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ersistence is in abundance at this year’s Mountainfilm. Look around the festival, and it won’t be hard to find folks who’ve experienced a myriad of difficulties and opposition, but they’ve continued their course firmly and often quite obstinately. As you’ll see in Chasing Ice, photographer James Balog faced a host of technical and physical challenges to launch his groundbreaking work that monitors the collapse of glaciers around the world.

never return. Yet in 2011, they persisted and became the first to summit, a remarkable effort chronicled in House of Cards. Look for lots of other folk who won’t give up at Mountainfilm this weekend. There’s the ecologist and writer Sandra Steingraber, the Japanese survivors featured in The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom and the young women of the U.S ski jumping team. Each of them has encountered many obstacles and reasons to fold, but that’s not in their nature.

Herlong Federal Prison in California where Tim DeChristopher started serving a two year sentence. (Photos by David Holbrooke)

He persisted, and now this work has been These are the same principles that compel called “the smoking gun of climate change” climate activist Tim DeChristopher, who is by Bobby Kennedy. familiar to festival audiences from his singular Another Kennedy — Bobby’s mother act of civil disobedience in monkey-wrenching Ethel — might have given up as one a gas and oil auction of federal lands. He’s enormous tragedy after another engulfed featured in the essential documentary Bidder her and her family, but as the touching film 70, and as the film shows, he could have been Ethel — directed by her daughter Rory — contrite at his sentencing, but instead told the shows, the woman wouldn’t and couldn’t. federal judge: She still had a family to raise and was “Given the destruction of our determined not to let them down. democratic institutions that once gave The brilliant Chinese artist Ai Weiwei citizens access to power, my future (featured in Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry) has the will likely involve civil disobedience. full force — and power — of the Chinese Nothing that happens here today will government aligned against him. Still, he change that. I don’t mean that in any continues his fierce battle with one of the sort of disrespectful way at all, but most brutal regimes on the planet, hoping to you don’t have that authority. You create a new China. have authority over my life, but not After failing to reach the top of Meru my principles. Those are mine alone.” peak in India, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin Talk about persistence. and Renan Ozturk swore in the 2009 awardwinning film Samsara that they would —David Holbrooke, festival director

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Welcome

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How To Mountainfilm p h oto by j e re my b aron

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What We Do

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Moving Mountains Symposium

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The Films

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Adrenaline

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Kidz Kino

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schedule

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Presentations

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Events

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Gallery Walk

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coffee Talks

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Reading Frenzy

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Awards & Judges

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Boards & donors

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Staff & Volunteers

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In Memoriam

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Index

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How to Mountainfilm

New this Year We realize that last-minute schedule changes can throw a wrench in your plans, so we’ve built a new online clearinghouse for all TBA announcements, program changes and cancellations.

Low-Impact Festival

Last year, by not providing singleuse disposable utensils and dishes, Mountainfilm 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. Exceptions: Some venues will still sell concessions in the usual manner, and we cannot serve alcohol in to-go cups.

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For up-to-the-minute updates, go to www.mountainfilm.org/final-beta.

Hospitality

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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 Telluride Brewing Company beers on tap and free Wi-Fi.

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Buy Mountainfilm in Telluride apparel at BootDoctors & Paragon Outdoors at 213 West Colorado Avenue, two doors east of the Nugget Theatre. For Timberland footwear, visit Telluride Trappings & Toggery at 109 East Colorado Avenue, just beneath the Mountainfilm offices.

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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 only if available. Queue early, especially at the smaller theaters: Sheridan (230 seats), Nugget (186), Masons (130) and The Library (65). The back of your pass explains 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 your number, the likelier 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.

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TBAs

TBAs and special screenings will be posted daily outside all theaters, at Hospitality, online at www.mountainfilm. org/final-beta, on our Facebook page and via Twitter@mountainfilm.

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 to 1:00 a.m. Telluride’s shuttle, the Galloping Goose, runs a loop through Telluride every 10 minutes. In Mountain Village, dial 970728-8888 any time the Gondola is open for Dial-A-Ride services within the 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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Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining.

Mountainfilm on Tour

Throughout the year, we take some of the best films from Mountainfilm around the world for single-event and multi-day shows. Hosted by a wide variety of organizations — including non-profits, corporations, community groups, theater operators, as well as schools and colleges — our tour reaches more than 30,000 people annually in over 80 locations on five continents. The Mountainfilm Commitment Grant Program

This program helps the Mountainfilm community get their stories both told and heard. Now in its third year, the program awards up to five $5,000 grants annually, along with a Mac Book Pro laptop computer. The recipients are filmmakers and photographers, artists and adventurers whose projects are intended to move audiences to action on issues that matter.

Mountainfilm in the Classroom — Making Movies that Matter

Sponsored by Horny Toad Our school program introduces students to essential environmental, cultural and social issues through hands-on, film editing projects. Students take a content-rich film from our festival archives and, with permission from the filmmaker, use images and voices from the film to create a short adaptation. They add their own graphics, music, voiceover, subtitles and special effects. This combination of practical and cognitive learning skills thrills teachers and students alike. Students love working in a medium that is such a prevalent part of their daily lives.

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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 across the country and is slated to expand its market significantly this year. Airing four nights a week, the 90-minute show features festival films, as well as interviews with filmmakers and special guests from Mountainfilm itself. If Outside Television serves your community, don’t miss it. If not, go to www.outsidetelevision. com, provide your zip code and request Mountainfilm in your home. We also produce our own programming from the festival, which can be seen on www.mountainfilm.org.

We program a festival for an audience that visits us in Telluride each May. The rest of the year, we hope that same audience, and others, will visit our website, www. mountainfilm.org, for news about the wide world that is Mountainfilm. Thanks to the wonderful team at VentureWeb, we’ve built a dynamic site that offers short films, stories about our remarkable guests and blogs about noteworthy subjects. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter, as well. Green Screen

This year, we hope to once again refine and sharpen our long tradition of recycling, composting and reducing the festival’s impact to as near zero waste as possible. Please help us in the effort by bringing your own reusable plates, bowls, cups, mugs and utensils to festival events, and please don’t use single-purpose plastic bags, bottles or containers. The Next Step

Our Next Step program provides a platform for interaction between our audiences and many of the humanitarian, environmental, social and cultural causes espoused by our filmmakers and presenters. The goal of the program is to promote action toward positive change. You can take the “next step” toward engaging with causes that move you by meeting with representatives from a diverse array of non-profit and missionbased organizations on main street during our Ice Cream Social and in Telluride Town Park during the Closing Picnic.

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symposium

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“A world from which solitude is extirpated, is a very poor ideal. Solitude, in the sense of being often alone, is essential to any depth of meditation or of character; and solitude in the presence of natural beauty and grandeur, is the cradle of thought and aspirations which are not only good for the individual, but which society could ill do without.” — John Stuart Mill, Principles of Political Economy (1848) This “solitude” that Mill writes of is increasingly hard to find on a planet with a population of 7 billion. It’s a staggering number, double the count from the mid-1970s and growing quickly. The big — really big — question is where will we top out? The answer has massive implications with infinite complications. Europe’s population is cratering, while much of the developing world grows. Climate change and resource depletion add uncertain but major factors to the answer. Recent Moving Mountains Symposia have focused on energy, water, food and extinction, but many of you strongly suggested that we examine population, arguing that the evergrowing number of people on the planet is the

key underlying element to previous symposium topics. In response, we’ve assembled a stellar roster of demographers, scientists, economists and activists. These experts will attempt to answer the big question about maximum population, and they will also tell us what can be done to ensure we live in a tenable world, one in which solitude is not extirpated. The morning speakers will present at High Camp from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Mountain Village. We’ll break for a bag lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and then reconvene in Telluride at the Sheridan Opera House, The Nugget Theater and the Masons from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for breakout sessions.

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of speakers and panels (Speakers are listed in order of presentation.)

HIGH CAMP

ALEX CHADWICK A longtime NPR reporter and host of the film series Interviews 50 Cents, Alex Chadwick will emcee the morning programming.

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

What will happen when the population bomb explodes? PAUL EHRLICH

Author of the prescient and hugely influential 1968 book The Population Bomb, Paul Ehrlich is a Stanford professor and has long been a leading voice on the issue of population.

How do we enhance the most important factors that reduce fertility rates: girls’ education and women’s empowerment? PURNIMA MANE

A former deputy director of the UN Population Fund, Purnima Mane is president and CEO of Pathfinder International, a public health organization that focuses on family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and women’s and girl’s empowerment.

What does the Anthropocene Age mean for the rest of the earthlings? DAVE FOREMAN

Previously at Mountainfilm in 2010, Dave Foreman is the founder of Earth First!, the Rewilding Institute and an author. His most recent book is Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife, which addresses how the spread of humans has decimated many wild species. CASE STUDY:

What will happen in the tense Tenth Parallel as it continues to grow and heat up? ELIZA GRISWOLD

An award-winning writer whose latest book is The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam, Griswold spent years traveling in this horizontal band that rings the earth 700 miles north of the equator and has one of the fastest growing populations in the world.

With the arrival of “peak oil” and the onset of increasingly stressed natural resources, can our global economy continue to grow? RICHARD HEINBERG

A senior fellow at the Post-Carbon Institute and author of 10 books, including most recently The End of Growth, Richard Heinberg is a journalist who has written extensively about the issue of peak oil.

How do we move toward a livable future? Alex Chadwick with Paul Ehrlich, Richard Heinberg and Purnima Mane

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CASE STUDIES

What do the demographics about specific areas tell us about the rest of the world? SCOTT WALLACE - THE UNCONQUERED

Scott Wallace is a writer whose book, The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes, is about an expedition of anthropologists who attempt to track a secluded tribe in the Amazon. Wallace chronicles the challenges of the team as they study the Arrow People without making contact. DAN BUETTNER - THE BLUE ZONE

Dan Buettner is an explorer whose record-setting endurance bike expeditions led to an interest in demographics. The result was the bestseller The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, which examined the regions where people live longer than others.

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How do we ensure that there is enough water, energy and food for future generations? PETER GLEICK

Founder of the Pacific Institute, Peter Gleick is a scientist and water expert who spoke at the 2008 Moving Mountains Symposium. He will discuss how this essential resource is being increasingly drained by a growing population around the planet and what that means as the earth heats — and dries — up. CHUCK KUTSCHER

Chuck Kutscher, who spoke at the 2007 Moving Mountains Symposium on energy, is the principal engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and a professor at Colorado University. He focuses on solar power and how this renewable resource could help diminish carbon emissions as the world’s energy demands increase. ROZ NAYLOR

Last at Mountainfilm in 2009 for the Moving Mountains Symposium on food, Roz Naylor is a Stanford professor whose expertise focuses on food security, the environmental impacts of crops and livestock, and climate change.

2:00-3:30 p.m.

How does this region deal with the challenges of diminished water tables, increased resource extraction and immigration? KATIE LEE

A singer, an activist and a longtime friend of Mountainfilm, Katie Lee has long fought to keep much of the Southwest wild and undeveloped, particularly Glen Canyon. She has also been a passionate activist on population issues. DAVE FOREMAN

A longtime environmental activist and the author of Confessions of an Eco-Warrior, Dave Foreman lives in New Mexico and believes that unless we cap immigration to the U.S., we cannot keep from doubling or nearly tripling this country’s population. PETE MCBRIDE

Peter McBride is a photographer from Basalt, Colorado, and he directed the film Chasing Water in which he traveled from source to sea along the Colorado River to show the many drains on this essential water source for the Southwest. KIERAN SUCKLING

Kieran Suckling lives in New Mexico and, as executive director and co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity, he’s been a major advocate for endangered species, first in the Southwest and now across the country.

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Among Giants Chris Cresci, Ben Mullinkosson & Sam Price-Waldman

(SATURDAY, 12:15 P.M., SOH; SUNDAY, 6:30 P.M., NUG)

IN PERSON:Chris Cresci & Sam Price-Waldman

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Alison Klayman

(SATURDAY, 6:15 P.M., PALM; SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M. PALM)

IN PERSON: Alison Klayman

“For the world to change, everyone must shoulder the burden,” says the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. This may be true, but it seems that he’s shouldering more than his fair share with bold work that ranges from sculptures to documentaries and includes, perhaps his most effective canvas, Twitter. This film, directed by first-time filmmaker Alison Klayman, shows how the artist is constantly watched, monitored and harassed by state security, yet he continues to use his cell phone, video camera and middle finger (literally) to express his discontent with the Chinese government. —DH (USA/China, 2011, 91 min)

In 2008, a company called Green Diamond Resource Company began clear-cutting redwood trees in Northern California’s McKay Tract, a lush and shadowy forest that was home to towering trees, tall ferns and wildlife. A group of activists responded by moving into the trees, setting up their lives in tarp structures in the lofty canopies among the trill of birdsong and the patter of rainfall. Among Giants focuses on one of the activists, Farmer, who has been living in the trees for three years and etches out a solitary and soggy existence based on faith and resistance. He hopes that, ultimately, his sacrifices will stave off the cut and preserve the forest that he has come to know as home. He says, “It’s not just about this one place, it’s about the whole area and really about the whole planet.” —KK (USA, 2011, 13 min)

Baseball in a Time of Cholera David Darg & Bryn Mooser

(SATURDAY, 10:00 A.M., LIB; SUNDAY, 4:30 P.M., LIB)

IN PERSON: David Darg & Bryn Mooser

This film isn’t really about either baseball or cholera. Instead, it concentrates on the playfulness and joy of the game as it nudges up against and intermingles with the death and despair of the disease after the 2011 earthquake in Haiti. It’s more a film about incongruities and complexities, unforeseen consequences and unending hope. It’s also about good intentions that can bring bad results. Ultimately, though, this film is simply about the unending tragedy of poverty. —PK (Haiti, 2012, 28 min)

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Bidder 70 Beth & George Gage

(FRIDAY, 6:45 P.M., PALM; SUNDAY 4:15 P.M., NUG)

IN PERSON: Beth Gage, George Gage, Peaceful Uprising, Terry Root & Pat Shea WORLD PREMIERE

Filmmakers Beth and George Gage have brought unforgettable characters to Mountainfilm audiences — the men of the Tenth Mountain Division with Fire on the Mountain and Carrie Dann with American Outrage — and they do it again with Bidder 70. What makes this film different from their others is that the protagonist — activist Tim DeChristopher, who’s been to Mountainfilm several times — cannot attend the screening in person because he’s serving two years in prison for an act of civil disobedience in which he disrupted an oil and gas land auction. DeChristopher lost his liberty in an attempt to change a system that needs radical redirecting. In his absence, the Gages and other people in the film will attend this world premiere. —DH (USA, 2012, 71 min)

Big in Bollywood Bill Bowles & Kenny Meehan

SATURDAY, 12:15 P.M., LIB; SATURDAY, 8:45 P.M., PALM)

IN PERSON: Kenny Meehan

Omi Vaidya was a struggling actor in Los Angeles, California, who was getting by on commercials and a few small roles. Raised in Palm Springs, he barely spoke Hindi and had little connection to India, the homeland of his parents. So when he was asked to audition for a role in a Bollywood film, Vaidya had low expectations. He ended up getting a small, but key, part in the film — a comedy called Three Idiots — and the producers invited him to the premiere in India. A bunch of Vaidya’s college friends decided that this journey would be a good story for a documentary and followed him. Boy, were they right. Three Idiots became a massive hit, and Big in Bollywood takes the audience on a fun, feel-good ride as a young man goes from being a total unknown to a household name in India, which changes his life forever. —DH (USA, 2011, 69 min)

Blue Obsession Alan Gordon & Jordan Halland

(SATURDAY, 9:30 A.M., HC; SUNDAY, 4:00 P.M., HC)

IN PERSON: Jordan Halland

The Mendenhall Glacier in southeast Alaska offers an otherworldly landscape — fields of crumpled ice, massive hunks of blue, glassy caves and all manner of frozen water. It’s beautiful, but it’s also ephemeral: The glacier is in a state of retreat. Climber Alan Gordon has been exploring the glacier for years, watching as old features melt away and new ones are revealed, and now he’s determined to document its stunning, but fleeting, scenery before it disappears forever. Blue Obsession, a film about his mission, offers a short and gorgeous portrait of a landscape in flux. —KK (USA, 2011, 8 min)

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Chasing Ice Jeff Orlowski

(THURSDAY, 9:00 P.M., BC; SATURDAY, 3:30 P.M., PALM)

IN PERSON: James Balog & Jeff Orlowski

In 2005, photographer James Balog set out on an audacious quest: to document the disappearance of glaciers by setting up time-lapse cameras around the world. With temperatures on the rise, his plan worked well as the cameras of his Extreme Ice Survery captured some of the biggest calving incidents ever. But awardwinning Chasing Ice isn’t just about the glaciers, it also shows an artist at work. Balog, who has been coming to Mountainfilm for more than a decade, wrestles with a bad knee, faulty equipment and the existential question of how the collapse of glaciers is a harbinger of our own uncertain future. —DH (USA, 2012, 90 min)

Critical Mass Mike Freedman

(SATURDAY, 6:00 P.M., SOH; SUNDAY, 6:30 P.M., MAS)

IN PERSON: Mike Freedman & Peter Gleick

It’s not easy to address the issue of human overpopulation, so filmmaker Mike Freedman did something clever: He tells the story with mice. He uses the cautionary tale from a science experiment by John B. Calhoun to show what happens when the rodents are crowded together. It’s not a pretty sight. Mice stop weaning their young, often attack their progeny and cease normal behaviors. The conclusions of the experiment — and film — amplify the warning of many demographic experts in the film. —DH (UK, 2012, 100 min)

Darwin Nick Brandestini

(SATURDAY, 12:00 P.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 10:00 A.M., MAS)

