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Welcome to the 35th edition of Mountainfilm in Telluride

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As this signpost passes, it’s natural to look back at our rich history (something we do on Sunday with a gathering of some of my predecessors — page 72). At the same time, while this festival could easily settle into middle age, we’re working hard to stay innovative. This year, you’ll see some changes. Most dramatically, the Library is no longer programmed for general audiences: It now offers fare geared toward different professions, such as filmmakers, photographers and writers (page 73). We’ve also added a happy hour version of the coffee talks called Booze and Banter. (I know. What took us so long?) Over 35 years, Mountainfilm has screened countless films, but I believe 2013 is the first year to help formally launch a movie. Called Dear Governor Hickenlooper (page 74), it’s a crowddirected project about fracking in the state of Colorado. Working together is what it’s all about. That’s what brought noted eye surgeon Geoff Tabin and original Lost Boy of Sudan John Dau to South Sudan to bring sight to the blind (page 69). Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes’s remarkable study of the birds of paradise is a collaboration (page 67). And teamwork is what got festival guests Tom Hornbein and Jim Whittaker to the top of Everest 50 years ago (page 64). Teamwork seems to be what’s needed in these unsettling times of perpetual war (a subject thoughtfully explored by Dirty

Wars, Manhunt and Which Way to the Front Line from Here?) and, even more unnervingly, climate change. Our Moving Mountains Symposium on Climate Solutions features such speakers as Daniel Nocera and Tim DeChristopher, who still believe in a livable future — but only if we work together to make it happen. It’s fitting that in our 35th year, one of the films in the program is actually called 35. It’s a poetic short about a climber who sends 35 pitches in Indian Creek on his 35th birthday. In it, he muses: We all have dreams, but they don’t mean much if we don’t act on them, if we put them in a drawer we label “Someday” for when we think we will have more time. Today, I am 35. That last rope length — that’s for me. For the next 35. Because I don’t want to say “I wish.” I want to say, “Damn, that was awesome.” And damn, it has been awesome at Mountainfilm for the last 35 years. And it will continue to be if we all work together. — David Holbrooke, Festival Director P.S. In a year of anniversaries in Telluride, all the best to Telluride Aids Benefit (20 years), Telluride Film Festival (40 years) and the Sheridan Opera House (100 years and where so much culture in this town, including Mountainfilm, has first taken the stage).

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3 Welcome 8 How To Mountainfilm 12 what we do 15 the films 43 Adrenaline 45 Kidz Kino

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48 schedule 57 base camp 59 PRESENTATIONS 60




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festival tips

festival tips

How to Mountainfilm The Library, Reimagined

Our smallest and pluckiest venue, The Library, was slammed with long lines and unfortunate turn-away numbers in 2012, so we have have reconceived how we program this venue for 2013. See page 73 for the full description and program guide for the new Library.

The Fitzroy Pass

Our audience has grown significantly in the past five years, but we’ve only added one venue: the outdoor Base Camp. Why? Simply put, we still have theater capacity to accommodate everyone. Our four downtown Telluride venues (the Sheridan, Nugget, Masons and Library) are our smallest and quickest to fill, so we want to drive more traffic to the larger two: the Palm and High Camp, which often have available seats. How will we do that? By creating a new, extremely discounted pass that allows access to only the two biggest theaters. Your festival feedback was instrumental in developing this pass, and we’d love to hear how it works.

TOWN Talks

Our morning Coffee Talks have become so popular that we decided to continue the conversation with libations. You’ll never be at a more interesting happy hour than these talks at two new venues: Arroyo and Smugglers. Details on page 82.

Final Beta

We realize that last-minute schedule changes can throw a wrench in your plans, so we’ve built an online clearinghouse for all TBA announcements, program changes and cancellations. For up-to-theminute updates, go to

Low-Impact Festival

In recent years, Mountainfilm has reduced its waste by over 80 percent. We will continue this effort and thank you for bringing your own coffee mug, dishes and tableware to festival-sponsored events. If you are lacking reusable dishware, pick up portable items at the Mountainfilm Store at BootDoctors & Paragon Outdoors (info below). Exceptions: Some venues will still sell concessions in the usual manner, and we cannot serve alcohol in to-go cups.


Pick up your festival program and pass at Hospitality. Located at Oak Restaurant at the Camel’s Garden Hotel near the base of the Gondola, Hospitality offers free Wi-Fi and Telluride Brewing Company beers on tap.

The Mountainfilm Store

Buy Mountainfilm in Telluride apparel at BootDoctors & Paragon Outdoors at 213 West Colorado Avenue, two doors east of the Nugget Theatre, or at the Oak Street location across from the Camel’s Garden.

Check the map (page 99) for locations, and go to Events (page 77) for parties and other special gatherings.


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New this Year

Theater Lines

All theaters have two lines: 1) pass holders and ticket holders and 2) ticket buyers. Pass and ticket holders are admitted first; additional tickets are sold for $25 if seats are still available. Queue early, especially at the smaller theaters: Sheridan (230 seats), Nugget (186), Masons (130) and The Library (65). (Read about the new programming focus at the Library this year: page 73). The back of your pass lists any restrictions.

The Q System

When lines start to form, theater staff will often issue Q tickets. If you see these colored and numbered pieces of paper being handed out, get one. The lower the number on the Q, the more likely it is that you’ll get into the theater. Qs are issued at the discretion of each theater’s staff depending upon the popularity of the program. Qs do not guarantee a seat in the theater; they merely let the staff know your place in line to prevent others from cutting in front of you. If you do not enter the theater when your number is called, you will wait until the entire line has been let into the theater.


TBAs and special screenings will be posted daily outside all theaters, at Hospitality, and online at:

Individual Tickets

Individual program tickets ($25) go on sale after all pass holders have been admitted to the theater.

Getting Around: the Gondola and the Goose

All theaters are reachable by foot, bicycle or gondola — which runs between Telluride and Mountain Village from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. On Friday and Saturday during the festival, gondola hours will be extended until 1:00 a.m. Telluride’s shuttle bus, the Galloping Goose, runs a loop through Telluride every 10 minutes. In Mountain Village, dial 970-728-8888 during Gondola hours for Dial-A-Ride services within town limits. All transportation options are free of charge. Airport Shuttle

Telluride Express provides ground transportation between Telluride and area airports: 888.212.TAXI.

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what we do

Our Mission

Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, adventures worth pursuing and conversations worth sustaining.


Mountainfilm on Tour

Throughout the year, we take films from the festival around the world, sharing single-event and multi-day shows. Hosted by a wide variety of organizations, we reach more than 30,000 people annually in over 80 locations on five continents.

Mountainfilm Commitment Grant

This program awards up to five $5,000 grants annually, along with a MacBook Pro, to filmmakers, photographers, artists and adventurers whose projects are intended to move audiences to action on important issues.

Mountainfilm in the Classrooms: Making Movies that Matter

We introduce students to environmental, cultural and social issues through handson, film editing projects that combine practical and cognitive learning skills. Students love working in a medium that is such a prevalent part of their daily lives. Mountainfilm Online

Thanks to the team at VentureWeb, we’ve built a dynamic site that offers films, updates on our remarkable guests and timely blogs about noteworthy subjects. Visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

Mountainfilm on TV

Mountainfilm has its own prime-time television show on the Outside Television cable network, programming that currently reaches more than 61 million viewers nationwide and is slated to expand significantly this year. If Outside Television serves your community, don’t miss it. If you don’t have access to it, go to to request Mountainfilm in your home. We also produce our own programming from the festival, which can be seen on

Green Screen

We continue to refine and sharpen our tradition of reducing the festival’s impact to as near zero waste as possible. Please help us: Bring your own reusable plates, bowls, cups, mugs and utensils to festival events, and please don’t use singlepurpose plastic bags, bottles or containers.

The Next Step

Next Step connects our audiences with many of the humanitarian, environmental, social and cultural causes espoused by our filmmakers and presenters. The goal is to promote action toward positive change. Take the “next step” by meeting with representatives from nonprofit and mission-based organizations on main street during our Ice Cream Social, at the Reading Frenzy, and in Telluride Town Park during the Closing Picnic.

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Blackfish Gabriela Cowperthwaite

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(Friday, 6:30 p.m., NUG; Sunday, 9:30 a.m., NUG)

IN PERSON: writer Brendan Leonard

IN PERSON: subjects Samantha Berg & Carol Ray

The number 35 holds a special significance for us this year because 2013 marks our 35th festival, so a film with this title is particularly apt. Of course it takes more than a good title to get into this festival, and this poetic reflection by a man turning 35 qualifies. It also captures the rootsy spirit of those who choose to be part of a community that prefers to be outdoors. —DH (USA, 2013, 5 minutes)

Alison Gannett, A MoveShake Story Allie Bombach (Saturday, 12:00 p.m., SOH; Sunday, 9:30 a.m., SOH)

After the Fall Matt Black (Saturday, 10:00 a.m., MAS; Sunday, 12:15 p.m., NUG)

IN PERSON: Matt Black

“Slumping” is a frightening geological phenomenon that’s happening to the town of Santiago Mitlatongo, Mexico, and After the Fall uses photographs from Orion magazine photojournalist Matt Black to tell the story of what happens when soil erosion causes homes, streets and livelihoods to slip, at the rate of one meter a day, into the valley. —DH (USA, 2012, 9 minutes)

IN PERSON: Allie Bombach & Alison Gannett

Alison Gannett is a renowned professional skier who understands the connection between the environment and outdoor pursuits. Heading up three nonprofits, including Save Our Snow, she also runs a 75-acre farm in Paonia, Colorado, She is unnerved, however, because the land she nurtures is threatened by natural gas interests. This profile of Gannett is one in a series called “MoveShake” by filmmaker Alexandra Bombach, and it will also be a part of the Dear Governor Hickenlooper project being launched at Mountainfilm this year (page 74). What you see in this short film is a woman who sustains passion and optimism, even as her immediate surroundings face potential destruction. —AB (USA, 2012, 10 minutes)

American Tintype Matt Morris

Badru’s Story Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele

(Saturday, 12:15 p.m., NUG; Saturday, 9:00 p.m., MAS)

(Friday, 9:15 p.m., MAS; Saturday, 9:45 a.m., nug)

IN PERSON: Matt Morris & Harry Taylor

World Premiere Badru Mugerwa is part of an international effort to monitor changes in vegetation and animal composition from climate change. His piece of the puzzle is in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, where he sets dozens of camera traps designed to record the movements and habits of animals, which range from agile felines to stolid primates and from tiny deer to giant elephants. It’s a job that connects Mugerwa not only to Biwindi’s animals, and to local biodiversity concerns, but also to a global issue of the most profound significance — climate change. —PK (USA, 2013, 6 minutes)

Tintype was one of the first “instant” forms of photography that allowed images to be developed quickly and inexpensively. The process was popular at fairs around the time of the Civil War, so it preceded the modern-day Instagram by over 150 years. Harry Taylor, who learned tintype as a way to keep his mind distracted during a family tragedy, says, “The perfection that you get with digital is so easy, you can’t help but take it for granted.” So he decided to go old school. See Taylor’s work at the Stronghouse Studios, and look for him at the Ice Cream Social (page 87) or the Reading Frenzy (page 86), where you might find the opportunity to have your own tintype portrait taken. —EL (USA, 2012, 4 minutes)

The more commonly known name for a blackfish became horribly prescient one February day in 2010 when a killer whale at SeaWorld in Florida, named Tilikum, took the life of one of his trainers. The sensational story made a media flash with pundits questioning the safety of keeping these massive, sentient animals in captivity. But since the media frenzy subsided, little has changed. Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s perceptive documentary introduces Tilikum, not as a cold-blooded killer, but as a misunderstood and mistreated gentle giant, taken from his mother in the waters of Iceland and shipped halfway around the world to live life in a glorified bathtub. Tilikum’s tale is not a simple one, and Cowperthwaite teases out lines of inquiry into science and the psychology of a species that is only beginning to be explored. Blackfish tells the story of a culture clash between mankind and an arguably more intelligent, intuitive being: one we call “killer” but who has never taken a human life in the wild — only in forced captivity. —EL (USA, 2013, 82 minutes)

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The Crash Reel Lucy Walker (Friday, 6:30 p.m., palm; Sunday, 8:45 p.m., BC)

Coming Up For Air Jen Randall

Bug People Paul Meyers (Saturday, 12:30 p.m., PALM; Sunday, 7:15 p.m., MAS)

Hairy spiders, giant millipedes, pale, phlegmatic larvae can be the stuff of nightmares. Yet it may come as a surprise to learn that we are not born with fear and aversion toward these critters. We learn those feelings from others. What’s more, among cultures worldwide, we are a minority for not including bugs in our diet. These facts, and more tasty tidbits, are revealed in this playful piece on insects. A swarm of locusts? No, just a side order, please. —PK (USA, 2012, 15 minutes)

Climate of Doubt Catherine Upin (Saturday, 9:45 a.m., nug)

Cascada Skip Armstrong & Anson Fogel (ADRENALINE: Saturday, 8:45 p.m., BC; Sunday, 9:30 p.m., MAS)

IN PERSON: Skip Armstrong

When a crew of filmmakers and kayakers head to the Mexican jungle to hunt big waterfalls, they find a place of unrelenting rain, heinous insects, thick mud, scary viruses and utter perfection. Cascada, another gorgeous short film by Forge Motion Pictures, follows the crew as they explore a world beyond expectations, where biting flies, tangled vines and shoddy hotel rooms can’t detract from the unrivaled waterfalls and powerful rapids they discover. —KK (USA, 2013, 8 minutes)

IN PERSON: John Hockenberry & Catherine Upin

Solutions to climate change are challenging enough to implement, but opposition from a well-organized and deeply funded group — that doesn’t accept global warming as the result of human impact — makes it near impossible. This documentary, produced for the PBS series “Frontline” and reported and narrated by John Hockenberry (host of the 2013 Moving Mountains Symposium), investigates this community of climate deniers and examines how and why it sows dangerous seeds of doubt. —DH (USA, 2012, 55 minutes)

(Saturday, 9:30 a.m., HC; Sunday, 6:45 p.m., HC)

He makes it look easy, but what climber Will Atkinson does in Coming Up For Air is extremely hard. This short film by Jen Randall points the lens on Atkinson as he sends a new 8a boulder problem at The Plantation in Stanage in England. The problem is a direct start to big air that requires an acrobatic move and massive strength. —KK (UK, 2012, 2 minutes)

IN PERSON: Adam Pearce, Kevin Pearce & Lucy Walker

Too often, true heroes do not get medals. Which is not to say that Kevin Pearce, the subject of this unflinching film by Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker, has not had his share of podium time. He’s one of the few snowboarders in the world to nab the gold from Shaun White, but his heroics have nothing to do with launching himself higher, making evermore convoluted spins or perfecting impossible landings. It has to do with more difficult matters — like will, spirit and acceptance — and that’s why Pearce deserves a medal of the highest luster. So, too, does every member of his family for helping him recover from a traumatic brain injury that he incurred during practice. Walker, who has screened Wasteland (Mountainfilm 2010), The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (Mountainfilm 2012) and Secrets of the Mongolian Archer (page 34), received a Mountainfilm Commitment Grant for The Crash Reel. —PK A 2012 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant recipient. (USA, 2013, 109 minutes)

Dear Governor Cuomo Jon Bowermaster (Saturday, 12:00 p.m., SOH; Sunday, 9:30 a.m., SOH)

IN PERSON: Jon Bowermaster & Sandra Steingraber

Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering lifting a moratorium against fracking in the state of New York. As he ponders this decision, he faces tremendous pressure on both sides. Organized by a collaboration of New York creatives — some of whom are familiar to Mountainfilm audiences: directors Jon Bowermaster (Oceans 8 2006) and Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side and Gonzo 2008, Magic Trip 2011), along with biologist and poet Sandra Steingraber (subject of Living Downstream 2012) — this concert protest film is an effort to persuade Cuomo to permanently ban the fracking of natural gas. The setting for much of it is at his statehouse steps, where actors and activists, scientists and singers — including Joan Osborne, Citizen Cope and Natalie Merchant — convene to persuade the Governor that fracking is bad for New York. This film inspired a related film project about Colorado called Dear Governor Hickenlooper, which will launch at Mountainfilm this year (page 74). —DH (USA, 2012, 75 minutes)

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Diary Tim Hetherington (Saturday, 10:45 p.m., SOH; Sunday, 9:30 p.m., NUG)

The tragic, yet inspiring, story of Tim Hetherington is told in the moving documentary Which Way is the Front Line from Here? In the brilliant and haunting Diary, Hetherington tells his own story. This short, impressionistic film is a pastiche of his own personal impressions drawn from the remarkable life he led as a war photographer, which took him to some of the worst places on the earth. —DH (USA, 2011, 20 minutes)


Expedition to the End of the World Daniel Dencik der schwarze spur (The Black Line) Masaki Sekiguchi (Friday, 9:30 p.m., PALM; Sunday, 9:45 a.m., HC)

One spring day, the guys from Ebis Films ventured into the mountains of Japan for a shoot and couldn’t help but notice the surreal, silvery quality of the snow, which had been glossed over with a fine-film crust. It reminded them so much of a photo featured in Kuroi Spur (The Black Line), the 1965 book by pioneering skiing cinematographer Keizo Miura, that they made this three-minute vignette as a tribute. In it, snowflakes waft like fine metal shavings, snow dust floats over the crust like a specter and ski tracks look like graphite lines on a chrome-finished slope. —KK (Japan, 2012, 4 minutes)

Duk County Jordan Campbell (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., SOH; Sunday, 4:15 p.m., SOH)

Dirty Wars Richard Rowley (Friday, 6:45 p.m., MAS; Saturday, 9:00 p.m., HC)

