Fri, 26 Nov | Reardon Theatre

SHORT FILM PROGRAM 1

Festival headline event - a selection of the world's best adventure short films with filmmaker and special guest interviews live on stage.
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SHORT FILM PROGRAM 1

Time & Location

26 Nov, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Reardon Theatre, 35 Bank St, Port Fairy VIC 3284, Australia

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DOORS & NOODLEDOOF POP UP BAR OPEN 6:00PM

EMCEE: Lisa Skerrett

Click here to watch the 2021 Port Fairy Adventure Film Festival trailer

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THE RUNNING PASTOR 

(Faroe Islands, 8 min)

Director: Tim Kemple

A story about Sverri Steinholm, a Faroese trail running pastor that explores the relationship of his spirituality both through his experiences in the outdoors and in a traditional “church” / community. Sverri is an avid runner - both on the roads and ‘in the fields’ as he says - who uses his time on the trails to work through his personal conflicts.

UNITED STATES OF JOE’S 

(United States, 21 min)

Director: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen

In rural Utah, a valley of world-class bouldering is nestled among a conservative community of Mormons, cowboys and coal miners. When a ragged band of punk rock climbers shows up, the two cultures inevitably clash. After years of antagonism, a group of climbers work with locals to build a more harmonious future. But in this divided era, is that even possible?

NATURAL MYSTIC 

(France, 3 min)

Directors: Maxime Moulin

Come aboard for three minutes of thundering skiing through the Aiguilles Rouges of Chamonix, no gimmicks or tricks and no music. Instead, the sound of the elements takes pride of place for full immersion into the tracks of this local Chamonix rider.

NO ONE CAN TAKE IT FROM ME 

(Australia, 10 min)

Director: Emily Bissland

World Premiere

It's Jim's morning swim. 120 minutes to get him in the ocean for 3. This film accompanies Jim Pevitt, an adventurous spirit caged in a body ravaged by multiple sclerosis, on his morning swim, while listening to one of Jim's surfing adventures from a time before MS. A true story written by Jim Pevitt and read by fellow Port Fairy surfer Hamish Fox.

FILMMAKER + SPECIAL GUESTS EXPECTED

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INTERMISSION (15 min)

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RUNNING THOUGHTS 

(United States, 3 min)

Director: Fitz Cahall

Sometimes, an hour is all you get. Often, an hour is all you need. In those 60 minutes, for every question that gets answered, a new one gets asked. Tension releases into the passing wind. Goals are reaffirmed. Internal yarns are spun. Knots get untangled, and everything makes sense — even if you've forgotten it all by the time you get home. Join trail runners Perry Cohen, Junko Kazukawa and José González to hear what runs through their head as they run through nature.

IF I TELL THEM 

(United States, 12 min)

Director: Oliver Sutro

Australian Premiere

James Sampsel, a plein air painter and fly-fishing guide, comes to terms with his past and a bi-polar diagnosis that hangs over his future.

ONE STAR REVIEWS 

(United States, 2 min)

Director: Alex Massey

Classic American stereotypes come to life in one star reviews. For real. In a world where everyone’s a critic, the magic of national parks is downplayed by couch potato tourists turned outdoor aficionados. Brief, beautiful and truly comical, award-winning director Alex Massey brings to light cringeworthy Yelp reactions to some of the most stunning natural wonders in America.

THE COMMUTE: A FOUR DAY PADDLE TO WORK 

(Australia, 33 min)

Director: Beau Miles

Australian Festival Premiere

Following two rivers, one drain, one sea and one creek, it turns out that paddling to work, which ends up being mostly a drag, over four full days, is bloody hard work.

FILMMAKER + SPECIAL GUEST EXPECTED

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INTERMISSION (15 min)

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AMBER OF THE SEA 

(Australia, 2 min)

Director: Mark Broadbent

Amber Bourke is the current women’s Australian pool and depth freediving champion. She can swim 4 laps of an Olympic swimming pool underwater, hold her breath for over 5 minutes, and dive to depths beyond 70m without the use of tanks or fins. This film is a brief visual and aural look into the life of the champion freediver.

GRITSTONE 

(United Kingdom, 3 min)

Director: Chris Schulte

Australian Premiere

Chris Schulte recently made a pilgrimage to explore “god’s own stone,” otherwise known as England’s famed and notorious gritstone. In his own words, everything you’ve heard about the “grit” is true … “except when it’s not.”

LEARNING TO DROWN 

(United States, 40 min)

Director: Ben Knight, Travis Rummel

Australian Premiere

Considered one of the most influential action sports athletes in the world, Jess Kimura was at the top of her game when tragedy struck. As everything came crashing down, her grief led her down a path she could have never imagined.

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