IN PERSON: Nick Brandestini

We know from Telluride that every small town has its own quirky characters, but few places could boast the cast of oddballs, misfits and strange birds that populate Darwin, California (named after Dr. Darwin French, a 19th century adventurer). Situated near Death Valley, there is no church, school or town government, so with its desolate location and population of 43, Darwin draws residents who want to get away from society. They all have their reasons for reclusiveness, yet they still allow director Nick Brandestini into their strange, yet compelling, world. The result is an elegiac and haunting story about the town that incorporates its boomtown mining history, the mysterious nearby military base where secret weapons are tested, and the townspeople who’ve chosen to live life on their own terms. —DH (Switzerland, 2011, 88 min)

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The Dust Bowl Ken Burns A Desert Life Austin Siadak

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The Denali Experiment Jimmy Chin

(SUNDAY, 9:15 P.M., SOH)

IN PERSON: Jimmy Chin & Renan Ozturk

In 2011, The North Face assembled an eclectic team of athletes for a ski expedition up Denali, the hulking 20,320-foot mountain that rises from a snowclad range in Alaska’s interior. The trip, captured in Camp 4 Collective’s film The Denali Experiment, brings together an unexpected mix of new-school talent and mountaineering veterans, matching the likes of Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, the spineripping star of ski films by Teton Gravity Research, with experts of the high mountains, such as Conrad Anker and Telluride’s Hilaree O’Neill. The result? The young guns are pushed beyond their comfort zones as they learn what it’s like to suffer for their turns, pushing themselves to physical and mental extremes before getting the glory. And the old hands learn a thing or two about jibbing at 14,000 feet. —KK (USA, 2011, 15 min)

IN PERSON: Austin Siadak

A desert can be stark, arid and inhospitable, but it’s also a place of elemental beauty and compelling vitality that reveals its richness to the dedicated, patient observer. To say that inveterate climber and social dropout Alf Randell has a “desert life” is a perfect metaphor: Outwardly, living in a remote beaten-up camper and earning a subsistence living might well seem a little barren. But measured by the actual texture of that life — the splendor of his dawns and dusks, the depth of his relationship with his natural surroundings, especially the red rock walls and people who share in his enjoyment of them — it’s anything but inhospitable. —PK (USA, 2012, 9 min)

Part ONE: (SATURDAY, 9:30 A.M., PALM; SATURDAY, 8:30 P.M., LIB) Part TWO: (SUNDAY, 11:45 A.M., NUG; MON, 9:15 A.M., MAS)

IN PERSON: Dayton Duncan WORLD PREMIERE

“What kind of place is this where children couldn’t go outside? Where the air outside could kill you?” asks one of the many memorable characters in The Dust Bowl, the powerful two-part documentary by Ken Burns that is about the most devastating, man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history. Last at Mountainfilm in 2009 with his seminal series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Burns tells this remarkable story of American heartbreak and heroism that took place throughout the Great Plains during the mid1930s after a severe drought, combined with agricultural mismanagement, created weather that sent “black blizzards” across the country. The wreckage of more than 100 million acres of land also instigated massive migration, displacing several hundred thousand people. After watching this film, one is left with this question: Given the current destruction of the land in much of the same area by resource extraction today, have we learned anything? —DH (USA, 2012, 120 min each)

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Eco Ninja Jonathan Browning

(SATURDAY, 9:45 A.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 4:15 P.M., NUG)

IN PERSON: Jonathan Browning & Leslie McManus

From the maker of the awardwinning short film The Job (Mountainfilm 2007) comes this satirical brief comedy about a corporation that enforces a gogreen policy in its offices by hiring an Eco Ninja who takes his duties all too seriously. As usual, Jonathan Browning and Screaming Frog Productions think outside the box — and then recycle the box. —MD (USA, 2010, 6 min)

Ernest Sam Bricker

(FRIDAY, 6:45 P.M., LIBRARY; SUNDAY, 4:30 P.M., LIB) WORLD PREMIERE

Ernest Wilkerson is struggling to hold onto an independent lifestyle while facing a changing world and his own advancing age. Born in 1924, this humble mountain man cherishes his active life: “I cannot picture myself just sittin’ around doing nothin’.” A local legend in Monte Vista, Colorado, Wilkerson learned to fend for himself at a young age, becoming a government-hired wildlife trapper, taxidermist, conservationist and teacher of backcountry survival skills. His specialty is snow caves, but he says, “Your best survival tool is your brain.” —MD (USA, 2012, 5 min)

Ethel Rory Kennedy

(FRIDAY, 6:30 P.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 4:00 P.M., PALM)

IN PERSON: Rory Kennedy

After looking at a variety of challenging topics — such as poverty in America, Abu Ghraib prison and illegal immigration — acclaimed documentarian Rory Kennedy took on an even tougher subject: her mother. Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy, is not prone to introspection and has little interest in reflecting on her significant role in American history, so the 84-year-old woman is an unlikely documentary subject. Fortunately, Rory, her youngest daughter, managed to convince her mother to sit in front of the cameras with her. The result is a touching and thoughtful portrait of a deeply felt, indomitable woman, who witnessed much hope and tragedy, yet emerged from this crucible with her sense of self — and humor — intact. —DH (USA, 2012, 97 min)

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Fambul Tok Sara Terry

(SATURDAY, 9:30 A.M., MAS; SUNDAY, 12:15 P.M., MAS)

“The bad he done was just too much,” says one of the many unforgettable characters in this moving and inspiring documentary about Sierra Leone that manages simultaneously to depict both the absolute worst of human nature and its very best. The film follows a homegrown process of reconciliation, called Fambul Tok (“family talk”), that was needed after the country’s long and brutal civil war. The idea is to bring the perpetrators of atrocities, including the aptly named Captain Mohamed Savage (a.k.a. Mr. Die), together with their victims. The reunion is painful, but it also appears to be effective. Taking place around a campfire, much of the pain seems to melt away in front of the flames. —DH (USA, 2011, 82 min)

Fishing Without Nets Cutter Hodierne

(SATURDAY, 10:00 A.M., LIB)

“There are two ways to fish. With nets or without. But if I fish with violence, will my nets be full of blood?” That is the difficult choice facing Chire, the main character in this short narrative film about Somali pirates, many of whom have turned to crime because their waters have been overfished by foreigners. Fishing Without Nets, which is told from the point of view of the pirates and sometimes feels like a documentary, tells the story of young Somali men who have given up on their lives as fishermen to go after a bigger catch: the giant cargo ships that sail through their part of the world. This film captures the rough world of these hardened men as it shimmers and shines on the high seas. —DH (USA, 2011, 20 min)

The Freedom Chair Mike Douglas

(SATURDAY, 6:30 P.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 7:00 P.M., HC)

IN PERSON: Mike Douglas

Josh Dueck was a passionate free-skier who found himself coaching world-class athletes, such as TJ Schiller and Justin Dorey, at a young age. But one day, he misjudged his speed as he approached a jump, and what could have been a harmless mistake, brought inextricable, life-altering consequences. When he crashed, his spinal cord was severed, leaving him paralyzed. Instead of giving up on skiing, however, Dueck refocused his passion into sit-skiing, and the experience allowed him to jumpstart a new career and find a new way to do what he loves the best: ski. The Freedom Chair traces the path from Dueck’s injury to his return to the hill, where he wins silver and gold at the Olympics and X Games and still gets out with friends to charge big terrain — all thanks to his freedom chair. —KK (Canada, 2011, 15 min)

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House of Cards (Work in Progress) Jimmy Chin & Renan Ozturk (FRIDAY, 8:45 P.M., SOH; SUNDAY, 9:15 P.M., SOH)

IN PERSON: Jimmy Chin & Renan Ozturk

In 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk attempted a long-sought-after summit: a highly technical and challenging granite buttress called the Shark’s Fin on the northeast side of the 6,310-meter peak Meru Central in India. They — like many other alpinists before them — did not make it to the top, although the resulting documentary, Samsara, redefined climbing films, winning the Charlie Fowler Award at Mountainfilm in 2009. In that film, Chin clearly states that he is never coming back to Meru, yet in the fall of 2011, the three men return to India to take another shot at what has become a 20-year obsession for Anker. Each man has many reasons not to return to a place the Hindus consider to be the center of the universe, including family responsibilities for Anker and Chin and a traumatic head injury suffered by Ozturk during a ski accident. Yet the summit still beckons the three men, and the resulting film, the riveting House of Cards, will be presented as a sneak peek at Mountainfilm 2012. —DH (USA, 2012, 60 min)

Ice Revolution Josh Lowell

(SATURDAY, 9:30 A.M., HC; SUNDAY, 4:00 P.M., HC)

IN PERSON: Will Gadd

There’s no doubt that traditional ice climbing is a beautiful sport for hardy mountain souls. But because of the physics of ice, it’s virtually impossible to find super hard, overhanging ice routes on natural walls — until now. Welcome to Helmcken Falls, British Columbia, a surreal and frozen place that defies the rules that have long governed the sport. Here, a violent cascade pours some 500 feet to the ground, throwing spray onto a nearby overhanging cave wall, which freezes to create an otherworldly canvas of icicles and frozen features — a dream come true for climbers Will Gadd and Tim Emmett. Ice Revolution follows the two dynamic partners as they pioneer a new and radical form of ice climbing in the cave, dodging massive exploding icicles, finding incredible routes and having a blast on the hardest pure ice climb in the world. —KK (USA, 2011, 13 min)

Into the Middle of Nowhere Anna Ewert

(FRIDAY, 6:45 P.M., MAS; SATURDAY, 10:00 A.M., LIB)

Children don’t need shiny plastic things, video games or expensive toys to have fun. A pile of logs and sticks can provide an active imagination with plenty of tools for hours of entertainment. This film takes us Into the Middle of Nowhere — an outdoor nursery in the Scottish countryside with a group of children who are just learning about the challenges of growing up. The woods become the place where the normal rules of society come to a halt and where play transforms the surroundings into the children’s wildest imaginations. —EL (Scotland/Germany, 2010, 15 min)

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Island Liberty Smith & Sophie Windsor Clive (FRIDAY, 6:45 P.M., PALM; SUNDAY, 4:30 P.M., LIB)

The scene is set with two young women — Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith — on a casual canoe trip on the River Shannon in Ireland. Under heavy skies, they make their way to a bird-infested island where they witness a gathering of starlings — a “murmuration” — that is so phenomenal and surreal that it’s almost poetry in motion. If this story sounds familiar, it might be because their simple, two-minute film — called Murmuration — went viral last year. Island is a longer, yet equally compelling, version of an unforgettable paddling adventure. —MD (UK, 2010, 8 min)

Kashmir Max Bervy

(SATURDAY, 3:45 P.M., HC; SUNDAY, 7:00 P.M., HC)

IN PERSON: Lynsey Dyer, Josh Haskins & Lel Tone

Julio Solis, A MoveShake Story Allie Bombach (SATURDAY, 9:30 A.M., SOH; SUNDAY, 6:30 P.M., NUG)

IN PERSON: Allie Bombach WORLD PREMIERE

Julio Solis grew up near Magdalena Bay in Baja, Mexico, where turtles were plentiful. As he got older, he watched their population decrease from over harvesting, so he dedicated himself to conservation of the reptiles. This short film by Allie Bombach is part of a series and profiles people who are doing the best they can to change the world. —DH (USA, 2012, 9 min)

Warren Miller has taken skiers all over the world to rip powder, but few places have been as exotic as Kashmir, India. The production brought two women — First Ascent athletes Lynsey Dyer and Lel Tone — to this intense, highly contested part of the world where big guns are as prevalent as big powder, which makes this segment from the feature …Like There’s No Tomorrow all the more dramatic. —DH (USA, 2011, 9 min)

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Lady B’s First Winter: Journal of an Avalanche Dog Scott Ransom

(SATURDAY, 12:30 P.M., HC; MONDAY, 11:00 A.M., PALM)

IN PERSON: Scott Random & Lady B WORLD PREMIERE

KONY 2012 Jason Russell

(SATURDAY, 12:15 P.M., SOH)

IN PERSON: Eliza Griswold, Ben Keesey, Jedidiah Jenkins & Tom Shadyac

It was a social media sensation like no other. Invisible Children’s short film, KONY 2012, was released in March and spread like wildfire, lighting up Facebook and garnering approximately 100 million views around the world. The story is that of the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and the efforts of Jason Russell and Invisible Children to bring him to justice. Of course, the film’s success created its own backlash, and the nonprofit found itself in the middle of a media firestorm as KONY 2012 gathered more and more attention. We will screen the film, then have an extended Q & A — led by journalist Eliza Griswold — with Invisible Children’s CEO, Ben Keesey; the organization’s director of ideology, Jedidiah Jenkins; and Tom Shadyac, the director of I Am. —DH (USA, 2012, 30 min)

Dogs can be man’s cutest best friend, but with the right training, they can also be lifesavers. That’s why local filmmaker Scott Ransom followed the story of an avalanche dog from puppy through its rigorous training with Telluride Ski Patroller Gary Richard. For the film’s world premiere at Mountainfilm 2012, both two- and four-legged special guests will be in attendance. —DH (Telluride, 2012, 20 min)

Last Call at the Oasis Jessica Yu

(SATURDAY, 6:15 P.M., MAS; SUNDAY, 12:15 P.M., HC)

IN PERSON: Peter Gleick

Water is our most essential resource, and it’s being depleted at an alarming rate around the world, creating what may arguably be the most urgent crisis facing humanity. Last Call at the Oasis, by acclaimed filmmaker Jessica Yu, is a thoughtful and engaging look at this situation. Featuring activist Erin Brockovich and water expert Peter Gleick, among others, the film does something unusual — it sounds the alarm without being alarmist and offers hope if we act now. After the screening, Gleick will discuss the challenges we will face when it comes to water in the twenty-first century. —DH (USA, 2011, 100 min)

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Living Downstream Chanda Chevannes

(SATURDAY, 4:00 P.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 12:15 P.M., PALM)

Last of the Great Unknown Dan Ransom (SATURDAY, 9:45 A.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 7:00 P.M., HC)

IN PERSON: Dan Ransom & Rich Rudow

The Grand Canyon, a barren labyrinth of light and shadows, was one of the last places in the American West to be surveyed. John Wesley Powell, before he made the first descent via the Colorado River in 1869, called it “The Great Unknown.” Much of it still is today, and river runners, backpackers, lithic hunters and butte baggers seek prestigious “firsts” in the Grand Canyon’s innumerable technical slots. These canyons within canyons with their remarkable features that no human has seen before are what beckons Rich Rudow, Todd Martin, Dave Nally and a passel of other canyoneers to explore deep drainages. It’s no easy task, demanding knowledge of route finding, backpacking, climbing, spelunking and pack rafting — so much so that Rudow was nominated for Outside magazine’s 2012 Adventurer of the Year. —MD (USA, 2012, 22 min)

IN PERSON: Chanda Chevannes & Sandra Steingraber

Like her hero, the pioneering environmental writer and activist Rachel Carson (author of Silent Spring), Sandra Steingraber is a cancer victim. Diagnosed at age 20, she successfully battled the disease for 30 years. During that time she’s used her knowledge and training as a biologist to bridge the gap between what scientists and the medical community regard as the causes of cancer. Steingraber grew up surrounded by toxic chemical discharge from industrial agriculture and is certain that her childhood environment and her health as an adult are intimately connected. She asks one of the essential questions of our age: How much proof is necessary to treat industrial contamination of air, soil and streams as human rights issues? This is a powerful and compelling film about a woman whose brilliance is surpassed only by her honesty and grit. Besides an extended conversation after the film, Steingraber, a columnist for Orion, will also speak about her work against fracking with Eliza Griswold (page 64) on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. at the Palm. —PK (USA, 2011, 55 min)

Living Tiny Paul Donatelli & Paul Meyers

(FRIDAY, 9:00 P.M., LIB; SUNDAY, 6:45 P.M., LIB)

“People like having lots of stuff, Americans in particular,” says one of the characters in the charming documentary Living Tiny. In a country obsessed with growth and progress, there is a small, but growing, population of people who are rejecting the axiom that “bigger is better” and are downsizing. Their tiny abodes, no larger than 200 square feet, are not caging them, but liberating them from a culture of consumption. “Ultimately you can only occupy 12 square feet of space at a time. Everything else is just a place to keep your stuff.” —EL (USA, 2011, 5 min)

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Load Bearing Craig Stein

(SATURDAY, 12:30 P.M., HC; sunday, 9:00 P.M., NUG)

IN PERSON: James Colt, Summer Colt, Drew Ludwig & Craig Stein WORLD PREMIERE

Since 1996, the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program has been teaching people with disabilities to ski. The organization has grown in scope and scale, and last June, they brought their athletes to Alaska for an immersive high-altitude adventure. This inspiring short features locals James and Summer Colt, along with guide Drew Ludwig. —DH (Telluride, 2012, 9 min)

The Lost Bird Project Deborah Dickson

(SATURDAY, 9:30 A.M., SOH; SUNDAY, 11:45 A.M., LIB)

IN PERSON: Deborah Dickson, Todd McGrain & Andy Stern

Todd McGrain believes that forgetting is a type of cultural extinction, so he aims to keep memories alive for five extinct North American birds by placing large, bronze sculptures of them in the places where these creatures were last seen alive in the wild. By reintroducing these stories into the social memory of landscapes, he hopes his sculptures will spark interest, draw people into the birds’ sad tales and encourage the prevention of future losses. It’s a bold ambition for this somewhat shy and retiring artist, but McGrain willingly dares failure because he knows that we must not forget these birds. —PK (USA, 2011, 60 min)

The Love Competition Brent Hoff

(SATURDAY, 9:00 P.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M., NUG)

This delightful short documents the Stanford University MRI lab’s first-ever love competition. Each contestant has 5 minutes in an fMRI machine to love someone someone as much as they can. The winner’s brain generates the greatest activity for the neurochemical experience of love. —EL (USA, 2011, 16 min)

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Low & Clear Kahlil Hudson & Tyler Hughens (FRIDAY, 9:15 P.M., PALM; SATURDAY, 6:15 P.M., LIB)

