Mountain-climbing in Yosemite and other tales of derring-do at this year’s Vancouver Int’l Mountain Film Festival

Ptor Spricenieks, skiier and filmmaker, will be at this year's Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.

Ptor Spricenieks, skiier and filmmaker, will be at this year’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.

A documentary that tells the story of the counterculture of rock-climbing in Yosemite National Park kicks of this year’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.

The annual event celebrates the best of outdoors and wilderness films. This year’s offers not only Valley Uprising, about three generations of climbers in Yosemite, but a number of other films that will appeal to the adventurers, armchair and otherwise, among us.

Valley Uprising screens on opening night, Nov. 12 at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) and again on closing night, Nov. 15, at the Centennial Theatre (2300 Lonsdale) in North Vancouver.

On Nov. 13, the VIMFF presents Dreamline, a film by B.C. skiier/filmmaker Ptor Spricenieks, also at the Rio. Considered to be “one of the 48 most influential skiiers of the last 35 years,” by Powder Magazine, Spriceneiks will be in attendance at the screening. He has also been called “a mystic philosopher,” according to wildsnow.com. Read an interview with him here.

On Nov. 14, Friday, the VIMFF moves to Centennial Theatre. There, you can see Won’t Back Down. This doc looks at the history of downhill mountain biking through the story of one of the sport’s most iconic figures, Steve Peat.

For tickets and more info, visit vimff.org.

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