IN PERSON: journalist Roger Cohen

Jeremy Scahill, a reporter for The Nation and the protagonist of Dirty Wars, travels through some tough terrain (literally and metaphorically) to tell a disturbing story about American military might gone bad. Scahill weaves together the tragic effects of a drone strike intended for a cabal of terrorists that ended up hitting a Yemeni wedding party instead. The common thread running throughout his investigation is the shadowy, top-secret part of the military called the Joint Special Operations Command. Their role in fighting the global war on terror is shocking, but not as alarming as the fact that they appear to have little, if any, oversight from within the government, much less the public. —DH (USA, 2012, 86 minutes)

IN PERSON: Jordan Campbell, film subjects Alan Crandall, John Dau & Geoff Tabin

World Premiere Mountainfilm audiences have come to know the hyperachieving Dr. Geoff Tabin, a world-class climber who has ascended the Seven Summits and who is best known for dramatically changing the rates of curable blindness in Nepal and Rwanda. Tabin and his team from the Moran Eye Center in Park City, Utah, took their operation to South Sudan to work with John Dau (one of the original Lost Boys of Sudan whose remarkable story of survival was featured in the film God Grew Tired of Us 2007). Duk County, which was directed by Jordan Campbell, tells the story of this collaboration in which the sight of more than 200 people was restored. Unfortunately — and perhaps inevitably — this triumph is tainted by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. —DH (USA, 2013, 37 minutes)

(Friday, 9:15 p.m., NUG; Saturday, 12:15 p.m., MAS)

Expedition to the End of the World is both a literal and figurative journey for a group of adventurers identified mysteriously as “A Captain,” “An Artist” and “A Marine Biologist.” Along with several others, they sail a three-masted ship — much like pirates — deep into a fjord in Greenland. The water channel, iced over for millenia, is open to exploration only now because of the warming planet and melting glaciers. The film features stunning cinematography that captures a totally remote world untouched by modern human hands and tells an epic story of brave sailors who encounter polar bear nightmares, Stone Age playgrounds and entirely new species. The suggestion of piracy is not lost on the crewmembers, one of whom, when encountering the possibility of being attacked by a polar bear, says, “We are petty bourgeois anarchists; we don’t follow orders. Give me the gun.” Expedition teeters between the nihilistic view to pursue fun because we’re facing imminent doom and the optimistic perspective that if we recognize the situation, we should do something about it. —EL (Denmark, 2013, 88 minutes)

Flutter Dara Bratt (Friday, 9:15 p.m., MAS; Saturday, 12:30 p.m., PALM)

John Bedford is a 75-yearold man obsessed with the butterflies. Traveling around the globe — from the jungles of Vietnam to Mayan ruins in Guatemala — to watch and collect the beautiful insects, Bedford’s passion for the extraordinary takes the form of visual poetry in this short documentary. Collecting since childhood, Bedford brings his cherished specimens home to Toronto and carefully preserves them, hoping to make them last forever. —AB (USA/Canada, 2012, 9 minutes)

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The Gimp Monkeys Fitz Cahall & Mikey Schaefer

Gasland II Josh Fox (Friday, 7:30 p.m., HC; Saturday, 9:00 p.m., palm)

IN PERSON: Josh Fox & Sandra Steingraber

“Natural gas is the last gasp of the fossil fuel industry,” says one of the many compelling characters in this documentary by filmmaker and activist Josh Fox. He takes us all over America and around the world to show what is happening to the vast landscapes that are being fracked. Like the first Gasland (Mountainfilm 2010), there are shocking images of tap water on fire from methane leaks in drilling pipes and interviews with reeling homeowners. But these people — many of them reluctant environmentalists — are organizing and fighting a pitched battle against the gas companies, and Fox is on the front lines in Pennsylvania, which is open for drilling, and New York, which is considering lifting its moratorium (the film Dear Governor Cuomo on page 74 explores this issue). Fox also illustrates what is happening in Australia, Los Angeles and in Colorado. Most disturbingly, he takes us to Washington D.C., which is as murky as the water that pours from these taps. —DH (USA, 2013, 125 minutes)

Georgena Terry Amanda Zackem (Friday, 9:00 p.m., SOH; Saturday, 8:45 p.m., NUG)

The parting shot of this short documentary makes the surprised viewer want to go back and watch from the beginning more carefully. The appealing Georgena Terry, who fabricates bicycles scientifically designed for a woman’s shape and size, proves that bikes, at the least, are personally liberating machines. —EL (USA, 2012, 6 minutes)

God Loves Uganda Roger Williams

(Saturday, 9:30 a.m., HC; Sunday, 6:45 p.m., HC)

After four nights and five days, Craig DeMartino, Jarem Frye and Pete Davis scrambled to the top of the 1,800-foot Zodiac Wall on Yosemite’s El Capitan on June 9, 2012. It’s a route that’s been climbed countless times, but not like this: the first all-disabled ascent. DeMartino (who lost a leg in a climbing accident), Frye (who lost a leg to bone cancer) and Davis (who was born without an arm) didn’t accomplish the feat to raise awareness or champion their cause. They did it because they are climbers first and disabled second. Martino says, “If a climber is what you are… you want to climb El Cap.” So with four legs, five arms and three heads, they tackled the towering expanse of granite. Gimp Monkeys follows the trio’s monumental trip up the wall and examines where passion, tenacity, perspective and toughness can lead. Because, as Davis says, “The right attitude and one arm will beat the wrong attitude and two arms every time.” —KK (USA, 2012, 8 minutes)

(Saturday, 6:15 p.m., NUG; Sunday, 12:00 p.m., MAS)

Gloop Gaby Bastyra (Saturday, 10:45 p.m., SOH; KIDZ KINO: Monday, 11:00 a.m., PALM)

“Once upon a time, a genius of science, a chemist called Leo, stumbled on a substance, a curious gloopy mess, that molded into any shape the genius cared to test.” While his marvelous gloop seemed to have unlimited uses, it also had a darker side that no one could foresee. (UK, 2011, 4 minutes)

IN PERSON: subject Kapya Kaoma & Roger Williams

After introducing the memorable Music by Prudence to Mountainfilm in 2009, Director Roger Ross Williams returns with a different look at Africa. Uganda has received international attention for anti-homosexuality legislation proposed in parliament, which the media calls “Kill the Gays Bill.” Williams carefully reveals that this virulent legislation is systemically supported by American Christian missionaries. The hatred leads to a predictable series of human rights violations but also brings about some heroes to stop the madness. —DH (USA, 2013, 80 minutes)

Gregg Treinish, A MoveShake Story Allie Bombach (Friday, 9:15 p.m., MAS, Sunday, 6:45 p.m., NUG)

IN PERSON: Allie Bombach & Gregg Treinish

What does it really take to combine passion for adventure and a responsibility to protect the environment? In this “MoveShake” film, a characterdriven series, we meet Gregg Treinish, a National Geographic Adventurer who launched the nonprofit Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) in 2011. Based on the idea that those who recreate in natural areas have a responsibility to protect them, ASC facilitates partnerships between adventure athletes and researchers. Collecting scientific data on expeditions around the world, ASC has projects from Everest to Kilimanjaro. In this film, we see Treinish at home in Bozeman, Montana, and working with middleschool students from Oakland, California, on an expedition in the Sierras, proving that one person can have an impact if they set their mind to it. —AB (USA, 2012, 10 minutes)

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High & Hallowed: Everest 1963 Jim Aikman, David Morton & Jake Norton

Honnold 3.0 Peter Mortimer & Josh Lowell

(Friday, 6:30 p.m., SOH; Sunday, 12:15 p.m., HC)

IN PERSON: Jim Aikman, Brent Bishop, Tom Hornbein, David Morton, Jake Norton & Jim Whittaker

World Premiere In May of 1963, a team of brave Americans assembled on Mt. Everest in an effort to be the first from the U.S. to stand atop the world’s tallest mountain. Jim Whittaker summited on May 1, planting the American flag for his teammates to see when they reached the top. Whittaker had climbed the traditional South Col route, but two of his comrades — Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld — attempted the daunting, and previously unclimbed, West Ridge. (The duos success is considered one of the most daring climbs in history.) High & Hallowed is primarily the story of the Americans on Everest 50 years ago, but it also incorporates a modern-day attempt on the West Ridge in 2012. The team of Charley Mace, Jake Norton, David Morton and Brent Bishop (son of Barry Bishop, one of the photographers on the 1963 expedition) try their luck, but given the hideous conditions in the Hornbein Couloir, their attempt is unsuccessful. This film, directed by Morton and Norton, mixes the present and past skillfully to tell a tale that spans five decades. —DH (USA, 2013, 50 minutes)

Irish Folk Furniture Tony Donoghue

(Friday, 9:30 p.m., PALM; Sunday, 9:45 a.m., HC)

Home Turf Ross Whitaker (Saturday, 10:00 a.m., MAS; Sunday, 12:15 p.m., NUG)

In part because of long, systemic poverty, Ireland has managed to keep alive traditions that might have otherwise gone the way of progress. Home Turf takes us to a bog where a band of old turf cutters has assembled to work and catch up on news and banter. The laborious process to extract fuel from the ancient bog for winter fires is a tradition these men cherish, and one that is now starting to die. Nearby, an earth mover does the same work in only a few hours that took several men several days, but something essential — perhaps the foundation of communities — is lost in the process. —EL (Ireland, 2012, 15 minutes)

Just a few years ago, Alex Honnold was just another girlfriendless climber living in his van and roaming the Yosemite Valley. But he began putting up routes with increasing audacity and remarkable composure and then pulled off a couple of insanely bold free solo feats on Moonlight Buttress and Half Dome, shocking the climbing world and drawing media attention and public intrigue in equal measure. He was vaulted into the spotlight — appearing on the cover of National Geographic and featured in “60 Minutes,” The New York Times and even commercials. His gift: tremendous strength, steely focus and incredible mental control. Honnold 3.0 is a portrait of an intensely private person who must balance his ambitions with selfpreservation under a new set of expectations. From highball boulder first ascents to 5.13 free solos to speed records on The Nose, Honnold wrestles with this as he prepares for his biggest adventure yet: The Yosemite Triple, an attempt to climb Mt. Watkins, El Cap and Half Dome in just one day, 95 percent of it without a rope. —KK (USA, 2012, 32 minutes)

(Saturday, 6:45 p.m., MAS; Sunday, 7:15 p.m., MAS)

An Inconvenient Youth Slater Jewell-Kemker Honor the Treaties Eric Becker (Friday, 9:15 p.m., NUG; Saturday, 3:45 p.m., PALM)

IN PERSON: Eric Becker

Aaron Huey is a photographer whose evocative and richly textured work has graced Mountainfilm’s gallery walls more than once. This short piece profiles his work at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home to some 300 Lakota Sioux Indians. It’s a dark world of poverty and violence but one in which Aaron has allowed himself to be deeply drawn. Why? So that he can give voice to a people’s unspoken pain and suffering and the injustice that caused it and sustains it. —PK (USA, 2012, 14 minutes)

(Saturday, 9:45 a.m., SOH; Sunday, 4:15 p.m., nug)

IN PERSON: Slater JewellKemker

Nineteen-year-old Slater JewellKemker is a climate activist, the daughter of filmmakers and has been making movies since she was 6. An Inconvenient Youth is the story of the youth movement that is working to stop climate change. As both the director and the protagonist, Jewell-Kemker speaks truth in a way that would make proud many other guests who have previously graced Mountainfilm stages. —DH (Canada, 2012, 12 minutes)

Donoghue has brought the locavore philosophy to filmmaking. His earlier Film from My Parish (Mountainfilm 2009) and the new Irish Folk Furniture were created entirely within 20 miles of his home and feature subjects that appear, initially, to be of only limited interest. But something as simple as an old chest of drawers, when seen through Donoghue’s lens, becomes a living and breathing character, and Donoghue proves that a talented storyteller can charm us with any subject matter. In the filming of Irish Folk Furniture, Donoghue saved and restored 16 pieces of furniture and returned them to their owners. Focusing on the beauty of what we already have versus what we desire, Donoghue offers a view of an optimistic future by pointing his lens at the past. —EL (Ireland, 2012, 8 minutes)

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Keeper of the Mountains Allison Otto

Je Veux Joachim Hellinger (Saturday, 9:30 a.m., HC; Sunday, 6:45 p.m., HC)

IN PERSON: Joachim Hellinger & producer Johannes von Kirschbaum

USA Premiere You’ve never seen a climbing film like Je Veux. Joachim Hellinger, who has been bringing his inventive and well-produced mountaineering and adventure films to Mountainfilm in Telluride for 20 years, is a bit of a Francophile. He fell in love with the music of French singer Zaz (one of the most popular and identifiable musicians in France today) and was in the unique position to help her carry out her dream: performing on the top of the tallest mountain in Europe. At an altitude of 15,781 feet, climbing Mont Blanc is no small feat, especially considering that Zaz’s small band includes an acoustic contrabass. Those not familiar with Zaz will fall in love with her unassuming songs that are rooted in jazz and traditional French music; the mountaineers in the audience will be impressed, as well. —EL (Germany, 2012, 13 minutes)

K2: Siren of the Himalayas Dave Ohlson

(Saturday, 12:00 p.m., HC; Sunday, 4:00 p.m., HC)

(Saturday, 12:00 p.m., HC; Sunday, 4:00 p.m., HC)

World Premiere It’s odd to consider that the one person who has exhaustively tracked, detailed and archived Himalayan expeditions of the past half century is someone who has never climbed a mountain herself. Elizabeth Hawley has interviewed thousands of expedition leaders and is a force of nature every bit as impressive and indefatigable as any alpinist, but she has never been interested in joining them on any of the routes that she’s come to know intimately in her mind’s eye. This portrait of Miss Hawley reflects the character it chronicles by being direct, sharp and not without a sense of humor. A 2012 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant recipient. —PK (USA, 2013, 25 minutes)

IN PERSON: producer Andy McDonough, Dave Ohlson, producer Jason Reid & subject Fabrizio Zangrilli

USA Premiere Everest gets the lion’s share of media coverage, but alpinists know that K2 — at 8,611 meters, the second-highest peak in the world — is more challenging. Perhaps those difficult conditions explain why there are so few documentaries about K2, but K2: Siren of the Himalayas tells the story of a 2009 ascent of the mountain by Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, a century after the Duke of Abruzzi’s famous expedition. Filmed in Pakistan, this often-gripping documentary shows how hard it is for even the world’s finest alpinists to climb this mountain, where for every four people who have reached summit, one has died trying. —DH (USA, 2012, 75 minutes)

IN PERSON: Allison Otto

The Last Ocean Peter Young Kunye James Walsh (Saturday, 10:45 p.m., SOH; Sunday, 9:30 p.m., MAS)

Did these men and women travel here, to the windswept and starkly beautiful grasslands of Spioenkop, South Africa, to fight on historic battlegrounds, or did they come for celebration? Both, it would seem. Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding,” this short film tells the story of the 2012 Single Speed World Championships, the first held in Africa. With dreamlike shots and oblique narration, it follows mountain bikers as they fight, struggle and rediscover their love for the bike. As the film puts it, “Dust in the air suspended. The beauty vanquished. They paw the ground. They snort the air. But the hurt they deliver is unto themselves.” —KK (South Africa, 2013, 7 minutes)

The Kyrgyzstan Project Jim Aikman & Matt Segal (Friday, 9:30 p.m., PALM; Sunday, 9:45 a.m., HC)

IN PERSON: Jim Aikman & subject John Dickey

Impeccable rock, one-of-a kind setting, good and trusted friends: the stuff of climbers’ dreams. Real life is rarely so straightforward, though, and this story of a climbing trip in Kyrgyzstan is haunted by the specter of an earlier one that had frightening and dire results. In 2000, John Dickey went on an expedition to Kyrgyzstan and was kidnapped by violent militants who held him and his partners at gunpoint for six days. They made a harrowing escape, but Dickey is still troubled by the memories of what they had to do to save their own lives. His return to Kyrgyzstan extols the meaning of friendship and the healing power of climbing adventures. —PK (USA, 2012, 20 minutes)

(Saturday, 5:45 p.m., SOH; Sunday, 6:45 p.m., NUG)

IN PERSON: John B. Weller & Peter Young

Maybe you haven’t heard of the Ross Sea but after watching this film, you won’t forget it. Located in the Southern Ocean, it’s home to an abundant array of aquatic life, including whales, penguins and seals, and is the last pristine marine ecosystem on earth. No surprise, this special body of water is under threat from commercial fishing. The population of Antarctic toothfish — a particularly unattractive animal that was renamed Chilean sea bass for menus — has diminished severely, and other species may follow. The Last Ocean, directed by Peter Young and featuring photography by John Weller (whose images are at Arroyo), is clear about its intent: This body of water is more valuable as an ecosystem than as a fishery, and the way to keep it intact is by pressuring the government of New Zealand. —DH (New Zealand, 2012, 87 minutes)

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Lunarcy! Simon Ennis (Thursday, 8:45 p.m., BC; Saturday, 8:15 p.m., SOH)

Life According to Sam Andrea Fine & Sean Fine (Saturday, 9:45 a.m., PALM; Sunday, 4:15 p.m., NUG)

IN PERSON: Andrea Fine & Sean Fine

L’Homme de Glace (Ice Philosophy) Olivier Higgins & Melanie Carrier (Saturday, 10:00 a.m., MAS; Sunday, 12:15 p.m., MAS)

Sometimes, in men’s ice-cold eyes, only scarce things become precious. While the premise is quite serious, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this short film’s humorous turn. —EL (Canada, 2011, 4 minutes)

You want indomitable spirit? Sixteen-year-old Sam Berns has it in abundance. This impressive young man is not necessarily that young because he has progeria, a rare disease that ages the heart rapidly and kills most by age 13. Despite the challenges, he doesn’t stop trying to live the life of a normal teenager (actually, an exceptional teenager with impressive academic achievements). As fate would have it, his parents are both doctors, and they throw themselves into finding a cure after they are told to simply enjoy their son while they can. They gather others who suffer from progeria to identify the gene at fault and search for treatment. The filmmakers, the husband-and-wife team of Sean and Andrea Fine, recently won an Oscar for their short documentary Inocente. —DH (USA, 2013, 94 minutes)