IN PERSON: Alex “Xenie” Hall, Kahlil Hudson & Tyler Hughens

According to J.T. Van Zandt, son of songwriting legend Townes Van Zandt, the biggest mistake that people make when fishing is that they try to catch fish. But his buddy Alex “Xenie” Hall sees it differently. Since their early years together flyfishing near Pagosa Springs, their lives have followed different paths. Van Zandt has “grown up” into daily responsibilities with less time to fish, but Hall still lives for the next steelhead. On a rare fishing trip together to British Columbia, Van Zandt stands stoically, trying to perfect his spey cast, landing nothing, while Hall whoops and hollers about his near-magical ability to catch fish. Low & Clear is about a friendship that resonates with humor and suffering, solitude and brashness. Fishing doesn’t always go the way we want it to, and that’s true about life, too. We can try to be the best, but as Hall says, “Just remember, ugly casts catch fish, too.” —EL (USA, 2012, 70 min)

Meet Mr. Toilet Jessica Yu

(SATURDAY, 6:15 P.M., MAS; SUNDAY, 12:15 P.M., HC)

For those without access to a simple toilet, poop can be poison. But it’s not just a problem for the poor. Mr. Toilet — a nickname for the businessman turned sanitation superhero, Jack Sim, whose mission is to make sure everyone on the planet has access to clean toilets — says “flies don’t know the difference between a rich man and a poor man, so the rich man is probably eating the shit of the poor man…. Think about it.” —EL (USA, 2012, 3 min)

Mission of Mermaids Susan Cohn Rockefeller (SATURDAY, 4:00 P.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M., HC)

IN PERSON: Susan Cohn Rockefeller

Susan Cohn Rockefeller’s film Making the Crooked Straight, about Dr. Rick Hodes, won the Moving Mountains Prize in 2009. The director returns with a very different film, a personal yet allegorical tale about the state of our troubled oceans. More traditional films have been made about the science of the subject, so her hope with Mission of Mermaids is that the mythical creature — a symbol of mystery and hope — will inspire our hearts to save the seas. —DH (USA, 2012, 15 min)

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(FRIDAY, 6:30 P.M., SOH; SUNDAY, 4:00 P.M., SOH)

IN PERSON: Dean Potter, Mikey Schaefer & Bryan Smith

Dean Potter is nothing if not creative. In this short piece, he highlines across a desert landscape with a massive full moon as his backdrop. —DH (USA, 2012, 4 min)

Not Yet Begun to Fight Shasta Grenier & Sabrina Lee

(SATURDAY, 9:45 A.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 6:30 P.M., NUG)

IN PERSON: Shasta Grenier, Mark Hupp & Blake Smith

The Nomad Skip Armstrong & Anson Fogel

(SATURDAY, 6:45 P.M., HC, SUNDAY, 7:00 P.M., HC)

IN PERSON: Skip Armstrong, Erik Boomer & Anson Fogel

Erik Boomer, featured as a presenter in the festival for his circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island with Jon Turk (page 60), is the star of this short film by Forge Motion Pictures. This simple and powerful piece doesn’t necessarily tell a story, but it provides a sense of this man who pushes himself to extremes. This segment is part of a larger series called Of Souls and Water. —DH (USA, 2012, 6 min)

There are few things more poignant than to see strong brave men and women — warriors, all — reduced by the ravages of combat to brokenness: brokenness not just of the body, but also of the soul. Yet there is a tremendous redemptive power in witnessing those same tragically weakened and humbled men overcoming such harsh adversity to regain their honor, confidence and self-esteem. When such a story plays out against the timeless backdrop of Montana riverscapes and the meditative focus of flyfishing, it becomes all the more moving. —PK (USA, 2012, 40 min)

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Old Breed Rufus Lusk & Freddie Wilkinson

Paraíso Nadav Kurtz

(FRIDAY, 6:30 P.M., HC; SATURDAY, 10:00 A.M., LIB)

(SATURDAY, 9:30 A.M., HC; SUNDAY, 4:00 P.M., HC)

IN PERSON: Rufus Lusk, Steve Swenson & Freddie Wilkinson

By 2010, only two of the world’s 50 highest mountains remained unclimbed. In The Old Breed, veteran climbers Mark Richey and Steve Swenson — who are both in their 50s — set their sights on the taller of the two, Saser Kangri II, which rises from the Indian Ocean to 7,518 meters. Along with climbing partner Freddie Wilkinson, they head into the thin air and rugged peaks of the Karakoram. But when sickness flares up, the climbers push the limits of physical health and will power to the point of extreme, exploring firsthand the monumental risks climbers are willing to take to be the first to stand atop a mountain. —KK (USA, 2012, 25 min)

Outside the Box Stefanie Brockhaus (FRIDAY, 6:30 P.M., SOH; SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M., SOH)

IN PERSON: Joachim Hellinger & Lynn Hill

In 2011, Anna Stohr and Juliane Wurm came to the U.S. to prepare for the Boulder World Cup. Part of their training included time with Lynn Hill. While the two young women are at the top of their sport, they realize they still have a lot to learn from Hill, who was the first person to free the Nose in Yosemite (which is considered to be one of the most impressive climbing feats in the twentieth century). Hill introduces Stohr and Wurm to crack climbing in Utah. As they head up Castleton Tower, this short film by Stephanie Brockhaus documents how Hill shares her wisdom and experience with these two young women. —DH (Germany, 2011, 16 min)

Like urban mountaineers, the immigrant window washers profiled in this short incisive film rappel down sheer cliffs of city glass. Knowing that a fatal fall may await them over the edge of any given skyscraper, they are nonetheless happy to take the risk because it yields a far better life than any they could ever hope for in their home countries. Still, their thoughts away from the job are unusually prone to existential musings. —PK (USA, 2012, 10 min)

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Picture the Leviathan Hal Clifford & Jason Houston

Ready to Fly Bill Kerig

(SATURDAY, 11:45 A.M., MAS; SUNDAY, 6:30 P.M., NUG)

IN PERSON: Hal Clifford, Jason Houston & James Prosek WORLD PREMIERE

James Prosek is much like an artist in the tradition of nineteenthcentury naturalists who cataloged the world as they discovered it. The difference is that Prosek paints creatures that are vanishing and hopes that by helping audiences to “know” these threatened creatures, he will improve their chances for survival. And so he quests after some 40 different Atlantic fish species — swordfish off Newfoundland, giant groupers in the Bahamas, a 900-pound black marlin in the Cape Verde Islands — to capture them exactly as they appear alive in the wild. Working at the nexus of art, culture and the environment, Prosek also adds an adventurer’s sensibility to the sad story of collapsing Atlantic fisheries. This short film depicting his bold project was made by Hal Clifford and Jason Houston (Stone River, Mountainfilm 2010 and eel/ water/rock/man, Mountainfilm 2011) and was supported, in part, by a 2011 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant. —PK (USA, 2012, 22 min)

(FRIDAY, 9:00 P.M., BC; SATURDAY, 3:45 P.M., HC)

Plastiki Vern Moen

(SATURDAY, 9:00 P.M., SOH; SUNDAY, 12:00 P.M., SOH)

IN PERSON: Vern Moen & David de Rothschild WORLD PREMIERE

Inspired by Thor Heyerdahl’s epic Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947 and a cradle-to-cradle, no-waste philosophy, David de Rothschild built a 60-foot boat with a hull made of recycled plastic bottles. His plan was to sail this uncertain craft from San Francisco, California, to Sydney, Australia, while drawing attention to the abundance of single-use plastic that pollutes the oceans. This rousing documentary follows de Rothschild and his crew, first through the arduous process of building a seaworthy vessel and then onto the oceans in 2010 for a memorable four-month, 8,000mile voyage. —DH (USA, 2012, 90 min)

IN PERSON: Bill Kerig & Lindsey Van WORLD PREMIERE

With remarkable raw talent and precocious drive, Lindsey Van was a phenomenon on the ski jumping scene at a young age. As only a pre-teen, she resolved to compete in the Olympics for the U.S.A. The hitch, a rather large one, is that women’s ski jumping — the sport in which skiers soar through the air in a nearly horizontal position for dozens of meters — has always been excluded from the Olympic Games. Ready to Fly follows Van, her U.S. teammates and their families and supporters in their yearslong battle to get the sport included in the Olympics. The girls challenge the International Olympic Committee, take their case to court and suffer defeat after defeat during the journey, but they never give up on their dream. Directed by Bill Kerig (Edge of Never, Mountainfilm 2010), this film shows how tenacity pays off. —KK (USA, 2012, 80 min)

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Right to Play Frank Marshall

(SATURDAY, 3:30 P.M., SOH; SUNDAY, 4:00 P.M., SOH)

IN PERSON: Frank Marshall

Were his Olympic speed-skating gold medals in 1994 his only legacy, Norwegian Johann Olav Koss might have just become another athlete living off dusty accomplishments. Instead, Koss used the same singular determination and focus that took him to the top of his sport to make a difference in the lives of some of the planet’s most vulnerable and victimized children. Recognizing that sport has mobilizing power, and seeing opportunity where others might have seen only obstacles, Koss gave up a career in medicine for the challenges of international aid and development and created a global organization called Right to Play. This feel-good documentary of the same name directed by part-time Tellurider Frank Marshall (one of the most accomplished producers in Hollywood) captures Koss’s guiding principle that all children have the right to play, and his legacy now, far from obscure, extends to some 700,000 children in 23 countries. —PK (USA, 2012, 42 min)

ScrambleVision Eric Peter Abramson (FRIDAY, 9:15 P.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 4:00 P.M., MAS)

IN PERSON: Eric Abramson & Scramble Campbell WORLD PREMIERE

Keith “Scramble” Campbell is a live artist who paints during the concerts of jam bands, such as Leftover Salmon. As the tagline for the films says, “You’ll never see music the same way again,” and part of the charm of this documentary is seeing how these two distinct art forms — painting and music — meet and interact. Campbell is an engaging central character for this documentary (a Mountainfilm 2012 premiere) as he is simultaneously an avid audience member and a performer, offering his own show on a canvas. Check out his paintings at La Cocina all weekend long. —DH (USA, 2012, 35 min)

Shattered Tyler Stableford

(SATURDAY, 9:30 A.M., HC; SUNDAY, 4:00 P.M., HC)

“Higher, harder, stronger, lighter. Need less, do more. Pull, kick, shatter.” This is the mantra of Steve House as he contemplates and then free solos a prodigious wall of ice in this incisive and lyrically filmed short. Hailed by mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner as “the best high-altitude climber in the world,” House is known for his minimalist approach, using as little gear as possible, a style that he says yields the richest results. After a near-fatal climbing accident in 2010, House adjusted his priorities to focus less on his own climbing goals and more on his roles as husband, mentor, writer and advocate for mountain environments. It is this more developed character that shines through in Shattered — but the ice climbing is no less impressive. —PK (USA, 2012, 7 min)

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Smoke Songs Briar March

(SATURDAY, 4:00 P.M., MAS; SUNDAY, 4:30 P.M., LIB)

Sketchy Andy Peter Mortimer & Nick Rosen

(SATURDAY, 6:45 P.M., HC)

IN PERSON: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen & “Sketchy” Andy Lewis

Remember the guy on the slackline who nearly stole the spotlight from Madonna during her Super Bowl Halftime Show? That was Andy Lewis, a.k.a. Sketchy Andy. Professional slackliner, base jumper, highliner and all-around crazy desert monkey, Sketchy Andy is a study of the fine line between pioneering athlete and fearless maniac. He took the activity of slacklining — long the mellow pastime of climbers hanging out at camp — and morphed it into a trick-studded, danger-laden, full-fledged sport. Be it throwing backflips on the line, pulling in the record for longest highline or going free solo — sans clothes — he constantly pushes the sport to new extremes. But sometimes, he edges a little too close to danger. —KK (USA, 2011, 21 min)

Punk rock and human rights don’t necessarily share a common cause, but in the case of the band Blackfire, their music and their message are two integral parts of a solid and strong identity. Born into the heart of the Navajo Nation in an area on Black Mesa that is still in political dispute, band members (and siblings) Jeneda, Clayson and Klee Benally find it impossible to separate their passion for music from their socio-political messages. Mixing pure punk rock on electric equipment with Native American words, rhythm and sometimes dance, their music carries messages about government oppression, relocation of indigenous people, genocide and other rights issues that are often suppressed in this country’s dominant media culture — and their outreach doesn’t stop on the stage. —EL (USA, 2011, 20 min)

Song of the Spindle Drew Christie

(FRIDAY, 6:45 P.M., MAS; SATURDAY, 9:00 P.M., SOH)

IN PERSON: Drew Christie

“I think humans could really learn something from us whales,” says one of the two characters in this humorous, animated short that imagines a whimsical conversation between a sperm whale and a man. Guess which one has more wisdom? —EL (USA, 2011, 5 min)

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Soul of the Sea Ivan Hughes

(SATURDAY, 11:45 A.M., MAS; SUNDAY, 11:45 A.M., LIB)

IN PERSON: Producer Katie Mustard

The waters surrounding the island of South Georgia are as treacherous as any on the planet. Even at the most inviting times of year, winds are apt to top hurricane force and roughly coax dark ocean swells to a riotous crescendo. Not surprisingly, no one had ever solo-kayaked around the island. Perhaps no less surprising, wilderness guide and expedition leader Haley Shephard takes up the challenge. Shephard is a passionate and off-kilter character with an endearing penchant for tilting at improbable odds. In this case, it’s not just circumnavigation of the remote, wind-and-wave-battered island, but Shephard’s hope to help save the great albatross that is severely threatened by overfishing, longline fishing and the plastic detritus that too often ends up in albatross bellies. —PK (Canada, 2012, 35 min)

Stuff Everywhere Judith de Leeuw

(FRIDAY, 9:00 P.M., LIB; SUNDAY, 6:45 P.M., LIB)

For many of us, stuff rules our lives more than we would like to admit. This is definitely the case for Judith de Leeuw, who lives a normal life with her boyfriend and young son in a small apartment in the Netherlands. Stuff Everywhere documents her personal quest to discover the connection between people and their stuff. Slightly obsessed with her own possibly unhealthy connection to her stuff, she decides to count it — all of it. But counting stuff isn’t as simple as it might sound, and de Leeuw finds herself spiraling deeper and deeper into the obsession. Their small apartment is too small for the task, so she rents a warehouse and begins categorizing and chronicling. With humor, quirkiness and style, de Leeuw manages to tackle some big questions about, well, all sorts of stuff. —EL (The Netherlands, 2011, 54 min)

Tent Bound in Devil’s Bay Tim Kemple

(SATURDAY, 9:30 A.M., HC; SUNDAY, 4:00 P.M., HC)

IN PERSON: Alex Honnold

It was a good idea in theory. Climbers Hazel Findlay, Alex Honnold, James Pearson and Mark Synnott struck out for a remote bay in Newfoundland to establish new trad routes on a massive granite wall that juts 1,200 feet out of the ocean. After who knows how much planning and an arduous five-day journey, they arrived to find spectacular scenery, but climbing was swiftly shut down by relentless, cold rainfall. They were so close. And then they were stuck in their celllike tents to wait out the rain and wonder whether it was all worth it. Tent Bound in Devil’s Bay, a short film by Camp 4 Collective, highlights what happens when a trip challenges expectations and spirit — until the clouds break. —KK (USA, 2011, 8 min)

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Terra Blight Isaac Brown

True Delta Lee Quinby & Daniel Cowen

(FRIDAY, 6:45 P.M., MAS; SATURDAY, 11:45 A.M., MAS)

(FRIDAY, 9:15 P.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 4:00 P.M., MAS)

IN PERSON: Isaac Brown

How about these numbers: Americans spent $165 billion on consumer electronics in 2010, and we bought more than 260,000 computers a day. E-waste is the fastest-growing stream of waste in the world (there are approximately 40 million metric tons of it each year worldwide) and is the subject of this fast-paced film by Isaac Brown and Eric Flagg, who were previously at Mountainfilm in 2007 with Gimme Green. The filmmakers have made (with the help of a 2010 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant) an important documentary that turns statistics into a human story of many people — gamers who need the newest high-definition screen, an earnest and effective American recycler and children in Ghana who break apart the toxic remains of our computers, cell phones and televisions. The U.S. is the only industrialized country that doesn’t prohibit the export of its e-waste, so these children are exposed to the lead, cadmium and mercury from computers once used by the Connecticut Department of Health and the EPA. —DH (USA, 2012, 55 min)

Treeverse John Waller

(SATURDAY, 3:30 P.M., SOH; SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M., SOH)

IN PERSON: John Waller

Two climbers choose an ambitious line to tackle. It’s long, logistically challenging and comes with plenty of unknowns. It also happens to be in a grove of trees. Directed by John Waller (who brought us Into Darkness in 2011), Treeverse features Brian French and Will Koomjian as they attempt a 1-kilometer transect through a grove of oak trees in northwest Oregon. The tree climbers eat, sleep and live among the branches as they move through the canopy — facing nasty weather, technical challenges and large gaps in the line as they pioneer a new method of getting from point A to B. —KK (USA, 2011, 30 min)

IN PERSON: Erickson Blackney, Daniel Levin, Bill “Howl’n’Madd” Perry & Lee Quinby WORLD PREMIERE

“The Blues will never go away, but we are at the threshold of the last of the generations of the guys who were there — who were actually there when the art form was being created,” says a character in True Delta. That’s the essence of this short documentary: Knowledge and experience from the oldsters needs to be passed to a younger generation to prevent the blues from fading away. Focusing on the Mississippi blues, directors Lee Quinby and Daniel Cowen (whose Facing the Waves played at Mountainfilm 2010), interview historians who explain the culture that has created this essential American music. They also showcase musicians who attest to the importance of the blues remaining culturally relevant. The screening will be followed by a live performance by Bill “Howl’n’Madd” Perry. —DH (USA, 2012, 36 min)

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Trust: Youth Sue the Government Christi Kuhn & Kelly Matheson

