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Just because a film festival is focused around documentaries doesn’t mean it can’t be a rock and roll proposition.  For proof, consider The International Adventure Travel Film Festival.  This event will take place the first weekend in May at North Carolina’s Nantahala Outdoor Center and will present a three day program of “adventure travel documentaries that offer a more visceral antidote to traditional travel documentary fare.  There will also be discussion panels and live music to sweeten the deal.  Read on for all the dynamic-doc details…

Nantahala Outdoor Center Presents

International Adventure Travel Film Festival


Cult Classic Film-Maker Austin Vince Hosts Festival May 4-6, 2012

WESSER, N.C. (April 16, 2012) Nantahala Outdoor Center presents the Adventure Travel Film Festival’s inaugural Southeastern stop May 4-6, 2012. The film festival, hailing from the United Kingdom, is an international celebration of the greatest adventure travel films from the 1920s to the present day, where people from all walks of life are invited to see the world through the artistic eyes of film.

Join international hosts film-maker Austin Vince and travel writer Lois Pryce for three days and 16 films that promise to warm the heart of any adventurer. Boasting a set of independent travel films that are gritty, audacious and personal, the films offer an array of inspiring and beautifully filmed adventures that will leave anyone itching to travel.

Feature and short films range thematically from the first paddling descent of the Yenisey River through Mongolia, Siberia and into the Arctic Ocean, to “The Himalayan Adventure,” the 1958 story of three English housewives who drove a Land Rover from London to Zanskar (then a part of Tibet).  Enjoy tales of mountain biking from Mexico to Canada, alpha-females attacking the South Pole, paragliding across North America, canoeing the Congo, motorcycling through Afghanistan and much more.

Other event highlights include:

  • Presentations and Workshops: Enjoy photography clinics, video documentary classes, tales of 20,000 mile treks by motorcycle, and more.
  • Friday Night Live Music with The Secret B Sides: Named Asheville’s “Best Local Band” by the Mountain Xpress, this brilliant symphony of funk/soul/rock never fails to entertain and impress.
  • Saturday Live Music with the Natty Love Joys: Jam with a local favorite, this reggae band rocks riverside at NOC’s Pourover Pub.

The Adventure Travel Film Festival has three-day, single-day, and per film passes available:

3-Day Pass – $75: Access to all films, clinics and weekend entertainment; FREE Nantahala rafting trip.
1-Day Pass – $40: Access to the day’s films and events.
Per Film: $10

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 888.905.7238, or online at www.noc.com. All activities take place on NOC’s Wesser campus, offering onsite lodging, two restaurants, a pub, Outfitter’s Store and more.

For a complete film schedule, event details and film clips, visit NOC’s Festivals & Events page at www.noc.com/events. For more information, contact the event coordinator: info@noc.com.