FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

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FRIDAY 8TH NOV

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

FESTIVAL OPENING

REARDON THEATRE, FREE EVENT


Join us for the official festival opening.

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

ART EVERYWHERE

REARDON THEATRE, FREE EVENT

ArtEverywhere co-founder and local legend Gareth Colliton will brighten up the halls of the Reardon Theatre with an art exhibition drawing inspiration from the outdoor environment. Featuring original works by Greg Mallyon, Jimmi Buscombe and Oliver Chiswell, artists will be in attendance to discuss their work. The bar will be open and the good folks from Dhiaga Wines will be on hand us to give us the lowdown on their deliciously fancy grape juice.

HOSTED BY ART EVERYWHERE

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

FILM PROGRAM 1

REARDON THEATRE, TICKETS $25 - buy now

CHASING MONSTERS

(Australia, 5 min)

Director: Krystle Wright

For the past 20 years, Australian photographer Nick Moir has been chasing weather systems throughout the world. Nick journeys through the famous Tornado alley that stretches through the American midwest that produces catastrophic yet beautiful storms that earn the appropriate nickname, monsters on the plains.


DEAD LAST

(United States, 9 min)

Director: Dylan H Brown

Australian Premiere

An inspirational short film that follows a young woman with one hand through her journey of overcoming self-limiting beliefs and attending the paraclimbing world championships.

GOOD MORNING

(France, 4 min)

Directors: Maxime Moulin, Antoine Frioux

Australian Premiere

Certain days can be really original… They depend on where you live and what you do! Richard Permin’s everyday life for instance is definitely out of the ordinary. In Good Morning, Richard endlessly repeats his morning routine. Right after getting out of bed, he clicks into his skis and rides down the snow-covered rooftops of Avoriaz.

RUN THE LINE

(Australia, 23 min)

Directors: Beau Miles, Mitch Drummond

Beau Miles lives next to the old Warragul-Noojee Railway line, of which snaked for 42km through the foothills of Mt. Baw Baw, and ran from 1892-1954. You can still see the line now as strange scars across paddocks and bold cuttings through the sides of hills. Overgrown, private, exposed and often hard to find, Beau aims to re-run the train line, picking up and finding the stations of yesteryear.

SPECIAL GUEST EXPECTED

INTERMISSION (10 min)

GLORY RIDE

(United States, 10 min)

Director: Perry Gershkow

Australian Premiere

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, resident Ian ‘Big Dog’ Glover is an example of a person who has found their calling in life and is fulfilling it. The grins on his Big Dog Surf Camp students’ faces as he satirically lectures them about reading their ‘surfing textbooks’ and ‘maybe getting to surf’ is proof of that. From a young age, Glover was taught to give a little bit of whatever he had to someone in need. Follow Glover as he shares his relationship with the ocean, enthusiasm for teaching people to surf, and a service project with craftsman Jay Nelson and artist Ian Ross.

8000+

(Germany/Pakistan 21 min)

Directors: Antoine Girad, Christian Schmidt

Australian Premiere

In July 2016, the paraglider Antoine Girard set off on a three-week hike-and-fly tour to explore the Karakoram mountains in Pakistan, alone. The Frenchman has already failed twice in his attempts to climb the 8,051 meter-high Broad Peak and paraglide down from the summit. Now, his hope is that the wind will carry him and his chute to the summit - and possibly beyond. If he succeeds, he will set a new altitude record in paragliding, but the air is thin between the 8,000 meter peaks, and take-offs and landings are extremely tricky. Especially when you only have one person to rely on - yourself.

GROOVE TRAIN

(United States/Australia, 4 min)

Director: Arjan de Kock

Australian Premiere

Paige Claassen sends ‘Groove Train’ (5.14b//8c) in Grampians National Park - the first female ascent of one of Australia's most iconic sport climbs.


LIMITLESS

(Australia/New Zealand, 9 min)

Director & Producer: Hayden Griffith, Henry Brydon

World Premiere

Adventure has always fuelled Jezza. It's lead him to guiding and exploring through some of the most remote locations on earth. But everything changed in 2010, when he broke his neck while guiding a canyon in the Swiss Alps. He emerged a C5 tetraplegic and became dependent on others to survive.