Under African Skies Joe Berlinger

(SATURDAY, 12:15 P.M., SOH; MONDAY, 11:00 A.M., PALM)

(FRIDAY, 6:30 P.M., HC, SATURDAY, 3:45 P.M., LIB; SUNDAY, 9:00 P.M., BC)

IN PERSON: Alec Loorz

Last year at Mountainfilm, 17-year old activist Alec Loorz spoke at the Moving Mountains Symposium about why youth need to be front and center in the climate debate. He walks the walk in this short film, where he takes on the U.S. government. In an unprecedented legal filing, Loorz and several other members of iMatter — the climate group he founded — sued the U.S. government, calling upon the courts to put in place “Climate Recovery Plans” that will protect the atmosphere for future generations. Produced by iMatter in collaboration with WITNESS, Our Children’s Trust and Kids vs. Global Warming, the hope is that seeing and hearing from those who will be most affected by the fallout from climate change will inspire others to fight for justice. “Young people aren’t always heard,” Loorz says — but he’s trying to change that. —MD (USA, 2011, 6 min)

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom Lucy Walker

(SATURDAY, 12:30 P.M., PALM; SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M., HC)

IN PERSON: Lucy Walker

Academy Award-nominated director Lucy Walker (Waste Land, Mountainfilm 2010) returns with a stunning, visual poem about the ephemeral nature of life and the healing power of Japan’s most beloved flower. Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan’s recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins. The film features photography by Aaron Phillips and music by Moby. —EL (Japan, 2011, 40 min)

“This is the story of how we begin to remember,” sings Paul Simon on the seminal album Graceland. Yet 25 years after that album’s release, we’ve begin to forget how much controversy his South African-based project generated by breaking various cultural embargoes. The acclaimed documentarian Joe Berlinger looks back at the many political and cultural forces that tried to stop the artist from pursuing his vision. The film also explores Simon’s creative process: “I don’t believe the government should be in the business of telling artists what to make their art about.” Or, as he sings on the album, “I know what I know. I’ll sing what I said. We come and we go. That’s a thing that I keep in the back of my head.” —DH (country, 2011, 102 min)

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Valley Uprising (Work in Progress) Peter Mortimer & Nick Rosen (sunday, 6:45 P.M., SOH)

Unicorn Sashimi Ben Knight (SATURDAY, 9:00 P.M., BC; SUNDAY, 7:00 P.M., HC)

IN PERSON: Ben Knight & Travis Rummel

Telluride’s own Felt Soul Media teamed up with Nick Waggoner and Yuki Mayazaki of Sweetgrass Productions to track a wild unicorn in Hokkaido, Japan. But all they found was delicious ramen — and deep, sweet snow. —BK (USA, 2012, 5 min)

IN PERSON: Peter Mortimer & Nick Rosen

Sender Films has had a regular presence at Mountainfilm over the last several years with King Lines (2008), Alone on the Wall (2010) and this year’s entry Sketchy Andy. Now, Sender principals Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen turn their attention to the epic history of climbing in Yosemite, screening a rough cut of Valley Uprising that shows how a ragtag bunch of dirtbag climbers helped change the threshold of what was humanly possible. After the screening, Mortimer and Rosen will talk about this unique place with a few world-class climbers — Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Dean Potter — who have helped shape Yosemite’s past, present and future. The audience for this one-time showing of Valley Uprising will also be asked for feedback because the documentary is a work-inprogress. —DH (USA, 2012, 90 min)

Voyage to the End of Winter (Voyage au bout de l’hiver) Anne & Erik Lapied (FRIDAY, 6:45 P.M., LIB; SUNDAY, 9:45 A.M., LIB)

French wildlife cinematographers Anne and Erik Lapied are spending a winter in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park, high in the Italian Alps, in the hopes of photographing elusive animals — chamois, ibexes, hares, eagles, foxes, lammergeiers and others. This disarming story about their unusual, humbling winter alone in the mountains is pure and poetic, but the poetry becomes dangerous and the mountains turn sinister when a huge snowstorm dumps meters on their small hamlet. As avalanches crash down around them, they continue to capture images of nature and show how the animals cope — or perish — during a harsh winter. —EL (France, 2010, 77 min)

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The Way Home: Returning to the Natural Parks Amy Marquis

(SATURDAY, 9:45 A.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 4:30 P.M., LIB)

IN PERSON: Amy Marquis WORLD PREMIERE

“You shouldn’t have to convince people to go to paradise,” says Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson. As an African American, he is unsettled by the fact that only 1 percent of those who visit Yosemite share his race. The Way Home: Returning to the National Parks follows the brief journey of a group of African American seniors from Los Angeles, California, as they experience these sacred lands. Made by Amy Marquis, with the support of the National Park Conservation Association, the film shows not only what people of color are missing, it also imparts their historic relationship with the park. Affable ranger Johnson — who came to Mountainfilm in 2009 with the debut of Ken Burns’s national parks series — is looking to reverse the trend by reminding African Americans that they have a long-standing connection to Yosemite: After the Civil War, the U.S. Army’s Buffalo Soldiers were dispatched to the Western frontier and became the park’s first stewards. —MD (USA, 2011, 10 min)

What Happened on Pam Island Eliza Kubarska

(SATURDAY, 9:00 P.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M., NUG)

What Happened on Pam Island is a love story between two Polish alpinists on an extraordinary expedition. Their goal is to climb Maujit Qaqarssuasia on the uninhabited Pam Island in Greenland, which, at over 1,500 meters (around 5,100 feet), is the world’s highest, near-vertical sea cliff. To get there, they need to cross eerie, storm-ridden oceans in kayaks, where capsizing in freezing waters would mean almostcertain death. Eliza Kubarska and David Kaszlikowski filmed the expedition to capture not just the feats of mountaineering, but also their own beautiful (and complicated) romance. This original climbing film reveals new motivation to conquer the unclimbed: a kiss at the top. —EL (USA/Poland, 2010, 30 min)

Wild Love: Jake Norton and Wende Valentine Andy Maser, Emily Nuchols & Jenny Nichols

(SATURDAY, 9:00 P.M., NUG; SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M., NUG)

IN PERSON: Andy Maser, Emily Nuchols, Jenny Nichols & Wende Valentine

Wild Love is a series about the romantic relationships of outdoor athletes and adventurers. This episode features the marriage of Jake Norton, a renowned alpinist for First Ascent and his wife, Wende Valentine, who works with Water For People. As this synopsis was being written, Norton was on Everest, attempting to summit the mountain via the West Ridge, first climbed by Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld on the famous 1953 American expedition. The film explores how the risks of Norton’s chosen profession, along with the distance and time away from home, pose extra challenges for Valentine and their two young children. —MD (USA, 2012, 7 min)

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Winter’s Wind Matty Herriger

(SATURDAY, 6:30 P.M., NUG; sunday, 9:00 P.M., NUG)

IN PERSON: Matty “Moo” Herriger

For so many in the mountains, skiing is life. That is certainly the case with the allegorical main character in Winter’s Wind. Based on the legendary ski bum Gary Bigham, who lives in Chamonix, France, this unusual film shows how rich life can be — even if all you really have is boots, skis, poles and a boundless desire to point them downhill. The director, Matty “Moo” Herriger, has worked as a cameraman with some of the big names in ski films — such as TGR and Warren Miller — but after several decades of shooting for other directors, he’s made his own project of passion about the sport. —DH (USA, 2012, 60 min)

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ADRENALINE Race for the Nose

Peter Mortimer & Nick Rosen

The boys from Senders Films know how to make climbing films — and this is a fine example of their work as Dean Potter and Hans Florine ascend the Nose at El Capitan in an attempt to set a new speed record — again. (USA, 2011, 21 min) Saturday, May 26, 9:00 p.m. Base Camp Outdoor Theatre in Town Park

Free and open to the public

All.I.Can JP Auclair Street Segment

Eric Crosland & Dave Mossop

(See description on opposite page.) Code Red

Jamie Brooks, Sandy Stevenson & Stirling Howland

In August 2011, Tahiti was hit with a massive swell that created 20-foot-plus waves and forced the authorities to declare “code red,” which shut down Teahupoo to surfing. Of course, with huge waves thundering, a few brave souls saw not risk, but opportunity. (Australia, 2011, 18 min) I Believe I Can Fly

Sébastien Montaz-Rosset

Count on the French for the latest invention in the realm of highlining, speedflying and, er, line jumping? Whatever you call this cross between highlining, bungee jumping and BASE jumping that filmmaker Seb Montaz-Rosset highlights in this teaser of I Believe I Can Fly (Flight of the Frenchies), it certainly is crazy. And en-

tertaining. As their girlfriends watch in terror, the Frenchmen have us convinced, if only for a moment, that they can truly fly. (France, 2011, 4 min) Industrial Revolutions

Stu Thomson

There seems to be no end to what Danny MacAskill can do on a trials bike, whether it be on the streets of Dunvegan, Scotland, or in an abandoned industrial train yard. Ben Howard’s song “The Wolves” artfully underscores MacAskill — whose bike seems almost an extension of his body — as he performs electrifying tricks in unexplored places. (UK, 2011, 5 min) Last Light

Ben Sturgulewski

Also screening Sunday, 7:00 p.m. HC

Shot entirely during what’s called the “magic hour,” cinematographer and editor Ben Sturgulewski of Sweetgrass Productions takes us on a selfpowered, all-you-can-shred spine buffett in Haines, Alaska, with skiers Stephan Drake, Forrest Shearer and Johan Jonsson. (USA, 2011, 7 min)

Racing the End

Warren Kommers

Also screening Sunday, 7:00 p.m. HC

Bike racing in Los Angeles, California? No way. There are too many cars. This may be the illest road race on the planet. Legality is questionable and trying to hold the wheel of the fixie in front might mean a pre-dawn, clandestine and completely certifiable victory. There is no way those dog tags are leaving L.A. (USA, 2011, 11 min) Silvia - Ian McKillick

Karl Heldt & Matt Miles

Mountain biker Ian Killick is featured in this flawless short by Karl Heldt and Matt Miles of Silvia Films. (USA, 2011, 2 min) Unicorn Sashimi

Ben Knight

Also screening Sunday, 7:00 p.m. HC

Telluride’s own Felt Soul Media teamed up with Nick Waggoner and Yuki Mayazaki of Sweetgrass Productions to track a wild unicorn in Hokkaido, Japan. But all they found was delicious ramen — and deep, sweet snow. (USA, 2012, 5 min)

The Adrenaline program was curated by Stash Wislocki, Mountainfilm producer, and Ben Knight of Felt Soul Media.

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KIDz KINO

Monday, May 28 11:00 a.m. Palm Theater

The show is free to all passholders and children under 12 years old. $10 tickets are available for the general public. All.I.Can JP Auclair Street Segment

Eric Crosland & Dave Mossop Also screening in ADRENALINE

You may have already watched this scene from All.I.Can on your computer, but JP Auclair’s short ski trip through the streets of Nelson, B.C., is even more fun on the big screen. (Canada, 2011, 5 min)

Hi! I’m a Nutria

Drew Christie

Also screening Saturday, 4:00 p.m., MAS

This cheeky little rodent lives in Lake Washington and questions how long it takes to become a “native.” He lists a whole slew of other animals who aren’t native to North America, including, well, us. (USA, 2012, 5 min) Lady B’s First Winter

Scott Ransom

Also screening Saturday, 12:30 p.m., HC

Galen Fott When a family of otters move in next door, an anxious rabbit worries about whether they will be nice neighbors. (USA, 2007, 11 min)

Dogs can be man’s cutest best friend, but with the right training, they can also be lifesavers. That’s why local Scott Ransom filmed an avalanche dog from puppy through its first year with Telluride Ski Patroller Gary Richard. Two- and four-legged special guests will be in attendance. (USA, 2012, 20 min)

Fresh Guacamole

Luminaris

Do Unto Otters

Pes Western Spaghetti was at Kidz Kino in 2009. PES returns to serve up another tasty meal with Fresh Guacamole. No one but PES could make grenades, dice, pincushions or chess pieces look so appetizing. (USA, 2012, 2 min)

Juan Pablo Zaramella

Also screening Saturday, 9:00 p.m., Nug; and Sunday, 9:30 a.m., NUG

In this world controlled and timed by light, an ordinary man has a plan that could change the natural order of things. (Argentina, 2011, 7 min)

Roberto the Insect Architect

Galen Fott Everyone is creative — they just have to follow their dream like Roberto. (USA, 2005, 11 min) The Man Who Lived on His Bike

Guillaume Blanchet

Also screening Friday, 9:00 p.m., Lib; and Sunday, 6:45 p.m. LIB

What can you do on a bicycle? For Guillaume Blanchet, the question is what can’t you do? In this two-minute homage to bikes and the bike obsessed, Blanchet eats, sleeps, showers, shaves, works, cooks and even dates — all from atop his man-powered machine. (Canada, 2012, 5 min) Trust

Christi Kuhn & Kelly Matheson

Also screening Saturday, 12:15 p.m., SOH

Alec Loorz is 17 and believes that adults are making decisions about our planet that put youth in danger, and he wants to change that. (USA, 2011, 6 min)

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KIDz KINO

Monday, May 28 11:00 a.m. Palm Theater

The show is free to all passholders and children under 12 years old. $10 tickets are available for the general public. All.I.Can JP Auclair Street Segment

Eric Crosland & Dave Mossop Also screening in ADRENALINE

You may have already watched this scene from All.I.Can on your computer, but JP Auclair’s short ski trip through the streets of Nelson, B.C., is even more fun on the big screen. (Canada, 2011, 5 min)

Hi! I’m a Nutria

Drew Christie

Also screening Saturday, 4:00 p.m., MAS

This cheeky little rodent lives in Lake Washington and questions how long it takes to become a “native.” He lists a whole slew of other animals who aren’t native to North America, including, well, us. (USA, 2012, 5 min) Lady B’s First Winter

Scott Ransom

Also screening Saturday, 12:30 p.m., HC

Galen Fott When a family of otters move in next door, an anxious rabbit worries about whether they will be nice neighbors. (USA, 2007, 11 min)

Dogs can be man’s cutest best friend, but with the right training, they can also be lifesavers. That’s why local Scott Ransom filmed an avalanche dog from puppy through its first year with Telluride Ski Patroller Gary Richard. Two- and four-legged special guests will be in attendance. (USA, 2012, 20 min)

Fresh Guacamole

Luminaris

Do Unto Otters

Pes Western Spaghetti was at Kidz Kino in 2009. PES returns to serve up another tasty meal with Fresh Guacamole. No one but PES could make grenades, dice, pincushions or chess pieces look so appetizing. (USA, 2012, 2 min)

Juan Pablo Zaramella

Also screening Saturday, 9:00 p.m., Nug; and Sunday, 9:30 a.m., NUG

In this world controlled and timed by light, an ordinary man has a plan that could change the natural order of things. (Argentina, 2011, 7 min)

Roberto the Insect Architect

Galen Fott Everyone is creative — they just have to follow their dream like Roberto. (USA, 2005, 11 min) The Man Who Lived on His Bike

Guillaume Blanchet

Also screening Friday, 9:00 p.m., Lib; and Sunday, 6:45 p.m. LIB

What can you do on a bicycle? For Guillaume Blanchet, the question is what can’t you do? In this two-minute homage to bikes and the bike obsessed, Blanchet eats, sleeps, showers, shaves, works, cooks and even dates — all from atop his man-powered machine. (Canada, 2012, 5 min) Trust

Christi Kuhn & Kelly Matheson

Also screening Saturday, 12:15 p.m., SOH

Alec Loorz is 17 and believes that adults are making decisions about our planet that put youth in danger, and he wants to change that. (USA, 2011, 6 min)

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base camp

Base Camp Outdoor Theatre

Town Park Main Stage | Free and Open to the Public | 9:00 p.m. Sponsored by Horny Toad Wednesday

Dogtown and Z-Boys Stacy Peralta

For this early screening, we brought the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys — which screened at Mountainfilm in 2002 — out of the vault for the first night of movies under the stars. Directed by Stacy Peralta and narrated by Sean Penn, this fun and engaging film captures an era by looking at the groovy birth of skateboarding in the early seventies.

Thursday

Chasing Ice (see page 24) Friday

Ready to Fly (see page 36) Saturday

ADRENALINE (see page 46) Sunday

Under African Skies (see page 41)

Monday TBA

In case of severe weather, Base Camps’ program will move to the Masons Theater at 9:15 p.m. on a first-come, first-seated basis. Weather changes will be announced by 8:00 p.m. via social media networks and at all venues.

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Galen Rowell Award 8:45 to (p.10:30 89) p.m. Galen Rowell Award House of Cards (p. 89) 28) HouseQ&A of Cards (p. 28)

8:45 to 10:30 p.m.

Chris Sharma (p. 67)

Q&A

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Moonwalk (p. 34) 6:30 the to 8:15 Outside Boxp.m. (p. 35) Moonwalk Q&A (p. 34) Outside the Box (p. 35) Chris Sharma (p. 67)

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Low & Clear (p. 33)

9:15 toQ&A 11:00 p.m.

Low & Clear (p. 33)

9:15 to 11:00 p.m.

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Island (p. 29) 6:45 to70 8:45 Bidder (p.p.m. 23) Island (p. 29) Q&A Bidder 70 (p. 23)

6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

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9:15 to 11:15 p.m.

ScrambleVision 9:15 to (p.11:15 37) p.m. ScrambleVision True Delta 37) (p. 40) True Delta Q&A and performance (p. 40)

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Ethel (p. 26)

6:30 toQ&A 8:45 p.m.

Ethel (p. 26)

6:30 to 8:45 p.m.

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nugget

9:00 to 10:30 p.m.

