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Wednesday, Jan 8 2014

Few sports lend themselves to the cinema as well as the ones featured in the Nor Cal Free Flight Film Festival. Now in its fifth year, the festival is an annual screening of all things "free flight." That's skydiving, paragliding, BASE jumping, ground launching, and speed flying to name a few. The images created are of soaring vistas and spectacular sunsets, often backed up with the whoops and cries of the camera-carrying adventurers. In addition to offering good eye candy, the festival is also a community gathering for free flight enthusiasts, and a bit of a contest. The audience votes on its favorite films. Last year's winners included a story about powered paragliding in the Tuolumne Canyon near Yosemite, and a reality show-style contest called America's Next Super Pilot. Submissions this year include Alas Sobre Monserrate, a wingsuit adventure in Colombia, and an extended trailer for the second installment in Julie Spiegler's trilogy about female paragliders, We Are Pilots.Two.

Sat., Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m., 2014

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