On Thursday night, Boulder's Adventure Film Festival returns to town, opening at the Boulder Theater. This homegrown event is sponsored by Patagonia for its fifth year in Boulder and the tour now also features stops in Chamonix and Chile. The featured films showcase exploration, surfing, climbing, biking, skiing and more. Also included in the line up are films that tackle topics as broad as the environment, global awareness and social issues while always maintaining a distinct theme of adventure.
The top 30 films of the festival are hand-picked and showcase locales everywhere from Jackson Hole, WY to the Andes. Films range from "No Impact Man," which outlines attempts of a Fifth-Ave. (NYC) family who strives to yield a life with no net environmental impact for a year, to "Over the Bars" a montage of downhill mountain bike crashes recorded over the last ten years. The entire list of films is featured on Adventure Film Festival's site. The films are generally short, and shown in conjunction with others, giving the event an eclectic fast-paced feel.
Films will be shown later this week at b.side lounge as well as Patagonia, and REI on 28th Street. The event will culminate on Saturday night, 10 p.m. with an after party at b.side lounge. Tickets are available online now, or at Patagonia and The Boulder Theater in Downtown Boulder.