IN PERSON: Simon Ennis

One of the most cleverly named documentaries we’ve seen at Mountainfilm, Lunarcy! is wonderful and disarming. The film follows several characters who have gone completely bonkers for the moon: Alan Bean is one of the 12 men who have walked on the moon and is now creating moon art with relics from his trip; Dennis Hope discovered a loophole in the 1967 U.N. Outer Space Treaty that bans nations from claiming ownership of extraterrestrial bodies, but not individuals; and Christopher Carson aims to be the first citizen of a colonized moon with the slogan “Luna City or Bust.” While there is definitely something quirky about these lunar lovers, they also realize humans are on a dangerous trajectory on earth, so they are looking for an escape hatch. As Director Simon Ennis says of his characters: “They were always focused on reaching for something bigger than the humdrum everyday world around us. Everyone was motivated by real optimism and a yearning for transcendence. And that’s something I can absolutely relate to.” —EL (USA, 2012, 79 minutes)

Maidentrip Jillian Schlesinger (Friday, 8:45 p.m., bc; Sunday, 4:30 p.m., palm)

IN PERSON: Emily McAllister & Jillian Schlesinger

Laura Dekker knew more about herself at the age of 13 than most of us will learn over a lifetime. At that age, she was already fighting the government of her native Holland for the right to sail around the world — solo. With support from her non-traditional family (she was born on a boat in New Zealand and traveled by sea with her now-divorced parents for the first five years of her life), she won the battle and set sail on a grand adventure a year later at age 14. Her dream was “to be the youngest ever to sail around the world alone,” but she didn’t want to set a speed record. Instead, she sought to experience the remote and wonderful corners of the planet on her own. Much of this brilliant and endearing documentary captures Dekker’s own words with video she shot during the journey. But director Jillian Schlesinger weaves it together with her own footage, media reports and charming animation to tell the story of this precocious and lovely young woman, whose fascinating life has only just begun. —EL (USA, 2013, 81 minutes)

Manhunt Greg Barker

A New Perspective Corey Rich

(Saturday, 3:30 p.m., HC; Sunday, 4:30 p.m., MAS)

(Saturday, 9:30 a.m. HC; Sunday, 6:45 p.m., HC)

IN PERSON: subject Nada Bakos & Greg Barker

David Lama is best known as the young competition climber who conquered an 8b+ at the age of 12 and went on to become a junior world champion and twice winner of the European Youth Cup. But these days, Lama is focused on the toothy peaks in the world’s tallest mountain ranges. A New Perspective follows the softspoken climber and his partner, Peter Ortner, as they tackle these heights. After free climbing the Cerro Torre in Patagonia, the pair travels to Pakistan to attempt to free climb Eternal Flame, a pitch up the Nameless Tower in the lofty Karakorum Range. —KK (USA, 2012, 10 minutes)

Osama Bin Laden became Public Enemy Number One after the diabolical attacks of 9/11 but as Manhunt thoughtfully explains, American intelligence was deeply concerned about him for more than a decade. Filmmaker Greg Barker returns to Mountainfilm (Sergio 2009 and Koran by Heart 2011) with his latest documentary that looks at how CIA analysts were aware of the dangers that Bin Laden posed. This film questions why the CIA’s clarion calls about Bin Laden and Al Qaeda went largely unheeded — until the day Bin Laden launched a multipronged attack on the USA. The answers are a painful mix of ignorance and incompetence, hubris and sexism. —DH (USA, 2013, 102 minutes)

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Nord for Sola (North of the Sun) Inge Wegge & Jorn Ranum (Saturday, 9:00 p.m., MAS; Sunday, 9:30 p.m., MAS)

Last winter, if you had happened upon a particular isolated and frigid beach north of the Arctic Circle in Norway, you might have been surprised to find two young men, two surfboards and a pile of garbage. Inge Wegge (age 25) and Jørn Ranum (age 22) spent nine months of the year — of which all could arguably be considered winter in the frozen north — testing a hypothesis that they could live happily, and even comfortably, off the waste of others. They chose this beach because it held a wellkept secret: some of the world’s finest undiscovered surfing waves. Bringing only their surfboards and their enthusiasm for adventure, the duo picked up driftwood to build a shelter, found a barrel to use as a stove, hiked to a nearby town to collect free expired food from a grocery store, caught fish and also caught waves. Almost as an aside, Wegge and Ranum piled washedup garbage (despite its remoteness, the beach seems to collect a lot of human detritus) to remove at the end of their stay. The location of their makeshift home will remain a secret, but they are generous enough to share the story of their winter North of the Sun with us. —EL (Norway, 2012, 46 minutes)


Pandora’s Promise Robert Stone (Saturday, 3:45 p.m., NUG; Sunday, 9:45 a.m., PALM)

Off the Hook Hawkeye Johnson & Craig Stein (Friday, 9:30 p.m., PALM; Sunday, 9:45 a.m., HC)

IN PERSON: Hawkeye Johnson & Craig Stein

World Premiere Jake Conner loves to mountain bike. Because of a spinal injury that left him paralyzed, he rides a specially designed hand cycle and tears up the local terrain in this short produced by the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program. —DH (USA, 2013, 4 minutes)

IN PERSON: Robert Stone

Robert Stone’s first film was an anti-nuclear weapons documentary called Radio Bikini, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1988, and his more recent film Earth Days (2009) is about the rise of the environmental movement. So Pandora’s Promise may come as a surprise. In the detailed director statement on the film’s website Stone says, “It’s no easy thing for me to have come to the conclusion that the rapid deployment of nuclear power is now the greatest hope we have for saving us from an environmental catastrophe.” His reasoning is simple: While nuclear energy does have its own complicated environmental and social costs, it’s carbon neutral and, thus, doesn’t contribute to global warming. Stone’s newest film questions much of what we accept as fact about the negative side of nuclear as an alternative to fossil fuels. Whether or not you agree with his premise, after seeing Pandora’s Promise, nuclear might be included in your future discussions about climate solutions. —EL (USA, 2013, 90 minutes)

Paradise Found Tom Swartwout (Friday, 6:30 p.m., NUG; Sunday, 9:30 a.m., NUG)

IN PERSON: Tim Laman, Edwin Scholes

World Premiere Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes have spent nearly a decade documenting the 39 species of birds of paradise that live in Papua New Guinea. The birds — which are both gorgeous and silly — prove to be elusive prey for the cameras of Laman and Scholes, but, as usual, the adventure is as much about the journey as it is the destination. This short film provides a great sense of the duo’s work, but don’t miss their presentation on Saturday at the Palm at 12:30 p.m. Also, look for banners of their photography around Telluride. (USA, 2013, 13 minutes)

Reindeer Eva Weber (Saturday, 10:00 a.m., MAS; Sunday, 12:15 p.m., NUG)

The sound of pattering hooves is punctuated by a pig-like rutting noise — but deeper and more mysterious — and we see a mesmerizing sight: a herd of reindeer spinning in circles, their instinct to run so ingrained that they continue, even when penned. Eva Weber traveled 250 miles above the polar circle to the village of Karigasniemi in Utsjoki, Finland, where she spent three days braving freezing temperatures to capture this small slice of herding life. —EL (United Kingdom, 2012, 4 minutes)

Return to the Tepuis Jenny Nichols (Friday, 9:15 p.m., MAS; Saturday, 9:30 a.m., SOH)

IN PERSON: Jenny Nichols & subject Joe Riis

World Premiere “Science is important,” says Bruce Means, whose investigative work into a species of tiny toads in remotest Guyana, South America, is featured in this engaging short. Science is also, by the look of it, exotic, exciting and not without a hint of danger. His work is about understanding biodiversity in order to help conserve it and to do so, he has to reach the toad’s habitat. In his second foray to the ancient and lost world of the Tepuis, he is joined by National Geographic photographer Joe Riis and professional climber Mark Synnott. The two men help Means, who has 45 years of experience in field ecology and almost none in climbing, descend — and ascend — a sheer, multipitch face, making this fun and worthwhile short as much about adventure as science. —PK (USA, 2013, 9 minutes)

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The Scared Is Scared Bianca Giaever (Saturday, 10:45 p.m., SOH; KIDZ KINO: Monday, 11:00 a.m., PALM)

The Rider And The Storm

Bianca Giaever asked a 6 year old what her movie should be about, and this is what he told her. —EL (USA, 2013, 8 minutes)

David Darg & Bryn Mooser (Friday, 9:15 p.m., MAS; Saturday, 9:00 p.m., MAS)

IN PERSON: David Darg & Bryn Mooser

A New York City iron worker named Timmy Brennan found escape by surfing in the waves of Breezy Point. Then Superstorm Sandy hit, destroying everything he had, including his cherished surfboard. The Rider and The Storm (directed by David Darg and Bryn Mooser, the team who brought Baseball in the Time of Cholera to Mountainfilm in 2012) tells this story of Brennan’s loss, but it’s really about what happens to him next — events that will reassure you about human nature. —DH (USA, 2013, 16 minutes)

Rising From Ashes T.C. Johnstone

Rock Wall Climbing

(Friday, 9:00 p.m., SOH; Saturday, 8:45 p.m., NUG)

Hal Clifford & Jason Houston

IN PERSON: T.C. Johnstone

(Saturday, 9:00 p.m., MAS; KIDZ KINO: Monday, 11:00 a.m., PALM)

In a year when cycling has suffered with the disgrace of Lance Armstrong, it’s a relief to see racers who recognize that it’s not all about the bike. This film relates the remarkable story of the Rwandan race team, cyclists who are pedaling away from the horror of genocide. These men are old enough to remember the family and friends they lost during the Hutu/Tutsi civil war that rocked Rwanda in the mid-1990s, yet young enough to not let it fully define them. Speed and national pride propel this reborn Team Rwanda as it is led by their brilliant and intense American coach Jock Boyer, who has a haunting past of his own. —DH (USA, 2012, 82 minutes)

IN PERSON: Hall Clifford, Jason Houston & Kathrin Houston

World Premiere Jason Houston and Hal Clifford have delivered short gems of films to Mountainfilm for the past several years — vignettes that offer slice-of-life glimpses into unusual characters. This year, the character is not so unusual: She is a quite normal, if beguiling, little girl. In fact, she’s Houston’s daughter, and she’s something of an authority on climbing, especially as it relates to climbing walls and, even more specifically, a wall in her garage that she helps to build. Her goal in climbing? To get to the top. —PK (USA, 2013, 5 minutes)

The Roper

Ewan McNicol & Anna Sandilands (Saturday, 6:15 p.m., PALM; Sunday; 12:15 p.m., PALM)

The only problem with this short film is that it’s short. The brief glimpse we get of calf roper Kendrick Dominingue’s life, and the introduction to his dream of being the best roper in the land, is like catching the scent of a rich feast and having to settle for just a lick of the gravy. —PK (USA, 2013, 6 minutes)

Running Blind Ryan Suffern

(Saturday, 3:45 p.m., PALM; Sunday, 12:00 p.m., SOH)

IN PERSON: EJ Scott & Ryan Suffern

World Premiere We hold ordinary heroes in the highest regard at Mountainfilm, so E.J. Scott should feel at home in Telluride as he fits the description perfectly. Suffering from a degenerative, genetic disease of the retina called choroideremia, Scott is slowly losing his vision. His response is to commit enormous amounts of time, money and, most likely, knee cartilage to raise funds and awareness for a cure by running a dozen marathons in a dozen states in 2012. As he says in the film, confidently directed by Ryan Suffern (who edited 2012 Mountainfilm favorites Bidder 70 and Right to Play), “If you’re trying, you’re making a difference.” —PK (USA, 2013, 32 minutes)

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Strong Fitz Cahall (Friday, 9:30 p.m., PALM; Sunday, 9:45 a.m., HC)

Sea of Rock Sebastian Doerk (Saturday, 10:45 p.m., SOH)

Scavenger Torben Bernhard (Saturday, 10:00 a.m., MAS; Sunday, 12:15 p.m., NUG)

IN PERSON: Torben Bernhard & producer Travis Low

“Can we endure the things we do or not?” asks Wichan Chaona, a poor trash picker who lives in Thailand. Reminiscent of Lucy Walker’s Wasteland (Mountainfilm 2010), this short film looks at the life of someone who has to work hard in tough conditions and still retains his dignity. Scavenger is a wonderfully spare film, telling the story of this simple and content man in a handsome, straightforward way. What makes it work is the real wisdom offered by Chaona: “If I was rich, I’d be just as happy as I am now…. What we do has more to do with our hearts. All work is the same. It is up to our hearts.” —DH (USA, 2012, 11 minutes)

USA Premiere Four decades ago, a couple of young guys hauled a bicycle up Mont Simmerstein in a rugged pocket of the Austrian Alps and attempted to ride down. The mountain — known as the Sea of Rock for its jagged armor of boulders, stones and cliffs — destroyed the bike. Local mountain biker Harald Philipp has attempted the descent many times and failed — pits, technical sections and razor-sharp stones make it a nightmare. In Sea of Rock, Philipp recruits pro trails rider Thomas Ohler in the hope that, by combining their knowledge, they can successfully thread through the wicked terrain. The film follows the riders as they find lines through this imposing and beautiful landscape, chasing the long sought-after goal with two completely different styles. —KK (Austria, 2012, 12 minutes)

The Secrets of the Mongolian Archers Lucy Walker (Saturday, 10:00 a.m., MAS; Sunday, 12:15 p.m., NUG)

IN PERSON: Lucy Walker

Archery is in the Mongol blood. After all, Genghis Khan conquered half the world with it. In this short study of Olympic archers by director Lucy Walker (who has brought to Mountainfilm Wasteland 2010, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom 2011 and The Crash Reel 2013), we see how long traditions in self-control, concentration and calm still shape the modern Mongolian sport. —PK (USA, 2012, 14 minutes)

The Sensei Nick Rosen & Josh Lowell (ADRENALINE: Saturday, 8:45 p.m., BC; Sunday, 9:30 p.m., MAS)

IN PERSON: Josh Lowell & Nick Rosen

World Premiere Forty-six-year-old Yuji Hirayama is one of the great legends of climbing. Near retirement, he plans one big swan-song mission in the wild, mystical high-altitude jungles of Borneo. But he needs a worthy partner and finds Daniel Woods, a 21-year-old goofball skater kid who is arguably the strongest human being in the climbing world. In a classic story that crosses genres, Daniel-san travels to Japan to compete for the opportunity to work with Mr. Miyagi-like Hirayama. —EL (USA, 2013, 28 minutes)

SLOMO Joshua Izenberg (Wednesday, 8:45 p.m., BC; Saturday, 8:15 p.m., SOH; Sunday, 12:00 p.m., SOH)

How has John Kitchin found a way to connect physically to the center of the world and spiritually to the divine? By rollerblading. Sounds crazy, but before you write Kitchin off as certifiable, you should consider that his actual certifications are in neurology and psychiatry. If you’re someone who questions the sanity of daily life on the success treadmill, this film may push you to do what you want — and reap the rich psychic rewards that come with rolling through life. —PK (USA, 2013, 17 minutes)

On April 6, 2011, Roger Strong was skinning to one of his favorite backcountry runs on Washington’s Snoqualmie Pass with some friends when he triggered a violent avalanche. The slide tore through the couloir, killing three in his party and leaving Strong and another skier badly injured. A year to the day after the tragedy, Strong — who spent three months in a wheelchair recovering — returns to ski the Slot Couloir and contemplate the fine balance between risk and passion. The film follows him as he reflects on his family, his love of the mountains and what he can learn from his mistakes. —KK (USA, 2013, 8 minutes)

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Uranium Drive-In Suzan Beraza UpCycling Henrique Perrone (Saturday, 10:00 a.m., NUG; Sunday, 12:15 p.m., NUG)

Tempting Fear Mike Douglas (Friday, 9:30 p.m., PALM; Sunday, 9:45 a.m., HC)

IN PERSON: Mike Douglas

Take Away Film: Uganda Kenny Laubbacher, Chryde “Christophe” Abric, Joel Sadler & Sarah Schutzki (Saturday, 6:15 p.m., NUG; Saturday, 10:45 p.m., SOH; Sunday, 12:00 p.m., MAS)

Many terrific bands have been filmed by La Blogotheque for their Take Away Shows (check it out online, and you might find yourself immersed in this art for hours). Here, they team up with the human rights group Invisible Children in Uganda to capture a band called The Very Best on film. —DH (USA/France, 2013, 6 minutes)

Andreas Fransson is an extreme skier who has garnered attention for dicey first ascents in a halfdozen countries and a horrific accident that nearly killed him. On the outside, he’s an amazing skier who isn’t afraid to confront massive danger, and a deeper look reveals an inward-gazing individual whose musings about life on the edge are thoughtful and eloquent. “Could you get the thrill of your life and feel truly alive if you knew they were perfectly safe?” he asks. “Would your consciousness be completely in the moment if you didn’t know this was serious business? Would it be a game worth playing at all if the outcome was certain?” Tempting Fear — a documentary by Mike Douglas, who directed The Freedom Chair (Mountainfilm 2012) — follows Fransson as he navigates ice- and cliff-strewn slopes of Denali and Chamonix, ponders mortality and digs into what motivates him. —KK (Canada, 2012, 25 minutes)

TINY: A Story About Living Small Merete Mueller & Christopher Smith (Saturday, 12:15 p.m., NUG; Monday, 9:15 a.m., PALM)

