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WE L C OM E

What began as a tiny gathering in the mountains dreamed up by a group of friends and climbers — who would adventure outdoors by day and watch films by night in the Sheridan Opera House — has grown into an international four-day festival packed with films, speakers, art and events celebrating indomitable spirit.

WELCOME

TO MOUNTAINFILM’S

40TH FESTIVAL

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A deep bow of gratitude is due to the festival founders for having the vision to carry Mountainfilm through the past four decades. For Mountainfilm’s 40th, we will pay homage to our history, celebrate our community and continue our legacy of inspiring audiences with innovative art, engaging conversations and impactful films. At a time of uncertainty for our country and beyond, Mountainfilm deepens its commitment to deliver our mission to inspire audiences to create a better world. Mountainfilm’s

program is infused with opportunities to take meaningful action. Strengthening our resolve as individuals, as a community and as a nation in the debate over migration is increasingly necessary as refugees of climate and conflict are at their highest level in human history. We must be vigilant in making our voices heard in regards to immigration policy and how it directly impacts our local communities. The fierce dedication and passion of the Mountainfilm staff, board, volunteers and guests is the driving force that keeps the organization unified in its commitment to making the festival a life-changing experience. We recognize and commemorate our local history and deep connection to community. Almost everyone in Telluride has been involved in Mountainfilm’s achievements in some way over the past 40 years — from volunteers to filmmakers, staff to audience members. We extend our deep appreciation and love to you all as we look forward to Mountainfilm’s bright future. Warmly,

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GUE S T DI RE CT OR Mountainfilm is thrilled to welcome our first ever guest director in 2018. Donning the mantle for this inaugural year is modern mountaineering legend, North Face athlete, film subject many times over and longtime Mountainfilm friend Conrad Anker. With his deep ties to the festival and gravitas in the world of alpinism, Mountainfilm couldn’t think of anyone more befitting to act as guest director during this special anniversary year.

Welcome to the 40th anniversary of Mountainfilm. Thank you for making this gathering part of your life. When asked the why behind climbing, Everest pioneer George Leigh Mallory famously replied: “Because it is there.” The “it” he was referring to in this 1923 quote was Everest, the mountain. The “because” is the philosophical underpinning of the human drive to explore. At Mountainfilm, we have been asking the “why” for 40 years. We define ourselves by wild places, as they are our source of happiness. This common thread of wilderness is our heritage. Our language is film. Storytelling is the medium for which we ask life questions. The view from the edge of the abyss to the whisper of clouds, the moving image coupled with sound entices the free association that is the bedrock of our creativity. With each passing year Mountainfilm brings together

the tribe of explorers to recount stories. Much like the rendezvous of centuries past or the potlatch of ancestral societies, we reunite for five days to share tales, exalt in experience and remember those that gave us the spark of energy to go forward. This is the intangible reward of Mountainfilm. Each one of us arrives with a unique perspective and a wealth of experience. We add these ideas to our psyche, our way of being and share them. It harkens to the elemental drive of exploration. This indomitable spirit is the foundation of who we are. To celebrate being human and to improve the trajectory of all is the essence of Mountainfilm. Consider where we have been in 40 years and where we will be in the next 40. Touch the ball of energy, add your voice and pass it on. Join us in celebrating 40 years of Mountainfilm.

CONRAD ANKER

Join Anker for presentations (page 82), film screenings (page 18), coffee talks (101) and other special events throughout the weekend.

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FE S TI VA L TI PS HOSPITALITY & COMMUNICATIONS

Start the festival by picking up your pass and a program at Hospitality, which is located at 112 E. Colorado Ave. There, you can orient yourself and start planning. Hospitality will be open the following hours: Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m; Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.7 p.m.; Monday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

HOW TO MOUNTAINFILM STRATEGIZE

You can’t do it all. We recommend you pick a few priority films or presentations and arrive early. Remember: We play most films at least twice and have a full schedule of TBAs. Additionally, don’t forget about the theater presentations and free town talks — they’re one-of-a-kind events. MOUNTAINFILM APP & TBAS

Find the schedule, descriptions of films, presenter bios, event details and real-time festival updates on Mountainfilm’s mobile app. Search for “Mountainfilm” in the app store to download it for free. Festival beta — including TBAs and program changes — can also be found at mountainfilm. org. We’ll announce Sunday TBAs on Saturday night by 8 p.m. and Monday TBAs by Sunday at 8 p.m. THEATER LINES