FILMMAKER + SPECIAL GUEST EXPECTED

INTERMISSION (10 min)

FREE FLOW

(Wales, 4 min)

Director: Paul Diffley

Hazel Findlay enjoys an epic day of mountain running and solo climbing in the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. Stunning shots combine with a considered soundtrack and introspection from one of the worlds best rock climbers.

ADVENTURE NOT WAR

(United States, 25 min)

Director: Max Lowe

Australian Premiere

Adventure Not War is the story of three U.S. veterans traveling back into the mountains of Iraq on a mission to heal wounds and experience the country and its culture without the shadow of war.

OSAMA & AYMAN

(United States, 7 min)

Directors: Sam Price-Waldman, Ben Mullinkosson

Australian Premiere

Osama and Ayman Abdeldayem are brothers, skateboarders, entrepreneurs, Americans, and Muslims. As they skate through the streets of their nation's capital, they navigate growing Islamophobia with characteristic style and humor.

ONE DAY AT SHIPSTERN

(Australia, 3 min)

Director: Dustin Hollick

A film featuring the mellower side of Shipstern Bluff: the rocks, the jump off the bay, a magic spot. Featuring surfers Dustin Hollick, Jy Johannessen, Jo Sandercock and one of Australia’s most iconic waves.

 
 

SATURDAY 9TH NOV

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

ABC RADIO LIVE BROADCAST

BLARNEY BOOKS & ART, FREE EVENT + FREE COFFEE


ABC South West Victoria will be broadcasting their morning radio show LIVE from the festival. ABC presenters Jeremy Lee and Anne-Marie Middlemast will interview festival guests live on radio, exploring the themes of film, art, books and the outdoors - all in the name of adventure. Sit down and enjoy the conversation while enjoying free coffee supplied by Driftwood Coffee (BYO mug).

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

ADVENTURE+BOOKS

BLARNEY BOOKS & ART, FREE EVENT + FREE COFFEE

‘BEWILDERED’


What would move you to ditch your life and take off into the wild for six months? For Melbourne woman Laura Waters, it took the implosion of a toxic relationship and a crippling bout of anxiety. Armed with a compass, a paper map and as much food as she could carry, she set out to walk the untamed landscapes of New Zealand’s Te Araroa track, 3000 kilometres of raw, wild, mountainous trail winding from the top of the North Island to the frosty tip of the South Island.


Join Author Laura Waters for a live Q&A about her inspiring adventure and new book. There will also be a heap of inspiring outdoor and adventure books for sale specially curated by Blarney Books & Art. Free Coffee supplied by Driftwood Coffee (BYO mug).

AUTHOR EXPECTED

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION

REARDON THEATRE, FREE EVENT

‘HOW TO LIVE MORE ADVENTUROUSLY’


We all want to squeeze more adventure into our lives, but often 'life' gets in the way. Isn't that a bit crazy? Letting 'life' get in the way of living? This panel discussion will look at how adventure is being redefined in the 21st Century and how microadventures can be transformative for modern-day humans. We'll also share tips and tricks for injecting more adventure and nature into your busy schedule. We're all desperate to soak up every single drop of goodness from a world teeming with possibility – our panellists are everyday adventurers and they're keen to show you how!

HOSTED BY WE ARE EXPLORERS

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

FEATURE FILM 1

REARDON THEATRE, TICKETS $15 - buy now

THE WEIGHT OF WATER

(United States, 80 min)

Director & Producer: Michael Brown

Australian Premiere


The Weight of Water is a story of a blind man balancing fear in the chaos of kayaking whitewater rapids . . . not to mention drowning, and the powerful desire to be free from a prison of darkness. He embarks, paddling his own boat, into the home of the most iconic whitewater in the world, the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. For Erik, this is not about proving something to the world. He did that when he climbed Mount Everest. This is about achieving that elusive state that so many of us seek, to be truly present. He soon discovers that all of the preparation and practice are not going to be enough his own doubts. As the Grand Canyon’s crowning rapid, Lava Falls draws closer, Erik’s fear grows till it nearly paralyzes him. When disaster inevitably strikes, Erik is then faced with a powerful choice and a rare chance to change the outcome. This choice defines the journey.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

FEATURE FILM 2

REARDON THEATRE, TICKETS $15 - buy now

THE SILVER BRANCH

(Ireland, 75 min)

