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Radical Reels

When: Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Where: Colorado Mesa University Center Ballroom, Grand Junction, CO

Doors Open: 6:00 PM

Program Starts: 7:00 PM

Get Your Tickets at the CMU Outdoor Program or reserve them over the phone at (970) 248-1428

Students: $5 Advanced, $8 at the Door

Adults: $8 Advanced, $10 at the Door

Local Sponsors: Grand Junction Climbing Center, PUR Holds, Horizon Magazine, The Criterion, Joshua Tree Skin Care, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, Triple Play Records, Sustainability Council, Kannah Creek Brewing Company, KMSA 91.3, Powderhorn Resort and Soqlxplorer Guiding Company.

Radical Reels Intro Video

Arrival (special edit)
(2013, Canada, 15 minutes)
Filmmakers: Kyle Norbraten, Dylan Dunkerton and Curtis Robinson,
the Coastal Crew
Classification: to be confirmed, expected to be general
Focus: biking

Featuring the talents of the next wave of mountain bike riders and
photographers, Arrival showcases diverse styles, new lines and new places.

Be the Trail
(2013, Canada, 5 minutes)
Filmmakers: Logan Tacoma, Michelle Peters, Morgan Edwards
Website: n/a
Classification: general
Focus: biking, humor

A mountain biker has a radical vision. No longer can he just ride the trail — he
must become the trail.

be the trail


Beyond the Drop
(2013, USA, 7 minutes)
Filmmakers: Seth Pulford, Mark Anders, Rush Sturges
Classification: general
Focus: paddling

Six pro kayakers from around the world connect in the rainforests of Southern
Mexico to explore the impossibly blue water of the Agua Azul. When it comes to
running waterfalls, there's a lot more to it than just the drop.

beyond the drop beyond the drop

Dream Lines IV (special edit)
(2014, Norway, 6 minutes)
Filmmaker: Jokke Sommer
Classification: general, coarse language
Focus: wingsuit

Some of the world’s top wingsuit flyers take on wild new lines in France and

Ghost Town
(2013, Canada, 6 minutes)
Filmmakers: Switchback Entertainment
Classification: general
Focus: skiing, history

In the mid 1800's, BC's mountain towns boomed as prospectors flocked north
during the great gold rush. Josh Daiek, Mike Henitiuk & Kieran Nikula arrive
150 years later in search of their own fortune.

ghost town


Nine Queens – Shades of Winter (special edit)
(2013, Austria, 4 minutes)
Filmmakers: Sandra Lahnsteiner and The Distillery
Classification: to be confirmed, expected to be general
Focus: skiing

What do you get when you invite the best female freestyle skiers and provide
them with a 24-metre floating kicker in the shape of a castle to play with? The
best-ever Nine Queens throwing down insane tricks, including things never done
by girls before.

Off-Width Outlaw
(2013, USA, 5 minutes)
Filmmaker: Celin Serbo
Classification: general
Focus: climbing

Meet Pamela Shanti Pack. Tough as nails, she’s the meanest crack climbing
thug you’ve ever met. Just don’t ask her to climb slab.

of width


(2013, Norway, 4 minutes)
Filmmakers: Fredrik Sellergren, Paul Goransson, Is This It
Website: n/a
Classification: general
Focus: wingsuit

World Wingsuit Champion Espen Fadnes on the future of wingsuiting and his
transition to life as a professional extreme sports athlete.

The Sensei (Reel Rock 8)
Radical Reels Night People’s Choice Award - Sponsored by Bergans of
(2013, USA, 26 minutes)
Filmmakers: Josh Lowell, Nick Rosen, Brett Lowell, Peter Mortimer, Big UP
Productions, Sender Films
Classification: General, no advisory
Focus: climbing

East meets West and old meets new. Twenty-something world class boulder,
Daniel Woods and 43-year old climbing veteran, Yuji Hirayama team up for the
expedition of a lifetime. But when Daniel-san travels to Japan to prove himself
worthy of Hirayama’s mentorship, the question becomes, who learns from


Supervention (special edit)
(2013, Norway, 16 minutes)
Filmmakers: Filip Christensen, Even Sigstad, Field Productions
Classification: general
Focus: skiing

World-class skiers share their delight and uncertainty as they tackle big
mountains and gnarly rail slides in spectacular Norwegian locations.


Walled In (special edit)
(2013, USA, 20 minutes)
Filmmaker: Ben Stookesberry, Clear H20 Films
Classification: general, Parental Guidance (coarse language)
Focus: paddling, adventure

Why does Ben Stookesberry always pick the sketchiest lines on a river? This
time, he’s asking himself the same question as he and his cohorts push an
exposed portage line down into the heart of a gorge. Is a kayak the way out or
just a bad idea?

Previous Films


Films to Change your World

When: Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Where: Colorado Mesa University Center Ballroom, Grand Junction, CO

Doors Open: 6:00 PM

Program Starts: 7:00 PM

Get Your Tickets at the CMU Outdoor Program, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, online at

Students: $5

Adults: $10 Advanced, $12 at the Door

Do you like movies/film festivals?

Oh, good -- so do we! And it's a treat for us to participate each year in bringing some really inspirational, entertaining, educational films to Grand Junction, courtesy of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival tours the U.S. each year to bring quality environmental documentaries by great storytellers to the whole country. The CMU Outdoor Program, Sustainability Council, and Environmental Networking for Volunteering Students partner each spring with community organizations Whitewater West, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, Western Colorado Congress, Highnoon Solor, Bookcliff Vision Center, and national sponsors Cliff Bar, Sierra Nevada, Ospray and Patagonia to show this great collection of films.

