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February 20, 2006

Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Santa Cruz Feb. 24-26

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Santa Cruz this weekend at the Rio Theater. Proceeds benefit UCSC Recreation and the Wilderness Orientation Program. Showings are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a family matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Rio Theater is located at 1205 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz.

Photo of upsidedown ice climber

Photo: Dave Brown, courtesy of The Banff Centre

This year's tour features a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking active, environmental, and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2005/2006 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

Tickets are on sale now at the UCSC Ticket Office at (831) 459-2159 or For information about the films, contact Kathy Ferraro at (831) 459-2806 or

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is produced by Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre. Screenings of the World Tour are presented by National Geographic and Dunham Bootmakers. The festival is sponsored locally by UCSC Recreation, Adventure Sports, Bugaboo Sports, Family Cycling Center, Good Times, Pacific Edge, and Seagate.

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