All theaters have two lines: 1) passholders and ticket holders and 2) ticket buyers. Pass and ticket holders are admitted first; additional tickets are sold for $25 if seats are still available (with the exception of the Library, which will be free following pass and ticket holder entry.) Show

up early, especially at the smaller theaters: Sheridan Opera House (230 seats), Nugget (165), Masons (145), OffWidth (120) and Library (65). Find out more about our Q system below. THE Q SYSTEM

Here are the basics: Mountainfilm Q team members — which you can recognize by their red vests and red umbrellas — will begin handing out Qs to people in line one hour before a show starts. The lower the number on a Q, the better the chance you’ll get into the theater. A Q doesn’t guarantee a seat; it merely lets staff know your place in line and prevents others from cutting. So show up early to get a Q and then be back in line 30 minutes prior to show time. If you aren’t there when your Q is called, you’ll have to wait until the entire line is let in. You can also check Mountainfilm’s app for updates on theater lines and capacity. MORE THAN FILMS

Want a break from movies? We host free events in the form of the Gallery Walk, Coffee & Conversations, Booze & Banters, Free- Range Programming, the Ice Cream Social, this year’s 40th bash and our Reading Frenzy. THE MOUNTAINFILM STORE

An array of official Mountainfilm apparel is available at BootDoctors, located at 213 W. Colorado Ave. GETTING AROUND

All Mountainfilm theaters are accessible by foot, bicycle or the gondola, which runs between Telluride and Mountain Village from 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. On Friday and Saturday during the festival, gondola hours are extended until 2 a.m. Telluride’s free shuttle bus, the Galloping Goose, runs a loop through Telluride every 20 minutes. (Check street signs for times and stops.) In Mountain Village, call 970-728-8888 for Dial-A-Ride service.

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OUR M I S S I ON

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Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

WHAT WE DO MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR

VentureWeb is very proud to have partnered with Mountainfilm for the last 7 years to bring the festival experience to a worldwide digital audience. We hope you have a wonderful time at this year’s festival! HELLO@VENTUREWEB.NET WWW.VENTUREWEB.NET

and adventurers whose projects are intended to move audiences to action on issues that matter. Several grantee projects have premiered at the festival — keep an eye out for this year’s crop. Mountainfilm also selects a promising documentarian for its Emerging Filmmaker Initiative. MOUNTAINFILM ONLINE

Along with our annual festival, Mountainfilm travels year-round and worldwide with a rich selection of the festival’s best-loved films. We present both single-event and multiday shows, hosted by a wide array of organizations, with events reaching audiences from Minnesota to New York, England and Chile.

Mountainfilm has a dynamic, userfriendly site that offers the full festival schedule, profiles of our films and special guests, information on our initiatives and timely blogs about news and noteworthy subjects. Visit mountainfilm.org and follow @mountainfilm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

MOUNTAINFILM FOR STUDENTS

TAKE ACTION

We aim to educate and inspire audiences beyond our theaters. With the cooperation of Mountainfilm on Tour hosts, we connect with schools around the world to offer free K-12 learning opportunities based on informative, fun and imaginative films. MOUNTAINFILM COMMITMENT GRANT

Every year, we award several cash grants of up to $5,000 to filmmakers, photographers, artists

Mountainfilm strives to go beyond inspiration to promote action toward positive change. One way to do that is facilitate interaction between Mountainfilm audiences and the humanitarian, environmental, social and cultural causes espoused by our filmmakers and presenters. Take Action offers a platform for nonprofit organizations to table, meet with guests and share information on our website and app about how to effect change.