IN PERSON: Merete Mueller & Christopher Smith

Here’s a climate solution: Reverse the trend that has doubled the size of the average American home over the last 40 years. This enlightening and fun documentary is about idealists who decide to live in small spaces, some no bigger than a single-car garage. The filmmakers are also the protagonists, and we follow the couple as they design and build their own tiny house, a process that is both exhilarating and frustrating as they encounter unexpected obstacles. But it’s a great journey, one filled with wisdom and insight into how to live a richer life — by living smaller. —DH (USA, 2012, 61 minutes)

Two Wheels Good Barry Gene Murphy (Friday, 9:15 p.m., MAS; Saturday, 9:00 p.m., MAS)

There’s a certain dreamlike quality to this short film about some older Irish men and women who have a childlike love of bicycling. As one of the featured cyclists puts it, “It’s a great place to dream, a bicycle.” —PK (Ireland, 2013, 10 minutes)

A passion for surfing, shaping and creating something new out of something old permeates the short documentary Upcycling, which was discovered by Mountainfilm in Brazil during a São Paulo tour show. The film examines the world of a craftsman who takes used longboards and reshapes them into new ones, a process that requires many hands. This story not only captures the beauty of bringing new life to a reclaimed object, it also demonstrates the power that comes with doing something you love. —AB (Brazil, 2012, 13 minutes)

(Saturday, 6:15 p.m., PALM; Sunday, 12:15 p.m., PALM)

IN PERSON: Suzan Beraza, producer Casey Nay, & film subjects

World Premiere If you head out of Telluride approximately 50 miles to the northwest, you’ll come to a cluster of small towns — Naturita, Paradox and the ghost-town of Uravan — which are collectively called the West End. These dusty, hardscrabble places are vastly different from comparatively plush Telluride, which has tourism to fuel its economic engine. Without such revenues in the West End, many locals there hope that a proposed uranium mill will provide the livelihood they desperately need. Given its potential health and environmental risks, however, the mill is controversial, both in the West End and in Telluride. Uranium Drive-In looks at this conundrum from both sides. Directed by Suzan Beraza, the film is different from her previous effort Bag It, which won the Audience Award at Mountainfilm in 2010. Don’t expect an exposé on nuclear power: What you will see in this haunting, elegiac piece is the story of a dying town that is given one last chance — but at what cost? —DH A 2011 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant recipient. (USA, 2013, 70 minutes)

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WideBoyz Paul Diffley & Chris Alstrin (Saturday, 9:30 a.m., HC; Sunday, 6:45 p.m., HC)

Which Way is the Front Line from Here? Sebastian Junger (Saturday, 6:15 p.m., HC; Sunday, 9:30 p.m., NUG)

IN PERSON: Roger Cohen

Well-Fed Anna Moot-Levin

The Water Tower Peter McBride (Saturday, 9:30 a.m., SOH; Sunday, 12:15 p.m., HC)

IN PERSON: Peter McBride & Jake Norton

Following his elegiac look at the plight of the Colorado River in Chasing Water (Mountainfilm 2011), filmmaker, photographer and adventurer Pete McBride turns his talents to an analogous story about the vast watershed beneath Mt. Kenya and the challenges it faces. Beautifully shot and thoughtfully written, this film paints a human portrait of climate change and frames it in forces far greater than human. —PK (USA, 2013, 27 minutes)

(Saturday, 10:45 p.m., SOH; KIDZ KINO: Monday, 11:00 a.m., PALM)

In the plant kingdom, carnivorous organisms hold a certain allure. Despite their viciousness, they are beautiful, complex creations that have inspired in some people an interest that verges on obsession. Well-Fed takes a look inside the unusual world of carnivorous plants and its devoted collectors — from a man in California who houses one of the largest collections in the world to a young man who was forced to construct a greenhouse when he started with one plant and quickly amassed more than 200. —AB (USA, 2011, 7 minutes)

“He didn’t see a division between being a photographer or a videographer or a journalist or a humanitarian or a participant. He was just Tim,” says a colleague about Tim Hetherington. Which Way to the Front Line from Here? is a portrait by Sebastian Junger, who co-directed Oscar-nominated Restrepo (Mountainfilm 2010) with Hetherington. The affable Hetherington captured the horrors of war through his lens, not in an attempt to understand it as a geopolitical or military subject, but as one friend says, to answer the question: “How do young men see themselves in war and why?” The only way to find out was from the front lines and in April 2011, Hetherington went to Libya where a civil war was in full throttle. While traveling in Misrata, he was killed. As Junger says in the film, “The core reality of war isn’t that you might get killed out there — that’s obvious. The core truth of war is that you’re guaranteed to lose your brothers.” —DH (USA, 2013, 77 minutes)

IN PERSON: Chris Alstrin

USA Premiere This film features bloody knuckles, all-out grunt sessions and willful participation in pain. Welcome to the world of off-width crack climbing, a sub-genre that attracts a rare breed willing to jam elbows, knees, torsos — whatever it takes, really — into large cracks for climbing ascents. It’s painful, tough and occasionally downright awful. But two British climbers, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, love it. WideBoyz follows the off-width-obsessed pair as they undertake an insane two-year training regime — most of it spent hanging upside down in the “dungeon of doom” they set up in Whittaker’s basement — in preparation for a trip to the holy land of off-widths: the American West. After touring some of the country’s best known big cracks — and ticking them off with impressive swiftness — they head to the ultimate test. The Century Crack, 120 feet of overhanging off-width in the Canyonlands of Utah, is considered the world’s hardest off-width. After dreaming about the first ascent of it for years, the British duo finally gets a shot at this beautiful, hellish crack. —KK (United Kingdom, 2012, 50 minutes)

Wolf Mountain Sam Price-Waldman, Dan Duran & Brendan Nahmias (Saturday, 4:00 p.m., MAS; Sunday, 9:30 a.m., MAS)

Wings of Life Louis Schwartzberg (Saturday, 4:00 p.m., MAS; Sunday, 9:30 a.m., MAS)

IN PERSON: Louis Schwartzberg

This film is a great way for children to learn about the birds and the bees — literally. Wings of Life is the story of pollination, an ongoing dance between flowers and the bees, bats, hummingbirds and butterflies that are essential to life on earth, particularly for humans. Filmed in stunning slow motion by director Louis Schwartzberg, this documentary captures unforgettable images of these creatures. But it’s not just about dazzling cinematography, this is also a cautionary tale about how these pollinators are losing habitat and suffering from other human-caused environmental stresses that are putting them — and us — in peril. —DH (USA, 2011, 79 minutes)

IN PERSON: Sam Price-Waldman, Dan Duran & Brendan Nahmias

The wolves featured in this short live in a shelter and have never known life in the wild. But you would never know that by looking into their eyes or listening to their howls, which express a connection to a deep, abiding and mysterious place that has no link with captivity. —PK (USA, 2012, 7 minutes)

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Xmas Without China Alicia Dwyer

B la ck fis h • T h e Cr a s h R ee l • D iar y D ir ty W a r s • D u k Co u n ty • G od Lov e s U ganda?? Ma n h u n t • R is in g F r o m As he s Wh ich Wa y is th e F r o n t Line fr om H e r e ?

It really is that special.

(Saturday, 6:45 p.m., MAS; Sunday, 7:15 p.m., MAS)

IN PERSON: producer and subject Tom Xia

What would it be like to spend a month without the ubiquitous “Made in China” label? What if that month was December? One all-American family accepts this challenge from Chinese immigrant Tom Xia, who moved with his family to the U.S. when he was a child and wanted to explore the relationship of his adopted homeland to the goods coming from his native one. The rules: One lucky (?) American family must remove everything made in China from their home temporarily and cannot purchase any new products with a Chinese label for an entire holiday season. Eliciting the help of filmmaking neighbors and a naively optimistic family, Xia — whose life teeters between Chinese and American worlds and identities — is a conflicted and kind guide through Xmas Without China. The challenge is not without both comedy and tragedy, and like any good story, this one resonates with those of us trying to live a happy and conscientious life. Questions of family, success and consumerism swirl into an entertaining soup of personal identity, and while the answers aren’t easy, it’s fun trying to figure them out. —EL (USA, 2013, 60 minutes)

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SATURDAY, MAY 25, 8:45 P.M., BASE CAMP OUTDOOR THEATRE IN TELLURIDE TOWN PARK The Adrenaline program was curated and written by Stash Wislocki, Mountainfilm producer, and Ben Knight of Felt Soul Media. Free and open to the public. Films are listed in screening order.

Split of a Second John Boisen & Bjorn Favremark

Trip (Colored Snow) Nicolas Falquet

Prepare for a mix of goose bumps and nausea as finely calculated risk meets pure insanity. Split of a Second gets inside the thoughts and motives of wingsuit world champion Espen Fadnes. (USA, 2012, 9 minutes)

Twisting the perspective of skiing powder with dazzling colors, this film harks back to the days of Roger Brown and The Mobius Flip. (Switzerland, 2013, 3 minutes)

Lacon De Catalonia Niels Windfeldt If your backyard mountain bike jumps require a five-story drop-in ramp for speed, chances are your name is Andreu Lacondeguy. The Antimedia film crew takes us to Lacondeguy’s training compound in the suburbs of Barcelona, Spain, for a day in the life of one of the best riders in the world. (Spain, 2012, 5 minutes)

Here & There Elliot Leboe Filmed in Hawaii and Nicaragua, Here & There is about great surf and big air and reminds us that surfing is no longer just about riding the wave — it’s about what can be done above it. (USA, 2013, 5 minutes)

Paper Shredder Paul & Stephen Gemignani This painstakingly produced stop-action snowboard film is not what you might expect from our usual Adrenaline fare, but it warrants special attention because any dirt bag’s house can be transformed into a great run. (USA, 2013, 3 minutes)

The Sensei Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer & Nick Rosen WORLD PREMIERE Forty-six-year-old Yuji Hirayama is one of the great legends of climbing. Near retirement, he plans one big swan-song mission in the wild, mystical high-altitude jungles of Borneo. But he needs a worthy partner and finds Daniel Woods, a 21-year-old goofball skater kid who is arguably the strongest human being in the climbing world. In a classic story that crosses genres, Daniel-san travels to Japan to compete for the opportunity to work with Mr. Miyagi-like Hirayama. (USA, 2013, 28 minutes)

Albee Layer Elliot Leboe This introspective piece provides a glimpse into a rider’s desire for an unlikely duo: pyromania and big, hollow waves. (USA, 2012, 4 minutes)

Kilian Martin: Altered Route Brett Novak Kilian Martin has brought his own unique style of skateboarding to the masses through the thoughtful eye of Brett Novak. If you remember the days of Powell Peralta and Rodney Mullen, you’ll appreciate Martin keeping that innovative style of skateboarding alive. (USA, 2012, 5 min)

The Burn Jeff Thomas Every summer, forest fires burn wildly across the mountains. As destructive as they are, they have a purpose and beauty that often goes unappreciated: When winter arrives in these charred forests, so do skiers. (USA, 2012, 6 minutes)

Django Django Wor Jim Demuth Indie band Django Django became obsessed by the infamous Indian “Well of Death” riders in Allahabad. This music video for their song “Wor” features a bunch of guys with the most rock-solid testicles in India as they outpace gravity to the delight of spectators. (UK, 2013, 6 minutes)

Cascada Skip Armstrong & Anson Fogel Directors Skip Armstrong and Anson Fogel lead us into dark corners of the Mexican jungle on a search for the perfect waterfall and the perfect image. This Heart of Darkness-style journey peels the layers off the average kayak film to expose the sport — and those who document it — at the core. (USA, 2013, 8 minutes)

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Monday, May 27, 11:00 a.m., Palm Theatre The show is free to all passholders and children under 12 years old. $10 tickets are available for the general public. Films are in listed in screening order.

Gloop Gaby Bastyra Once upon a time, a genius of science, a chemist called Leo, stumbled on a substance, a curious gloopy mess, that molded into any shape the genius cared to test. While his marvelous gloop seemed to have unlimited uses, it also had a darker side that no one could foresee. (UK, 2011, 4 minutes)

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Don’t Frack Our Future Alexandra Theodosopoulos A tenth grader asks what is fracking and decides that it’s not so good for kids. (USA, 2013, 3 minutes)

Human Rights Are for Everyone created by student filmmakers Kamryn Blackwell, Chappelle Branch, Danielle Clapperton, Philip Clifford, Gary Harrison, Alan Thomas & Kevin Wingate

The Pencil that Didn’t Know How to Write primary school students from São Facundo, Abrantes Anything can have a personality, including a colored pencil. Created by primary-school students from Portugal, this film is about a family of pencils who come to life through stop-motion animation, and one particular pencil learns how to draw the world. (Portugal, 2011, 3 minutes)

The Squeakiest Roar Maggie Rogers A lion’s roar is supposed to be deep and loud, but Bapoto, the smallest cub in his pride, is worried about the sound of his roar. The lovely animated short The Squeakiest Roar shows us that being different can be beautiful. (UK, 2010, 4 minutes)

The Scared Is Scared Bianca Giaever

What are human rights? This short documentary created by youth producers in Baltimore, Maryland, tells us why they are important for everyone. (USA, 2011, 3 minutes)

Bianca Giaever asked a 6 year old what her movie should be about, and this is what he told her. (USA, 2013, 8 minutes)

Secrets of Winter Barry Smith

Well-Fed looks at the weird world of carnivorous plants and their devoted collectors who obsess about flora that eat things. (USA, 2011, 7 minutes)

Shocking behind-the-scenes footage reveals the secrets of how to make your quaint, little mountain cabin look “wintery.” (USA, 2011, 3 minutes)

Well-Fed Anna Moot-Levin

Watermelon Magic Richard Hoffman Part documentary and part modern-day fable, Watermelon Magic is a collection of tens of thousands of still images that tells the story of a season on the family farm as young Sylvie grows a patch of watermelons to sell at the market. We witness the life cycle of plants from seed to flower to fruit and the hard decision for a new gardener to part with her precious plant babies. (USA, 2013, 25 minutes)

Rock Wall Climbing Hal Clifford & Jason Houston WORLD PREMIERE The little girl in this film is something of an authority on climbing, especially as it relates to climbing walls and, more specifically, a wall in her garage that she helps to build. Her goal? To get to the top. (USA, 2013, 5 minutes)

Joy of Air Bryan Smith “From the youngest age, we are taught to believe that safety is our greatest need. We created Icarus and his dream of flight, and then we walled ourselves in with cubicles tight.” So begins the poem in Joy of Air, which demonstrates that safety does not necessarily mean “no fun.” (Canada, 2013, 4 minutes)

Paper Shredder Paul & Stephen Gemignani A snowboarder shreds a sick line in this sweet stop-motion animation film. (USA, 2013, 3 minutes)

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Strong (p. 35) The Kyrgyzstan Project (p. 12) Der Schwarze Spur (p. 20) Off the Hook (p. 30) Tempting Fear (p. 36) Honnold 3.0 (p. 24)

FaCinG YoUr Fears

9:30 to 11:30 p.m.





Georgena Terry (p. 22) Rising from Ashes (p. 32)

9:00 to 11:00 p.m.


High & Hallowed (p. 24) AmeRiCAns on eveResT (p. 64)

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Honor the Treaties (p. 25) expedition to the end of the World (p. 21)

9:15 to 11:15 p.m.


6:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Paradise Found (p. 31) Blackfish (p. 17)


Badru’s Story (p. 17) Flutter (p. 21) Return to the Tepuis (p. 31) Two Wheels Good (p. 37) Gregg Treinish (p. 23) The Rider... (p. 32)

Climate solUtions

9:15 to 10:30 p.m.


6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

Dirty Wars (p. 20)

(p. 78 – 81)

high camp


7:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Gasland ii (p. xx)

GallerY walk 3:30 – 6:30 P.m.

high camp (p. 60 - 62)


sheridan opera house


Presentations Films events


35 (p. 16) The Crash Reel (p. 19)

6:30 to 9:00 p.m.



p h oto by me l i ssa p l antz


3:45 4:00 pM 4:15 4:30 4:45 5:00 pM 5:15 5:30 5:45 6:00 pM 6:15 6:30 6:45 7:00 pM 7:15 7:30 7:45 8:00 pM 8:15 8:30 8:45 9:00 pM 9:15 9:30 9:45 10:00 pM 10:15 10:30 10:45 11:00 pM 11:15 11:30 11:45 12:00 AM

8:00 AM 8:15 8:30 8:45 9:00 AM 9:15 9:30 9:45 10:00 AM 10:15 10:30 10:45 11:00 AM 11:15 11:30 11:45 12:00 pM 12:15 12:30 12:45 1:00 pM 1:15 1:30 1:45 2:00 pM 2:15 2:30 2:45 3:00 pM 3:15 3:30


Gasland ii (p. 22)

9:00 to 11:30 p.m.


The Roper (p. 33) Uranium Drive-in (p. 37)

6:15 to 8:15 p.m.


Honor the Treaties (p. 25) KEvin connoLLY (p. 68) Running Blind (p. 33)

3:45 to 5:45 p.m


Bug People (p. 18) Flutter (p. 21) BirDS oF PArADiSE (p. 67)

12:30 to 2:00 p.m.


Life According to Sam (p. 28)

9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


9:30 to 11:15 a.m.


high camp

Duk County (p. 21) JoHn DAU (p. 69)

Kunye (p. 27) Diary (p. 20) The Scared Is Scared (p. 33) Well-Fed (p. 38) Take Away Film (p. 36) Sea of Rock (p. 34) Gloop (p. 23)

10:45 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

laTe NiGHT moUNTaiNFilm


SLOMO (p. 35) Lunarcy! (p. 28)

8:15 to 10:15 p.m.


5:45 to 7:45 p.m.

The Last ocean (p. 27)



American Tintype (p. 17) TinY (p. 36)

12:15 to 2:00 p.m.


Badru’s Story (p. 17) climate of Doubt (p. 18) An Inconvenient Youth (p. 25)

9:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Expedition to the End of the World (p. 21)

12:15 to 2:00 p.m.


