Over 40 years ago, back in October 1980, the town of Kendal (England) hosted a new, low-key, two-day event. Named the “Kendal Mountaineering Film Festival,” visitors experienced art, seminars, films, and photography. Little did they know what they had started, or how influential the event would become.
As the event grew in stature and popularity it attracted greater audience numbers, plus a veritable “who’s who” from the world of climbing and mountaineering. The Festival became globally respected as a launchpad and international showcase for mountain and outdoor film. It also became recognized as the main annual social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK and Europe, and built a strong international reputation.
Since then, Kendal has gone on to become a global touring film festival spreading across the United Kingdom, China, and now for the first time, the United States and Canada.
“We’re incredibly excited and honored to finally be bringing the Kendal Mountain Tour to our friends across the Atlantic!” says Steve Scott, Director of
Kendal Mountain Festival. “Join us for an evening that will celebrate adventure stories from some of the most spectacular places on Earth. You’ll be guided through our curation featuring a unique collection of travelers, athletes, activists, and creatives.”
Kendal Mountain Tour is coming to the USA and Canada for the first time this fall, bringing a selection of the very best short adventure documentaries to North American audiences.
As part of our Art of Living Well series, Hopewell Theater presents Kendal Mountain Tour here in Central Jersey on Thursday, November 10 at 7pm.
The 2022 tour films include:
Director: Matt Pycroft
Tom Randall is a world-class crack climber. He is also a terrible runner, which is why his latest challenge seems like an odd choice. He decided to link up two of the Lake District’s biggest and toughest endurance challenges, the Bob Graham Round and The Classic Rock challenge into one hellish 24-hour mad dash. A funny, honest, genuine, and heartfelt story.
Director: Richard Sidey
Wingsuit BASE jumping is often presented as a thrill-seeking adrenaline rush. Spellbound takes us deeper into the more contemplative aspects of jumping, as David Walden and friends venture into the mountains around his home in New Zealand.
TOUCHING THE WATER
Director: Hannah Maia
Mhairi Helme’s poetic reflection of a 100 mile run around the English Lake District inspired by the landscape, the people she meets, and her fell running hero, Joss Naylor.
Directors: Ben Tibbetts & Jake Holland
Facing some of the most challenging terrain in the world, Valentine Fabre and Hillary Gerardi, two world class athletes, attempt to be the first women to ski the Haute Route non-stop from Chamonix to Zermatt.
Producer: Bob Croslin
Leo Rodgers lost his leg, then he rediscovered the bicycle. Now he’s unstoppable.
A WOMAN’S PLACE
Director: Menna Wakeford
A funny, heartwarming, and honest conversation with The Pinnacle Club. Highlighting women’s long-standing involvement in climbing, and aiming to rebalance a narrative which has been primarily about men; join members of the club as they celebrate their centenary during a global pandemic.
Director: Eric Bendick
Deep in remote Florida swamps, a team of researchers and photographers have made a new discovery that upends what we thought we knew about the ghost orchid, one of the world’s most iconic flowers, and how it reproduces.
Director – Fitz Cahall
Sometimes, an hour is all you get. Often, an hour is all you need. In those 60 minutes, for every question that gets answered, a new one gets asked. Tension releases into the passing wind. Goals are reaffirmed. Internal yarns are spun. Knots get untangled, and everything makes sense — even if you’ve forgotten it all by the time you get home. Join trail runners Perry Cohen, Junko Kazukawa, and José González to hear what runs through their head as they run through nature.
Get tickets for The Art of Living Well: Kendal Mountain Tour on Thursday, November 10 here.
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