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Blue Heart Britton Caillouette

Afghan Cycles Sarah Menzies SAT, 12 P.M., NUG; SUN, 4 P.M., MAS

Anote’s Ark Matthieu Rytz

IN PERSON: Sarah Menzies, Anna Brones, Jenny Nichols

FRI, 9:15 P.M., MAS; SAT, 9:30 P.M., OW

It takes guts for girls to ride bicycles in modern-day Afghanistan. Just ask the country’s first competitive female cyclist, shrouded in Afghan Cycles so her husband won’t discover her dangerous history with the National Cycling Team, which dissolved in 1987 under Soviet/Taliban rule. Now, a new generation of females has taken to the saddle, despite the taunting, rock-throwing, vehicular menacing and death threats they endure. “I have a feeling of joy when I ride the bicycle,” says Frozan, who dreams of proving, at an upcoming race in France, that despite the unimaginable hurdles faced by the team as Afghan women, “We can pedal like you.” Because, says Tahira, “If we do not stand up for ourselves, nobody will.” —MT

The Republic of Kiribati is the only country in the world to straddle both the equator and the international dateline. It is a remote nation of postcardperfect islands that emerge imperceptibly from the sea. Seen from above, the land and the water of Kirati are virtually indistinguishable, the lines between them muted by the action of waves and the force of tides. For 4,000 years the intimate interplay of islands and ocean has served the Kiribati people well. Now, due to the ominous changes in weather patterns and a rising sea level resulting from climate change, that interaction is becoming decidedly one-sided. And the Kirabati are preparing to bid their beautiful islands farewell. —PK (Canada, 2018, 77 min.)

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In Central Europe, river after river has been choked by hydropower dams in the last 50 years, to the point where many young people have never seen a free-flowing river. But in the Balkans, rivers are thriving, beautiful, undammed and prized by the people who rely on them. Still, outsiders are eying these rivers, and there are thousands of plans in the works to build dams in these southeastern European countries. The people of the Balkans, however, are taking a stand. In this gorgeously shot documentary by Britton Caillouette, we watch real life David-versus-Goliath stories of people from Albania to Macedonia fighting against dams in smart and courageous ways, and often winning those battles. —KK (USA, 2018, 42 min.)

(Afghanistan, 2018, 91 min.)

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Phil Borges FRI, 8:30 P.M., LIB

IN PERSON: Phil Borges Hearing voices and having visions are two things that are likely to get you committed to a mental hospital, or at the very least, medicated. But in many non-Western and indigenous cultures, a psychotic episode can be interpreted as a spiritual experience, or as a higher calling to be a healer. Crazywise follows Adam and Ekhaya, who have mental health crises as young adults, and suffer the painful consequences of medications, suicide attempts and homelessness as they become estranged from their friends and families. This film by Phil Borges asks: What if a mental health crisis was viewed as an expanded state of consciousness instead of something that needs fixing? What if mental health issues were treated with peer support groups? What if, instead of being dismissed as crazy, Adam and Ekhaya were revered as crazy wise? —HS (USA, 2017, 80 min.) * Followed by a conversation with the filmmaker.

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The Dawn Wall

Crazywise

Peter Mortimer

Dark Money Kimberly Reed FRI, 9:30 P.M., SOH; SAT, 9:30 P.M., NUG

IN PERSON: Kimberly Reed, Sarah Arnold As a state with a scarce population but ample natural resources, Montana has a history of being exploited by shady corporate interests. And in the wake of corrupt copper barons buying legislative seats, the citizens of the state built many safeguards against corporate influence on elections, including the strictest campaign finance laws in all of America. But 100 years after these laws were passed, the U.S. Supreme Court made its Citizens United decision, which opened up avenues for corporations to pour untraceable sums of money into elections. Dark Money follows both the chilling effects of Citizens United on Montana’s elections, and the way the state is fighting those effects — with its own laws, its small-but-mighty regulatory bodies and its tenacious investigative journalists. —KK (USA, 2018, 98 min.)

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IN PERSON: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer The Dawn Wall is one of the blankest, steepest and most difficult swaths of rock known to climbers, a 3,000-foot tall monolith of nearly featureless granite that rises out of Yosemite Valley. Most wouldn’t even consider a free, unaided ascent. So when word came out that Tommy Caldwell was planning an attempt with partner Kevin Jorgeson, the world was incredulous. “I always thought it was futile; a pipe dream,” says climbing pioneer John Long. But if anyone was going to achieve this impossible dream, it was Caldwell. The Dawn Wall lays out why, chronicling the trials, challenges and dreams that helped form one of the most extraordinary climber’s the world has ever seen. From scrawny child to climbing prodigy to captor, broken-hearted divorcee, and finally, self-sacrificing partner, Caldwell proves again and again that his indomitable traits go far beyond what he can do on the wall. —KK (USA, 2018, 100 min.)

