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Attracting Santa Barbara’s adventurers, nature enthusiasts, extreme sports fans, and world travelers, the 36th annual Banff Film Festival had a little something for everyone. The Tuesday night showing played to a lively crowd where yipping and hollering were not only tolerated, but happily encouraged. The crowd awed at Ashima Shiraishi’s rock climbing prowess in Reel Rock: Origins—Obe & Ashima, laughed at an endearing group of aging skiers in Ski Bums Never Die, grieved for Hendri Coetzee’s tragic death in Kadoma, and left the theatre inspired by Josh Dueck’s courage in The Freedom Chair. The Banff Film Festival is a stunning example of the intersection of documentary film with the expansive beauty of the natural world. The festival captures the adrenaline, the allure, and the spirit of those who take delight in the earth’s mysteries and adventures. I left Arlington Theatre with the realization that there are so many places that I have yet to experience and so many stories that I have yet to hear. I think that is what makes the Banff Film Festival such a success: you leave the room with a renewed approach to understanding the world’s intoxicating and ineffable grandeur while cultivating an unshakable aspiration to immerse yourself in all that it has to offer.