Director & Producer: Katrina Costello

Australian Premiere


The Silver Branch is a philosophical vision-poem about one man’s journey through life which underpins a search to reconnect with nature and culture as primary sources from which we learn a deeper understanding of ourselves and our surroundings. An uplifting and emotional celebration of people and place, which captures the delicacy of the natural world; the heart and soul of a farmer-poet, Patrick McCormack; and the ancient rural spirit of Ireland which stands behind him. The Story is centred around Patrick and the land, The Burren, Western Ireland. A wild place where Mesolithic tombs, famine villages and present day small rocky fields are like jewels telling of our long human story on these hills. Patrick longs to farm in the quiet pace his ascendants did. But his life gains a different momentum when he’s called to Battle in the Supreme courts to decide on the fate of this iconic wilderness.

4:00 PM - 6:00PM

PRE-SHOW DINNER

COFFIN SALLY, BAR PRICES

To make sure we start the night on a full stomach, Pete and the team at Coffin Sally are opening the doors early. Join us for a pre show slice of pizza (and maybe a cheeky beer) between 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Mingle with filmmakers, special guests, and the festival crew - then it is an easy walk to the Reardon Theatre for the main event!

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

FILM PROGRAM 2

REARDON THEATRE, TICKETS $25 - buy now

WALLMAPU

(Chile, 6 min)

Director: Ben Sturgulweski

Australian Premiere

The Pehuenche people of present-day Chile speak Mapudungun: ‘the language of the land.’ This land, their universe, is known as Wallmapu. Two skiers enter, into a breathtaking creation of ancient Araucaria trees, looming volcanoes, and windblown snow.

UP TO SPEED

(United States, 21 min)

Directors: Peter Mortimer, Zachary Barr, Nick Rosen

When climbing was announced as part of the 2020 Olympics, it was a monumental occasion for the sport. But many climbers were shocked to learn that one of three combined events required to compete for a medal is… speed climbing. REEL ROCK correspondent Zachary Barr looks into this little-known and seldom practiced sub-discipline of the sport, and the role it will play in shaping climbing’s future. Barr’s journey from the U.S. to France (the birthplace of modern speed climbing) to South Asia (it’s actually huge there) culminates at an international competition in Moscow, where speed demons race up a 15-meter wall in less than six seconds.


BROKEN

(United States, 7 min)

Director: Simon Perkins

Australian Premiere

After losing his leg to cancer as a young adult, Jon Wilson struggled with the emotions of feeling broken. Challenging himself in the outdoors presented a possible remedy. Today, crutching up and skiing down mountains at night provides a distinct backdrop for Jon to explore, accept, and embrace the idea of "brokenness," allowing him to find a more sincere, genuine and honest connection with life.

THE FLOW EFFECT

(Australia, 12 min)

Director: Lachlan Henry

The Flow Effect is a documentary short film that follows an accredited freediver, Liv Rose as she explores the vast beauty of the underwater world. For Liv, Freediving is an escape from the overwhelming nature of daily life. With one breath, Liv can dive down for minutes at a time serving as both an exploratory and meditative experience. The time Liv spends underwater helps to relax her mind and allow her to ease into the aquatic tranquillity of the ocean. A passionate environmentalist, Liv strives to show us the unparalleled beauty of the ocean and the emotional connection she feels for it. She challenges us all to try Freediving, to take a moment to stop and be still, and to embrace the remedial qualities of the ocean.

FILMMAKER EXPECTED

INTERMISSION (10 min)

CARPE DIEM

(United States, 6 min)

Directors: Jake Gigliotti, Kevin Shiramizu

In a city of people trying to catch a break, one lucky man hooks into an unexpected dream that becomes the roll of a lifetime, reminding him to seize each new day as a chance to do what he loves.


LIFE OF PIE

(United States, 11 min)

Directors: Ben Knight, Travis Rummel

Australian Premiere

When Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to the tiny, conservative high desert town of Fruita, Colorado almost twenty years ago it was not on the map as far as mountain biking was concerned. Jen and Anne have left an indelible imprint on Fruita. At the outset, they were on the fringe and a bit ostracized; they’re now at the very heart and soul of the community. Unlike Moab, Fruita isn’t just known for it’s riding – you go there to eat pizza. Jen and Anne weren’t shy about using their lesbian innuendos to sell pizza, even from the beginning when Fruita wasn’t quite ready for it.