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The Interpreters

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The Game Changers

James Wilks, an elite special-forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter, always followed a fairly traditional nutritional strength-training regimen. But when an injury sidelines him, he sets out on a mission to find the best diet for recovering athletes. And what the science reveals surprises him: plant-based is better. The Game Changers, the newest feature by Oscarwinning director Louie Psihoyos, follows Wilks on a faced-paced food journey around the globe, where he meets top-shelf endurance athletes, body builders, scientists and doctors who one by one help Wilks debunk the notion that meat is necessary for protein intake, strength and optimal health. In the end, Wilks’ relationship with food — and perception of true strength — are forever transformed. —KK (USA, 2018, 90 min.)

(USA, 2017, 54 min.)

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IN PERSON: Louie Psihoyos, Gina Papabeis, Scott Jurek

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The Human Element

Playing with Cine de las Montañas Program In the tiny village of Donaciano Ojeda in Michoacan, Mexico, townspeople decide in bi-monthly community meetings to sanction any neighbor who cuts down a tree without permission. That’s because the forests surrounding the town are the winter home of the Monarch butterfly. The branches of the local oyamel tree are draped in the orange and black of thousands of hibernating Monarchs’ wings as the insects cluster together for warmth. Villagers have turned from logging to growing avocados and raising trout in order to salvage the precious trees, which they now fiercely protect. But forest restoration is complicated. Families still need wood to cook with, and many newly planted saplings won’t survive a rainstorm. The Guardians is about a community realizing it’s worth defending the forest from themselves to leave something for the next generation of people, and butterflies. —HS

Louie Psihoyos

Sofian Khan, Andrés Caballero

Matthew Testa

Hold Fast Jim Aikman SAT, 12:15 P.M., HC

IN PERSON: Jim Aikman, Conrad Anker, Alex Wildman While making a summit attempt of an unclimbed peak in Nepal in 2016, Conrad Anker suffered a heart attack. With his climbing partner, David Lama, able to do little more than look on, Anker self-rescued from 20,000 feet. It marked the end of his long and storied career as a high-altitude mountaineer, but not his passion to climb. In Hold Fast, Anker returns to one of his favorite big wall climbs — El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park. With him is Alex Wildman, an ardent amateur climber and close friend. The good news is that Wildman is a cardiac nurse. But he has never before climbed a big wall. And he has a serious health concern of his own. —PK (USA, 2017, 55 min.) U.S. Premiere

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Into the Okavango

IN PERSON: Matthew Testa, James Balog, Olivia Ahnemann

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Neil Gelinas

“I can’t escape the fact that coal made me who I am today,” says photographer James Balog, whose grandfather died, at 46, in a coal-mining accident. Balog has chronicled the climate change consequences of coal use and other human impacts in Chasing Ice (Mountainfilm 2012) and Message in a Bottle (Mountainfilm 2016). In The Human Element, he ponders “the fifth element” (after water, earth, air and fire). By changing the other four elements, he says, humans are “shaping the Earth as we know it.” Balog documents this collision of people and nature through stories ranging from Chesapeake Bay’s dwindling Tangier Island to California’s recordbreaking wildfires of 2017 to last summer’s three devastating hurricanes. —MT

IN PERSON: Neil Gelinas, Brian Newell

(USA, 2018, 74 min.)

(USA, 2018, 90 min.)

Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a 22,000-squarekilometer unending maze of wetlands surrounded by the Kalahari Desert, is one of the last untouched refuges for wildlife on the planet, showing visitors “what the world used to be without us,” says conservation biologist Steve Boyes. It cannot survive the loss of any freshwater arteries. Into the Okavango chronicles Boyes’ trip down the headwaters of Angola’s keystone Cuito River into the delta. Perhaps his team’s biggest discovery is that the peat bogs into which the Cuito seems to disappear hold enough water to supply the Delta with the 2.5 trillion gallons it needs annually. But even this secret reservoir can’t guarantee protection of the endangered delta from human impacts. —MT

