Not from the Chicagoland area? This is a traveling film festival and could make a stop in your state.
Adventure Film began in 2003, according to their website, with “a vision of a community-based, mission oriented outdoor adventure film festival that tied indie film with art and activism.”
Over 400 films were submitted this year, from all over the world, covering all aspects of adventure. The Boulder Festival in Boulder, Colorado is the kick-off event before the world tour. The selection committee narrows it down to the top 30 films, all of which can be screened at the kick-off event. This is also a multi-day festival that includes speakers, outdoor activities, and a street fair.
The world tour is not as extensive, depending on where you live, but totally worth your time. Chicago hosted their 4th annual Adventure Film Festival this year at the Music Box Theater on November 11, 2018. Here, they narrowed it down to 11 films that were screened over three hours (plus a short intermission). The shorts varied in length from 3 minutes to as long as 26 minutes. Below are the films we had the privilege to see this year:
These were not just films about adventure seekers jumping off cliffs or skydiving in volcanoes. No, these were human interest stories that made you appreciate the good that people do for others. And also for themselves. There was one story about Lonnie, a blind man who found a love of kayaking and travels all over the country teaching other blind people how to kayak with their disability. Another story covered the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and how a rock climbing community is using their unique skills to help clear trees and roads in Puerto Rico. Our favorite story followed three U.S. veterans, all of whom did tours in Iraq, who returned to that country to explore the natural beauty of the country absent of the war. They actually went skiing in the mountains!
There were two options for admission. You could simply purchase a general admission ticket ($20) which covers the screening of the films. The VIP option ($45) included the screening, a private VIP reception that included food, two Revolution Brewing beers, a small popcorn, and a gift bag. Here are the goodies from our gift bags:
There were also some pretty good raffle items available. All of the proceeds from this event went to the Sierra Club’s Chicago Inspiring Connections Outdoors. Chicago ICO is, according to their website, “a volunteer-run community outreach program that provides opportunities for urban youth to explore and protect the natural world, while developing their leadership skills and honoring a love of the outdoors.” They take kids hiking, canoeing, camping, etc. They raised over $6,500.00 for this small event. It might not seem like much but it will go a long way for an organization like this. And we were happy to be part of it.
Look for this event next year and make you way into the city for an inspiring evening! You won’t be disappointed.