DANCING IN THE DARK

(Australia, 4 min)

Director: Spencer Frost

A cinematic poem and exploration of moonlight surfing.

FILMMAKER EXPECTED


PACIFIC LINES

(Australia, 24 mins)

Directors: Brett Williams, Simon Waterhouse

A story of cultural identity and rock climbing exploration as we follow one of Australia’s top rock climbers – 14 year old Angie Scarth-Johnson – on an adventure to a remote and rugged island in the South Pacific. After smashing climbing records around the world, Angie is now looking for her next challenge. She will journey to the Pacific island of ‘Eua with her family and friend Lee Cossey to explore her own ancestry, and search for a classic line on the wild frontier of rock climbing development. Pacific Lines is an inspiring, heartfelt and funny documentary about one of the most human subjects – identity. By exploring her family’s past, she can forge her own path ahead.

FILMMAKER EXPECTED


INTERMISSION (10 min)

FROZEN MIND: OVER THE ICE

(France/Switzerland, 4 min)

Director: Antoine Frioux, Maxime Moulin

Discover the next level of extreme freestyle backcountry in a hostile environment. Featuring Victor De Le Rue and Frederik Kalbermatten snowboarding the glacier in Saas Fee - Switzerland.


MOUNTAIN IN THE HALLWAY

(United States, 25 min)

Director: Todd Jones

Australian Premiere

Tate McDowell and Brian McDonnell were diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. Unacquainted prior to their diagnosis, they were brought together via passion for the Tetons and their battle to beat cancer. While undergoing treatments both men were reminded of their passion for the mountains through murals in their treatment facilities. This passion and their shared struggle with cancer brought Tate and Brian to the decision to share in a lifelong goal of climbing the Grand Teton. In the summer of 2017 Tate and Brian will set out to climb the Grand Teton as a symbol of overcoming and persevering through struggle. Both Tate and Brian hope to bring awareness to the prevention of colon cancer through this project.

BIG WORLD

(United States, 13 min)

Directors: David Morton, Fitz Cahall

Australian Premiere

As parents, how do we teach our kids that there is a world beyond social media, standardized tests and soccer practice? In April 2018, Eddie Bauer athlete David Morton and his seven-year-old son Thorne embarked on a week-long stand-up-paddleboard journey down the Karnali and Bheri Rivers in Western Nepal. David makes his living guiding some of the world’s most incredible peaks and Nepal is like a second home. He wanted to deepen Thorne’s understanding of the world beyond their Seattle neighborhood. Engaging with this world helps us grow. “There’s a basic paradox to parenting,” says David. “You have to keep your kids safe, but you have to teach them to take risks and follow curiosity. Life is undeniably richer with a little bit of daring."

SAND IN THE SKY

(United States, 4 min)

Directors: Dana Saint

Traveling with a baby is an interesting thing. They add all sorts of challenges to any trip you do. Long flights, strollers, nap schedules, and car seats all seem to pile up and complicate what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation. Sometimes, you may even find yourself wondering...is all this effort worth it for a baby who won't even remember the trip? All these experiences and memories will eventually disappear, like a fading dream. So is it worth it?

 
 

SUNDAY 10TH NOV

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

MICROADVENTURE

MEET AT GRIFFITHS ISLAND CARPARK, FREE EVENT


Supercharge your morning and join the We Are Explorers crew for a surprise microadventure in Port Fairy! Suitable for all ages, all you need to bring is a smile and some enthusiasm - we’ll take care of the rest. It will be outdoors and may be slightly off track so please bring suitable clothing and footwear. Approximately 1 hour duration.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

YOUTH FILM PROGRAM

REARDON THEATRE, GOLD COIN ENTRY (OPTIONAL)


We think all of our film programs are suitable for ages 0-100+. But if you’re not so sure, we’ve created a program for younger audiences. We’ve cut out the adult themes, but kept the adventure! Join us for an hour of short films designed to inspire kids to get outdoors more often. We’re offering this session free for families, with an optional gold coin donation. All money raised will be donated to the Port Fairy Film Society, a fantastic local volunteer group who do a mountain of work to support the community. No tickets or reservations.