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6:45 to 8:30 p.m.

library

library

The Man Who Lived on 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. His Bike (p. 47) The ManEverywhere Who Lived on Stuff 9:15 to 11:15 p.m. His Bike (p. 47) (p. 39) Base Camp Back Up Stuff LivingEverywhere Tiny (p. 31) 9:15 to 11:15 p.m. (p. 39) Base Camp Back Up Living Tiny (p. 31)

Q&A

6:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Song of the Spindle 6:45 (p. to 8:30 38) p.m. Song of the Spindle Into the Middle of (p. 38) Nowhere (p. 28) Into the Middle of Terra Blight (p. 40) Nowhere Q&A(p. 28) Terra Blight (p. 40)

masons

masons

GAllery WAlk | 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. GAllery WAlk | 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

(p. 16)

Paraiso (p. 35) 6:30African to 8:30 p.m. Under Skies Paraiso (p. 35) (p. 41) Under African Skies (p. 41)

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

high camp

high camp

schedule schedule FridAy FridAy schedule friday


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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 3:45 4:00 pM 4:15 4:30

Q&A

Chasing Ice (p. 24)

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Dan Buettner (p. 63)

nugget

masons

library

12:15 to 2:00 p.m.

Maria Coffey & Dag Goering (p. 63)

Q&A

Julio Solis (p. 29) The Lost Bird Project (p. 32)

9:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Q&A

Picture the Leviathan (p. 36) Soul of the Sea (p. 39) Terra Blight (p. 40)

COMMITMENT GRANT PROGRAM

11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Q&A

Fambul Tok (p. 27)

9:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Q&A

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Treeverse (p. 40) Right to Play (p. 37)

Q&A

12:15 to 2:00 p.m.

Big in Bollywood (p. 23)

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

3:45 to 5:45 p.m.

3:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Q&A

12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Load Bearing (p. 32) Lady B’s First Winter (p. 30)

Kashmir (p. 29) Under African Skies Ready to Fly (p. 36) Mission of Mermaids Hi! I’m a Nutria (p. 47) (p. 41) 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

THE CLIMBING PROGRAM

high camp

Blue Obsession (p. 23) Tent Bound in Devil’s Bay (p. 39) Fishing Without Nets (p. 27) A Desert Life (p. 25) Paraiso (p. 35) Shattered (p. 37) Baseball in a Time of Ice Revolution (p. 28) Cholera (p. 22) Old Breed (p. 35) Into the Middle of Nowhere Q&A (p. 28)

SHORTS PROGRAM 2

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Q&A

Darwin (p. 24)

12:00 to 1:45 p.m.

Q&A

Eco Ninja (p. 26) The Way Home (p. 43) Last of the Great Unknown (p. 31) Not Yet Begun to Fight (p. 34)

SHORTS PROGRAM 1

9:45 to 11:30 a.m.

COFFEE TALkS | 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

sheridan opera house

Trust (p. 41) The Tsunami and the Among Giants (p. 22) Cherry Blossom KONY 2012 (p. 30) (p. 41) Kony panel discussion Q&A

12:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Q&A

The Dust Bowl: Part One (p. 25)

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

palm

SCHEduLEsaturday SATuRdAy schedule


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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 3:45 4:00 pM 4:15 4:30

Q&A

Chasing Ice (p. 24)

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Dan Buettner (p. 63)

nugget

masons

library

12:15 to 2:00 p.m.

Maria Coffey & Dag Goering (p. 63)

Q&A

Julio Solis (p. 29) The Lost Bird Project (p. 32)

9:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Q&A

Picture the Leviathan (p. 36) Soul of the Sea (p. 39) Terra Blight (p. 40)

COMMITMENT GRANT PROGRAM

11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Q&A

Fambul Tok (p. 27)

9:30 to 11:15 a.m.

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Treeverse (p. 40) Right to Play (p. 37)

Q&A

12:15 to 2:00 p.m.

Big in Bollywood (p. 23)

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

3:45 to 5:45 p.m.

3:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Q&A

12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Load Bearing (p. 32) Lady B’s First Winter (p. 30)

Under African Skies Kashmir (p. 29) Mission of Mermaids Hi! I’m a Nutria (p. 47) (p. 41) Ready to Fly (p. 36)

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

THE CLIMBING PROGRAM

high camp

Blue Obsession (p. 23) Tent Bound in Devil’s Bay (p. 39) Fishing Without Nets (p. 27) A Desert Life (p. 25) Paraiso (p. 35) Shattered (p. 37) Baseball in a Time of Ice Revolution (p. 28) Cholera (p. 22) Old Breed (p. 35) Into the Middle of Nowhere Q&A (p. 28)

SHORTS PROGRAM 2

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Q&A

Darwin (p. 24)

12:00 to 1:45 p.m.

Q&A

Eco Ninja (p. 26) The Way Home (p. 43) Last of the Great Unknown (p. 31) Not Yet Begun to Fight (p. 34)

SHORTS PROGRAM 1

9:45 to 11:30 a.m.

COFFEE TALkS | 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

sheridan opera house

Trust (p. 41) The Tsunami and the Among Giants (p. 22) Cherry Blossom KONY 2012 (p. 30) (p. 41) Kony panel discussion Q&A

12:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Q&A

The Dust Bowl: Part One (p. 25)

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

palm

SCHEduLEsaturday SATuRdAy schedule


2:45 3:00 pM 3:15 3:30 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

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

THE LOVE

9:00 to 10:45 p.m.

Q&A

6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Q&A

Q&A

Island (p. 43)

Q&A

The Dust Bowl: Part One (p. 25)

8:30 to 11:00 p.m.

6:15 to 8:00 p.m.

3:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Meet Mr. Toilet (p. 33) Low & Clear (p. 33) Q&A The Freedom Chair Last Call at the Oasis (p. 30) (p. 27) Q&A Winter’s Wind (p. 44) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Erik Boomer & Jon Turk (p. 60)

Q&A

6:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Sketchy Andy (p. 38) The Nomad (p. 34)

3:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Kashmir (p. 29) Under African Skies Ready to Fly (p. 36) Mission of Mermaids Hi! I’m a Nutria (p. 47) (p. 41) Smoke Songs (p. 38) Q&A (p. 33) Q&A Living Downstream (p. 31) Phil Borges (p. 61) Sandra Steingraber (p. 68) 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Song of the Spindle PROGRAM Luminaris (p. 47) (p. 38) Wild Love (p. 43) 9:15 to 11:15 p.m. Plastiki The Love Competition (p. 32) Base Camp Back Up (p. 36) What Happened on Pam

9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Q&A

Critical Mass (p. 24)

6:00 to 8:15 p.m.

Q&A

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Treeverse (p. 40) Right to Play (p. 37)

PRESENTATIONS FILMS EVENTS

Q&A

Big in Bollywood (p. 23)

8:45 to 10:45 p.m.

Q&A

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (p. 22)

6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Q&A

Chasing Ice (p. 24)

ICE CREAM SOCIAL | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

SCHEduLE SATuRdA schedule saturday


2:45 3:00 pM 3:15 3:30 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

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

THE LOVE

9:00 to 10:45 p.m.

Q&A

6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Q&A

Q&A

Island (p. 43)

Q&A

The Dust Bowl: Part One (p. 25)

8:30 to 11:00 p.m.

6:15 to 8:00 p.m.

3:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Meet Mr. Toilet (p. 33) Low & Clear (p. 33) Q&A The Freedom Chair Last Call at the Oasis (p. 30) (p. 27) Q&A Winter’s Wind (p. 44) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Erik Boomer & Jon Turk (p. 60)

Q&A

6:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Sketchy Andy (p. 38) The Nomad (p. 34)

3:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Under African Skies Kashmir (p. 29) Mission of Mermaids Hi! I’m a Nutria (p. 47) (p. 41) Ready to Fly (p. 36) Smoke Songs (p. 38) (p. 33) Q&A Q&A Living Downstream (p. 31) Phil Borges (p. 61) Sandra Steingraber (p. 68)

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Song of the Spindle PROGRAM Luminaris (p. 47) (p. 38) Wild Love (p. 43) 9:15 to 11:15 p.m. Plastiki The Love Competition (p. 32) Base Camp Back Up (p. 36) What Happened on Pam

9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Q&A

Critical Mass (p. 24)

6:00 to 8:15 p.m.

Q&A

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Treeverse (p. 40) Right to Play (p. 37)

PRESENTATIONS FILMS EVENTS

Q&A

Big in Bollywood (p. 23)

8:45 to 10:45 p.m.

Q&A

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (p. 22)

6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Q&A

Chasing Ice (p. 24)

ICE CREAM SOCIAL | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

SCHEduLE SATuRdA schedule saturday


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8:00 AM 8:15 AM 8:00 8:30 8:15 8:00 AM 8:45 8:30 8:15 9:00 AM 8:45 8:30 9:15 9:00 8:45 AM 9:30 9:15 9:00 AM 9:45 9:30 9:15 10:00 AM 9:45 9:30 10:15 10:00 9:45 AM 10:30 10:15 10:00 10:45 AM 10:30 10:15 11:00 AM 10:45 10:30 11:15 11:00 AM 10:45 11:30 11:15 AM 11:00 11:45 11:30 11:15 12:00 pM 11:45 11:30 12:15 12:00 pM 11:45 12:30 12:15 12:00 pM 12:45 12:30 12:15 1:00 pM 12:45 12:30 1:15 1:00 pM 12:45 1:30 1:15 1:00 1:45 pM 1:30 1:15 2:00 pM 1:45 1:30 2:15 2:00 1:45 2:30 pM 2:15 2:45 pM 2:00 2:30 3:00 pM 2:15 2:45 3:15 2:30 3:00 3:30 pM 2:45 3:15 3:45 pM 3:00 3:30 4:00 3:15 pM 3:45 4:15 3:30 4:00 4:30 3:45 pM

9:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Ethel (p. 26)

4:00 to 6:15 p.m.

Living Downstream 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. (p. 31) Living 12:15Downstream to 2:00 p.m. Conversation between (p. 31) SandraDownstream Steingraber Living (p. Conversation between (p. 68) 31) and Eliza Griswold Sandra Steingraber (p. 64) Conversation between (p. 68) Sandra Steingraber and Eliza Griswold (p. 68) 64) and Eliza Griswold (p. 64)

12:15 to 2:00 p.m.

Q&A

Q&A Sorry (p. 22)

Ai Weiwei: Never 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sorry (p. 22) Ai Weiwei: Never 9:30 toQ&A 11:30 a.m. Sorry (p. 22) Ai Weiwei: Never

nugget

nugget nugget

masons

masons masons

library

library library

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A(p. 25) Part Two

Darwin (p. 24)

11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Moonwalk (p. 34)

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

4:15 to 6:00 p.m.

ScrambleVision

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

THE CLIMBING PROGRAM 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Q&A

Q&A

Soul of the Sea 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. (p. 39) Soul ofBird the Sea 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Meet Mr. Toilet (p. 33) Fambul Tok (p. 27) The Lost Project 12:15 2:15 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. Last Calltoat thep.m. Oasis Soul(p. of 39) the Sea Q&A (p. 32) Meet Mr. Toilet (p. 33) Fambul Tok (p. 27) The Lost Bird Project 12:15(p. to 2:15 30) p.m. 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. (p.Q&A 39) at the(p. Oasis (p.Bird 32) Project Last MeetCall Mr. Q&A Toilet 33) FambulQ&A Tok (p. 27) The Lost (p. 30) Q&A Last Call at the Oasis Q&A (p. 32) (p.Q&A 30) Q&A 12:15 to 2:00 p.m.

Q&A

Q&A Darwin (p. 24)

Darwin (p. 24) 10:00 to 11:45 a.m.

Q&A

10:00 to 11:45 a.m.

10:00 to 11:45 a.m.

9:30 to 11:15 a.m.

high camp

high camp high camp

Mission of Mermaids 9:30 (p. to 11:15 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. 33) a.m. of Mermaids Voyage au bout de Mission 9:30Jordan to 11:15 a.m. Chris 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. (p. 33)(p. 65) l’hiver (p. 42) Mission of Mermaids Voyage au bout de The Tsunami and the 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. Chris Jordan (p. 33)(p. 65) l’hiverau(p.bout 42) de Cherry Blossom (p. 41) Voyage The Tsunami and the Chris Jordan Q&A (p. 65) l’hiver (p. 42) Cherry Blossom (p. 41) The Tsunami and the Q&A Cherry Blossom (p. 41)

READING FRENzy | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. READING FRENzy | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. READING FRENzy | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Q&A Plastiki (p. 36)

Plastiki (p. 36) 12:00 to 1:45 p.m.

Q&A

12:00 to 1:45 p.m.

11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

The Dust Bowl: Part Two (p. 25) Thea.m. Dust Bowl: 11:45 to 2:15 p.m. Q&A Part Two (p. 25) The Dust Bowl:

Plastiki (p. 36)

12:00 to 1:45 p.m.

11:45 a.m.Q&A to 2:15 p.m.

Island (p. 43) Wild Love (p. on 43)Pam Q&A Bernadette McDonald What Happened Q&A The Love Competition (p. 32) (p. 66) Island (p. 43) Bernadette McDonald What Happened on Pam Q&A (p. 66) Island (p. 43)

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

THE LOVE Outside the Box (p. 35) PROGRAM 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. THE LOVE Treeverse (p. 40) Luminaris (p. 47) 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Outside the11:15 Box (p. 35) PROGRAM 9:30 to Wild Love (p. 43) Q&A a.m. THE LOVE Treeverse (p. 40) Luminaris (p. 47) Competition (p. 32) Outside the Box (p. 35) The Love PROGRAM Bernadette McDonald What Wild Love (p. on 43)Pam Q&A Happened Treeverse (p. 40) The Love Luminaris (p. 47)(p. Competition 32) (p. 66)

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

COFFEE TALkS | 8:00 - 9:15 a.m. COFFEE TALkS | 8:00 - 9:15 a.m. COFFEE TALkS | 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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SUNDAY SCHEDULE SCHEDULE SCHEDULE SUNDAy SUNDAy SUNDAy schedule sunday


54

8:00 AM 8:15 AM 8:00 8:30 8:15 8:00 AM 8:45 8:30 8:15 9:00 AM 8:45 8:30 9:15 9:00 8:45 AM 9:30 9:15 9:00 AM 9:45 9:30 9:15 10:00 AM 9:45 9:30 10:15 10:00 9:45 AM 10:30 10:15 10:00 10:45 AM 10:30 10:15 11:00 AM 10:45 10:30 11:15 11:00 AM 10:45 11:30 11:15 AM 11:00 11:45 11:30 11:15 12:00 pM 11:45 11:30 12:15 12:00 pM 11:45 12:30 12:15 12:00 pM 12:45 12:30 12:15 1:00 pM 12:45 12:30 1:15 1:00 pM 12:45 1:30 1:15 1:00 1:45 pM 1:30 1:15 2:00 pM 1:45 1:30 2:15 2:00 1:45 2:30 pM 2:15 2:45 pM 2:00 2:30 3:00 pM 2:15 2:45 3:15 2:30 3:00 3:30 pM 2:45 3:15 3:45 pM 3:00 3:30 4:00 3:15 pM 3:45 4:15 3:30 4:00 4:30 3:45 pM

9:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Ethel (p. 26)

4:00 to 6:15 p.m.

Living Downstream 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. (p. 31) Living 12:15Downstream to 2:00 p.m. Conversation between (p. 31) SandraDownstream Steingraber Living (p. Conversation between (p. 68) 31) and Eliza Griswold Sandra Steingraber (p. 64) Conversation between (p. 68) Sandra Steingraber and Eliza Griswold (p. 68) 64) and Eliza Griswold (p. 64)

12:15 to 2:00 p.m.

Q&A

Q&A Sorry (p. 22)

Ai Weiwei: Never 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sorry (p. 22) Ai Weiwei: Never 9:30 toQ&A 11:30 a.m. Sorry (p. 22) Ai Weiwei: Never

nugget

nugget nugget

masons

masons masons

library

library library

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A(p. 25) Part Two

Darwin (p. 24)

11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Moonwalk (p. 34)

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

4:15 to 6:00 p.m.

Q&A

Q&A

11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

ScrambleVision

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

THE CLIMBING PROGRAM 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Soul of the Sea 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. (p. 39) Soul ofBird the Sea 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Meet Mr. Toilet (p. 33) Fambul Tok (p. 27) The Lost Project 12:15 2:15 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. Last Calltoat thep.m. Oasis Soul(p. of 39) the Sea Q&A (p. 32) Meet Mr. Toilet (p. 33) Fambul Tok (p. 27) The Lost Bird Project 12:15(p. to 2:15 30) p.m. 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. (p.Q&A 39) at the(p. Oasis (p.Bird 32) Project Last MeetCall Mr. Q&A Toilet 33) FambulQ&A Tok (p. 27) The Lost (p. 30) Q&A Last Call at the Oasis Q&A (p. 32) (p.Q&A 30) Q&A 12:15 to 2:00 p.m.

Q&A

Q&A Darwin (p. 24)

Darwin (p. 24) 10:00 to 11:45 a.m.

Q&A

10:00 to 11:45 a.m.

10:00 to 11:45 a.m.

9:30 to 11:15 a.m.

high camp

high camp high camp

Mission of Mermaids 9:30 (p. to 11:15 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. 33) a.m. of Mermaids Voyage au bout de Mission 9:30Jordan to 11:15 a.m. Chris 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. (p. 33)(p. 65) l’hiver (p. 42) Mission of Mermaids Voyage au bout de The Tsunami and the 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. Chris Jordan (p. 33)(p. 65) l’hiverau(p.bout 42) de Cherry Blossom (p. 41) Voyage The Tsunami and the Chris Jordan Q&A (p. 65) l’hiver (p. 42) Cherry Blossom (p. 41) The Tsunami and the Q&A Cherry Blossom (p. 41)

READING FRENzy | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. READING FRENzy | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. READING FRENzy | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Q&A Plastiki (p. 36)

Plastiki (p. 36) 12:00 to 1:45 p.m.

Q&A

12:00 to 1:45 p.m.

11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

The Dust Bowl: Part Two (p. 25) Thea.m. Dust Bowl: 11:45 to 2:15 p.m. Q&A Part Two (p. 25) The Dust Bowl:

Plastiki (p. 36)

12:00 to 1:45 p.m.

