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.

Announcing our activist partners for 2018: Outdoor Afro, Protect Our Winters Action Fund and Access Fund

Activism has always been at the core of Adventure Film Festival.

Over the last fourteen years we’ve aligned with and supported organizations that share our goal to bring the spirit of adventure to more people.

This journey has reached over 100,000 adventures worldwide.

In 2018 Adventure Film Festival has proudly partnered with three organizations that we believe support our goals, vision and values.

We’ve proudly donated a total of $20,000 Street Fair space and publicity to the following organizations:

Outdoor Afro
‘Where black people and nature meet’

Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. Learn more.

Would you do this? #blackpeopledo

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Access Fund
‘1 in 5 climbing areas in the US is threatened by an access issue’

The Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Learn more.

@trucallenmedia Takeover Day 4 // Index is one of the more revered (feared?) climbing areas we're fortunate to have in Washington. Despite its long history dating back to the early 70's, proximity to Seattle, and fabled sandbag grading, it's only become more popular with the recent release of a new guidebook. • In 1986, the late Todd Skinner established what would become the hardest crack climb in the country at the time, and named it City Park. At 5.13d, the climb would only see 5 ascents over the decades, and most recently, the first female free ascent by Brittany Goris (@gorisb). • Brittany is one of the most committed climbers I've known. Brittany exudes a passion for the sport like no one else I know. With her recent send of one of the country's hardest, her next plan is to spend some time giving back by joining the Washington Climbing Conservation Initiative (WCCI). Headed by Access Fund, the Access Fund Conservation Team, Washington Climbers Coalition (WCC), American Alpine Club, and several local businesses, the WCCI takes on a massive conservation effort to all the larger and impacted crags around the state. Check out the @washingtonclimbers page to learn more and sign up!

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Protect Our Winters Action Fund
‘Mobilizing the outdoor sports community against climate change’

Protect Our Winters is a passionate crew of diehards, professional athletes and industry brands mobilizing the outdoor sports community to lead the charge towards positive climate action. They focus on educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism. Learn more.

Thank you to these incredible organizations for sharing their powerful community activism with the Adventure Film Festival family in our fourteenth year.

Updated: This Week! Beer, Tacos And Adventure Films At Under The Stars In Boulder With A-Lodge And AFF

Updated: Thanks to everyone who attended the final screening in the Under The Stars series featuring films by AFF and hosted by the fantastic team at Boulder A-Lodge.

Ending another Summer of incredible outdoor adventure film, our series in partnership with the Boulder Adventure Lodge returns in just two days’ time, 23 Aug at 17:30 – 22:00.

Be captivated by 75 thrilling minutes of new short adventure films co-picked by Adventure Film Festival and A-Lodge and projected onto a giant, outdoor inflatable screen.

Beer taps open at 5:30pm, deliciousness from McDevitt Taco Supply will be for sale all evening, and live music from Boulder-locals Fleedami will inspire you to dance before the films.

Plus, your chance to win a ton of great outdoor prizes which will benefit Boulder Climbing Community, Boulder’s local non-profit climbing group who manage trail maintenance and community outreach.

Under The Stars is brought to you in partnership with Sanitas Brewing, Spot Gym, Fjallraven Boulder, and Moosejaw Mountaineering.

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