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

FILM PROGRAM 3

REARDON THEATRE, TICKETS $25 - buy now

KAI JONES

(United States, 5 min)

Director: Steve Jones, Todd Jones, Blake Campbell

Australian Premiere

Last season 11-year-old freeskier Kai Jones had a better Spring Break than you. When the snow kept falling in Jackson Hole, he went on a rampage - tearing up the biggest, baddest terrain at his home mountain with Teton Gravity.


MY BIG WHITE THIGHS & ME

(England, 25 min)

Director: Hannah Maia

A young-ish woman has fallen out of love with her own body. Frustrated, she wishes they didn’t have to hang out quite so much. Committed to making a change she sets herself the simple goal of swimming in open water at least once a month for a year. As she braves the elements throughout the seasons to swim in wild places she also begins to appreciate the quiet heroism of a female life and it’s body. A story about womanhood, miscarriage, healing, loving your own skin & freezing your bum off in cold water.

A MILE AN HOUR

(Australia, 17 min)

Directors: Beau Miles, Mitch Drummond

Follow Beau Miles on a different kind of marathon; running one lap an hour, for 24hrs, around his perfectly mile long block. The rest of the time he does as much as possible; making things, odd jobs, fixing stuff. It's about running, doing, and thinking - the potentials of one, long, day.

SPECIAL GUEST EXPECTED

ANDREA HAH

(Australia, 3 min)

Director: Brecon Littleford

Andrea Hah is one of Australia’s leading rock climbers and the first Australian Female to climb the grade 8c / 33 on home turf. In this film, Andrea talks about the next step in her life and her return to rock climbing after the birth of her son, Max.

FILMMAKER EXPECTED

INTERMISSION (10 min)


SUMMER DREAMING

(Australia, 29 min)

Directors: Charlie Turnbull, Sam Brumby

World Festival Premiere

A journey across Iceland on foot and inflatable kayak brings three Australian friends closer together as they witness the beauty, ferocity and changing nature of the Arctic island.

SPECIAL GUEST EXPECTED


WHERE THE WILD THINGS KEEP PLAYING

(Australia, 4 min)

Director: Krystle Wright

An ode to the athlete who relishes in getting dirty, who chuckles after a long day in the mountains, effortlessly glides through the crystal clear waves and most importantly, is unapologetic in pursuing their love of getting rowdy in adventures. Director Krystle Wright brings this next installment since the wild things never stopped playing.


TEN YEARS OUT

(United States, 14 min)

Director: Meredith McKee

Australian Premiere

When the ultimate tragedy happens to Summers Moore and her family, she turns to art and the outdoors to turn grief into hope. Summers creates an amazing community along her journey of grieving.

FILMMAKER + SPECIAL GUEST EXPECTED


INTERMISSION (10 min)

NORDURLAND

(Australia, 32 min)

Director: Ishka Folkwell

Nordurland is a film about going surfing in the harsh, cold waters of the North Atlantic. It follows three friends from the subtropical northern rivers of NSW Australia, surfers Torren Martyn and Laurie Towner, as well as needessentials founder and designer Ryan Scanlon. They travel to isolated, snow covered coastlines in search of remote waves and filmmaker Ishka Folkwell, beautifully captures these vast and stunning landscapes on screen. Torren Martyn's narration throughout the film offers a personal reflection on the trip and a real glimpse into the challenges and rewards of traveling to frozen, distant lands in search of surf.

SPECIAL GUEST EXPECTED


GRIZZLY COUNTRY

(United States, 12 min)

Director: Ben Moon

Australian Premiere

After serving in the Vietnam War, author and naturalist Doug Peacock spent years alone in the Wyoming and Montana wilderness observing grizzly bears. His time in the wild changed the course of his life. With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes.


ISLAND HOME

(Australia, 5 min)

Directors: Gary Parker, Matt Hannon

When the Australian coastline comes under attack, an eclectic mix of surfers, school kids, first-nation elders and passionate folk step up to fight for what they love.

FILMMAKER EXPECTED

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

AWARDS PRESENTATION

REARDON THEATRE, FREE EVENT


The final event of the festival and official festival closing. Come cheer as our Festival Director and Jury Panel present awards for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Most Inspiring, and People’s Choice (as chosen by you, the audience!) Finish the festival in style and come along to thank all the filmmakers, special guests, volunteers and support staff that make this festival tick.

 
 

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