Canceled: Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Arlington

UCSB’s Arts & Lectures Presents Armchair Adventure on Screen

Chasing Monsters | Credit: Courtesy

[UPDATE 3/12/19]: Arts & Lectures announced today it is canceling Thursday’s program due to COVID-19 health advisories. Below is A&L’s full statement:

Dear Friends,

We have been carefully following the rapidly-changing news about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Late last night, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California public health officials issued an updated policy on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. The state’s public health experts have determined that large gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state at this time. In light of this development, we have canceled tonight’s screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (Thurs., March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre).


We will be in touch again soon with exchange/refund procedures. 

We make this decision with the safety and health of our community as our top priority. The well-being of our patrons, artists, staff members and community is paramount during this time, and we hope these actions will make a meaningful difference as we all face this together.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. As the situation continues to evolve, we encourage patrons to monitor their email and check our website for the latest information regarding the status of our forthcoming public events.  

With best wishes, 

Arts & Lectures

The original story follows:

The ever-popular Banff Mountain Film Festival, presented by UCSB’s Arts & Lectures, will once again light up the Arlington Theatre screen, showcasing 18 outdoor documentaries over two days from around the globe. Here is the lineup:

Day 1: Wednesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.

Good Morning — This four-minute film shows skier Richard Permin on his morning routine of traversing the snowy rooftops of Avoriaz, a French resort in the Alps.

Camel Finds Water — Surfer Trevor Gordon finds an abandoned fishing boat hull in a California field, restores it, then takes it on a trip from Santa Barbara to British Columbia in search of waves.

The Imaginary Line — In February 2019, during the longest government shutdown in history, people from the U.S.A. and Mexico collaborate to create a highline across the border.

Spectre Expedition Mission Antarctica — Three friends attempt to summit the Spectre, the most remote mountain on Earth, by kite skiing nearly 2,000 km round trip while battling wind, frostbite, crevasses, and wrong turns.

Charge — Four top Canadian free skiers and a world-champ drone pilot spend one week “charging” through the 58,000 acres of Chatter Creek, BC, facing alpine bowls, glaciers, and tree runs. 

Chasing Monsters — This short follows Australian photographer Nick Moir, storm chaser extraordinaire, as he heaves himself toward the massive storms that speed through Tornado Alley in the Midwest.

A Nordic Skater — Filmmaker Paulius Neverbickas’s short tells the story of photographer Per Sollerman as he cross-country skates across frozen lakes and fjords surrounding Oslo, Norway.

Electric Greg — Endurance mountaineer Greg Hill decides to ascend 100 peaks without using any fossil fuels.

Reel Rock 13: Up to Speed — Filmmaker Zachary Barr explores the sport of speed climbing, once considered a fringe activity but now a competition in the 2020 Olympics.

Danny Daycare — Street-trials master Danny MacAskill takes kids on a bike ride around Scotland.

Photo: CourtesyDanny Daycare

Day 2: Thursday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.

The Flip — This award-winning short sees French skydiver Remi Angeli attempt his first-ever gainer flip during a base jump from a bridge in Mexico.

Defiance — Three top snowboarders ride some of the steepest mountain terrain Canada has to offer. 

Into the Canyon (Tour Edit) National Geographic filmmaker/photographer Pete McBride and former Time staff writer turned book author Kevin Fedarko document their 750-mile journey on foot through the length of the Grand Canyon. 

Surfer Dan — Michigan resident Dan Schetter finds surfing adventure on the shores of Lake Superior, which includes freezing temperatures, chunks of ice, deadly currents, and strong winds.

Bayandalai — Lord of the Taiga — A Dukhas tribe elder, Bayandalai, is the last of the great nomadic reindeer herders in northern Mongolia.

Photo: CourtesyBayandalai — Lord of the Taiga

The Ladakh Project — French slalom canoeist spends seven days paddling the treacherous Tsarap, Zanskar, and Indus rivers, three rivers that run through the Tibetan plateau region.

Gone Tomorrow: Kentucky Ice Climbing — A crew of Kentuckian ice climbers explore Appalachian hollers to find new ice routes before they melt. 

Hors Piste (Off Road) — This French-made, BAFTA Award–winning animated film tells the story of two top mountain rescuers whose latest mission tests their determination.


4•1•1 | The Banff Mountain Film Festival runs Wednesday-Thursday, March 11-12, 7:30 p.m, at The Arlington Theatre (1317 State St.). See artsandlectures.ucsb.edu or call (805) 893-3535.

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