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Popular high-adrenaline films of the 40th Annual Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival go on tour in 2016 in North America and internationally
(Bozeman, Montana—September 15, 2015)—Oboz—the ‘True to the Trail’ outdoor footwear company based in Bozeman, Montana—is pleased to announce it is a major sponsor of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival’s 2016 Radical Reels Tour. Additionally, Oboz is the presenting sponsor of the Radical Reels People’s Choice Award, which will be granted on November 8th to the most popular of the new high adrenaline outdoor action films debuting at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.
Inspired by the excitement of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival—now in its 40th year—the Festival presents the wildly popular Radical Reels night—a presentation made up of short, action-packed climbing, paddling, mountain biking, BASE jumping, skiing, snowboarding, and other films.
This year, on November 3rd, climber and filmmaker Cedar Wright will emcee the highlight evening, which has become a Banff tradition and a crowd pleaser with wacky antics, outrageous stunts and feats shown on a massive screen.
On November 8th, the audience will amp up the applause-o-meter to vote for the winning Radical Reels Film—the People’s Choice Award. Josh Fairchilds, Vice President and co-founder of Oboz, will present the award. Last year’s pick was Sufferfest 2: Desert Alpine, by Cedar Wright. The film told the tale of his and Alex Honnold’s month-long bike and climbing adventures and misadventures around the Southwest United States.
Then, in the spring, the 2016 Radical Reel Tourtakes to the road, as it has since 2004, with a selection of films that were screened in Banff. The Radical Reels Tour annually visits more than 65 locations across North America, as well as internationally. Many of the screenings, hosted by local organizations, benefit not-for-profit and community organizations. More information on the current 2015 Radical Reels Tour as well as the future 2016 calendar and screening locations can be found on http://www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/worldtour/radicalreels/.
Oboz (www.obozfootwear.com) creates ‘True to the Trail™’ outdoor footwear inspired by the wild environs surrounding the company’s Bozeman, Montana home. ‘The Oboz’ is a place for exploration, play and work, as well as a state of mind that has deep respect for the area’s rich natural heritage. Oboz shoes—which debuted in stores in 2008—are designed to have meaningful innovation, steadfast performance and recognizable quality and durability. Oboz plants a tree for every pair of shoes it sells through Trees for the Future (www.treesftf.org), an international organization that improves livelihoods in communities around the world through beneficial tree planting.
About the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
The 40th Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival takes place from October 31 – November 8th, 2015 and presents the very best in mountain culture through film, photography and literature. The Festival, hosted by The Banff Centre, in Banff, Canada, presents over 75 films where audiences get the opportunity to meet, ask questions and learn from the world’s finest climbers, photographers, writers, explorers and more. This year’s Festival features climbers Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell as headline presenters of nine days of the best in mountain adventure films and books. The schedule includes the World Premiere of The Rockies Traverse, featuring paragliders Will Gadd and Gavin McClurg; the films Meru, A Line Across the Sky and Hadwin’s Judgement; in person appearances by Kit Deslauriers – the first person to ski the Seven Summits; alpinist writers Kelly Cordes and Simone Moro; and Lydia Bradey, the first woman to climb Mt. Everest without supplementary oxygen. Climber and filmmaker Cedar Wright will also make his debut as emcee presenting the action-packed Radical Reels show.
Media contact – Oboz
Boo Turner, Footloose Communications
Media contact – Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
Louise Healy, Media & Communications Officer