Get inspired to get out by watching a film

Surfers and fans of surfing will converge Saturday on the Mellow Mushroom in West Ashley for the Carolina Surf Brand’s annual Avondale Surf + Ale film event.

As a relatively new fan of Netflix, I’ve indulged regularly in recent months on documentaries and independent films, more enriching fare than one can find in mainstream media and premium cable channels.

But there’s still something about going to a theater to see a film on the big screen with a bunch of strangers who hopefully turn off their cell phones and don’t eat popcorn like hogs at a trough.

Film festivals and special screenings offer the best of both worlds of watching quality films beyond the walls of your house.

This weekend, outdoorsy types have two opportunities to watch films that will help stoke the fire of adventure in their hearts, as well as one that should be on your calendar.

As local surfers await “the call” for the first contest of the year, Ocean Surf Shop’s Icebox Open, they have an option of watching their sport while enjoying some hot pizza and cold beer.

Carolina Surf Film Festival’s parent company, Carolina Surf Brand, is teaming up with Mellow Mushroom Avondale to throw a surf movie party, the second annual Avondale Surf + Ale Bash, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mellow Mushroom, located at 19 Magnolia Road.

Carolina Surf Brand’s “Minister of Stoke” Chad Davis, says the main feature will be Volcom’s “Psychic Migrations” and a few “surprise” films. Between films, organizers plan to give away apparel, a tide watch and items from partners, such as Nectar Sunglasses, Parrot Surf Shop, Volcom, SuperBrand and Evervolve.

The event also will feature photography by Quinn Knight.

Admission is free but a raffle will benefit the Charleston chapter of Surfrider.

The only problem with film festivals is many people can’t afford to travel and take time off to go to Cannes, Sundance and the host of others, so festivals are taking their shows on the road.

One of two mountain-oriented festivals coming to the Lowcountry arrives Sunday.

The Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour, which features films with themes of exploring cultures, promoting adventure and preserving environments, will have a showing for children at 2 p.m. Sunday and adults at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Charleston Music Hall.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

If you miss it or want more, mark your calendars for April 16 and 17.

Half-Moon Outfitters is hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival at 7 p.m. both nights, also at the Charleston Music Hall.

The festival is a program of The Banff Centre and is held every fall in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Like Telluride, the festival has common themes of action sports, environmental protection and adventure.

The tour will stop in 390 communities in 35 countries.

No it’s not some obscure license plate, but rather my own acronym for a long-standing February road race with a rather long name.

The 14th annual (ready for this?) Master of Environmental Studies Student Association (MESSA) 8K for H2O will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday on Folly Beach, near the fishing pier.

Every year, MESSA picks a nonprofit organization dedicate to conserving natural spaces and watersheds, such as Friends of the Edisto, Charleston Waterkeeper and Lowcountry Earth Force. This year’s beneficiary is the East Cooper Land Trust.

The fee is $25, but students attending local colleges can deduct $5 off of fees.

In an increasing trend of schools holding races as fundraisers, this weekend is Berkeley High School’s turn. The Get Fit Berkeley 5K run and walk will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the high school, located in Moncks Corner.

“Our goal is to foster community involvement through exercise and ‘getting fit’ by running and walking,” says organizer Gary Christensen. “Our 5K will begin and end on the Berkeley High School’s track while the course leads participants through beautiful Moncks Corner and Pinopolis.”