11:45 a.m.Q&A to 2:15 p.m.

Wild Love (p. on 43)Pam Happened Bernadette McDonald What Q&A Luminaris (p. 47)(p. Treeverse (p. 40) The Love Competition 32) Island (p. 43) (p. 66) Wild Love (p. on 43)Pam What Happened Q&A Bernadette McDonald The Q&A Love Competition (p. 32) Island (p. 43) (p. 66) on Pam Bernadette McDonald What Happened Q&A Island (p. 43) (p. 66)

Outside the Box (p. 35) 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. THE LOVE Luminaris (p. 47) 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Treeverse (p. 40) PROGRAM Outside the11:15 Boxa.m. (p. 35) Wild Love (p. 43) 9:30 to THE LOVE Q&A Luminaris (p. 47) The Love Competition (p. 32) Treeverse (p. (p. 40) PROGRAM Outside the Box 35)

9:30 to 11:00 a.m. PROGRAM

THE LOVE

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

COFFEE TALkS | 8:00 - 9:15 a.m. COFFEE TALkS | 8:00 - 9:15 a.m. COFFEE TALkS | 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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SUNDAY SCHEDULE SCHEDULE SCHEDULE SUNDAy SUNDAy SUNDAy schedule sunday


3:00 pM 3:15 3:30 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 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

and performance

Q&A

ScrambleVision (p. 37) True Delta (p. 40)

Q&A

6:45 to 8:00 p.m.

Q&A

Island (p. 29) The Way Home (p. 43) Smoke Songs (p. 38) Ernest (p. 26) Baseball in a Time of Cholera (p. 22)

SHORTS PROGRAM 3

4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Last of the Great Unknown (p. 31) Racing the End (p. 46) Last Light (p. 46) The Freedom Chair (p. 27)

Q&A

Blue Obsession (p. 23) Tent Bound in Devil’s Bay (p. 39) A Desert Live (p. 25) Shattered (p. 37) Ice Revolution (p. 28) Old Breed (p. 35)

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

THE CLIMBING PROGRAM

9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Q&A

TBA

8:30 to 11:00 p.m.

Q&A

Critical Mass (p. 24) The Man Who Lived on 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Among Giants (p. 22) Q&A THE ADVENTURE His Bike (p. 47) Julio Solis (p. 29) PROGRAM Stuff Everywhere Picture the Leviathan (p. 36) Unicorn Sashimi (p. 42) (p. 39) Not Yet Begun to Fight The Nomad (p. 34) (p. 34) Living Tiny (p. 31) Kashmir (p. 29)

SHORTS PROGRAM 4

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Q&A

4:15 to 6:00 p.m.

Eco Ninja (p. 26) Bidder 70 (p. 23)

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Load Bearing (p. 32) The Denali Experiment Winter’s Wind (p. 44) Q&A 9:15 to 11:15 p.m. (p. 25) Base Camp Back Up House of Cards (p. 28)

9:15 to 11:15 p.m.

Q&A

Valley Uprising (p. 42)

6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

National Geographic Young Explorers (p. 69)

Q&A

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Moonwalk (p. 34) Right to Play (p. 37)

PRESENTATIONS FILMS EVENTS

TBA

9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

TBA

6:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Q&A

Ethel (p. 26)

4:00 to 6:15 p.m.

READING FRENzy | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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3:00 pM 3:15 3:30 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 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

and performance

Q&A

ScrambleVision (p. 37) True Delta (p. 40)

Q&A

6:45 to 8:00 p.m.

Q&A

Island (p. 29) The Way Home (p. 43) Smoke Songs (p. 38) Ernest (p. 26) Baseball in a Time of Cholera (p. 22)

SHORTS PROGRAM 3

4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Last of the Great Unknown (p. 31) Racing the End (p. 46) Last Light (p. 46) The Freedom Chair (p. 27)

Q&A

Blue Obsession (p. 23) Tent Bound in Devil’s Bay (p. 39) A Desert Live (p. 25) Shattered (p. 37) Ice Revolution (p. 28) Old Breed (p. 35)

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

THE CLIMBING PROGRAM

9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Q&A

TBA

8:30 to 11:00 p.m.

Q&A

Critical Mass (p. 24) The Man Who Lived on 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Among Giants (p. 22) Q&A THE ADVENTURE His Bike (p. 47) Julio Solis (p. 29) PROGRAM Stuff Everywhere Picture the Leviathan (p. 36) Unicorn Sashimi (p. 42) (p. 39) Not Yet Begun to Fight The Nomad (p. 34) (p. 34) Living Tiny (p. 31) Kashmir (p. 29)

SHORTS PROGRAM 4

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Q&A

4:15 to 6:00 p.m.

Eco Ninja (p. 26) Bidder 70 (p. 23)

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Load Bearing (p. 32) The Denali Experiment Winter’s Wind (p. 44) Q&A 9:15 to 11:15 p.m. (p. 25) Base Camp Back Up House of Cards (p. 28)

9:15 to 11:15 p.m.

Q&A

Valley Uprising (p. 42)

6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

National Geographic Young Explorers (p. 69)

Q&A

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Moonwalk (p. 34) Right to Play (p. 37)

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TBA

9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

TBA

6:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Q&A

Ethel (p. 26)

4:00 to 6:15 p.m.

READING FRENzy | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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nugget

masons

library

TBA

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

TBA

9:15 to 11:00 a.m.

TBA

11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

TBA

9:15 to 10:45 a.m.

TBA

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Q&A

9:15 to 11:30 a.m.

The Dust Bowl: Part Two (p. 25)

TBA

11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

TBA

9:15 to 10:45 a.m.

cOffee TAlKs | 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

sheridan opera house

preseNTATIONs fIlms eveNTs

TBA

high camp

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

clOsINg AwArDs pIcNIc | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

KIDZ KINO (p. 47)

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

TBA

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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nugget

masons

library

TBA

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

TBA

9:15 to 11:00 a.m.

TBA

11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

TBA

9:15 to 10:45 a.m.

TBA

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Q&A

9:15 to 11:30 a.m.

The Dust Bowl: Part Two (p. 25)

TBA

11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

TBA

9:15 to 10:45 a.m.

cOffee TAlKs | 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

sheridan opera house

preseNTATIONs fIlms eveNTs

TBA

high camp

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

clOsINg AwArDs pIcNIc | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

KIDZ KINO (p. 47)

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

TBA

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

palm

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Erik Boomer and Jon Turk (Saturday, 6:45 p.m., High Camp)

You’d think that if you were going to hike, ski and kayak an arduous 1,500 miles with someone, you’d want to know them fairly well first. That certainly wasn’t the case with Jon Turk and Erik Boomer, who had barely met when they started their epic circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island in May 2011. It was an odd pairing from the start. Boomer is a 26-year-old professional paddler, while Turk is a 65-year-old writer, but the four-decade gap didn’t prevent the duo from completing the trip, which earned them a nomination for Adventurer of the Year from National Geographic. Ellesmere Island, near Greenland, is

the northernmost isle in the Canadian Arctic and has a population of 146, so Boomer and Turk had little company aside from each other, polar bears and arctic wolves. The trip took 104 days to complete and left Turk so exhausted at the end that his kidneys started to fail, and he spent six days in the hospital recovering. Turk, now fully recovered (or “95 percent and improving,” he says), is a grandfather of six. He spoke at Mountainfilm in 2005 about his book In the Wake of Jomon. This is Boomer’s first trip to the festival, but given his proclivity for adventure, we bet it’s not likely to be his last.

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Phil Borges (Saturday, 4:00 p.m., Masons)

Phil Borges was last at Mountainfilm in 2003, when he exhibited photography from and spoke about his book Portraits of Tibet. He returns now with new images from the same place, which has transformed into a country of people who are watching a longtime way of life disappear during their lifetime. (You can see these works at Telluride Gallery of Fine Art.) His new book — Tibet: Culture on the Edge — accurately captures the two great challenges that Tibet and its people face today: Chinese eradication of their way of life and climate change. Both are slow moving, but relentless. Borges first went to Tibet in 1994 and writes about the rapid change that the Chinese have brought to the country. Some of these changes could be considered progress — dusty two-lane roads have become superhighways — but others are abolishing an ancient culture and its rich traditions.

Chinese edicts mandate that Tibetan children are taught in Mandarin, an example of one of many draconian measures that have prompted massive unrest and, recently, an unprecedented wave of self-immolations by Tibetan monks and nuns. Climate change may prove to be the more destructive force, however, as the Tibetan Plateau — with an average altitude of 14,000 feet — contains the largest volume of fresh frozen water on earth. Also known as “The Water Tower of Asia,” this region supplies nearly one-third of the world’s population with water, but because of its combination of high altitude and low latitude, it’s heating up twice as fast as the global average. Borges has documented indigenous cultures for more than three decades — his photo graces the cover of this program — and he’s determined to bring an understanding of the challenges these people face to a larger audience.

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Dan Buettner (Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Palm)

In 1987, Dan Buettner completed Americastrek, a 15,500-mile bike trip from Alaska to Argentina. As he continued to embark on record-setting bike rides around the world, taking him through a myriad of countries, Buettner noticed how some regions had an abundance of old people, while others suffered from a dearth of elders. Buettner asked himself why certain people live longer than others, and this interest in life expectancy led to an article for National Geographic magazine and a subsequent bestselling book called The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. His book reveals areas

around the world where life expectancy is highest, examines the factors that allow these people to live so long, and explores what the rest of us could learn from them. He discovered that some of the keys to longevity are both obvious (exercise more and eat more plants) and surprising (drink more wine and identify your purpose in life). Buettner will explain the Blue Zone concept during the Moving Mountains Symposium at the Sheridan Opera House on Friday at 2 p.m. He’ll also discuss the findings of his followup book, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Palm.

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DagGoering &MariaCoffey

(Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Sheridan Opera House)

With rapid habitat loss across Asia and Africa, elephants are running out of room to roam — and, consequently, their buffer from humans is shrinking. Dag Goering and his wife Maria Coffey are trying to improve this situation by working toward enlightened conservation approaches in Asia and Africa. Inspired by watching the birth of a captive elephant in India, Goering, a veterinarian and photographer, and Coffey, an author,

are dedicated to creating a paradigm where elephants and people are able to cohabitate. Collaborating with local groups and conservation organizations, they created the Elephant Earth Initiative and will speak about their work at the Sheridan Opera House on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Goering’s striking photographs of elephants are on display at the Ah Haa School East Room.

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Eliza Griswold

(Saturday, 12:15 p.m., Sheridan Opera House; Sunday, 12:15 p.m., Palm)

The intrepid reporting Eliza Griswold did for her recent book, The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, took her all over Asia and Africa, along the tense band that ranges from the equator to the line of latitude 700 miles to the north. It’s a unique region, one with powerful political, religious and environmental forces at odds that could create potential rampant destabilization and harsh conflict. As Griswold writes, “I wanted to record the interwoven stories of those who inhabit this territory, and whose religious beliefs pattern their daily perseverance. Although it’s easy to see Christianity and Islam as

vast and static forces, they are perpetually in flux. Over time, each religion has shaped the other. Religion is dynamic and fluid.” Not yet 40 years old, Griswold has won several awards for her non-fiction and poetry and has recently turned her eye toward the U.S., examining the fracking process and how it impacts our country and communities where natural gas extraction occurs. Griswold will speak about the demographic makeup of the Tenth Parallel on Friday at the Moving Mountains Symposium; she will also discuss the controversial issue of natural gas with Sandra Steingraber onSunday at 12:15 p.m. at the Palm.

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Chris Jordan

(Sunday, 9:30 a.m., High Camp)

Artist Chris Jordan first came to Mountainfilm in 2008 to show and discuss “Running the Numbers,” which depicts mankind’s rapacious consumption. While he continues to work on this series, he’s currently making a film about the plight of the albatross on Midway Island. In his many trips to the remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Jordan has chronicled what happens to the birds when they collect food for their chicks and return with a beak full of plastic from the Pacific Garbage Gyre. The work is disturbing, but also, like all of Jordan’s work, it’s incredibly beautiful.

Jordan will show some short clips from the film in progress and speak about what he’s seen and experienced on Midway Island.

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Bernadette McDonald (Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Sheridan Opera House)

Although she grew up on a prairie farm in Canada, Bernadette McDonald became enamored with the mountains and made her career in that world. She spent nearly two decades at the helm of our fellow festival Banff Mountain Film in Canada and has written several highly acclaimed books about the exploits of great alpinists. She returns to Mountainfilm in Telluride this year with her newest book Freedom Climbers (Rocky Mountain Books, Canada 2011), the story of a group of extraordinary Polish adventurers who emerged from under

the blanket of oppression following World War II to become the world’s leading Himalayan climbers. Freedom Climbers has already won three top prizes, including the Grand Prize at Banff Mountain Book Festival, where the jury said, “She has produced one of the most captivating books on the subject of mountaineering to have appeared in recent years.” McDonald will present her book at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Sheridan Opera House and will also sign copies at the Reading Frenzy on Sunday.

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Chris Sharma

(Friday, 6:30 p.m., Sheridan Opera House)

Chris Sharma started climbing at the age of 12 in a climbing gym. He was a fast study: At the age of 14, he won a national bouldering competition and, just one year later, he climbed a 5.14c route, the highest-rated rock climb in North America at the time. While he still continues to compete, his focus is to find routes around the world that no one else has climbed and work on them until he can “send” each route. Sharma was featured in the film King Lines, which won the Charlie Fowler Award in 2008 at Mountainfilm. In the film, he tries to complete one challenging line after another, including a memorable free deepwater solo of Es Pontas off the island of Majorca. As Sharma says, “It’s all about finding a line that motivates me. I’m not the

type who can train, be doing something now so that in three months I’ll be strong enough to try a route. I just go try a line a million times. The training occurs on the route.” Sharma says there are an infinite number of king lines: “A king line symbolizes one thing for me. For others, it might be different. It’s something that is very motivating, very inspiring. For me, I have the opportunity to explore the world on a global level and find the lines that inspire. Other people maybe don’t have the opportunity to travel, but they find the line at their local crag. It’s a line that calls out to them.” He will speak about the lines that call out to him at the Sheridan Opera House on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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Sandra Steingraber (Saturday, 4:00 p.m., Nugget; Sunday, 12:15 p.m., Palm)

In her book Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, Sandra Steingraber writes, “We can change our thinking. Rather than viewing the chemical adulteration of our environment and our bodies as the inevitable price of convenience and progress, we can decide that cancer is inconvenient and toxic pollution archaic and primitive.” A regular columnist for Orion Magazine, Steingraber is a cancer survivor who has taken her own experiences fighting the disease and created an impressive body of literary work — articles, books and poems — that chronicle the effects of industrial pollution on our bodies. Her latest book is called Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, and in it she writes, “In the absence of federal policies that are protective of childhood development and the ecology of the planet on which our children’s lives depend, we serve as our own regulatory agencies and departments of the interior.” She has arguably served as her own regulatory agency, contending that natural gas

is even more dangerous for us than coal — “Fracking is not a bridge to the future. It is a plank on which we walk blindfolded at the point of a sword. There is no right way to do it.” She believes that natural gas is even more dangerous for us than coal. The Sierra Club, which once dubbed her “the new Rachel Carson,” is another target. After Steingraber found out that the venerable environmental organization had secretly accepted $25 million from Chesapeake Energy, one of the largest gas drillers in the world, she wrote an open letter that began, “Dear Sierra Club, I’m through with you. Call some other writer your new Rachel Carson.” She continued, “The hard truth: National Sierra Club served as the political cover for the gas industry and for the politicians who take their money and do their bidding.” She will discuss her work after the screening of the film Living Downstream, which tells the story of Steingraber’s life. Additionally, on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. at the Palm Theater, she and author Eliza Griswold (page 64), who is writing a book about natural gas, will discuss this critical and complicated issue.

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National Geographic Young Explorers (Sunday, 4:00 p.m., Sheridan Opera House)

For more than a century, National Geographic has provided grants to some of the world’s top explorers, adventurers and scientists, and now they offer a program for people under the age of 25. We’ve invited four of these Young Explorers to discuss their far-reaching work. Sarah McNair-Landry grew up on Baffin Island and has followed in her parent’s Arctic-exploring footsteps. At the age of 18, she became the youngest person to ski to the South Pole. She followed that feat with a 1,400-mile snowkite across the Greenland Ice Sheet and continues to push her limits. Rebecca Skinner is a photographer who has spent time in post-Katrina Louisiana and in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, documenting how areas recover from devastating natural

disasters. Her inspiration to go to Indonesia came partly from James Balog (the photographer featured in Chasing Ice, page 24) who was there after the tsunami hit in 2004. Shannon Switzer is a writer, photographer and avid surfer who noticed that her friends were getting sick from swimming in the water near San Diego, California. Inspired by Sylvia Earle, she set out to show how the area’s watershed was being polluted and how it could be protected. Anand Varma studied biology at U.C. Berkeley, but he realized that the most effective way for him to tell stories was with a camera. Over the past few years, he’s spent many months in Patagonia, photographing and documenting the wetland forests in that region.

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Please visit the galleries throughout the festival weekend. Many of the works exhibited are for sale. If no one is at the gallery to answer your questions, please email Drew Ludwig at Drew@mountainfilm.org Opening Reception Friday, May 25, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Artists will speak briefly at the galleries representing them at 5:00 p.m. during the Gallery Walk and again during the Ice Cream Social (page 83).

BK Adams â&#x20AC;˘ I Am Art Stronghouse Studios

Given how productive he is, BK Adams â&#x20AC;˘ I Am Art is an apt name for this sculptor/ painter/wizard from Washington, D.C. He recently had an exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia of hybrid pieces that incorporate random items, such as bike parts, chairs and mannequins. He came to Telluride as a visiting artist through the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities in early May and worked at Stronghouse Studios to create his Mountainfilm show.

