Action and picturesque landscapes made up of waterfalls, mountains and wildlife are key to Banff Mountain Film Festival's hype. This year the shortest production on the roster, The Longest Way, weighs in at only five minutes. The quickie speeds through one man's yearlong walking journey — all the while tracking the steady growth of his beard — from Beijing to Urumqui. Other film selections include Eastern Rises, Dream Result, Life Cycles, The Swiss Machine and Wild Water. $10-$15. 7 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.