The Adventure Film Series at the Great Outdoors Festival
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The Adventure Film Series at the Great Outdoors Festival

This weekend the Whistler Film Festival will present its second annual Adventure Film Series as part of Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival (GO Fest), which features four days of events and activities celebrating outdoor recreation on the Victoria Day Long Weekend (May 15-18, 2015).

WFF’s Adventure Film Series features a six film lineup from six countries comprised of a selection of the world’s best independent outdoor, adventure films that range from extreme sport to activism through adventure. Mountain biking, environmentalism, surfing, base-jumping, freestyle skiing, skateboarding, SUP, snowboarding, mountain climbing and the search for freedom through action sports are among the film themes. All films are either Canadian or Whistler premieres and family friendly, with two 19+ screenings.

DATES: May 16 & 17, 2015
VENUE: 
Millennium Place (4335 Blackcomb Way) – concession available. 19+ screenings have a licensed bar. 
COST: 
Tickets $10 | WFF Adventure Series Pass $50 (see all 6 films for the price of 5) available here.

Adventure Film Series Highlights You Won’t Want to Miss…

For Action Sport Junkies: THE SEARCH FOR FREEDOM

Directed by Jon Long
Saturday, May 16 at 4:00PM

Windsurfing in 'The Search For Freedom'.

The best in the biz – Kelly Slater, Tony Hawk, Anne Boulanger, Gary Fisher and many more – discuss the freedom that comes from living in the moment and doing what makes us feel the most alive. The activity itself becomes a form of art to answer the age-old questions of “why do we do it”. The Search For Freedom provides an inside look at the Action Sports Revolution and is about the infinite possibilities available to anyone willing to drop in.

*Jon Long (Director), Laura Zeman (Producer) & Mike Parenteau (Director of Photography & Editor) will be in attendance. 

The Search For Freedom trailer: https://vimeo.com/121174641

For Skiers: DOG DAYS OF WINTER

Directed by Brian Gilmore
Saturday, May 16 at 6:30PM – All Ages, 9:00PM 19+

A skier soaring through a blue sky in the 'Dog Days of Winter'.

Where do the origins of freestyle skiing come from? Told from the point of view of pioneers of the sport, Dog Days of Winter tells the story of key people and events that set the stage for the birth of freestyle skiing and the spirit that has lead it to become the sport that it is today.

*Mike Douglas will be hosting. Brian Gilmore (Director), Stan Larsen (Producer & Subject), and Eddie Ferguson (Subject & Guest of Honour) will be in attendance. 

Dog Days of Winter Trailer: https://vimeo.com/105524041

For Surfers: THE OLD, THE YOUNG & THE SEA

Directed by Andreas Jaritz & Mario Hainzi
Sunday, May 17 at 4:00PM

A surfer rides the crashing wave in 'The Old, The Young & The Sea'.

A documentary about Europe’s surf coast and the people who inhabit, travel, protect and surf these magical shores. When you go on a camper van trip along the European Atlantic Coast you will have surprising acquaintances. The Old, The Young & The Sea is a movie about the people a conscious traveler will meet along their way. Winner of the Audience Choice at countless Surf Film Festivals, this documentary will make you proud to be a surfer.

The Old, The Young & The Sea Trailer: https://vimeo.com/79656115

For Mountain Bikers: RAD COMPANY

Directed by Jeremy Grant & Aaron Whitley
Sunday, May 17 at 6:30PM – All Ages, 9:00PM 19+

Thomas Genon front-flipping his mountain bike.

Thomas Genon performs a frontflip on his mountain bike at Retallack Lodge, near Nelson, BC Canada on August 1st, 2013.

Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company pushes the limits of free ride mountain biking and showcases the skills and passion that make Brandon one of the most versatile and explosive riders on the planet. Filmed all across BC, Rad Company features a hand picked crew of riders who drive and inspire Brandon to create the highest level of riding around.

Rad Company trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr-4LbSSriY

Guest post written by Brittia Thompson from the Whistler Film Festival.

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