BANFF Mountain Film Festival is Coming to Jamestown

Article Contributed by
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History’s presentation of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 7-10 PM at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Jamestown.

“For the 14th year, we’re bringing this incredible program to the screen, allowing everyone to experience these inspiring stories that drive us to keep exploring the world outside,” said Jane Johnson, Director of Exhibits and Special Collections at RTPI. “For our local screening, we show films that best reflect the interests of our community and the surrounding areas, with themes such as skiing, biking, climbing, kayaking, culture and the environment. This is one of our biggest events of the year, and once you come for the first time you’re going to be hooked!”

New this year is premium seating for $35 that admits the ticketholder to the pre-event gathering at Brazil on Fourth Street and includes free passes to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute’s upcoming exhibit, “Roger Tory Peterson: The Life, The Work, The Legacy”, opening on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Other ticket levels are $20 for adults and $14 for students and children under 14. Tickets are available from the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts box office by calling 716-484-7070, visiting reglenna.com, or from the Reg Lenna box office. Interested attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets before the day of the event.

This highly anticipated annual event is a fundraiser for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI). “We would really like to take this event to a new level this year. We are calling it “Reach the Peak”, and our goal is to sell 1,000 tickets in hopes that in future years we can have a blockbuster two-night event,” stated Johnson, “there are so many fantastic films we could share with our audience if we are able to offer two nights!” Local sponsors committed to the festival tour are Summit Wealth Management, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, Great Lakes Consulting Group – UBS Financial Services, Gary N. Johnson Insurance Agency, Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Company, RTPI members Mr. and Mrs. Allan Yahn. Additional sponsors are being sought to cover the cost of bringing these incredible films to our community. Interested prospective sponsors can contact event manager Jane Johnson at RTPI at 665-2473, ext. 228 or jjohnson@rtpi.org.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is a program of the Banff Centre. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the largest and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Following the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, Canada, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour begins a year-long tour of North America and the world. Jamestown has the exclusive rights to the local showing in the greater southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania region. This year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival. The Jamestown films are handpicked by Ms. Johnson, who works closely with a Banff tour host, making it an entirely unique experience for Jamestown attendees. The evening is filled with door prizes, food and drinks, great films and excitement. Traveling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2017/2018 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

All proceeds from the event support both the Banff Centre and the mission and programming of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, which is centered on art, conservation and education. For general information on the event itself, visit RTPI’s website at www.rtpi.org or call 665-2473. Information is also available on RTPI’s Facebook page. RTPI is located at 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown.