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Presenting Partners BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM BOOK FESTIVAL OCTOBER 29 – NOVEMBER 6, 2016 AND presents the 41st banffmountainfestival.ca 1.403.762.6301 | 1.800.413.8368 @BanffMtnFest Ines Papert, Senja Island, Norway © Thomas Senf Le Club Alpin du Canada Gazette été 2016 19 The World Tour In the 1960s, Hans Gmoser would tour across Canada in his Volkswagen showing his ski films. Chic Scott, living in Calgary, was inspired by these films. So was my husband, Jim Murphy, who, growing up in under Bay was amazed to see these movies on skiing in the Rockies presented by a real mountain guide with a strong Austrian accent. In 1980 the festival decided that we would follow in Hans's footsteps and take some of the films on tour across Canada. e idea was to do this in partnership with the ACC sections. ey would make the arrangements such as booking the venue, advertising and other tasks, and we would provide the films. All we needed was to get the sections on board with the idea. Six of the ACC sections took it on and I flew to Victoria to start it off. As I packed up for the trip it occurred to me that without the films there would be no show. I realized it would be wise to take the films on as hand luggage. So, I carried six very heavy film reels in metal cases across Canada. Air Canada would cer‑ tainly not agree to this today. Nowadays our "road warriors" take a handful of discs. And we are working on streaming directly from the computer in the future, so no physical DVD will be needed. I presented the films in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal over a week. With the budget being small, I either stayed with friends or was billeted by section members in each location. e venues in each city varied from auditoriums to high school gymnasiums. ere was only one copy of each film, no back‑up, and several of the films were very fragile. My biggest nightmare came true in Toronto in a basic gymnasium with bright lights and an old projector set up in the centre of the room. In the middle of a film, it snapped. On went the overhead fluorescent lights and I proceeded to splice the film together with scotch tape, in full view of everyone. After several attempts, the mend held and the show went on. at was a relief ! Across Canada the audiences were enthusiastic and appreciative—and keen for an annual event. Now, 40 years later, the tour goes to 40 countries including Iceland, Bangladesh and even Antarctica, and is viewed by 400,000 people every year. What I love about the tour is that many community projects benefit from their local ticket sales—cross‑country ski programs, search and rescue groups and projects such as Bikes for Bhutan. Long-time ACC member Patsy Murphy lives in Canmore with her husband, Jim. For the first five years of the BMFF she was a key staff member, organizing a wide range of logistics including advertising, securing films, lining up guest speakers and judges. Although she brought her newly adopted son, Christopher, to the office with her for the 1982 festival while John Amatt was work- ing on the Canadian Mountain Everest Expedition, she resigned her position after- ward, but continued to volunteer. She now works with the Banff Centre on a contract basis for 10 weeks each fall doing on-site logistical planning for the BMFF. She shared this story in person at the 2015 Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival Old Time Storytelling event hosted by Chic Scott.

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