Home Turf (p. 29) Scavenger (p. 34) After the Fall (p. 16) L’Homme de Glace (p. 28) Reindeer (p. 31) UpCycling (p. 37) The Secrets... (p. 34)

HoW THe WorlD liVes

10:00 to 11:45 a.m.

American Tintype (p. 17) Two Wheels Good (p. 37) Rock Wall Climbing (p. 32) Nord For Sola (p. 30) The Rider and the Storm (p. 32)


Irish Folk Furniture (p. 25) Xmas Without china (p. 40)

6:45 to 8:30 p.m.



Georgena Terry (p. 22) 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. all moUNTaiN rising from Ashes oNe (p. 32)

8:45 to 10:45 p.m.


Take Away Film: Uganda (p. 36) God Loves Uganda (p. 23)

6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

BooZe & BaNTer 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. (p. 85)


Pandora’s Promise 4:00 to 6:15 p.m. (p. 30) Wolf Mountain (p. 39) Q&a Wings of Life (p. 39)

3:45 to 5:45 p.m.

colorado avenue (p. 87)


9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

(p. 73)

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

filMMakers HoW did tHey sHoot tHat?

(p. 73)

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

filMMakers Making a Movie into a MoveMent

activists tales froM tHe front line (p. 73)

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

(p. 73)

Writers Meet tHe editors

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

(p. 73)

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

MountainfilM on tour Hosts Meet tHe tour teaM


preseNTaTioNs Films eVeNTs

Dirty Wars (p. 20)


6:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Which Way is the Front Line From Here? (p. 38)


3:30 to 5:45 p.m.

Manhunt (p. 29)


Keeper of the Mountains (p. 26) K2: Siren of the Himalayas (p. 26)

12:00 to 2:15 p.m.


WideBoyz (p. 39)

A New Perspective (p. 29) The Gimp Monkeys (p. 22) Coming Up for Air (p. 19) Je Veux (p. 26)

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

THe climBiNG proGram

ice cream social 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 to 5:15 p.m.


Alison Gannett (p. 16) Dear Governor cuomo (p. 19)

12:00 to 2:00 p.m.


Return to the Tepuis (p. 31) Enric SALA (p. 66) The Water Tower (p. 38)

(p. 82 – 84)


coFFee & coNVersaTioN 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

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8:00 AM 8:15 8:30 8:45 9:00 AM 9:15 9:30 9:45 10:00 AM 10:15 10:30 10:45 11:00 AM 11:15 11:30 11:45 12:00 pM 12:15 12:30 12:45 1:00 pM 1:15 1:30 1:45 2:00 pM 2:15 2:30 2:45 3:00 pM 3:15 3:30 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

9:30 to 11:45 a.m.


9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

(p. 82 – 84)



9:15 to 11:15 p.m.


7:00 to 8:45 p.m.

Scavenger (p. 34) After the Fall (p. 16) L’Homme de Glace (p. 28) Reindeer (p. 31) Upcycling (p. 39) The Secrets... (p. 34)

12:00 to 2:00 p.m.


9:00 to 10:30 p.m.

35 (p. 16) MountAinfiLM At 35 (p. 72)

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.




Manhunt (p. 29)

4:30 to 6:45 p.m.


Which Way is the front Line from here? (p. 38) Diary (p. 20)

9:30 to 11:45 p.m.


Gregg Treinish (p. 23) the Last ocean (p. 27)

6:45 to 9:00 p.m.

6:45 to 8:45 p.m.



Keeper of the Mountains (p. 26) K2: siren of the himalayas (p. 26)

4:00 to 6:15 p.m.

photographErs 5 photos that inspirE (p. 74)

6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

(p. 74)

4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

filmmakErs & activists dEar govErnor hickEnloopEr

Educators rEdEfining thE classroom (p. 74)

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

EntrEprEnEurs thE Win/Win BusinEss (p. 74)



Cascada (p. 18) The Sensei (p. 35) Nord For Sola (p. 30) Kunye (p. 27)


9:30 to 11:30 p.m.



9:15 to 11:15 p.m.



Bug People (p. 18) 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Irish Folk Furniture (p. A New Perspective (p. 29) The Gimp Monkeys (p. 22) outdoor athlEtEs 25) lovE Your Brain Coming Up for Air (p. 19) xmas Without China Je Veux (p. 26) (p. 74) (p. 40) WideBoyz (p. 39)

7:15 to 9:00 p.m.

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Moving Mountains symposium Climate S olutions

“The only thing we have to do to be sure we will leave a ruined world for our children and our grandchiren is to do exactly what we are doing now.”

—Gus Speth, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council

limate news is grim, permeated with reports of epic droughts, staggering dust storms and melting glaciers. While this stream of bad news is likely to continue, a lot can still be done to stem the rise in temperatures and sea levels. The philosopher Holmes Rolston III argues that we are at “a hinge point in history.” Essentially, he’s saying that we have a choice: continue business as usual and let earth temperatures rise or make changes to try to preserve a livable future. If that hinge is going to swing toward the livable future option, we need solutions to climate change, which largely involve reducing the use of fossil fuels. The good news is that many of these solutions already exist, but they have to be adopted as a whole — with scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, activists and artists all working to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. This year’s Moving Mountains Symposium brings together deeply committed people who are on the front lines of the climate battle. While they are not naïve to the challenge, they are hopeful that by using our hearts and heads, we can find a way to alter the dire situation. As one of our speakers, philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore, says, “We are at a critical point. We have a very narrow window of opportunity to get it right, and to get it right, we first have to imagine a new world, story by story.”


Helping us tell this story is John the renowned journalist who also co-wrote and narrated the “Frontline” documentary called Climate of Doubt, which explores the shift in public opinion on climate change. Hockenberry knows how hard it will be to change the current paradigm. As he says, “In many ways, Climate of Doubt is the story of how difficult it is for a democracy to act in a crisis until the fire is in the stairwell. Circumstance will move us forward if people on their own, can’t.” Hockenberry,


(listed in order of appearance and introduced with their own words)

Morning Session 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

How can we the people fight for a livable future? “Those who are inspired to follow my actions are those who understand that we are on a path toward catastrophic consequences of climate change. They know their future, and the future of their loved ones, is on the line. And they know we are running out of time to turn things around. The people who are committed to fighting for a livable future will not be discouraged or intimidated by anything.” Tim DeChristopher, activist featured in the documentary Bidder 70

Friday, May 24, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at High Camp. The Symposium is open to all Wilson, Ama Dablam and Patron passholders and includes lunch. Please note: Individual tickets will not be sold for this event.

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SYMPOSIUM Why doesn’t our global energy system work, and how can frugal innovation help fix it? “For the past two hundred years, we’ve run this other experiment, with fossil fuels, and it’s not working out so well. I want to go back to what worked for two billion years before that.” Daniel Nocera, scientist at Harvard whose research focuses on artificial photosynthesis

What is black carbon, and how can we eliminate 500 million tons of it from the atmosphere? “We basically said, ‘How do you use wood as a modern fuel?’ The whole idea is to jettison the fuel supply chain. But the biggest story here is that 2 million people die [from black carbon]. That’s ultimately, in my view, the reason to be doing this.” Jonathan Cedar, co-founder of Bio-Lite Stoves

What can we learn from Germany? “Germany has cracked the code of how a modern industrial economy can kick its dependence on fossil fuels. Right now, 25 percent of its energy comes from renewables and by 2030, that number will be 80. America is at 6 percent.” David Sassoon, founder of Inside Climate News (which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting)

Why is stopping climate change a moral imperative? “The question isn’t whether we should talk about ethics; the question is whether we can achieve the necessary rapid social change without talking about them. If the culture forces us to live in ways we don’t believe in, then we have to change the culture. Given the urgency of the question, we may need to start with conscientious objection.” Kathleen Dean Moore, philosopher and co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

Why do we continue to grow food in an unsustainable way that requires so much unnecessary energy and contributes to climate damage? “Today, conventional agriculture has tried to control nature and after 100 years of this experiment, we have evidence that it is failing rapidly. I have committed my work to building communities that will last and be harmonious with the planet. We build vast bio-intensive farms that out produce Big Agriculture by a factor of three — and the nutrient value far surpasses anything the big guys can promise.” Grant McCargo, founder of Bio-Logical Capital What are the promises and perils of geoengineering? “In the long term, the management of the planet is going to require CO2-removal devices of some sort. There are a lot of people working on it, but it boils down to a simple economic question: Can we capture CO2 at an economical price? Right now, the answer is no. But we’re still at the Wright Brothers stage of exploring this.” Jeff Goodell, author of How to Cool the Planet

What are the ethical implications of adapting to a warmer planet? John Hockenberry (journalist and cowriter of Climate of Doubt, a “Frontline” documentary) with Tim DeChristopher (activist featured in Bidder 70) and Kathleen Dean Moore (philosopher and co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril) Why did divestment work to bring down apartheid, and how will it work as a climate solution? “Campuses are suddenly a front line in the climate fight — a place to stand up to a status quo that is wrecking the planet. The campaign to demand divestment from fossil fuel stock emerged from nowhere to become the largest student movement in decades. Already churches and city governments are joining students in the fight. It’s where the action is.” Bill McKibben, author, activist and cofounder of (via Skype)

Lunch 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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SYMPOSIUM Afternoon Session 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. What do math and music have to with climate solutions? “Right now I think the biggest question facing everybody is that the planet is really going through a massive change. The key is to kind of balance and think about art, music and creative processes and how they can…be tools to change people’s perception of the environment.” Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky), musician and author of Book of Ice How do art and image impact the climate conversation? John Hockenberry (journalist and cowriter of Climate of Doubt, a “Frontline” documentary) with photographer James Balog (featured in Chasing Ice), Paul D. Miller (musician and author of Book of Ice) and David Sassoon (founder of Inside Climate News) What sort of truly meaningful impact on climate solutions can the ski industry have? “I believe two things: First, to quote ABC newsman Bill Blakemore, ‘climate isn’t the story of our time; it’s the only story.’ Second, it seems obvious that a ski resort should both care deeply about climate change and also be in the vanguard of solving it. My job is to keep us in business forever. So that means solving climate change.” Auden Schendler, Vice President of Sustainablity at Aspen Ski Company How can we easily reduce our CO2 output in Telluride? “Telluride has always been an innovator when it comes to energy and now for the first time, there are some new options for people. Telluride is home to the world’s largest community-owned solar array out in Paradox, so people who get energy from SMPA can purchase panels out there, which will reduce our carbon output considerably as we get our power from local sunshine.” Brad Zaporski, Manager of Energy/ Member Services and Marketing at San Miguel Power Association

Why is starting local with climate solutions so important? “It’s all about people taking action to make positive change in their own neighborhoods, working with their neighbors. ioby is a shift to focusing on small action that’s led by citizens at the hyperlocal level and done with the help of neighbors. ioby projects are communityled, neighbor-funded environmental projects. You can be a good neighbor and do good for the earth at the same time.” Erin Barnes, co-founder of Could we grow our own food in Telluride, and what impact would that have on our carbon footprint? “A high mountain town, Telluride has a miniscule growing season and a large visiting population. Currently, 100 percent of the food consumed here is imported. Telluride Grown will grow and sell organic vegetables and fish that are raised in greenhouses located within the region to local residents, businesses and visitors in our beautiful corner of southwest Colorado.” Steve Cieciuch, co-founder of Telluride Grown How much hope is there in these climate solutions, or should we just start adapting to a hotter planet? John Hockenberry (journalist and cowriter of Climate of Doubt, a “Frontline” documentary) with Dennis Dimick (Executive Editor for Environment at National Geographic), Daniel Nocera (scientist at Harvard) and Terry Root (professor at Stanford University and co-winner of the Nobel Prize for her contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

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Dirty Wars

Americans on Everest


(friday, 6:30 p.m., SOH)

Fifty years ago, in the spring of 1963, an expedition of ambitious American alpinists attempted a bold ascent of Mount Everest. The Americans were a big team, wellorganized and trained to depend upon each other. As Tom Hornbein wrote in Everest: The West Ridge, “Everest was not a private affair. It belonged to many men.” While this is certainly true, two Americans stand out for their feats that year. Jim Whittaker was the first American to stand on top of the world, reaching the summit on May 1 with Sherpa Nawang Gombu. The two men followed the same way to the top — via the South Col — that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay (Gombu’s uncle) had 10 years before. The other American was Tom Hornbein, who decided to take a different and more dangerous route up the West Ridge with Willi Unsoeld. This meant climbing a long, harrowing gorge high on the mountain that was later named the Hornbein Couloir. To this day, it is widely considered one of the most legendary ascents in the annals of mountaineering and was the one that caused Unsoeld to lose several of his toes to frostbite. Whittaker continued to climb all over the

world and guided Robert F. Kennedy up Mt. Kennedy (named after his late brother in 1965). Additionally, Whittaker was the first full-time employee of REI, becoming the CEO in the 1960s. Hornbein also continued to climb and focused his energies as a doctor specializing in high-altitude medicine. These two legendary mountaineers are part of a program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Americans on Everest on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheridan Opera House that will be moderated by Conrad Anker, the alpinist who discovered the body of George Mallory on Everest in 1999. The program will begin with the brand-new film High & Hallowed (page 24) that focuses on the West Ridge. Anker is a long-time Mountainfilm attendee (mostly recently in 2010 with The Wildest Dream); Whittaker was last at Mountainfilm in 2009; and this is Hornbein’s first appearance. (Also in celebration of this anniversary, Brent Bishop — the son of Barry Bishop, another member of the American team — will exhibit his father’s photographs at the Telluride Gallery. See page 79.)

Roger Cohen

For more than two decades, Roger Cohen has worked for The New York Times as a foreign correspondent, then as an editor and now as a columnist, writing about a wide range of issues but focusing on international relations. He has reported from the ground in numerous war zones, including the Balkans (where he penned the award-winning book Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo), Iraq, Libya and Iran, where he was one of the only Western reporters on location to cover the brutal Jasmine Revolution in 2009. His insight into our rapidly changing world, particularly in the Middle East, has been trenchant. On May 2011, right after the death of Osama Bin Laden, he wrote, “Osama Bin Laden is dead — and so is an

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old Middle East. That they died together is fortuitous and apt.” Cohen will bring his expertise to bear as a moderator for post-screening discussions of three films that are related in subject: Dirty Wars, Manhunt and Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? Each film looks at a different facet of the chaotic and fluid world that is the modern Middle East, and Cohen will link these disparate works. Cohen is returning to Mountainfilm for the third time this year (he also appeared in 2008 and 2011) to moderate panel discussions after the films Dirty Wars, Manhunt and Which Way Is the Front Line From Here?

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Enric Sala (saturday, 9:30 a.m., soh)

Enric Sala is a National Geographic Explorer who is working to save the last wild places in the ocean. A marine ecologist who grew up on the coast of Spain, he was on a path to academia when he read an article about Mike Fay and his ambitious Megatransect project and decided to join the front lines like Fay. Today, the two men often collaborate to preserve habitats for species, Sala conducting surveys under the water while Fay works above ground. These underwater areas sometimes measure up to 800,000 kilometers — the size of Texas and California combined — and are home to everything from microbes to sharks. So far, Sala has worked in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and he is going to the Russian Arctic this year. He says, “My goal is to help protect all of these pristine places — marine reserves and parks where fishing is prohibited. I have decided to start with the lowest-hanging fruit — the territories that belong to countries as opposed to international waters.” These include such countries

as the U.S., the Pacific Remote Islands, Costa Rica, Chile and the Pitcairn Islands. The biggest challenge for Sala is to convince leaders of these countries to create large marine reserves: “We have been very fortunate to have a lot of success so far. It is not easy for them to do it because of the scale we are trying to work with. We are asking them to make very bold decisions and assert strong leadership, but not all political leaders are such leaders, and it is hard sometimes to get them to see the long-term benefits of these actions.” As for the future of the oceans he says, “I am optimistic that we will create some more of these very large reserves, but with climate change and the effect that has on the oceans it is very problematic. Hopefully with these initiatives, we are buying time as we deal with climate change.” Enric Sala will speak about his work in a presentation at the Sheridan Opera House on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. This is his first appearance at Mountainfilm in Telluride.

Birds of Paradise Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes (saturday, 12:30 p.m., palm)

The males are the flashy ones. They puff up their chests, shifting and shaking their feathered bodies in hopes of enthralling the dowdier females. Wings flare in a colorful display, and Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes are there, ready to capture it all. The camera shutter clicks, and the duo marks another bird of paradise off their list. The birds of paradise are a family of 39 species of exotic and highly individual birds that live in the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea. Lack of large predators, relative remoteness and the lush environment there led to a Darwinian experiment that created these ornate birds and their wackily endearing courtship displays. As Laman says, “We might think of this as survival of the sexiest.” Laman, a wildlife photojournalist with a Ph.D. from Harvard, pitched the idea of documenting these amazing creatures to National Geographic and when he got the green light, he sought a partner to help him. Scholes, a Cornell University ornithologist,

was already working on field research on birds of paradise, and so the team was built. Together, they dedicated eight years to hacking through dense jungles, sinking into muck and climbing into forest canopies to document these creatures, some of which had never been seen by outsiders before they began their work. The dedication is stunning, as evidenced by the numbers: Those eight years of work encompassed 18 expeditions for a total of 544 days at 51 field sites to capture 39,568 photographs, which led the pair to becoming the first people to document all 39 species. Laman and Scholes are both joining Mountainfilm for the first time with an outdoor gallery show (page 80) and a presentation at the Palm on Saturday at 12:30. They will sign copies of their book Birds of Paradise Revealed at the Reading Frenzy on Sunday at Hotel Madeline (page 86).

