From the harrowing heights of Mount Kenya to a thunderous river in Russia, the On the Edge Film Festival takes viewers to the precipice of their seats. Cleveland's first adventure film festival shows 18 original documentaries and short films Oct. 9 and 10 at St. Ignatius High School's Breen Center for the Performing Arts. Here are three films festival director Christine Russell recommends.
Dog Days of Winter
Before Olympic freestyle skiing was a sport, semi-professional daredevil skiers hit the Colorado slopes in the '70s to perform stunts and aerial acrobatics with a carefree attitude. "This is a beautiful film," Russell says of the striking archival footage and shots of soaring mountain vistas.
Four female kayakers — an outdoor guide, a photographer, an ecologist and an emergency physician — head to Mongolia and Russia to navigate one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the world. The film's quirky personalities and first-person footage shot by the women make it a must-see.
The Water Tower
Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Pete McBride has been to all seven continents. For this film, he visits Africa to explore the effects of a water shortage near Mount Kenya. "McBride and his crew find some disturbing discoveries when they climb this mountain," says Russell.
More info: theedgefilms.com