A scene from The Pipedreams Project

TEASER REEL: Best of the Revelstoke Mountain Roots Film Festival is Sunday night

After a successul first year, the Mountain Roots Film Festival is back for a second year.

After a successul first year, the Mountain Roots Film Festival is back for a second year.

Presented by the Friends of Mt. Revelstoke & Glacier, the film festival will showcase 13 films of varying lengths over the course of two days this weekend at the Roxy Theatre.

“Being in our second year, we’re seeing more finished quality products from the filmmakers coming out,” said Neills Kristensen, the executive director of the Friends and organizer of the festival.

Amongst some of the highlighs, Kristensen pointed out A World to Conserve, a film by Conor Hurley about the impact of Independent Power Projects on the Columbia River basin; and The Pipedreams Project, which is an exploration of the route of the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

He also noted some more fun entries such as Long Stories About Short Love and Railway Humour..

Like last year, there are several entries by local filmmakers, including Hurley, Heather Lea, Ewan Urquhart, Michelle Cole, Rob Buchanan, Francois Desrosiers and Adrian Kiernan.

“We’re in our second year and the quality of the films are getting more vibrant and more ‘Wow’ factor, which is great,” said Kristensen.

This year there will be three showings – 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. The awards gala and Best of the Fest will be on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Roxy Theatre.

Here is the complete list of movies that will be shown:

Long Stories About Short Love

6:45 minutes

Location: Vancouver

Director: Heather Lea

Relationship woes are something we can all relate to; break-ups and tears or the promising potential that starts out fan-effing-tastic and the disappears just after you decided to tell everyone about it.  Sometimes it’s just easier to laugh.

Columbia Valley Speed Flying

8 minutes

Location: Golden, Revelstoke

Director: Scott Watwood

Three Friends flying mini-para-gliders in the Columbia valley


29:55 minutes

Location: Revelstoke, Rossland, North Fork, Phoenix Mnt, Big White and Manning Park

Director: Donovan Skelton

Moments is a winter adventure film, filmed in the west Kootenays and Columbia Valley. It takes you through the progression of Dan Tudor as he grew up in Rossland and went on the film with Poor Boyz then moves to Revelstoke and shares some of the great terrain in the area.

Welcome to Revelstoke

12:28 minutes

Location: Revelstoke

Director: Adrian Kiernan

Revelstoke gives new residents Sam Tregenza, Sean Bozkewycz and Adrian Kiernan a Grand Welcome!  Film was shot in the first 2 months as new residents to Revelstoke.


5:45 minutes

Location: Glacier National Park

Director: Ewan Urquhart

Following a group of students in the Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program as they spend the weekend at the Wheeler Hut learning valuable skills from experts and the students giving back to the community after.

A World to Conserve

12:28 minutes

Location: Columbia River Basin

Director: Conor Hurley

Through adventure in the Columbia River Basin, this film tries to convey the beauty wilderness embodies and what the world stands to lose if unbridled development of Independent Power Projects is allowed to continue.  With all the development, what will be left of BC’s wilderness?

Sonnie Trotter – Crescendo

9 minutes

Location: Squamish

Director: Alex Lavigne

Alias Cinema brings in a little summer granite flavour with a look at one of Canada’s top climbers, Sonnie Trotter. Friends Paul Bride (photographer) and Marc-Andre Leclerc (climber) share some insight into Sonnie’s never ending pursuits in the inspiring Squamish Valley. Produced by local filmmaker Alexander Lavigne.

Climbing Mount Tupper

2:40 minutes

Location: Glacier National Park

Director: Rob Buchanan, Francois Desrosier and Megan Long

Uncompromising human daring and courage in the birthplace of Canadian Mountaineering – Glacier National Park.  Follow the famous Swiss guide Edward Feuz as he leads his guest up Mount Tupper in Rogers Pass in 1920’s style!

The Pipedreams project

28:32 minutes

Location: BC

Director: Faroe Des Roches and Ryan Vandecasteyen

Curtis, Ryan and Faroe kayak 900km in opposition to the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal. Leaving the city behind for adventure and the exploration of the isolated and dangerous coast of BC, they immerse themselves completely in one of the last truly wild places on Earth.

The Uphill Baker

12:36 minutes

Location: Nelson, BC

Director: JoAnne Alaric

The Uphill Baker follows Nelson Artisan Baker and Musician Tobias Jenny.

Railway Reflections – Tough Railroaders, Rough Railroad

4:20 minutes

Location: Revelstoke, BC

Director: Michelle Cole

Clancy Boetteger remembers the era of steam locatives with a story of trees upended on the line and skidding the wheel on an engine.  These were a tough breed of railroaders meeting the challenges of rough railroad where they worked and lived.

Railway Reflections – railway Humour

1:52 minutes

Location: Revelstoke, BC

Director: Michelle Cole

Join retired Railroader, Les Handley, reminiscing about “the only spot in the world were ice worms nest.” Working on the railroad in these mountains requires a good sense of humour, essential to the life of a railroader.

The Amazing Adventures of Slow Poke and Speedy

8:35 minutes

Location: Revelstoke, BC

Director: Michelle Cole

Storyteller, Hugh Chase, shares his tale of Slow Poke and Speedy in “Haste to Make Waste”.  This performance occurred during the Railway History Storytellers Coffee Club in December 2011, in Business Car #4 at the Revelstoke Railway Museum.

The schedule for each showing is as follows:

Sat, Feb 11 at 12 p.m.

Sonnie Trotter – Crescendo

Welcome to Revelstoke

The Pipedreams Project


A world to Conserve

Climbing Mount Tupper

Amazing Adventures of Slow Poke and Speedy

Saturday, Feb. 12 at 3:30PM

Columbia Valley Speed Flying

Railway Reflections – Tough Railroaders, Rough Railroad

The Pipedreams Project

The Uphill Baker

Long Stories about Short Love

A World to Conserve

Sunday, Feb. 12, at 3:30PM

Sonnie Trotter – Crescendo

Long Stories about Short Love


Railway Reflections – Railway Humour


Columbia Valley Speed Flying

Welcome to Revelstoke

Climbing Mount Tupper


Visit www.mountainroots.ca for more information.


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