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Kevin Connolly (saturday, 3:45 p.m., palm)

Growing up in Montana, Kevin Michael Connolly floated rivers, climbed and skied like any other kid — except he wasn’t like any other kid: “I was born without legs. This is all I’ve known and to me, it’s not really a big deal. I think it was called a ‘sporadic birth defect,’ which is basically the doctors saying they don’t know what happened.” Connolly has been asked if he was in a car accident, is a veteran or was eaten by a shark. As he writes, “Everyone tries to create a story in their heads to explain the things that baffle them. For the same reason, we want to know how a magic trick works or how a mystery novel ends. We want to know how someone different, strange or disfigured came to be as they are. Everyone does it. It’s natural. It’s curiosity.” His situation hasn’t prevented him from traveling the world, mostly on a skateboard. (He rarely uses a wheelchair and abandoned prosthetics when he was 12.) On a solo trip through Europe, he grew tired of people staring at him, so he started taking surreptitious pictures of onlookers as he rolled by. He explains, “Before any of us can ponder or speculate, we react. We stare. Whether it is a glance or a neck-twisting

John Dau (saturday, 3:35 p.m., SOH)

ogle, we look at that which does not seem to fit in our day-to-day lives. It is that one instant of unabashed curiosity — more reflex than conscious action — that makes us who we are.” Those photos from Europe comprise the “Rolling Exhibition,” which led to a book deal (Double Take) and now a TV show on the Travel Channel called “Armed and Ready.” With his work, he’s trying to challenge the way people not only look at him, but at the world. According to Connolly, he likes “…making it difficult for people. I don’t want to give people the luxury of staring at someone who’s weird — and moving on. I don’t want to make it that easy for people. I think that…the job of any photographer, or anyone who can call themselves an artist, is to make people question what they do on reflex…to make people question a value or an idea that’s so common that people haven’t really looked at it yet.”

In 1983, a horrific civil war broke out in Sudan. Four years later, the government attacked many villages in the south, intending to kill all the men. An exodus of young men — the Lost Boys of Sudan — headed for the relative safety of Ethiopia, but they had to survive soldiers, starvation and predators to reach that country. John Dau was one of the leaders of the Lost Boys. One horrible night, when he was 12, he woke up to the sounds of bullets in his village and had to leave his home and family to save his life. His next six years were spent largely on the run, finding whatever food and water he could, while watching fellow refugees fall victim to hungry leopards and armed militias. It took him 16 years to get from South Sudan to Syracuse, New York, where he was featured in the documentary God Grew Tired of Us (Mountainfilm 2007). His experience

is one of the most remarkable survival stories ever told at Mountainfilm. Dau has spent much of his time in the U.S., working steadily to build medical facilities in South Sudan, such as the eye clinic he created with eye surgeon Geoff Tabin. Dau and Tabin will be available for Q&A after both screenings of the documentary Duk County (page 21), which chronicles the collaboration between the two men and illustrates Dau’s determination to improve the lives of his people and the enormous challenges they face. At the first screening on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Sheridan Opera House, Dau will give an additional presentation about his life and his work. This is Dau’s first appearance at Mountainfilm and Tabin’s fourth (as a presenter in both 2001 and 2011 and as a judge in 2012).

Kevin Connolly will give a presentation at the Palm on Saturday at 3:45 p.m., and you can see his photography at Arroyo (see page 80).

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Erden Eruc and Jason Lewis (sunday, 12:00 p.m., soh)

By Nick Heil

What’s the most physically challenging thing you’ve taken on? A marathon? A bicycle stage race? Maybe you’ve stood on top of a tall mountain that required days or weeks to scale. Now imagine a human-powered undertaking so ambitious, so vast, that it isn’t measured in hours or days, or even months — but years. This is the extraordinary case of two adventurers: Turkish-American Erden Eruc and Briton Jason Lewis, the only two people to have completed a full circumnavigation of the Earth using only human power — rowing, kayaking, pedaling and hiking a “great circle” that spanned some 40,000 miles around the planet. Lewis, the first to accomplish this feat, set out from London during the summer of 1994 on a journey that took him the next 15 years to complete. He suffered two broken legs, was nearly devoured by crocodiles and almost drowned at sea before finishing the loop in London in October 2006. The following year, Eruc departed from Bodega Bay, California, on a similar globe-circling mission, traveling every mile solely under his own power. He endured near-fatal bike crashes, severe ocean storms and even the death of his good friend and inspiration (the legendary

Swedish adventurer Goran Kropp, who literally passed away in his arms). Five years later, Eruc completed his own circumnavigation when he rode his bike into Bodega Bay and into history. In an age where so much of what passes for adventure is merely heavily sponsored, made-for-TV action sports — where the meaning of “epic” has been blurred or lost altogether — these two individuals lit out for the horizon with little more than big (some might say crazy) dreams and fit bodies, often toiling away in near-total obscurity. In many ways, their projects carry forward the legacies of Ferdinand Magellan, Steve Fossett and other legendary circumnavigators — with a modern twist: They’ve leveraged their journeys to spread messages of sustainability, stewardship and hope. Lewis and Eruc have redefined what many people believed was possible under human power, thanks largely to ingenuity and sheer imagination. Their stories deserve to be heard and shared. Nick Heil’s feature story about Erden Eruc, Jason Lewis and human-powered circumnavigation appeared in the January 2013 issue of Outside magazine. He will host a presentation with the two men and discuss the challenges they faced and the extraordinary accomplishments they achieved.


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Around the World on Human Power

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National Geographic has been sending explorers — such as the first successful American expedition to Everest in 1963 (page 64) — around the world for more than a century. Realizing that there are a lot of young, bold explorers, the institution runs a program specifically designed for people 25 and under. We’ve brought several of these Young Explorers to Mountainfilm. Emily Ainsworth is a photographer and anthropologist who joined a Mexican traveling circus as a dancer using the stage name Princess Aurora. By being part of the troupe, she was able to gain access to people that far exceeded what she would have been able to achieve otherwise. Other subjects that have captured her eye include those on the margins of society, such as prostitutes, transvestites and midget bullfighters in Mexico. Drew Fulton went to college in Maine, yet managed to spend several months working in the Florida Everglades documenting the bird life in that unique ecosystem. He has also spent extensive time in Australia, photographing more than 300 endemic birds. His latest passion is tree climbing and photographing birds from the canopy perspective. Recently, he’s been been working

with acclaimed photographer Tim Laman (page 67). Max Lowe is a photographer who grew up coming to Mountainfilm with his parents, Jenni Lowe-Anker and Conrad Anker, and has worked hard to earn his own spot on the National Geographic team and the festival stage. He has spent a lot of time in the Himalayas, documenting the Khumbu Climbing school and life in rural Nepal. While a love of the outdoors runs strong in the family, he has also immersed himself in music culture, creating images that capture the spirit and energy of music festivals. Gabby Salazar was given a camera by her father when she was 11 and hasn’t stopped taking photographs since. She spent nearly a year in the rainforest of Peru, documenting the establishment of a wildlife corridor, and she focuses much of her work on conservation issues. An avid birder, she is particularly interested in the tropics because she finds new and unexpected subjects there all the time. “Even the cockroaches can be beautiful,” she says. The Young Explorers, all of whom will be onstage at Mountainfilm for the first time this year, will discuss their work in a presentation on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. at the Sheridan Opera House.

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Mountainfilm at 35 (sunday, 7:00 p.m., soh)

“Mountainfilm was a good idea looking for a good place to happen,” said Lito Tejada Flores, one of the co-founders of the first festival in 1979. Thirty-five years later, Mountainfilm has grown tremendously. “I never foresaw Mountainfilm becoming such a broad-reaching success and am honored to have been inspirational in its inception,” said Bill Kees, another cofounder of the festival. For many Memorial Day weekends, the festival has been infused with what former festival director Rick Silverman describes as, “magic, audacity and an eclectic and accessible gathering of good spirits and intellects that keep faith with both our roots and community.” Below is a list of favorite films from previous Mountainfilm directors, people like Jim Bedford who “wanted to present and challenge audiences with films.”

And after the festival, keep an eye on, where we’ll post stories from these directors about inspiring guests and memorable moments from the old days. As former festival director Arlene Burns said, “when you get that many high-caliber, creative people together for several days in a beautiful box canyon, good shit happens!” In honor of the 35th edition of Mountainfilm, we present several former festival directors who will show clips from their favorite films (though not necessarily from the list below) and reflect upon the legendary guests who have come through Telluride. They will discuss their most memorable moments — and mishaps — with current festival director David Holbrooke.


Lito Tejada Flores and Bill Kees (co-founders and early festival directors) Death of a Guide (La Mort d’un Guide) (1980) Jim Bedford (general manager, 1984-1992) Filming the Impossible (1983), C’mon Geese (1992), Paucartambo — Inca River (1986), River Song (1988), Is There a Dining Car on the Mule Train? (1991), Peacock’s War (1988), K2: Triumph and Tragedy (1989) and The Man Who Planted Trees (1989) Rick Silverman (festival director, 1993-2001, 2004) Turtle World (1998), He Dances for His Cormorants (1994), The Janitor (1995), Moj Maly Everest (1990) and Vision Man: An Eskimo Hunter (1999) Arlene Burns (festival director, 2005-2007) The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2006), The Queen of Trees (2006), What Remains of Us (2005), Loop (2007) and Edge of Eden: Living with Grizzlies (2007)

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The New Library

This year, we’re experimenting with our smallest and pluckiest venue, The Library. We’re no longer programming it for general audiences. Instead, it’s geared toward specific groups, such as filmmakers, entrepreneurs, educators or photographers. Anyone who has a pass or buys a ticket is welcome to attend a program, but the intent is to provide educational content for specific audiences. We’re hopeful that this mix of workshops and conversations is beneficial and want to hear about whether the experiment is successful.

Saturday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Prospective Mountainfilm on Tour Hosts Meet the Tour Team More than 30,000 people see Mountainfilm on Tour each year in 80 locations on five continents. If you want Mountainfilm to visit your town, come to this session to meet hosts from around the world and hear the director of the Tour, Henry Lystad, talk about what it takes to put on a show. 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Writers Meet the Editors With an ever-changing media landscape, what are editors looking for at magazines? To answer that question, we bring you Chip Blake, editor-in-chief of Orion; Dennis Dimick, executive editor of National Geographic; and Abe Streep, senior editor at Outside magazine.

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Activists Tales from the Front Line What’s it like to be arrested for something that you believe in? Tim DeChristopher, Daryl Hannah and Sandra Steingraber talk about their own experiences and offer advice for those considering an act of civil disobedience. 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Filmmakers Making a Movie into a Movement What’s the best way to ensure that a film creates a sustained impact? Josh Fox, director of Gasland II; Trevor Hall, executive director of Creative Visions; and Lucy Walker, director of The Crash Reel talk about their experiences. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Filmmakers How Did They Shoot That? Louie Psihoyos (The Cove), Nick Rosen (Honnold 3.0) and Louie Schwartzberg (Wings of Life) show some favorite clips from their films and discuss how they managed to get the shot.

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PRESENTATIONS LIBRARY Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Entrepreneurs The Win/Win Business How can a business be both profitable and socially and environmentally responsible? Jesse Johnson of Telluride Venture Accelerators, Bill Manning of High Desert Fruits and Jonathan Cedar of BioLite Camp Stoves talk about what they have learned while trying to attain a triple bottom line. 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Educators Redefining the Classroom Ellen Shelton, Mountainfilm’s education director for our Making Movies that Matter program, and John SeigelBoettner, a teacher in California who has brought students to the festival to create a newspaper, discuss different approaches to bringing Mountainfilm into the classroom. 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Filmmakers and Activists Dear Governor Hickenlooper If you’re a Colorado creative concerned about fracking in this state, turn your art into activism and be part of an exciting new project called Dear Governor Hickenlooper that we’re launching at Mountainfilm this year.

7:45 to 8:45 p.m.

Outdoor Athletes Love Your Brain The Crash Reel tells the story of snowboarder Kevin Pearce who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The #loveyourbrain campaign is inspired by Pearce’s journey and designed to help prevent these injuries, offer educational resources for the individuals who suffer from TBI and provide support for their families. At this session, learn about concussion treatment, how to get health insurance, baseline testing and what to do if you hit your head.

Monday 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Telluride Locals Climate Solutions at Home Given its location, Telluride is a particularly unsustainable place to live, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Several locals speak about how to lower the community’s carbon footprint: Steve Cieciuch (Telluride Grown), Karen Guglielmone (Telluride Public Works Department), Kris Holstrom (Eco-Action Partners) and Brad Zaporski (San Miguel Power Association).

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High & Hallowed: Everest 1963 World Premiere presented by Eddie Bauer.

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Opening reception, Friday, May 24, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Artists will speak at their galleries at 5:15 p.m. during the Gallery Walk and again during the Ice Cream Social (2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday). Gallery hours vary (see website for specific details), and if you find no one at a gallery to help you purchase a piece, please contact Drew Ludwig ( See the map on the back cover for locations.

Lynsey Addario

Corey Arnold

Lynsey Addario has worked in some of the most dangerous war zones in the world, including Libya where she and three other journalists were held hostage by the Libyan army. Her photojournalism, which often focuses on women in the middle of conflict or humanitarian crises, has won numerous awards, including a prestigious MacArthur fellowship.

Corey Arnold is both a photographer and an Alaskan commercial fisherman. He’s working on a lifelong series about the world of international fishing called “FishWork,” and his images have been featured in The New York Times, Outside magazine and Paris Review.

High Camp

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Rebecca Barfoot

Dan Austin is the founder of 88Bikes, an organization that gives bikes to children around the world. This collection of images features kids who have received bikes — ”the moment of happy,” as Austin calls it. The collection will move throughout the festival inside a mobile bike shop.

Based in Durango, Colorado, Rebecca Barfoot has traveled around the world, including most recently six weeks in a cabin in Greenland, to pursue her art. She works in many mediums, and this show will feature a series of ceramic boats.

Mobile Bike Shop

Matt Black

La Cocina de Luz

In a story called “The People of the Clouds,” Matt Black has chronicled the lives of poor farmers in Santiago Mitlatongo in Mexico. Their town is literally sliding down a hillside because of soil erosion, and these powerful photographs (which were featured in Orion Magazine and the film After the Fall, page 16) attest to the power of the human spirit.

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Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

Barry Bishop was one of the photographers on the 1963 expedition that first put Americans on top of Mt. Everest. These images from that expedition were curated by Brent Bishop, his son and a highaltitude alpinist himself.

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John B. Weller

Kevin Michael Connolly was born without legs and has travelled around the world, mostly on a skateboard. On one trip, he grew tired of people staring at him, so he started taking photographs of their reactions — the result of which is “The Rolling Exhibition.” Connolly will also speak at the Palm on Sunday (page 68).

Scott MacLaren is both an artist and a gallerist who focuses primarily on the American Southwest. His show of paneled photographs captures a familiar desert landscape with thoughtful and fresh approach.

Alicia Nogueira is a Brazilian-born artist who has made Telluride her home. For this exhibit, she collected local flora and added fantastical colors, creating an effect that is part naturalistic, part psychedelic.

John Weller returns to Mountainfilm with an exhibit of photographs from the Ross Sea, the body of water that is the subject of the film The Last Ocean (page 27). These stunning images of shimmery glacial landscapes and indigenous animals are part of an effort to save this wild place.

Chad Hensel Steaming Bean

Chad Hensel’s work is sculpted by the time he has spent outdoors in high, wild places. Inspired by vast alpine landscapes, his pieces are a collision of his passion for painting, photography and mountains.

Tim Laman & Edwin Scholes Outdoors

Tim Laman is a photographer; Edwin Scholes is an ornithologist. The two men spent eight years finding and photographing the elusive birds of paradise for National Geographic. Their work is hanging outdoors around Telluride, and they will speak about their arduous project at the Palm (page 67).


Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky) High Camp

Musician, writer and conceptual artist Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky) works in many mediums. This collection of posters was inspired by a trip to Antarctica and are from his book titled Book of Ice. He will also speak at the Moving Mountains Symposium (page 60).

National Geographic Young Explorers Ah Haa West

This group show features the work of several grantees from National Geographic’s Young Explorer program: Emily Ainsworth, Drew Fulton, Max Lowe and Gabby Salazar. They will speak on Sunday at the Sheridan Opera House (page 71).

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Harry Taylor

Stronghouse Studios

Harry Taylor is a fine art photographer who uses older cameras and development processes to capture contemporary images. He is this year’s artist-in-residence at Mountainfilm, having arrived in Telluride before the festival to photograph the region. He is featured in the film American Tintype (page 17) and will be creating portraits of festival guests and attendees over the weekend.

David Tomb Ah Haa East

David Tomb has spent extensive time in the Philippines studying the country’s diverse bird life. He creates paintings of the creatures in their environment and incorporates live plants and sounds of the jungle into galleries so that visitors are immersed in an exotic landscape.


Zio Ziegler

81435 Gallery

Based in the Bay Area, Zio Ziegler paints elaborate, fantastical and vibrant works that are both of this world and totally out of it. As he says about his own art, “My paintings begin with an existential journey and can only end with an absurdist conclusion — the rest is just a vehicle for conveying this.” paul miller


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6 Orion Magazine With its mix of thoughtful columnists, photo essays and poetry, there is no magazine quite like Orion, which, as its publisher says, “celebrates the wisdom and beauty of the natural world in the belief that humanity will respect and protect that which it comes to know and love.” Discussing this relationship between creativity and nature will be Matt Black, Kathleen Dean Moore and Sandra Steingraber (all of whom contribute to the magazine), and Chip Blake, the publication’s executive editor.

Coffee & Conversation Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 8:00 to 9:15 a.m.