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James Balog

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

James Balog’s original photographs of animals and trees led him to his latest natural obsession: glaciers. He created the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) to capture images of the vanishing glaciers around the world. It’s the crowning achievement of his career, and in 2009, Mountainfilm presented his EIS traveling show. This year’s exhibit reveals limited-edition images from his upcoming book with publisher Rizzoli New York. See page 61 for details of his presentation.

Phil Borges

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

In 2003, Phil Borges exhibited his indelible portraits of the Tibetan people at Mountainfilm. This year, he returns to Mountainfilm with photographs of Tibet today from his new book, Tibet: Culture on the Edge. His photo of a monk walking along a path littered with prayer flags is featured on this year’s festival poster. See page 61 for details of his presentation.

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Keith “Scramble” Campbell La Cocina de Luz

One can almost hear the groove of a jam band emanating from the paintings of Keith “Scramble” Campbell because he paints these pieces during concerts, sometimes from the stage, other times from the same perspective as the audience. He is the subject of the new documentary, Scramblevision, which is premiering at Mountainfilm (page 37).

Maria Coffey and Dag Goering Ah Haa East

The Elephant Earth Initiative is an effort to save elephants by writer Maria Coffey and veterinarian and photographer Dag Goering. Sales from their images of this magnificent animal support elephant welfare and conservation. They will be speaking about their work on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Sheridan Opera House.

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Dan Eldon

Steaming Bean

Dan Eldon was a photographer who was killed at the age of 23 in Mogadishu, Somalia, by an angry mob in 1993. He left behind a rich body of work — photos, journals, sketches and paintings — that speak to a life fully lived, especially by such a young man. This exhibition has been curated by his family to inspire future generations to engage and savor the world around them.

Drew Ludwig High Camp

Drew Ludwig was the recipient of a Mountainfilm Commitment Grant last year, which enabled him to travel to Japan to photograph survivors of the 2011 tsunami. He was determined to capture the scale of what happened juxtaposed with the people to whom it had happened. His photographic series of gloves, which he found as he walked through Louisiana and the wreckage of Katrina, was exhibited at Mountainfilm 2011.

National Geographic Young Explorers Ah Haa West

This group show features the work of National Geographic Young Explorers Sarah McNair-Landry, Rebecca Skinner, Shannon Switzer and Anand Varma. They will speak on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at the Sheridan Opera House. Read more on page 69.

James Prosek 81435 Gallery

James Prosek’s paintings of fish provide depth that few naturalist painters manage to capture. Perhaps that’s because he first catches the fish and photographs it, which lends the work unusual accuracy. His creative process is the focus of the film Picture the Leviathan, which will premiere at Mountainfilm (page 36).

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JAMES BALOG

RADEK SKRIVANEK

DREW LUDWIG

Cory Richards

Honga’s Lotus Petal

Photographer Cory Richards, featured in the 2011 Charlie Fowler Award-winning film Cold, is the recipient of the 2012 Galen Rowell Award from the American Alpine Club.

Radek Skrivanek

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

The Aral Sea — comparable in size to the Great Lakes in the U.S. — is now almost completely dry because of thirsty cotton growers in South Asia. Photographs by Radek Skrivanek, who was born in the Czech Republic but now resides in the Bay Area, depict the sad story of what happened to the world’s fourth-largest lake and the people who live near it.

GALLERY HOURS 81435 Gallery, Ah Haa (East & west), Stronghouse Studios: Friday 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday to Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. High Camp: Work will be displayed during the Moving Mountains Symposium and film screenings (at the discretion of the High Camp staff). Honga’s Lotus Petal: Daily 6:00 p.m. to close La Cocina de Luz: Daily 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Steaming Bean: Daily 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Telluride Gallery of Fine Art: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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coffeetalks

8:00 to 9:15 a.m.

Start your day off with a cup of joe and compelling conversation at a Mountainfilm Coffee Talk, where you can engage with guests in an intimate setting. Note that the talks start at 8 a.m., so please be sure you are seated before then and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to bring your own reusable mug.

Locations

(see the map on page 99)

1 Ah Haa School, West Wing

5 Sheridan Opera House

2 Ah Haa School, East Wing

6 mountain lodge telluride

3 Hongaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lotus Petal Restaurant

7 BAR M - hotel madeline

4 The Silver Bell Building

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SATURDAY MAY 26 1 PEAK EVERYTHING?

If the twentieth century was defined by growth — economies, food production, energy consumption and global population all soared — the twenty-first century could likely be defined by decline as natural resources dwindle. Mike Freedman, director of Critical Mass; Richard Heinberg, author of The End of Growth; and food expert Roz Naylor consider the challenges ahead. 2 HABITAT LOSS

The biggest threat to biodiversity is loss of habitat. Dave Foreman of the Rewilding Institute, Dag Goering of the Elephant Earth Initiative, Kieran Suckling from the Center for Biological Diversity and National Geographic Young Explorer Anand Varma examine the situation. 3 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

Climate activist Tim DeChristopher is in prison for two years for protesting what he felt was an unjust federal and auction. In his absence, filmmaker George Gage (Bidder 70), attorney and Peaceful Uprising member Rebecca Hall, and DeChristopher’s attorney Pat Shea discuss the role that civil disobedience and personal sacrifice should play in these times.

4 STORYTELLING WITH PASSION

Sometimes filmmakers have a vision for a film, feeling that they are the only ones who can tell a particular story. Deborah Dickson, Ben Knight, Renan Ozturk and Lucy Walker explain the appeal in projects they want to direct. 5 CLIMATE SCIENCE

The science is clear on climate change, yet the debate continues. Photographer James Balog (Chasing Ice) joins scientists Peter Gleick (The Pacific Institute), Chuck Kutscher (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) and Terry Root (Stanford University) to deliberate what can be done to end the debate and fix the problem. 6 OUTSIDE MAGAZINE AND TELEVISION

Larry Burke, the founder and publisher of Outside magazine, sits down with Rob Faris, the head of programming for Outside TV to discuss how to tell the Outside story. 7 PAUL EHRLICH

Paul Ehrlich, along with his wife Ann, wrote The Population Bomb in 1968, which forecast a massive increase in population and helped create the modern environmental movement. He sits down with Alex Chadwick to talk about his legacy and hopes for the future.

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SUNDAY MAY 27 1 GREG MORTENSON: ONE YEAR LATER

A year after Greg Mortenson and his Central Asia Institute were caught in a media storm, Outside magazine editor Alex Heard provides an update on the Three Cups of Tea author. Michael Kollins (World Bike Relief), Purnima Mane (CEO of Pathfinder) and Dr. Geoff Tabin (cureblindness.org) follow with a conversation about the effect the Mortenson controversy has had on American nonprofits that do the bulk of their work abroad. 2 CHICKEN AND EGG

Chicken and Egg Pictures, a film fund for women filmmakers, presents this Coffee Talk about how hard — but essential — it is to tell complex human rights stories in documentaries. Moderated by Daryl Hannah, Wendy Ettinger (Chicken and Egg Pictures co-founder) and directors Beth Gage (Bidder 70) and Alison Klayman (Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry) discuss the subject. 3 FRANK MARSHALL

Along with his wife Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall has one of the most successful production companies in Hollywood. He sits down with director Tom Shadyac (I Am) to discuss what draws him to documentaries, such as Right to Play.

4 LAURA LINNEY AND SANDRA STEINGRABER

Acclaimed actress Laura Linney (star of The C Word on Showtime) and author and activist Sandra Steingraber (Living Downstream) discuss the effects of environmental pollution on health. 5 AWARENESS INTO ACTION

Rory Kennedy (Ethel), Dennis Paul of React to Film and David de Rothschild (Plastiki) discuss how documentaries can effectively move people from awareness into action with Mountainfilm festival director David Holbrooke. 6 RISK VS. RECKLESSNESS

It can be a fine line between taking risks and being reckless. Several athletes who take enormous chances — climbers Alex Honnold and Dean Potter, slackliner Andy Lewis and kayaker Ben Stookesbury (Kadoma, Mountainfilm 2011) — discuss the difference. 7 POLES OF POPULATION

Dan Buettner (author of Blue Zones) and Eliza Griswold (author of The Tenth Parallel) examine why certain areas have such distinctly different life expectancies.

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MONDAY may 28

How do environmental organizations work with business entities in a way thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transparent and ethical? Erin Barnes, the founder of IOBY.org, which connects people and money to sitebased projects; Terry Kellogg, the CEO of One Percent for the Planet; and Sandra Steingraber (Living Downstream) join Chris Keyes, editor of Outside (a member of One Percent), to discuss this tricky issue. 2 THE STATE OF NON-FICTION

It could be argued that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living in the golden age of nonfiction storytelling. Geralyn Dreyfous (Impact Partners), Tom Freston (Vice TV, OWN, Afghan TV) and filmmaker Susan Cohn Rockefeller (Mission of Mermaids) discuss the best way to get these important stories told and heard. 3 INVISIBLE CHILDREN WITH TOM SHADYAC

Director Tom Shadyac sits down with the Invisible Children team to talk about the wild ride that followed the release of KONY 2012, which went viral around the world. 4 ARTISTS IMPACT

Artists often lead the way by showing us what we could not previously see. Artists Phil Borges, Chris Jordan, Todd McGrain (Lost Bird Project) and James Prosek (Picture the Leviathan) join photographer Aaron Huey to talk about how artists can use their talents to change the world.

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1 MIXING MONEY INTO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

5 TO THE LIMIT

Jimmy Chin (House of Cards), National Geographic Young Explorer Sarah McNair-Landry, Cory Richards (Cold) and author and adventurer Jon Turk have been pushed to their physical and mental limits. How do they know when to stop and when to keep going? 6 YOUTH MOVEMENT

There is a generation of young people who are trying to take control of their future. The relentless 17-year-old climate activist Alec Loorz and National Geographic Young Explorers Becca Skinner and Shannon Switzer talk about their missions and why they are imperative. 7 NATIONAL PARKS

After the National Parks series by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, the system experienced a boost in visitors. From access questions in Yosemite to bear problems in Yellowstone, are the National Parks being overstressed? Historian Dayton Duncan, Yosemite ranger and author Shelton Johnson, Amy Marquis (The Way Home) and David Rockefeller Jr. discuss how to both preserve and maximize these special places.

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READINGFRENZY

Between the Covers bookstore moves to Telluride High School for an afternoon to celebrate Mountainfilm authors who will sign and sell their books at The Reading Frenzy. The following authors will be in attendance:

James Balog Robert Blair Phil Borges Dan Buettner Maria Coffey Dayton Duncan Paul Ehrlich Dave Foreman Ginny Fowler-Hicks Eliza Griswold Alex Heard Chris Jordan p hoto by g us gusci or a

Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Telluride High School (two doors west of the Palm Theatre)

Susan Kees Katie Lee Pete McBride Bernadette McDonald Orion Magazine James Prosek Ben Skinner Tom Shadyac Sandra Steingraber Rob Story Geoff Tabin Jon Turk

Several authors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Gleick, Richard Heinberg and Scott Wallace â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are unable to attend The Frenzy, but signed books by these authors will be available for sale.

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other SPECIAL events

In addition to regular theater programming and the events listed previously in this section, Mountainfilm also hosts the following parties and special programs during the festival. All are free to the public, unless noted.

Base Camp Outdoor Theatre

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Wednesday through monday 9:00 p.m.

Telluride Town Park (severe weather alternative: Masons Theater) See the full program on page 49. Ice Cream Social Saturday, May 26 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Colorado Avenue (main street) between Aspen and Fir Streets Closing Awards Picnic

Monday, May 28 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Telluride Town Park Sponsored by Eddie Bauer/First Ascent, Outside magazine and Outside Television (The picnic is free for Wilson, Ama Dablam and Patron passholders; tickets are on sale at Hospitality, at the picnic’s entrance and online for $25.) late night ph oto by je re m y b ar on

friday at the buck 10 p.m.

American Alpine Club party at the Last Dollar Saloon for House of Cards saturday at the moon 10 p.m.

Bill Howl’n’Madd Perry from the film, True Delta performs at Fly Me to the Moon Saloon sunday at the bean 9 p.m.

Closing Night Party at the Steaming Bean

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other SPECIAL events

In addition to regular theater programming and the events listed previously in this section, Mountainfilm also hosts the following parties and special programs during the festival. All are free to the public, unless noted.

Base Camp Outdoor Theatre

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Wednesday through monday 9:00 p.m.

Telluride Town Park (severe weather alternative: Masons Theater) See the full program on page 49. Ice Cream Social Saturday, May 26 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Colorado Avenue (main street) between Aspen and Fir Streets

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Closing Awards Picnic Monday, May 28 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Telluride Town Park Sponsored by Eddie Bauer/First Ascent, Outside magazine and Outside Television (The picnic is free for Wilson, Ama Dablam and Patron passholders; tickets are on sale at Hospitality, at the picnic’s entrance and online for $25.) late night

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friday at the buck 10 p.m.

American Alpine Club party at the Last Dollar Saloon for House of Cards saturday at the moon 10 p.m.

Bill Howl’n’Madd Perry from the film, True Delta performs at Fly Me to the Moon Saloon sunday at the bean 9 p.m.

Closing Night Party at the Steaming Bean

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moving mountains prize The work of nonprofits often attract filmmakers

as the struggles and strains of fighting the good fight provides thought-provoking material for a documentary. This $3,000 prize goes to a nonprofit featured in a film at the festival. Judges watch the nominated films and examine the

2008 | Free the Slaves for Dreams Die Hard 2009 | Tie of Two Nonprofits:

Democratic Voice of Burma for Burma VJ

and Dr. Rick Hodes for

Making the Crooked Straight

mission of each nonprofit, considering its scope,

2010 | Higher Ground for Fish Out of Water

impact and need; the quality of the film is not an

2011 | Wampanoag Language Reclamation

important factor in the decision.

Project for We Still Live Here

judges

Geralyn Dreyfous Geralyn Dreyfous has been described as “a force of nature in the documentary world” and is the founder of the Salt Lake City Film Center and the Impact Partners film fund. She has produced many documentaries, including the Academy-Award winning Born Into Brothels.

Tom Freston Tom Freston spent two decades building MTV Networks into a social and cultural powerhouse. Since leaving the company, he has consulted with several media organizations, including the Oprah Winfrey Network and Vice. He’s also spent a lot of time in Afghanistan, traveling and building a television network in a country where not so long ago, it was illegal to own a TV.

Laura Linney Laura Linney got her start on stage, then worked her way into television and film, becoming a highly respected actress for her roles in such films as You Can Count on Me, Mystic River and The Details. She first came to town for the Telluride Film Festival and fell in love with the place (along with her assigned host, former local Marc Schauer).

Geoff Tabin Geoff Tabin is an eye surgeon who spoke at Mountainfilm 2011 about bringing sight to people with curable blindness. A worldclass mountaineer who was the fourth person to reach all Seven Summits, Tabin has radically reduced the rates of blindness in Nepal and Rwanda.

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charlie fowler award The brilliant alpinist Charlie Fowler was a

Telluride local and mainstay of Mountainfilm for many years. We miss him terribly, but we

2007 | E11 2008 | King Lines

find comfort knowing his presence is with us

2009 | Samsara

for this award. The judges try to discern which

2010 | Alone on the Wall

mountaineering or climbing film he would have

2011 | Cold

liked most for a $1,000 award.

judges

Peter McBride A former ski racer and coach, Peter McBride is a photographer and filmmaker who has worked for National Geographic and other leading publications. He screened his film Chasing Water about the Colorado River at Mountainfilm in 2011.

Jim McCarthy A former president of the American Alpine Club, Jim McCarthy made some of the first big wall climbs in the Logan Mountains in 1963 with Royal Robbins and later led the ice-climbing renaissance in the East with Yvon Chouinard.

Bernadette McDonald Bernadette McDonald ran Banff Mountain Festivals for nearly two decades before turning to writing full time in 2006. Her books have received top accolades, and, in addition to being a judge this year, she’ll discuss her latest book Freedom Climbers, which documents a group of Polish adventurers who became the world’s leading Himalayan climbers after World War II.

Lel Tone Lel Tone is a professional skier, mountain bike racer, competitive stand up paddle boarder, helicopter ski guide and avalanche forecaster in Lake Tahoe. A sponsored athlete with First Ascent, she’s featured in Warren Miller’s most recent film “...Like There’s No Tomorrow.”

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Great documentaries start with a compelling

story, but a narrative resonates even more when paired with stunning images. This juried award â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sponsored by Felt Soul Media with a $1,000 cash prize â&#x20AC;&#x201D; goes to the film with the most outstanding cinematography.

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CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD

2011 | Into Eternity

judges

Suzan Beraza Suzan Beraza is a filmmaker and Telluride local whose award-winning film Bag It has inspired the limitation of single-use plastics in many homes and communities. She was awarded a Mountainfilm Commitment grant for her next film, Uranium Drive-In.

Ben Knight Ben Knight is a filmmaker and Telluride local who was inspired to make award-winning films, such as Running Down the Man, Red Gold and Eastern Rises, because of Mountainfilm. His latest film with Felt Soul Media partner Travis Rummel is called DamNation and is about the movement to decommission and remove dams in America to restore free-flowing rivers.

Travis Rummel Travis Rummel is a filmmaker and a partner with Ben Knight in Felt Soul Media, which makes documentaries and funds the Cinematography Award. The duo has focused primarily on thoughtful and beautiful films about the sport of fishing.

Amy Silverman Amy Silverman is the photo editor of Outside magazine, and before arriving there, she worked in the film and television industry for more than a decade.

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Great documentaries start with a compelling

story, but a narrative resonates even more when paired with stunning images. This juried award — sponsored by Felt Soul Media with a $1,000 cash prize — goes to the film with the most outstanding cinematography.

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judges

Suzan Beraza Suzan Beraza is a filmmaker and Telluride local whose award-winning film Bag It has inspired the limitation of single-use plastics in many homes and communities. She was awarded a Mountainfilm Commitment grant for her next film, Uranium Drive-In.