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IN PERSON: Sofian Khan, Andrés Caballero, Khalid Awda, Paul Braun An interpreter for the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan was more than a translator. The interpreter had to explain obscure motives and easily misunderstood customs to all parties in a deadly conflict. Considered traitors to their countries and religion on one hand, and not always trusted by their American employers on the other, the interpreters were at constant risk of being killed. The thanklessness of the job turned out to be worse, when the U.S. proved reluctant to help them and their families evacuate and relocate. Whether he finally reaches the haven of the U.S., or is killed before he is granted a visa, Khan’s and Caballero’s film suggests that an interpreter can never escape being crushed between warring cultures. —SC (USA, 2017, 76 min.) World Premiere

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Minding the Gap Bing Liu

Jane Brett Morgen FRI, 8:45 P.M., BC

In 1957, Dr. Louis Leakey applied for a grant to study chimps in Gombe, Tanzania. For his field researcher, he chose his 26-year-old assistant, Jane Goodall, a shy British woman with no formal training or experience. What she did have, though, was a healthy obsession with wildlife and endless stores of patience. Over the next several months, Goodall hiked into the rugged hills each day in search of the chimps until slowly, they began to accept her. And that marked the beginning of a groundbreaking project that provided humans with an entirely new understanding of chimpanzee behavior, life cycles and patterns. Jane, which was made with over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage, documents Goodall’s extraordinary life, from animal loving child to wild and solitary bush woman to wife, mother and pioneer of research. Through it all, one thing never wavered: her affection, devotion and endless fascination with the chimps. —KK (USA, 2017, 90 min.) 20

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IN PERSON: Bing Liu Rockford, Illinois is a city wracked with unemployment, low wages, a population exodus and violent crime, particularly the domestic variety. It’s a hard place to grow up, and for the young men at the center of Bing Liu’s masterful Minding the Gap, survival came in the form of skateboarding, which afforded them camaraderie and freedom from the brutality of home life. “We formed a family together to look out for each other … because no one else was looking out for us,” one says at the beginning of the film. But what begins as a film about the salvation of skateboarding becomes something much deeper as the boys turn from teens to men, each experiencing his own reckoning with family, trauma, race, repression and the consequences of adulthood while trying to escape the cycles of the past. This unflinching coming of age, which spans four years, will get under your skin and stay there. —KK (USA, 2018, 96 min.)

Jennifer Peedom FRI, 9:15 P.M., HC; SUN, 4:15 P.M., NUG

The Moment Darcy Hennessey Turenne SAT, 3 P.M., MAS; SUN, 9:15 A.M., OW

IN PERSON: Darcy Hennessey Turenne Given the popularity and prevalence of mountain biking these days, it’s hard to believe that it was little more than 20 years ago that a few crazy Canadians began the freeriding version of the sport. The radical freeriding version, that is. Or, as one rider in the film describes it: “Crazy steep downhill that can break your neck, break your back and break your arms.” And he wasn’t even talking about the freeriding lunacy involving trestles and trannys, teeter-totters and toppled trees in the North Shore forest of British Columbia. The Moment offers a banquet of moments from those early, heady, bonebreaky days. —PK (Canada, 2017, 74 min.)

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Numinous

IN PERSON: Renan Ozturk

North of Nightfall

Nearly a century after Mallory offered “because it’s there,” as the reason people feel compelled to climb, ski and otherwise throw themselves up and down mountains, the draw remains ineffable. Australian director Jennifer Peedom attacks the big, unanswerable question with gorgeous music, imagery and rumination. She seems determined to throw all the tricks of cinema at the mystery, just as an impossible first summit might be achieved if only an adventurer could command sufficient skill and gear. Of course, the mountain can never be possessed, the mystery never parsed, and we are left awestruck, which is as good as it gets. “What odd devotions we undertake … with the mountains as our theater,” narrator Willem Dafoe intones. No doubt. —SC

Jeremy Grant SAT, 6:15 P.M., MAS; SUN, 12:15 P.M., OW

IN PERSON: Jeremy Grant, Darren Berrecloth The best thing about this extreme biking film is not the extreme biking, although a lot of that is definitely jaw-dropping. It’s the cinematography, which is rich and skillfully done. And it’s the location (an uninhabited island in the Arctic), which is as sere and stark and otherworldly as a moonscape. And it’s the useful geology lessons and climate science that are layered into the narrative. These elements, combined, help push North of Nightfall toward a stratum of filmmaking that’s well above its adrenaline base. —PK (USA, 2018, 60 min.) World Premiere