LOCATIONS 1 Ah Haa West 2 Ah Haa East 3 Rebekah Hall 4 Sheridan Opera House 5 Honga’s Lotus Petal 6 The Village Table 7 Hotel Madeline

3 Mountainfilm at 35 So many years, so many stories: A longtime Mountainfilm filmmaker (Joachim Hellinger), a regular presenter (Chris Rainier), a former festival director (Rick Silverman) and, most importantly, an audience member who hasn’t missed a festival (Kathy Green), will recall their favorite Mountainfilm experiences with writer Peter Shelton.


4 Ocean as Ecosystem Our oceans are undergoing disturbing changes. Samantha Berg, a former trainer at SeaWorld; Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove; Enric Sala, a marine ecologist with National Geographic; and Peter Young, director of The Last Ocean, will talk about what this means for the species that live below the water.

1 Tim DeChristopher

Tim DeChristopher spent two years in federal prison for disrupting an auction of public lands in an attempt to save the property from oil and gas extraction. His act was partly inspired by Stanford biologist Terry Root, and his life was chronicled by filmmaker Beth Gage (Bidder 70). The three will evaluate how DeChristopher has changed as a result of serving time for his act of civil disobedience.

2 Calling All Filmmakers Rob Faris programs Outside TV, and Thom Beers is the founder of Original Productions, which produces such hit shows as “Deadliest Catch” and “Ice Road Truckers.” These two television executives will talk about the future of non-fiction and how the Mountainfilm filmmaking community can be a part of it.

5 Climate Solutions: Storytelling The New York Times shuttered its environmental desk this year, so others have filled the vacuum, people such as photographer James Balog (Chasing Ice); Jeff Goodell, environmental reporter for Rolling Stone; John Hockenberry, who reported Climate of Denial for PBS “Frontline”; and David Sassoon, who founded Inside Climate News, which won a Pulitzer this year.

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7 Modern Day Slavery The abolitionist movement has made great progress in awareness, but why does the number of slaves worldwide appear to remain constant or even grow? What can be done to stop the second most lucrative criminal business after drugs? These questions and more will be discussed by Justin Dillon, who created the organization Slavery Footprint; Ben Skinner, who wrote the anti-slavery book A Crime So Monstrous and who now works for Tau Investment Management; and Allison Trowbridge, who works for the anti-slavery organization Not for Sale. SUNDAY

1 How They See the World How do photographers bring themselves into the stories they cover? Emily Ainsworth, a National Geographic Young Explorer who was embedded with a Mexican circus; Corey Arnold, a photographer and Alaskan fisherman; Kevin Connolly, a photographer whose Rolling Exhibition is exhibited at Arroyo; and John Weller, whose photographs are featured in The Last Ocean, will speak from their own experiences. 2 Birds Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes photographed all 39 species of birds of paradise, and David Tomb painted the exotic birds of the Philippines. The three men will share what makes these flying creatures so captivating.

3 High-Altitude Health After Tom Hornbein climbed Everest, he focused his career on high-altitude medicine, inspiring Telluride’s Peter Hackett to enter the same field (and summit Everest, as well). Both men will talk about what happens to your body when you get above 20,000 feet with Outside magazine senior editor Grayson Schaffer. 4 Climate Solutions: Future of Fuel CO2 levels will lower only if we stop burning fossil fuels for energy. Gathered to talk about such options as natural gas, nuclear and renewables will be Scott Franklin, president/CEO of Lighthouse Solar; Daniel Nocera, Harvard professor; Sandra Steingraber, biologist and author; and Robert Stone, director of Pandora’s Promise. 5 John Dau One of the original Lost Boys of Sudan, John Dau, whose life continues to be remarkable as he works to build medical facilities in South Sudan, will sit down with Tom Shadyac (director of I Am and author of Life’s Operating Manual). 6 Future of the CIA Drones are transforming the way the CIA does business. In a world with growing unrest, what does that mean for the future of the Agency? Former CIA analyst Nada Bakos and Greg Barker, the director of Manhunt, will discuss the topic with Roger Cohen of The New York Times and International Herald Tribune. 7 Climate Solutions: Three Under 30 Erin Barnes, co-founder of the grassroots environmental organization ioby; Slater Jewell-Kemker, director of An Inconvenient Youth; and Gregg Treinish, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and the founder and executive director of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation will offer their views on climate solutions.

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Perhaps no professional athletes are competing in more dangerous sports than those in the X-Games. Snowboarder Kevin Pearce (The Crash Reel), who suffered a traumatic brain injury, knows this better than most, as does highly ranked skiers (and Telluride locals) Gus Kenworthy, Keaton McCargo and their families.

2 The Colorado River The iconic Colorado River’s past, present and future will be discussed by Kevin Fedarko, Outside magazine writer and author of The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon; activist and singer Katie Lee; and Pete McBride, the director of Chasing Water and The Water Tower. 3 Jim Whittaker

“Big Jim” Whittaker was the first American to stand atop of Mt. Everest 50 years ago. In this one-on-one conversation with Nick Heil (contributing editor at Outside and the author of Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest’s Most Controversial Season), Whittaker will share stories from his remarkable life.

4 Chicken and Egg Only a third of documentary filmmakers are women. Why is that, and what can be done to change it? Julie Benello of Chicken and Egg, Suzan Beraza (director of Uranium Drive-In), Julie Goldman (producer of God Loves Uganda and Manhunt) and Lucy Walker (director of The Crash Reel) will examine the particular challenges women filmmakers face. 5 Climate Solutions: Corporate Responsibility How can the corporate world work toward climate solutions and also be profitable? Grant McCargo, founder of Bio-Logical Capital; Jean Oelwang of Virgin Unite; and Auden Schendler of the Aspen Ski Company will discuss the opportunities. 6 The Limits of Human Endurance Erden Eruç and Jason Lewis circumnavigated the globe individually with their own human power, and Chris Waddell, a highly decorated paralympian, was the first paraplegic to summit Mount Kilimanjaro unassisted. These men will talk about the limits of human physical endurance. 7 TBA

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Saturday and Sunday, 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.

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A Winning an Oscar Sean and Andrea Fine won an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary with Inocente this year; Roger Ross Wiliams took home the same prize in 2010 for Music by Prudence; and Louie Psihoyos won an Oscar for The Cove in 2010. They will discuss how having a gold statue has affected their careers.

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b This is Your Brain on Drugs at High Altitude In an article called “Climbing’s Little Helper,” Outside magazine reported that performance-enhancing drugs run rampant in the sport. Cory Richards (Cold), Outside editor Abe Streep and Dr. Geoff Tabin will talk about what it takes (and what people take) to get up a mountain.


A Music and Movements Paul Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky) and Peter Yarrow will discuss the role that music has had in creating change in the world. b Everest Today: WTF? From long lines up the mountain to fights on fixed ropes, what the hell is happening on the world’s highest mountain? Jake Norton and Hilaree O’Neill, who were all on Everest in 2012, and Grayson Schaffer, who covered the 2012 season for Outside, will examine the situation.

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The Reading Frenzy

In addition to regular theater programming and the events listed previously in this section,

Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Hotel Madeline Ball Room

Mountainfilm also hosts the following parties and special events during the festival. All are free to

Between the Covers bookstore moves to Hotel Madeline Ball Room for the afternoon to celebrate Mountainfilm authors who will sign and sell their books at The Reading Frenzy. The following authors will be in attendance:

Kathleen Dean Moore Chris Rainier Auden Schendler Edwin Scholes Tom Shadyac Ben Skinner Sandra Steingraber

Ice Cream Social

Late Night Parties

Colorado Avenue (main street) between Aspen and Fir Streets

Last Dollar Saloon

saturday 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Rob Story Geoff Tabin Jim Whittaker

Yoga in the Park

*John Hockenberry will not be at the Frenzy, but he will sign books after the screening of Climate of Doubt (page 18).

Saturday 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Come stretch your body with free yoga sessions in Elks Park. Mats will be provided or bring your own.

Paradox Sports Gathering Sunday 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Telluride Gravity Works

Hosted by Timmy O’Neill and the team behind Paradox Sports (an organization that helps the disabled community access the outdoors)

Friday 9:00 p.m.

American Alpine Club party for High and Hallowed and 1963 Americans on Everest expedition Saturday 9:00 p.m.


Orion magazine celebration of its authors, artists and activists with Matt Black, Kathleen Dean Moore and Sandra Steingraber Sunday 9:00 p.m.

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Dan Austin James Balog Lee Cohen Roger Cohen Kevin Connolly John Dau Kevin Fedarko Jeff Goodell Jim Hale Nick Heil Ginny Hicks John Hockenberry* Tom Hornbein Tim Laman Jason Lewis Jennifer Lowe-Anker Peter McBride Luke Mehall Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky)

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2012 awards created by Kathy Green and Aaron Smith.

moving charlie fowler mountains prize award This $3,000 prize goes to a nonprofit featured in a film at the festival. Judges watch the nominated films and examine the mission of each organization, considering its scope, impact and need. The quality of the film is not part of the decision

AUDIENCE AWARD The Audience Award is chosen via ballot by attendees at the Closing Picnic & Awards Ceremony.

Charlie Fowler was a Telluride local and world-class climber. We miss him and find some comfort knowing that he’s represented in spirit by this $1,000 juried award that goes to a climbing film.

festival director’s award

This award is chosen by Mountainfilm’s festival director.

Norman Vaughan CINEMATOGRAPHY indomitable award spirit award This juried award goes to the film with the The great polar explorer Norman Vaughan was a friend to Mountainfilm whose motto was “Dream big and dare to fail.” Funded by his widow Carolyn Muegge-Vaughan and Rick Silverman and Lindsey Walker, this award is given to a film that epitomizes Vaughan’s indomitable spirit.

most outstanding cinematography.


High-school students in Mountainfilm’s “Movies That Matter” festival program select the film that they think will most inspire their generation.

LINDSEY HOWER Lindsay Hower is the U.S. director of Right to Play, which uses sport and play to help overcome the effects of conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities. The international organization was featured in Right to Play, which won the Moving Mountains Prize in 2012.

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Trevor Hall An educator, writer and business consultant, Trevor Hall is the president of Creative Visions Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to help individuals use media and the arts to create meaningful change.

Jean Oelwang Jean Oelwang is a self-proclaimed nomad who loves adventure and believes that business can be a force for good in the world. As the CEO of Virgin Unite, Oelwang leads the entrepreneurial foundation that works with 200 businesses and entrepreneurs around the world to help drive positive change.

charlie fowler award Charlotte Fox Charlotte Fox was the first American woman to climb three 8,000 meter peaks (Everest, Cho Oyu and Gasherbrum II) and the first American woman to reach the top of Gasherbrum II in Pakistan. She has climbed at altitude around the world and hopes to ski her final of the Seven Summits, Mt. Elbrus in Russia, in 2014. She moved to Telluride from Aspen a few years ago and has been a professional ski patroller for 30 years. Phil Powers One of the longtime owners of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, Phil Powers is also the executive director of the American Alpine Club. Powers has led dozens of expeditions to South America, Alaska and Pakistan’s Karakoram Range, including ascents of K2 and Gasherbrum II without supplemental oxygen. Grayson Schaffer Grayson Schaffer is a senior editor and writer for Outside magazine. He spent the last decade reporting on stories across five continents — from the slopes of Everest to the unrun rivers of Madagascar.

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Honorary Board of Trustees Dick & Susan Saint James Ebersol Tully & Elise Friedman Vincent & Anne Mai Ann & Rich Teerlink

DONORS Board of Directors Beth Gage, president Susan Dalton, vice president Mike Shimkonis, treasurer Brian Werner, secretary Ruth Bender Jack Castle Bonnie Cohen Mallory Dimmitt Cathe Dyer Rick Silverman Travis Spitzer Lance Waring Allison Wolff

Advisory Board Conrad Anker James Balog Arlene Burns Wade Davis Lynn Hill Aaron Huey Pico Iyer Chris Jordan Ben Knight Ace Kvale Frans Lanting Katie Lee Maya Lin Liz Manne Rebecca Martin Hilaree O’Neil Doug Peacock Louie Psihoyos Chris Rainier Beth Wald Paul Watson

EVEREST Susan & Mark Dalton Dick & Susan Saint James Ebersol, Honorary Trustees Tully & Elise Friedman, Honorary Trustees Vincent & Anne Mai, Honorary Trustees Audrey & Steve Marnoy Ann & Rich Teerlink, Honorary Trustees K2 Stuart & Joanna Brown • Jesse & Mary Johnson • Richard & Charlotte Jorgensen • Jim & Kay Mabie DENALI Ed & Frances Barlow • Shushana & Jack Castle • Chip & Cathe Dyer • Joe & Lisa Hogan Joseph & Lynne Horning • Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen in memory of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke John Kirkendoll • Suzanne LaFetra • Paul & Sherry Lambert • Casey & Megan McManemin Jeff & Debbie Resnick • Chris Riley • Dinny Sherman • Anita & Prabha Sinha • The Spitzer Family EIGER Steve & Kendall Cieciuch • Bonnie & Louis Cohen Deupree Family Foundation William C. & Sally R. Estes • John & Bridget Macaskill • Tristin & Martin Mannion • John McCall Anu & Michelle Parekh • Susan Rockefeller • Tom & Donna Stone • Terry & Susan Tice Polly O’Brien & Barrett Toan• Kathleen & Ken Tropin EL CAPITAN Anne & Mike Armstrong • Clare Hart & Greg Baer • Janet & Robert Barnhill • Ruth Bender Josh & Lily Bernstein • Angela & Roger Box • Nancy & Duncan Burke • David & Nancy Cale • Mallory Dimmitt Suzanne Dyer Wise • Danna English • Bruce & Bridgitt Evans • Litty Holbrooke & Andy Frey • The Grace Trust Amy Slater & Garrett Gruener Family Fund • David & Laurie Joslin • Meg & Lawrence Kasdan Ronna Stamm & Paul Lehman • Aela & Dan Morgan • Kelli Petersen • Genny Plamondon • Ronnie D. Planalp Barbara Parish & Gary Roberts • Mike & Jennifer Shimkonis • Susan Ringo & Barry Sonnenfeld Jim & Joanne Steinback • Chris & Judy Stjernholm • Zelda & Sheldon Tenenbaum • Dale Vrabec Philip H. & Jean H. Wagner Family Fund • Bruce & Jodie Wright • Jonette Bronson & Dale Zulauf AJAX Rebecca Dant • Beth & George Gage • Peter D. Hart • Carolyn Muegge-Vaughan • Lynn Nebus Penelope L. Peterson • Rick Silverman • Max & Tamara Strang • Scott & Carol Swank BELAYER Celia Alario • Paul & Mary Anderson • Josh Aronson • Joel & Betty Bechtel Doug Beckwith, PhD • Doc & Susan Blanchard • Wendy Brooks • John & Ellen Burchenal John & Georgiann Carroll • Hal Clifford • David & Deborah Cohen • Marcia & John Mike Cohen Jane Richman & Marvin Cohen • Carlisle & Peter Connick • Mike Connelly • Kevin & Ann Cooney The Daniel M. Neidich & Brooke Garber Foundation • Phil & Cathie Evans • Elizabeth Farrar • Lael Fruen Kameron & Dave Gerber • Kathy Green • Craig & Karen Hall • Hill & Bettie Hastings Kyle & Stephanie Heckman • Marla & Dan Hodes • Kit & Carolyn Jackson • Elyn & Jeffrey Kronemeyer Mary Uchida & John Leahey • Diane & Irwin Levy • Linda Lockhart • Becca & Jay Markley Betsy & Wight Martindale • Beverly Crilly & Lou Mintz • Lisa & Victor Nemeroff Judith Hall & Warner Paige • Chris Paine • Carl S. & Francesca Rehnborg • Bee & Frank Reichel Jane Reldan in honor of John McCarron • Paul Robinson • Norman & Rhoda Singer John Steel & Bunny Freidus • The Raynier Institute & Foundation • Telluride Gallery of FIne Art Add Kate & David Wadley • Roger & Sandy Wickham • Peter & Gail Wilson SHERPA Lisa & Scott Andrews • Jackie & George Antoine • Judy & Paul Beckett • Frank & Jan Cicero Mark & Amy Dobbins • Charlotte Fox • Anonymous - Friends • George & Jeanne Greenbank John & Carlotta Horn • Joel Kaufman • Amy Levek • John & Sara Marshall • James Mills • Mariah Nimmons Elaine Nishizu • Peak Performance Therapy, P.C. • Allan & Rebecca Ranta • Bill Replogle David & Patricia Shelton • Sherrion Taylor • Janie & Bob Trenary • Tim & Christine McGrady • Todd Reeves Heidi Winslow • Peter Yarrow

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MOUNTAINFILM STAFF STAFF Peter Kenworthy, Executive Director David Holbrooke, Festival Director Stash Wislocki, Festival Producer Emily Long, Program Director Henry Lystad, Director of Mountainfilm on Tour

volunteers Jessica Galbo, Assistant Director, Mountainfilm on Tour Crystal Geise, Operations Administrator Ellen Shelton, Education Director Jenn McKillop, Accounting Lise Waring, Communications & Social Media