The 2011 awards (above) were designed by richard lang and judith selby. This year’s awards are created and crafted by kathy green and aaron smith.

Ben Knight Ben Knight is a filmmaker and Telluride local who was inspired to make award-winning films, such as Running Down the Man, Red Gold and Eastern Rises, because of Mountainfilm. His latest film with Felt Soul Media partner Travis Rummel is called DamNation and is about the movement to decommission and remove dams in America to restore free-flowing rivers.

Travis Rummel Travis Rummel is a filmmaker and a partner with Ben Knight in Felt Soul Media, which makes documentaries and funds the Cinematography Award. The duo has focused primarily on thoughtful and beautiful films about the sport of fishing.

Amy Silverman Amy Silverman is the photo editor of Outside magazine, and before arriving there, she worked in the film and television industry for more than a decade.

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Photographer Galen Rowell was a regular guest and great friend to Mountainfilm, which is why we’re thrilled to team with the American Alpine Club to present the 2012 Galen Rowell Award to photographer and alpinist Cory Richards, who was featured in the 2011 award-winning film

Cold. The award honors an adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and

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the people who inhabit these lands and regions. Richards will accept the award Friday night at

AUDIENCE AWARD

The Audience Award is chosen via secret ballot by attendees at the Closing Picnic & Awards Ceremony. 2008 | Red Gold

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the Sheridan Opera House.

2009 | Sergio 2010 | Tie of Two Films: I Am and Bag It

festival director’s award

This award is chosen by Mountainfilm’s festival director. 2007 | Loop

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2011 | Happy

2008 | Red Gold 2009 | Tim DeChristopher 2010 | Sons of Perdition 2011 | Undercity

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Photographer Galen Rowell was a regular guest and great friend to Mountainfilm, which is why we’re thrilled to team with the American Alpine Club to present the 2012 Galen Rowell Award to photographer and alpinist Cory Richards, who was featured in the 2011 award-winning film

Cold. The award honors an adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and

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galen rowell award

the people who inhabit these lands and regions. Richards will accept the award Friday night at

AUDIENCE AWARD

The Audience Award is chosen via secret ballot by attendees at the Closing Picnic & Awards Ceremony. 2008 | Red Gold

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the Sheridan Opera House.

2009 | Sergio 2010 | Tie of Two Films: I Am and Bag It

festival director’s award

This award is chosen by Mountainfilm’s festival director. 2007 | Loop 2008 | Red Gold 2009 | Tim DeChristopher

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2011 | Happy

2010 | Sons of Perdition 2011 | Undercity

Norman Vaughan indomitable spirit award

This award is chosen by friends of the late, great explorer.

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Susan & Mark Dalton Dick & Susan Saint James Ebersol Tully & Elise Friedman Vincent & Anne Mai Ann & Rich Teerlink Honorary Board of Trustees Dick & Susan Saint James Ebersol Tully & Elise Friedman Vincent & Anne Mai Ann & Rich Teerlink Board of Directors Beth Gage - President Susan Dalton - Vice President Mike Shimkonis - Treasurer Bettie Hastings - Secretary Ruth Bender Bonnie Cohen Cathe Dyer Jeff Price Rick Silverman Travis Spitzer Brian Werner Advisory Board Conrad Anker Arlene Burns Wade Davis Lynn Hill Pico Iyer Chris Jordan Ben Knight Ace Kvale Frans Lanting Katie Lee Maya Lin Rebecca Martin Hilaree Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil Doug Peacock Chris Rainier Beth Wald Paul Watson

K2 Stuart & Joanna Brown Suzanne LaFetra Jim & Kay Mabie DENALI Ed & Frances Barlow Shushana & Jack Castle Judy & Steven Gluckstern Dr. Hill & Bettie Hastings Joseph & Lynne Horning Jesse & Mary Johnson John Kirkendoll Paul & Sherry Lambert Audrey Marnoy Casey & Megan McManemin Polly Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien & Barrett Toan Chris Riley Anonymous EIGER Bonnie & Louis Cohen Chip & Cathe Dyer William C. & Sally R. Estes Bruce & Bridgitt Evans Janine & Tom Hill Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen John & Bridget Macaskill Tristin & Martin Mannion Anu & Michelle Parekh Susan Rockefeller Dinny Sherman Anita & Prabha Sinha Donna & Tom Stone Terry & Susan Tice Kathleen & Ken Tropin Sheila Wald EL CAPITAN Brenda & Alan Abramson Anne & Mike Armstrong Ruth Bender Josh Bernstein Angela & Roger Box Nancy & Duncan Burke David & Nancy Cale Steve & Kendall Cieciuch Suzanne Dyer Wise Josephine & Erik Fallenius Robert & Karen Forlenza

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donors Bill & Debra Gershen Garrett Gruener & Amy Slater Family Fund Clare Hart & Greg Baer Sandy Hill Litty Holbrooke & Andy Frey Joanna & Daniel Kanow Meg & Lawrence Kasdan Michael & Dawn Kennedy Paul Lehman & Ronna Stamm Frank Marshall & Kathleen Kennedy Merle & Jerry Measer Barbara Parish & Gary Roberts Kelli Petersen Genny Plamondon Susan Ringo & Barry Sonnenfeld Barry & Barbara Shaffer Chris and Judy Stjernholm Zelda & Sheldon Tenenbaum Dale Vrabec Philip H. & Jean H. Wagner Family Fund Robert & Kathleen Whitby Dale Zulauf & Jonette Bronson AJAX Janet Barnhill Brian & Karen Conway Beth & George Gage Anonymous Anonymous John McCall Ronnie Planalp Jeff Price & Jennie Franks Price Nancy Rosenthal Mike & Jennifer Shimkonis Max & Tamara Strang Scott & Carol Swank BELAYER Paul & Mary Anderson Josh Aronson Eileen Barrett & Sam MacBride Dawn Barton Allen Best Warren (Doc) Blanchard Anne & Toby Brown John Burchenal David & Deborah Cohen Marcia & John Mike Cohen Marvin Cohen & Jane Richman Mike Connelly Durfee Day Phil & Cathie Evans Joslin Kimball Frank Michael & Risa Freedman Lael Fruen Mike Fudjack David Gast & Elena Schmid Barbara Gould Kathy Green Michael Hanson

David W. Hettig Todd Hoffman Richard Hughes & Clare Rhoade Michael Isaacs & Lisa Larsen Kit & Carolyn Jackson Jagged Edge Susan Johnson Rev. Trina Johnsten & Dennis Trotter Beryl & Jesse Jupiter Julie M. Lampton Judith & Richard Lang John Leahey & Mary Uchida Diane & Irwin Levy Linda Lockhart Jeff Lynford Rebecca & Jay Markley Lou Mintz & Beverly Crilly Carolyn Muegge-Vaughan Lisa & Victor Nemeroff The Observatory One Architects Chris Paine Bob & Veronique Pittman Laura & Chris Pucillo Carl S. & Francesca Rehnborg Bee & Frank Reichel Sharon Shuteran John Steel & Bunny Freidus Ming Tsai Kate & David Wadley Brian Werner Marshall Whiting & Richard Arnold Peter & Gail Wilson SHERPA Wendy Brooks Karen & Paul Chapman Kit Collins Kevin Cooney Mark & Amy Dobbins Chase Dyer Judith A. Ingalls MD Travis & Jennifer Julia Joel Kaufman Amy Levek Ray & Harriet Levy Tom McGlade Tim & Christine McGrady Elaine Nishizu Susan & Mike Ritchey Tom Schillaci Cloe Shasha Jim & Judy Singleton Take One Creative Sherrion Taylor Janie Trenary

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Jim Bedford Gary Bennett Ana Coe Scott Coe The Dinwoodie Family Deanna Drew Brandt Garber Karla Gonzales Garcia Eliza Goodall Rick Harrington Stephanie Jaquet Marki Knopp Heather Knox-Rommel Jim Kolar Meghan Langford Rachel Loomis-Lee Casey Nay Night and Day Cleaners Ronnie Palamar Lucas Price Cinda Simons Telluride AIDS Benefit Terry Tice Town of Mountain Village Town of Telluride Eric Undhjem Christine Wilson Walter Wright Telluride Film Festival

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Charlene Acevedo Laurie Adams Robert Allen Matthew Armstrong Jonathan Augello Rosanne Balasabas Ian Bald Andrea Ball Amanda Baltzley Heather Baltzley Stewart Barbour Corey Beaton Ramsey Bernard Robert Biener Luke Bischoff Scott Bleiweis Kate Bolton Ron Borrego Aimee Bourget Jason Bourget David Brankley Anja Brannstrom Norman Brones Joseph Brown Karen Brown Stephen Burns David Byers Julia Byrne Yang Cao Madeleine Carey Annemarie Carzoli Emily Casey Nick Chambers Huntley Chapman Kate Charbonneau Courtney Childe

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Marcia Greene Rachel Griego Debby Guarino Liz Gumerman Wolf Gumerman Mo Hanna Ashley Hans Andrea Harbin Laurissa Haydu Jenna Helgeson Megan Heller Annie Henninger Kristine Hilbert Takeo Hiromitsu Dave Hodges Mackenzie Hollas Seamus Holloway Allison Jackson Anne Johnson Rob Joseph Donna Joywalker Bob Justis James Kahn Davene Kaplan Katie Karow Ryan Kenny Nancy Kerr Stephanie Klaus Matt Klausmeier Marki Knopp Emily Koren David Kuntz Kim Kuresman Kate Kurtz Courtney Lawrence Nick Leclaire Bill Leenheer Robbieana Leung Kristen Levey Jim Lilly Susan Lilly Karin Lindquist Bruce Macintire

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index FILMS Adrenaline Program 46, 49 Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry 3, 22 All.I.Can Street Segment 46, 47 Among Giants 22 Baseball in the Time of Cholera 22 Bidder 70 3, 23 Big in Bollywood 23 Blue Obsession 23 Chasing Ice 3, 24, 49 Code Red 46 Critical Mass 24, 79 Darwin 24 The Denali Experiment 25 A Desert Life 25 Do Unto Otters 47 Dogtown and Z-Boys 49 The Dust Bowl 25 Eco Ninja 26 Ernest 26 Ethel 3, 26 Fambul Tok 27 Fishing Without Nets 27 The Freedom Chair 27 Fresh Guacamole 47 Hi! I’m a Nutria 47 House of Cards 3, 28, 83 I Believe I Can Fly 46 Ice Revolution 28 Industrial Revolutions 46 Into the Middle of Nowhere 28 Island 29 Julio Solis, A MoveShake Story 29 Kashmir 29 Kidz Kino 47 KONY 2012 30 Lady B’s First Winter 30, 47 Last Call at the Oasis 30 Last Light 46 Last of the Great Unknown 31 Living Downstream 31 Living Tiny 31 Load Bearing 32 The Lost Bird Project 32 The Love Competition 32 Low & Clear 33 Luminaris 47 The Man Who Lived on His Bike 47 Meet Mr. Toilet 33 Mission of Mermaids 33 Moonwalk 34 The Nomad 34 Not Yet Begun to Fight 34 Old Breed 35 Outside the Box 35 Paraiso 35 Picture The Leviathan 36 Plastiki 36 Race for the Nose 46 Racing the End 46 Ready To Fly 36, 49 Right to Play 37 Roberto the Insect Architect 47 ScrambleVision 37 Shattered 37 Silvia 46 Sketchy Andy 38 Smoke Songs 38 Song of the Spindle 38 Soul of the Sea 39 Stuff Everywhere 39 Tent Bound in Devil’s Bay 39

Terra Blight 40 Treeverse 40 True Delta 40, 83 Trust 41, 47 The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom 3, 41 Under African Skies 41, 49 Unicorn Sashimi 42, 46 Valley Uprising 42 Voyage au bout de l’hiver 42 The Way Home: Returning to the National Parks 43 What Happened on Pam Island 43 Wild Love: Jake Norton and Wende Valentine 43 Winter’s Wind 44 PEOPLE BK Adams • I Am Art 74 Eric Peter Abramson 37 Skip Armstrong 34 James Balog 3, 24, 75, 79, 82 Erin Barnes 81 Suzan Beraza 88 Joe Berlinger 41 Max Bervy 29 Eric Blackney 40 Robert Blair 82 Guillaume Blanchet 47 Allie Bombach 29 Erik Boomer 34, 60 Phil Borges 61, 75, 81, 82 Bill Bowles 23 Nick Brandestini 24 Sam Bricker 26 Stefanie Brockhaus 35 Jamie Brooks 46 Isaac Brown 40 Jonathan Browning 26 Dan Buettner 18, 62, 80, 82 Larry Burke 79 Ken Burns 25, 81 Keith “Scramble” Campbell 37, 75 Alex Chadwick 17, 79 Chanda Chevannes 31 Jimmy Chin 3, 25, 28, 81 Drew Christie 38, 47 Hal Clifford 36 Maria Coffey 63, 75, 82 James Colt 32 Summer Colt 32 Daniel Cowen 40 Chris Cresci 22 Eric Crosland 46, 47 David Darg 22 Judith de Leeuw 39 David de Rothschild 36, 80 Deborah Dickson 32, 79 Paul Donatelli 31 Mike Douglas 27 Geralyn Dreyfous 81, 86 Dayton Duncan 25, 81, 82 Lynsey Dyer 29 Paul Ehrlich 17, 79, 82 Dan Eldon 76 Wendy Ettinger 80 Anna Ewert 28 Rob Faris 79 Anson Fogel 34 Dave Foreman 17, 19, 79, 82 Galen Fott 47 Ginny Fowler-Hicks 82 Mike Freedman 24, 79

Tom Freston 81, 86 Will Gadd 28 Beth Gage 23, 80 George Gage 23, 79 Peter Gleick 19, 24, 30, 79, 82 Dag Goering 63, 75, 79 Alan Gordon 23 Shasta Grenier 34 Eliza Griswold 17, 30, 31, 64, 68, 80, 82 Rebecca Hall 79 Xenie Hall 33 Jordan Halland 23 Daryl Hannah 80 Josh Haskins 29 Alex Heard 80, 82 Richard Heinberg 17, 79, 82 Karl Heldt 46 Joachim Hellinger 35 Matty Herriger 44 Lynn Hill 35, 42 Cutter Hodierne 27 Brent Hoff 32 Alex Honnold 39, 42, 80 Jason Houston 36 Stirling Howland 46 Kahlil Hudson 33 Aaron Huey 81 Tyler Hughens 33 Ivan Hughes 39 Jedediah Jenkins 30 Shelton Johnson 43, 81 Chris Jordan 65, 81, 82 Susan Kees 82 Ben Keesey 30 Terry Kellogg 81 Tim Kemple 39 Rory Kennedy 3, 26, 80 Bill Kerig 36 Chris Keyes 81 Alison Klayman 22, 80 Ben Knight 42, 46, 79, 88 Michael Kollins 80 Warren Kommers 46 Eliza Kubarska 43 Christi Kuhn 41, 47 Nadav Kurtz 35 Chuck Kutscher 19, 79 Anne Lapied 42 Erik Lapied 42 Lady B 30 Katie Lee 19, 82 Sabrina Lee 19, 34 Sketchy Andy Lewis 38, 80 Laura Linney 80, 86 Alec Loorz 41, 81 Josh Lowell 28 Drew Ludwig 32, 76 Rufus Lusk 35 Purnima Mane 17, 80 Briar March 38 Amy Marquis 43, 81 Frank Marshall 37, 80 Kelly Matheson 41, 47 Andy Maser 43 Pete McBride 19, 82, 86 Jim McCarthy 86 Bernadette McDonald 66, 82, 86 Todd McGrain 32, 81 Leslie McManus 26 Sarah McNair Landry 69, 76, 81 Kenny Meehan 23 Paul Meyers 31

Matt Miles 46 Vern Moen 36 Sébastien Montaz-Rosset 46 Bryn Mooser 22 Peter Mortimer 38, 42, 46 Dave Mossop 46, 47 Ben Mullinkosson 22 Katie Mustard 39 Roz Naylor 19, 79 Jenny Nichols 43 Emily Nuchols 43 Jeff Orlowski 24 Renan Ozturk 3, 25, 28, 79 Dennis Paul 80 Peaceful Uprising 23 Stacy Peralta 49 Bill “Howl’n’Madd” Perry 40 Pes 47 Dean Potter 34, 42, 80 Sam Price-Waldman 22 James Prosek 36, 76, 81, 82 Lee Quinby 40 Dan Ransom 31 Scott Ransom 30, 47 Cory Richards 77, 81, 89 David Rockefeller Jr. 81 Susan Cohn Rockefeller 33, 81 Terry Root 23, 79 Nick Rosen 38, 42, 46 Rich Rudow 31 Travis Rummel 42, 88 Jason Russell 30 Mikey Schaefer 34 Austin Siadak 25 Amy Silverman Tom Shadyac 30, 80, 81, 82 Chris Sharma 67 Pat Shea 23, 79 Ben Skinner 82 Rebecca Skinner 69, 76, 81 Radek Skrivanek 77 Blake Smith 34 Bryan Smith 34 Liberty Smith 29 Sandy Stevenson 46 Tyler Stableford 37 Craig Stein 32 Sandra Steingraber 3, 31, 64, 68, 80, 81, 82 Andy Stern 32 Sandy Stevenson 46 Ben Stookesbury 80 Rob Story 82 Ben Sturgulewski 46 Kieran Suckling 19, 79 Steve Swenson 35 Shannon Switzer 69, 76, 81 Geoff Tabin 80, 82, 86 Sara Terry 27 Stu Thomson 46 Lel Tone 29, 86 Jon Turk 60, 81, 82 Lindsey Van 36 Wende Valentine 43 Anand Varma 69, 76, 79 Lucy Walker 41, 79 Scott Wallace 18, 82 John Waller 40 Ai Weiwei 3, 22 Freddie Wilkinson 35 Sophie Windsor Clive 29 Jessica Yu 30, 33 Juan Pablo Zaramella 47

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