure skaters, speed skaters and hockey players in their native element: ice caves, mountain lakes and glacial lagoons.

How to Run 100 Miles (28 min)
Director: Brendan Leonard

The odds were stacked against Jayson Sime early in life: poverty, homelessness, dyslexia, bullying. But he learned to fight, literally and metaphorically, and battled his way to a successful career as a political organizer. In 2017, he entered his first 100-mile mountain ultramarathon, betting on his lifelong resilience to carry him to the finish line.

A Letter to Congress (3:15 min)
Director: Christopher Newman

This film is a short visual narration of Wallace Stegner’s 1960 “Letter to Congress.” As public lands become threatened across the country, Stegner’s words seem as prescient as ever.

In Perpetual Motion (4:30 min)
Director: Krystle Wright

This short film that features the work of Krystle Wright as she explores the interface between passion/obsession, life/work, adventure/isolation—the blurred lines ubiquitous to adventure photography.

Dear Mr. President (4:10 min)

Directors: James Q Martin &  Chris Cresci

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” —Socrates

“I believe there is weather, I believe there is change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down and it goes up again and it changes depending on the years and centuries.” —Donald Trump

“Burning all these fossil fuels creates carbon dioxide into our atmosphere and gets stuck.” —Diego, 12

Valley of the Moon (22 min)

Director: Henna Taylor

One of earth’s most distinctive landscapes, the Wadi Rum has been made famous both for its Bedouin history and its cameos in films, from Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars. This film follows the longstanding dream of two Israeli climbers and their local guide as they attempt to build a new fame for this valley: as a climbing and eco-tourism paradise.

The Passage (25 min)

Director: Nathan Dappen

1974 was a year of legend for the Dappens: the young couple built their own canoes, launched them from Washington, and became some of the first people to paddle the Inside Passage to Alaska. Not surprisingly, tales of this voyage later captured their sons’ imaginations. In 2017, the Dappens sought to recreate the adventure as a family—renovating those old canoes, and retracing their 1974 route. “The Passage” is a story about the dreams of aging brothers, fathers, and sons, and the wild places that come to define entire families.

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