The Hans Gmoser Film Preservation Project, continued...

Hans Gmoser with movie camera, ca. 1960s, Hans Gmoser fonds (V68 accn 7361), Whyte Museum of the Canadian RockiesHans Gmoser presented his films at more than 50 different venues all across North America. While the film rolled on the screen and a soundtrack of classical music played independently, Hans would personally narrate the story. All three elements came together in a remarkably seamless and beautiful production. In his films Hans took us ski touring at Rogers Pass and the Little Yoho Valley. Together we explored the icefields along the Continental Divide and climbed the east ridge of Mount Logan in the Yukon and Mount McKinley in Alaska. On Yamnuska, Mount Louis and Castle Mountain we rock climbed high above the abyss. And of course we were there in the Bugaboos for the first years of heli skiing in 1965 and 66.

All ten films are now safely stored in the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, as are seven of the original scripts. The films must first be transferred to high definition digital format, a major expense in itself. Since Hans is no longer with us to narrate the script, we have come up with a novel solution. Michael Hintringer, Hans' nephew, who was born and raised in the same town that Hans grew up in and has an almost identical accent, has volunteered to narrate the scripts for us. For the films to which an original script does not exist we are writing a commentary explaining the film. This commentary will be narrated by Chic Scott. All of this requires many hours in a sound recording studio. Finally, music must be integrated into the show. Since much of the music that Hans used in his presentations (and which still exists on tapes in the Museum) is under copyright and the original performers are hard to identify, it will be necessary to purchase the rights to suitable music.

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Further, it is our goal to interview about 15 individuals who appeared in these films and to create additional footage using these interviews, archival photos and narration to communicate the story behind each film.

It is all a very big job and it is necessary to hire a professional to put it together and to oversee the production of the final product — a ten DVD set of all the films. We have engaged Will Schmidt, a film-maker from Canmore with 35 years experience, to guide us through this complex process.

Our budget is $106,000. To date we have raised over $90,000 and feel confident that we can raise the remainder. The work has begun, we have already transferred all ten of the films to HD and recorded the narration for them.

How You Can Help:

For $500 you too can support this project and help make Hans' remarkable films available for viewing. For this donation you will receive a 10 DVD Collector's Edition Set plus a $400.00 income tax receipt from the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

If you would like to know more about this project please contact Chic Scott at

If you would like to make a donation and receive a set of DVDS please send a cheque for $500.00 payable to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, 111 Bear Street, Box 160, Banff, AB, Canada, T1L 1A3. Please mark on your cheque that it is for the Hans Gmoser Film Preservation Project and send the letter to the attention of Brett Oland, Executive Director.