Tahoe Adventure Film Festival celebrates epic adventures

Alex Honnold by Corey Rich

Marking 15 years of adventure sports cinematography and culture, Tahoe Adventure Film Festival returns on Dec. 9 at MontBleu in Stateline, Nev., for its annual gathering of the who’s who of outdoor adventure set in a hypnotic theatrical show of go-go dancers and dramatic action imagery. It’s where the industry’s best filmmakers premier their latest adventure sports films one night only hosted by festival creator and adventurer, Todd Offenbacher.

An annual tradition, TAFF celebrates the adventure sports community with newly released films of daring exploits and epic adventures in some of the most remote places and harsh conditions that test the human spirit. Filmmakers capture the power and intensity of skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, surfing, mountain biking, BASE jumping and other heart pounding sports that feed our addiction to adventure. Some segments are special edits including previews of films that have not been released.

Each year, the festival highlights the lifestyle and culture of the action and adventure sports. The 2017 festival will feature women athletes in mountain sports, representing an awakening focus on the talent and energy they contribute to the industry. A never-before-seen edit from Matchstick Productions, cut from the 2017 film “Drop Everything,” features Offenbacher. Don’t miss the comedy edit.

Action photography by Christian Pondella, one of the top adventure sports photographers in the world, will also be on display. Pondella is a senior photographer for Powder Magazine, Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, Outside, Men’s Journal, GQ, Climbing and a variety of other publications throughout the world.

The 15th annual coveted Golden Camalot award will go to South Shore local Olympian Jamie Anderson. Offenbacher created the award to honor action and adventure sports pioneers for his or her astounding contributions, excellence, achievements and leadership that have shaped so many lives and defined Tahoe culture. Past recipients include Royal Robbins, Tommy Caldwell, Glen Plake, Fred Beckey, Jeremy Jones, Alex Honnold, Steve Wampler, the Hatchett Brothers, Corey Rich, Doug Stoup, Robb Gaffney, Chris McNamerra and Chris Davenport.

Offenbacher, TAFF founder and host of Outside Television, is part of this elite group of daredevils. He guides ski mountaineering trips to the Arctic Circle and Antarctica annually. The festival is an extension of his passionate nature and life of adventure full of challenges that helps him excel in all areas of life with greater clarity.

“I’ve traveled the globe to ski, climb, and explore where I’ve met so many likeminded people living the same dream,” says Offenbacher in a press release. “This festival comes from my heart and soul, and represents the collective passion and lessons learned to inspire everyone to pursue their dreams with gusto.”

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. followed by the films at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the MontBleu ticket office, by calling (775) 588-3515 or at montbleuresort.com.

Starting in January 2018, Offenbacher takes his show on the road to Petaluma, Park City, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Reno and Minden to ordain new converts to a life filled with adventure. For more information and to find tickets for all TAFF shows, visit laketahoefilmfestival.com.