Banff Mountain Film Festival stops in Jamestown

Photo submitted to Times Observer Each fall our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of backcountry scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation in Sky Migrations, one of the films to be featured when RTPI brings the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Jamestown, NY. Photo credit Max Lowe-Forest Woodward.

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

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. This is Jamestown’s 14th year as a stop on the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, 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 highly anticipated annual event is a fundraiser for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI).

“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.”

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.

New this year is premium seating for $35 that admits the ticketholder to a pre-event gathering at Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge on Fourth Street in Jamestown, 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. 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, or from the Reg Lenna box office on the day of the event. Interested attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets before the day of the event.

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 or call (716) 665-2473. Information is also available on RTPI’s Facebook page. RTPI is located at 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown, N.Y.