The upcoming Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour promises to transport the subtropical flatlanders who view it in Savannah on April 21 to a different world. A much colder and more vertical one.
It's a beautiful world that Brian Jolly, manager of Broughton Street's Half-Moon Outfitters, which is sponsoring the festival locally, knows from having lived in Denver.
"Mountains have a draw to pretty much anybody," said Jolly, who witnessed how his own dad responded to seeing the Denver-area mountains for the first time.
"He was a like a little boy with big eyes, and his jaw dropped.
Jolly won't know for sure which films will be shown in Savannah until right before the festival, when he'll choose from a menu of about 30 films flown in by a Banff Mountain Festival representative.
Jolly has his eye on several, including "5 Races, 5 Continents" which follows ultramarathoner Kilian Jornet Burgada, described by the New York Times as an "all-terrain human," through his 2011 season.
"Reel Rock 7: Honnold 3.0" documents free climber Alex Honnold as he unclips to climb without protection.
"It makes you nervous," Jolly said. "You start sweating just watching the film."
"Gimp Monkeys" follows a small group of rock climbers with amputations as they climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
Proceeds from the festival here benefit the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and the Georgia Conservancy.
"They're two groups active in the community trying to protect open spaces and encourage ways to be a part of them," Jolly said. "They're not just talking the talk."
IF YOU GO
THE BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR IS AT 6 P.M. APRIL 21 AT TRUSTEES THEATRE. ADMISSION IS $10. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE SAVANNAH BICYCLE CAMPAIGN AND THE GEORGIA CONSERVANCY.