Oly Mingo’s award-winning ride into adventure filmmaking will take him to Banff Mountain Film Festival a second time in as many years. His film “Flow — The Elements of Freeride,” released by North 40 Productions earlier this year, will share the screen with some of the world’s best outdoor shorts and documentaries Oct. 26-Nov. 3.
Mingo said the film will also be included in the Banff World Tour, which will be screened Nov. 19 at the Leavenworth Festhalle.
“Flow” follows geophysicist and mountain biker Rex Flake as he rides “Trace,” a popular trail in Peshastin unsanctioned by the U.S. Forest Service. With graphics and little sound effects, Mingo points out the flora, fauna by their scientific name and gives measurements for Flake’s heart rate, speed and flight path as he rides his bike off jumps and rocks.
In the Banff version, Mingo dropped the soundtrack from the original shown in Leavenworth last spring. Instead of “Take Me Home Country Road,” the only sounds are Flake’s breathing, the pedals clicking, birds chirping and the scrape of tires on rock and dirt.
“I felt like it translates the experience more for the viewer,” Mingo said. His aim was to focus on the interaction between nature and the rider, he said.
Mingo’s first Banff film was the Howell at the Moon feature “Pedal-Driven: A Bikeumentary,” which detailed the struggle between the U.S. Forest Service and the mountain biking community. Mingo is now creative director at North 40 Productions.
He shot “Flow” late last summer with Nate Getzin and Charley Voorhis for the Leavenworth International Film Festival, where it won “Best of the Northwest” last April. Since then, it also won “Audience Choice” at Bend Bicycle Festival and the Chasing Trail competition at pinkbike.com, a popular mountain bike website.
“I think mountain biking is going through its right of passage,” Mingo said. “It’s still small compared to other outdoor sports, but it’s growing fast.”