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FESTIVAL STAFF Patti Duax, Lodging & Travel Coordinator • Drew Ludwig, Gallery Coordinator Tami Hodges-Malaniak, Special Events Manager • Tim “Stuntman” Territo, Production Manager Amy Palamar, Passes Coordinator • Pam Shifrin, Volunteer Coordinator • Scott Upshur, Intros Wrangler & Rigger Ian Mason, Master Rigger • Eric “Viking” Cooper, Festival Logistics • Beth Kelly, Hospitality Manager Ted Wilson, Assistant to the Regional Production Manager • Daniel Zemke, Transportation Coordinator Amanda Baltzley, Assistant Special Events Manager • Erika Henschel, Festival Accounting Joanna MacDonald, Festival Accounting • Steve Johnson, General Counsel TECHNICAL PRODUCTION STAFF Curt Rousse, Tech Director • Ross Krantz, Chief Film Technician Karl “K2” Mehrer, K2 Imaging • Marc Burrows, Video Technician • Gypsie Frank, Theater Sound Technician Mike Babb, All Things Tech Guru • Greg Babush, Video Inspection • Barbara Grassia • Film Inspection Johnny “Rotten” Bulson, Communications Manager • Mark Froehlich, Lighting Designer Sean McNamara, Communications Assistant • Dean Rolley, Audio Manager • Peggy Russell, Film Traffic Manager Karen Zenger, Film Traffic Assistant FESTIVAL THEATER STAFF Theater Emcees Seth Berg • Ashley Boling • Karla Brown • Thom Carnevale • Sasha Cuciniello Hilary Peddicord • Jim Pettigrew • Peter Shelton • Colin Sullivan • Lance Waring • Brian Werner • Hilary White Theater Staff Mark Davis • Kandee Degraw • Marc Froehlich • Heather George • Seth Green • Erin Hamilton Rob Huber • John Kelly • Ben Kerr • Peter Lundeen • Julie McNair • Michelle Montague • Kathleen Morgan Lauren Meztger • Luci Reeve • Mason Rich • John Rosenberg • Amy Russell • G Douglas Seitsinger Jeff Shannon • Felix Snow

volunteers Charlene Acevedo • Robert Allen • Carol Anderson • Emma Anderson • Nancy Andrew • Jonathan Augello Rosanne Balasabas • Andrea Ball • Marilyn Ball • Amanda Baltzley • Heather Baltzley • Alex Basaraba Corey Beaton • Anthony Bell • Ramsey Bernard • Kerry Bolger • Sara Born • Ron Borrego • Aimee Bourget Jodi Boyd • David Brankley • Elizabeth Brilliant • Norman Brones • Karen Brown • Keo Brown • Heather Bruce Samantha Bruce • Stephen Burns • Reilly Capps • James Cates • Elaine Cheesman • Courtney Childe Jenna Cichanski • Corinna Clendenen • Dina Coates Koebler • Simon Collins • Heather Cook • John Cooper

Projectionists Greg Babush • Nate Balding • Darrick Castro • Filip Celander • Mattieu Chester • Steve Forster Barbara Grassia • Peter Halter • Sergio Laureano • Patty Lecht • Karen Long • Keith Madden • Luke Reid-Grassia Jacob Reuter • Dave Riepe • Brad Spooner • Tom Wardaszka

Phil Cooper • Rory Cowie • Anne-Marie Cox • Jon Cozens • Lynn Danaher • Erin Dashner • Anita David Stiegler

Town Talk Emcees Maya Albanese • Laura Colbert • Gina Guarascio Murdock • Alex Heard • Sam Moulton Timmy O’Neill • Mary Anne Potts • Rob Story • Abe Streep

Lindsay Faulkner • Cheryl Franchi • Nicole-Juliet Friedman • Ricia Gaber • Christine Gamage • Colin Fx Garstka

Jenna Davies • Wade Davis • Adam Delp • Andrew Dengate • Elissa Dickson • Brad Donaldson Virginia Drew • Angela Dye • Robert Dye • Ashleigh Edelman • Jeffrey Erickson • Marc Esslinger Tom Gearheart • Trey Gearheart • Hallie Geise • Brenna Gillman • Emily Goughary • Janet Grant • Dave Gray

OTHER STAFF Website and Program Writers Anna Brones • David Holbrooke • Peter Kenworthy • Katie Klingsporn Emily Long • Corinne Platt • Stash Wislocki

Marcia Greene • Rachel Griego • Miles Griffis • Liz Gumerman • Wolf Gumerman • Kate Hamilton • Mo Hanna

Graphic Design Tor Anderson • Barbara Kondracki (printed program) • Casey Nay (cover and poster) Laura Slingerland • Christine Wilson

Nancy Jurek • Bob Justis • Sunny Kaercher • Joanna Kanow • Davene Kaplan • Della Kerr • Marki Knopp

Festival Photographers Jeremy Baron • Gus Gusciora • Melissa Plantz • Nick Wolcott

Amy Levek • Kristen Levey • Michelle Liljegren • Karin Lindquist • Rachel Loomis-Lee • Alfredo Lopez

Angela Hawse • Kristine Hilbert • Takeo Hiromitsu • Lara Holland • Mackenzie Hollas • Bridget Holvenstot R. Kevin Horan • Tracye Houston • Lindsay Hower • Shannon Hudson • Barclay Jackson • Donna Joywalker Kimberly Kuresman • Nancy Landau • Chris Lawrence • Carol Lee • Mark Lee • Bill Leenheer • Daniel Leroy

Guest & Judge Wranglers Rory Cowie • Brianne Hovey • Jen Knopp • Patrick Laguens • Angela Mallard Nicole Nugent • Fletcher Otwell • Jessica Sullivan

Alex Maenchen • Audrey Mann • Ann Mason • Kristen McCulloch • Zach McManus • Gordon McPhee

Creators of 2013 Festival Intro Films David Byars • Justin Clifton • Keith “Baby Jesus” Hill Raven Hopgood • Casey Nay • Scott Upshur • Stash Wislocki

Mary Molloy-Rios • Eric Moore • Eliot Muckerman • Daniel Murray • Diana Murray • Greg Murray

2013 Festival Awards Jill Rikkers

Martha Ohlson • Kelly O’Laughlin • Clifford Pastor • Alex Paul • Gregory Pettys • Alecia Phillips

Lindsey McWilliams • Shea McWilliams • Gloria Miller • Megan Miller • Deana Mitchell • Don Mitchell Patrick Neely • Keith Nichols • Lisa Nielsen • Janet Niichel • Veneta Nikolova • Rogan O’Herlihy

Mountainfilm House Band Douglas Chard • Heather Flaker • John Fitzgerald

Angela Phillips • Chris Piasecki • Dean Plager • Alexander (Tom Potterton • Wyndham Pounds • Veronica Raulin

Screening Committee Suzan Beraza • Mary Duffy • Cathe Dyer • Beth Gage • Jenny Jacobi • Jane Julian Ben Kerr • Ben Knight • Marki Knopp • Lucy Lerner • Rick Mendel • Mark Plantz • Lexi Tuddenham • Stash Wislocki

Kristen Redd • Peggy Redford • Laurel Robinson • Michael Roche • Christine Roth • Rick Rotsch

SPECIAL THANKS Jim Bedford • Gary Bennett • Ana Coe • Camp4 Collective • EcoAction Partners The Dinwoodie Family • Deanna Drew • Anson Fogel • Forge Motion Pictures • Brandt Garber • Honga Im Stephanie Jaquet • Marki Knopp • Heather Knox-Rommel • Jim Kolar • Meghan Langford • Night and Day Cleaners Ronnie Palamar • Lucas Price • Steve Schneider • Cinda Simons • Telluride AIDS Benefit • Telluride Film Festival Terry Tice • Town of Mountain Village • Town of Telluride • Eric Undhjem • Bert Von Roemer • Walter Wright

Betsy Rowbottom • Kaylie Rozen • Michael Schmidt • Kaiulani Schuler • Sutton Schuler • Lynn Sikkink Helen Skiba • Ashley Coady Smith • Fiona Smith • Michelle Smith • Susie St. Onge • Winston Struye Briana Sullivan • Jimbo Tewksbury • Susan Thiele • Christina Tinucci • Colleen Trout • Dr Jon-Michael Tucci Bruce Van Buskirk • Asa Van Gelder • Robyn Van Gelder • John Verbeck • Camila Vizzoco • Joyce Waldman Andrew Walters • Christopher Warren • Kathrine Warren • Melanie Wasserman • Chip Wilson • Lucy Woods Chris Wuoltee • Edward Yeomans • Pam Yeomans • Brad Zaporski

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Camp III

Camp II


Stop by Lawson Hill & fill up your growler, buy some schwag, take home some cans or Sample Some of the finest beers The Telluride Valley has to offer!

Camp I

Latitude 38 Vacation Rentals • The Hotel Telluride Base Camp lumière • New Sheridan Hotel • Victorian Inn • Hotel Columbia

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FILMS 35 16 After the Fall 16 Albee Layer 43 Alison Gannett, A MoveShake Story 16 American Tintype 17 Badru’s Story 17 Big Easy Express 57 Blackfish 17 Bug People 18 The Burn 43 Cascada 18, 43 Climate of Doubt 18 Coming Up for Air 19 The Crash Reel 19 Dear Governor Cuomo 19 Diary 20 Der Schwarze Spur (The Black Line) 20 Dirty Wars 20 Django Django Wor 43 Don’t Frack Our Future 45 Duk County 21 Expedition to the End of the World 21 Flutter 21 Gasland II 22 Georgena Terry 22 The Gimp Monkeys 22 Gloop 23, 45 God Loves Uganda 23 Gregg Treinish, A MoveShake Story 23 Here & There 43 High & Hallowed: Everest 1963 24 Home Turf 24 Honnold 3.0 24 Honor the Treaties 25 Human Rights Are For Everyone 45 An Inconvenient Youth 25 Irish Folk Furniture 25 Je veux 26 Joy of Air 45 K2: Siren of the Himalayas 26 Keeper of the Mountains 26 Kilian Martin: Altered Route 43 Kunye 27 The Kyrgyzstan Project 27 Lacon de Catalonia 43 The Last Ocean 27 L’Homme de Glace (Ice Philosophy) 28 Life According to Sam 28 Lunarcy! 28 Maidentrip 29 Manhunt 29 A New Perspective 29 Nord For Sola (North of the Sun) 30 Off the Hook 30 Pandora’s Promise 30 Paper Shredder 43, 45 Paradise Found 31 The Pencil that Didn’t Know How to Write 45 Reindeer 31 Return to the Tepuis 31 The Rider And The Storm 32 Rising From Ashes 32 Rock Wall Climbing 32, 45 The Roper 33 Running Blind 33 The Scared is Scared 33, 45 Scavenger 34 Sea of Rock 34 The Secrets of the Mongolian Archers 34 Secrets of Winter 45 The Sensei 35, 43 SLOMO 35 Split of a Second 43 The Squeakiest Roar 45 Strong 35 Take Away Film: Uganda 36 Tempting Fear 36 TINY: A Story About Living Small 36 Trip (colored snow) 43 Two Wheels Good 37 UpCycling 37 Uranium Drive-In 37 The Water Tower 38

Watermelon Magic 45 Well-Fed 38, 45 Which Way is the Front Line from Here? 38 WideBoyz 39 Wings of Life 39 Wolf Mountain 39 Xmas Without China 40 PEOPLE Chryde “Christophe” Abric 36 Lynsey Addario 78, 84 Jim Aikman 24, 27 Emily Ainsworth 71, 80, 83 Emile Allias 96 Chris Alstrin 39 Conrad Anker 64, 85, 86 Neil Armstrong 96 Skip Armstrong 18, 43 Corey Arnold 74, 78, 83 Dan Austin 79, 86 James Balog 62, 82, 86 Nada Bakos 29, 83 Greg Barker 29, 83 Rebecca Barfoot 79 Erin Barnes 62, 83 Gaby Bastyra 23, 45 Eric Becker 25 Jim Bedford 72 Thom Beers 82 Julie Benello 84 Suzan Beraza 37, 84 Samantha Berg 17, 82 Torben Bernhard 34 Barry Bishop 64, 79 Brent Bishop 24, 64, 79 Matt Black 16, 79, 83, 87 Kamryn Blackwell 45 Chip Blake 73, 83 John Boisen 43 Allie Bombach 13, 16, 23 Jon Bowermaster 19 Chappelle Branch 45 Dara Bratt 21 Arlene Burns 72 Fitz Cahall 22, 35 Jordan Campbell 21 Melanie Carrier 28 Jonathan Cedar 61, 74 Steve Cieciuch 62, 74 Danielle Clapperton 45 Hal Clifford 32, 45 Philip Clifford 45 Lee Cohen 74, 86 Roger Cohen 20, 65, 83, 84, 86 Kevin Connolly 68, 80, 83, 86 Gabriela Cowperthwaite 17 Alan Crandall 21 David Darg 32 John Dau 21, 69, 83, 86 Kathleen Dean Moore 61, 83, 86, 87 Tim DeChristopher 3, 60, 61, 73, 82 Jim Demuth 43 Daniel Dencik 21 John Dickey 27 Paul Diffley 39 Justin Dillon 83 Dennis Dimick 62, 73 Sebastian Doerk 34 Tony Donoghue 25 Mike Douglas 36 Benjamin Drummond 17 Dan Duran 39 Alicia Dwyer 40 Simon Ennis 28 Erden Eruc 70, 84 Nicolas Falquet 43 Rob Faris 82 Björn Fävremark 43 Kevin Fedarko 84, 86 Andrea Fine 28, 85 Sean Fine 28, 85 Anson Fogel 18, 43 Charlotte Fox 89

Josh Fox 22, 73 Scott Franklin 82 Drew Fulton 71, 80 Beth Gage 82 Alison Gannett 16 Paul Gemignani 43, 45 Stephen Gemignani 43, 45 Bianca Giaever 33, 45 Jeff Goodell 61, 82, 86 Julie Goldman 84 Barbara Gould 96 Kathy Green 82 Karen Guglielmone 74 Peter Hackett 83 Jim Hale 86 Trevor Hall 73, 89 Gary Harrison 45 Nick Heil 70, 84, 86 Daryl Hannah 73 Joachim Hellinger 26, 82 Chad Hensel 80 Tim Hetherington 20, 38 Ginny Hicks 86 Olivier Higgins 28 John Hockenberry 18, 60, 61, 62, 82, 86 Richard Hoffmann 45 Kris Holstrom 74 Tom Hornbein 24, 64, 83, 86 Jason Houston 32, 45 Kathrin Houston 32 Lindsay Hower 89 Joshua Izenberg 35 Slater Jewell-Kemker 25, 83 Hawkeye Johnson 30 Jesse Johnson 74 T.C. Johnstone 32 Sebastian Junger 38 Chip Kamin 96 Kapya Kaoma 23 Bill Kees 72 Gus Kenworthy 84 Layton Kor 96 Nasa Koski 16 Tim Laman 31, 67, 74, 80, 83, 86 Kenny Laubbacher 36 Elliot Leboe 43 Katie Lee 84 Brendan Leonard 16 Jason Lewis 70, 84, 86 Travis Low 34 George Lowe 96 Max Lowe 71, 80 Jennifer Lowe-Anker 86 Josh Lowell 24, 35, 43 Henry Lystad 73 Bill Manning 74 Scott MacLaren 80 Emily McAllister 29 Peter McBride 38, 84, 86 Grant McCargo 61, 84 Keaton McCargo 84 Andy McDonough 26 Bill McKibben 61 Ewan McNicol 33 Luke Mehall 86 Paul Meyers 18 Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky) 62, 80, 85, 86, 87 Bryn Mooser 32 Anna Moot-Levin 38, 45 Matt Morris 17 Peter Mortimer 24, 43 David Morton 24 Merete Mueller 36 Barry Gene Murphy 37 Brendan Nahmias 39 Casey Nay 37 Jenny Nichols 31 Daniel Nocera 3, 61, 62, 83 Alicia Nogueira 81 Jake Norton 24, 38, 85 Brett Novak 43 Jean Oelwang 84, 89 Dave Ohlson 26 Hilaree O’Neill 85

Timmy O’Neill 85, 87 Allison Otto 26 Adam Pearce 19 Kevin Pearce 19, 74, 84 Henrique Perrone 37 Sam Price-Waldman 39 Phil Powers 89 Louie Psihoyos 73, 82, 85 Aidan Quinn 84 Chris Rainer 82, 86 Jen Randall 19 Jorn Ranum 30 Carol Ray 17 Jason Reid 26 Corey Rich 29 Cory Richards 85 Joe Riis 31 Maggie Rogers 45 Terry Root 62, 82 Nick Rosen 35, 43, 73 Richard Rowley 20 Joel Sadler 36 Enric Sala 66, 82 Gabby Salazar 71, 80 Anna Sandilands 33 Renato Santos 96 David Sassoon 61, 62, 82 Mikey Schaefer 22 Grayson Schaffer 83, 85, 89 Auden Schendler 62, 84, 86 Jillian Schlesinger 29 Edwin Scholes 31, 67, 80, 83, 86 Sarah Schutzki 36 Louis Schwartzberg 39, 73 EJ Scott 33 Matt Segal 27 John Seigel-Boettner 74 Masaki Sekiguchi 20 Tom Shadyac 83, 86 Ellen Shelton 74 Peter Shelton 82 Austin Siadak 16 Rick Silverman 72, 82 Ben Skinner 83 Barry Smith 45 Christopher Smith 36 Bryan Smith 45 Sara Joy Steele 17 Craig Stein 30 Sandra Steingraber 19, 22, 73, 83, 86, 87 Robert Stone 30, 83 Rob Story 85, 86 Abe Streep 73, 85 Ryan Suffern 33 Tom Swartwout 31 Geoff Tabin 21, 69, 85, 86 Harry Taylor 17, 81 Lito Tejada-Flores 72 Alexandra Theodosopoulos 45 Alan Thomas 45 Jeff Thomas 43 David Tomb 81, 83 Gregg Treinish 23, 83 Allison Trowbridge 83 Catherine Upin 18 Matt Van Biene 16 Johannes von Kirschbaum 26 Chris Waddell 84 Lucy Walker 19, 34, 73, 84 James Walsh 27 Eva Weber 31 Inge Wegge 30 John B. Weller 27, 81, 83 Ross Whitaker 24 Jim Whittaker 24, 64, 84, 86 Roger Williams 23, 85 Niels Windfeldt 43 Kevin Wingate 45 Tom Xia 40 Peter Yarrow 85 Peter Young 27, 82 Amanda Zackem 22 Fabrizio Zangrilli 26 Brad Zaporski 62, 74 Zio Ziegler 81

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