Sunday, November 29, 2009

BMFF tickets are on sale now!

Tickets are now on sale for both shows of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Algonquin Theatre. See the post below for purchase details.

The final list of films available for the World Tour has only recently been made available. I will be picking the films over the next week and hope to have them posted on this blog by next weekend.

Please check back for more details on the films. I can tell you that the films this year are generally very "family-friendly" and there will be a wide range of subject matter each night.

My suggestion: go to both nights, then you don't have to wait for the list.

Friday, November 20, 2009

BMFF tickets go on sale November 30 in Huntsville

Algonquin Outfitters is proud to host the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour once again in Huntsville. Join us and ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel! Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories and take you away to the most captivating places on earth when it comes to Huntsville's Algonquin Theatre at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday, January 20, 2010. Each evening will feature a different selection of films. Stay tuned to this blog, film descriptions will be posted by mid-December. Tickets go on sale November 30. Get tickets early and avoid disappointment, the Huntsville shows are known for selling out!

The 2009/2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 34th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 285 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s world tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out. Starting November 30, advance tickets will be available at the Algonquin Theatre box office at 37 Main St. E., in historic downtown Huntsville, on-line or by calling the theatre box office at (705) 789-4975, or 1-888-696-4255, ext. 2352.

Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for students. Folks buying tickets for both shows can exchange their two ticket stubs for a 15% discount on their next purchase at Algonquin Outfitters in Huntsville or Oxtongue Lake.

For more information on the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, you can check the Banff Centre web site, follow the tour on Twitter, read the World Tour blog and/or join the Facebook group.

For a sneak preview, here is this year's intro video. Turn your speaker volume up to LOUD to get the full effect:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Algonquin Park canoe trip video

I'm always impressed when people make the effort to do a good job recording their adventures on camera. As a "point and shoot" type photographer, I am well aware of how easy it is to take a mediocre picture, how hard it is to take a good picture and how rare it is to take a great picture.

Taking video adds an extra dimension and quite honestly, canoe tripping doesn't lend itself that well to the "action sports" genre so popular with videographers. When a couple of creative and talented people go on a canoe trip, the results can be impressive. Team Pickle's video below is such an example.

Here is the description from the Maia Media website, where the video is posted:

Back from our 17 day Canadian Adventure paddling & camping in Algonquin Park. It was most definately more of an endurance test than either of us had expected but very rewarding. In brief we saw 4 moose, got bitten by enormous mosquitos, ate too much sausage, completed 27 portages, stayed 3 nights in “a scary death cabin”, saw bear and wolf prints, caught fish and toasted 3 bags of marshmellows!

All footage has been taken using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. The footage is a combination of photographs and video footage.

Music is Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

In case you hadn't heard...

I'm guessing that Hawksley Workman is currently spending time thinking about...
Some of the great things about Algonquin Park

The votes were counted and, lo and behold, Hawksley Workman and Algonquin Park will soon be forever intertwined in song. If any of my faithful readers helped with a vote, good for you!

Listen to your local CBC Radio 2 station on November 23, as that is the day the songs will be be released. If you miss it on the radio, you will be able to listen on-line at the Song Quest website. Check the site now for more info on all the Great Canadian Song Quest winners.