The 2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival will feature 11 new inspiring films. This year's focus is on rivers and oceans. As world resources dwindle and populations increase the fight over water based resources can do nothing but escalate.

This year CMU student will enjoy only $5 dollar entrance fees and The CMU Student Environmental
Film Contes. Students were asked to produce a 3 minute video with an environmental theme of their choice. The winner will be announced here, on our website on March 16th and the winning film will be shown in conjunction with the W&S Film Festival on March 24. We are anxious to see what the students have produced.

Students were able to choose some of the films for our particular screening. One to look for is 'Chasing Water' exploring the fate of the Colorado. Follow the Colorado River, source to sea, on a soul searching, personal journey downstream to focus on the "American Nile" and what becomes of the river's most precious resource as it supports 30 million people in the West.

This years films....

chasing water

Chasing Water

Chasing Water reflects on the fate of the Colorado River from its source to its unlikely end near the Sea of Cortez.

Photographer Pete McBride takes an intimate look at the watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family’s Colorado ranch, down river to the sea. Traversing 1500 miles and draining seven states, the Colorado River supports over 30 million people across the southwest. It is not the longest or largest U.S. river, but it is one of the most loved and litigated in the world. Today, this resource is depleted and stressed. Follow its path with an artistic, aerial view on a personal journey to understand this national treasure. McBride teamed up with his bush-pilot father to capture unique footage and also shadowed the adventure of Jon Waterman who became the first to paddle the entire length of the river


the grid

New Environments, The Grid -  6 Minutes

Germany: Community activists respond to the Chernobyl nuclear accident by creating the country’s first successful, cooperatively owned, renewable power company.“The New Environmentalists” share a common goal – safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their communities. The film is the latest in the Mill Valley Film Group’s Emmy Award-winning series featuring inspiring portraits of six passionate and dedicated activists. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries while building strong grassroots support. Narrated by Robert Redford, The New Environmentalists illustrates how ordinary people are affecting extraordinary change.


dark side

Dark Side of the Lens - 6 min

Dark Side of the Lens is one mans personal and heartfelt account of life as an ocean based photographer. This short film takes you on an eerie, stunning and moving journey amongst the epic oceanic grandeur of Irelands west coast. Renowned documentarian of the heavy salt, Mickey Smith, has succeeded in creating a visual poem of sorts, that offers a humble glimpse into his strange and magical world, reflecting insights that in turn ring true with many of our own lives. Watch Trailer


The Fishman - 10 min

The Fishman - 10 min
Mike Kasic swims the Yellowstone River like a human-fish through swift river canyons and scenic mountain views, watching trout in fast currents filled with frothing water tornadoes, stopping only to body surf river waves. His message is simple: a river is more than its water; what lies beneath is a wilderness that is often overlooked, but critical for the Yellowstone ecosystem to thrive.



Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsber's Howl - 3 min

Technology can be addictive. In a tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s classic 1956 poem, we created a short film lampooning the addictions of our generation.

Narrated by Peter Coyote.
Film by Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg.
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2011

one percent

One Percent of the Story - 15 min

1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. Here’s [a very tiny bit] of the story…trailer

Ben Knight, Travis Rummel



The Majestic Plastic Bag - 4 min

Follow a plastic bag from supermarket to its final migratory destination in the Pacific Ocean gyre. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this "mockumentary" video, hammers home the stark reality of California's plastic bag pollution situation.



When: 7:30 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Where: Maverick Center Auditorium, Room 155

Put on by the CMU Sustainability Council and the CMU Outdoor Program.

The time has come for a ski film that stands for something.  Join Sherpas Cinema as they unite spectacular cinematography with creative cinematic language to fuse passion for skiing with motivation for green initiatives and forward thinking.  In bringing the planet to life and drawing parallels between daily existence, they find a common ground between the global situation and the real individual. 

Sherpas Cinema has been an established entity in the North American ski-film industry for over 8 years now and they are set apart from the norm through their unbridled creativity, artistic flare, and motives of environmental and educational consciousness.  Their film, All.I.Can., is a spectacular visual and emotional journey from the personal to the world perspective.

Broken into the three areas of focus, the Sherpas take us on a confronting, magical and inspiring path.  Emphasizing the ‘ALL’ that has impacted our world in a natural and anthropogenic sense, what ‘Individuals in mountain cultures have recognized to be issues and what changes we ‘CAN’ strive to implement globally and make in our everyday lives.  Featured athlete JP Auclair drives home the sobering thought and environmental motivation that the film creates, stating “we feel like we need to be doing less of this and less of that.  But I don’t think it’s about doing less, it’s about doing more”.  These personal goals, motivations and passions for encouraging environmental awareness around the world, and especially in the winter climes that support the lifestyle of the professional athletes presented in the film, are portrayed throughout in an adrenaline-filled, inspired fashion.

The incredible natural cinematography, integrated music and structural components of the film have melded together in a chillingly awe-inspiring presentation of various layers, messages and stories. Taking ski-filmmaking to an entirely new level, the Sherpas are going beyond tricks and big lines and injecting a sense of morality and social responsibility.

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