Nicolas Teichrob, Kye Petersen THURS, 8:45 P.M., BC

IN PERSON: Nicolas Teichrob, Kye Petersen A ski movie in its purest form, Numinous showcases the fluffy pillows, tree runs and sunlit, dazzling ridgelines of British Columbia. Long and beautifully crafted drone shots take us into the action with big mountain skiers Kye Petersen, Pep Fujas, Callum Pettit, Tatum Monod and others as they race slough down spines, play around on a Whistler powder day and throw effortlessly fluid 720s off cliffs. There is no need for intrusive dialogue or a narrator to tell this story. Just the basics of the awe-inspiring mountains, athleticism of the skiers and a thumping soundtrack make Numinous a divine experience. —HS (Canada, 2017, 50 min.)

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IN PERSON: Alexandria Bombach As a girl growing up in a Yazidi village in Iraq, Nadia Murad worked the fields, studied and dreamed of one day opening a salon. But when ISIS mounted a brutal massacre on the Yazidis, the path of her life changed forever. Murad lost 18 family members in the genocide, became a sex slave and watched as ISIS destroyed her community. She survived, and fate brought another surprise; she became the face and the voice of her people, a hero to the Yazidis and poster child to the world. This remarkable film follows Murad as she travels the globe — from the stage of the UN to the chambers of politicians and sets of television journalists — recounting her story again and again in an attempt to bring attention and aid to the Yazidi’s desperate plight. For this young woman, whose dignity is profound, the burden is enormous, but the costs of doing nothing are even greater. —KK

RBG Julie Cohen, Betsy West

Psycho Vertical Jen Randall FRI, 9:15 P.M., OW; SUN, 4 P.M., HC

IN PERSON: Jen Randall This is the story of a man who attempts a solo climb of a massive granite wall. But Psycho Vertical doesn’t get snared into the usual tropes of a climbing film: man versus nature, the triumph of will, risks and rewards. Instead, the film, which is based on the autobiography of Britain’s unlikeliest hero-mountaineer, Andy Kirkpatrick, is a raw, emotive and thoughtful study of a complex life. It’s a life where patterns repeat themselves, self-interest is weighed against morality and humor balances out the darkness that’s in many of us. —KK (UK, 2017, 64 min.)

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At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. And after years of groundbreaking equal rights decisions and scalding dissents, this tiny but mighty figure is still at it. This definitive biography traces Ginsburg’s remarkable journey from diminutive law student in the male-dominated ‘60s to quiet but effective equal rights lawyer to her modern moniker of “The Notorious RBG.” Along the way, the audience learns how Ginsburg first fought for equal rights for herself, and then used law to disassemble an overt system of gender discrimination, gaining those same rights for millions more people. —KK (USA, 2017, 97 min.)

The Rescue List Alyssa Fedele, Zachary Fink SAT, 6:30 P.M., NUG; MON, 9 A.M., MAS

IN PERSON: Alyssa Fedele, Zachary Fink Some 20,000 children are enslaved to fishermen on Ghana’s vast Lake Volta, many of them sold to traffickers by their families. By interviewing those who are rescued, social workers at the Challenging Heights Rehabilitation Center compile lists of others awaiting rescue. Perhaps nobody testifies more to the center’s success than Kwame Addo, who was an enslaved child himself, and is now devoted to rescuing others. But a child being reunited with a parent who sold him into slavery is fraught, even though the crime of “re-trafficking” can net a 15-year prison sentence. In The Rescue List, the distinctions between the exigencies of survival, child abuse, child labor and child trafficking can be difficult to discern. —SC

Return to Mount Kennedy Eric Becker FRI, 6:15 P.M., SOH; SAT, 12 P.M., PALM; SUN, 8:45 P.M., BC

IN PERSON: Eric Becker, Jim Whittaker, Bobby Whittaker In March 1965, Bobby Kennedy became the first person to summit Mount Kennedy. The peak is located in Canada’s Yukon Territory; the Canadian prime minister named it in honor of John F. Kennedy in the wake of the U.S. president’s assassination. Accompanying Bobby was Jim Whittaker, the mountaineering icon who was the first American to summit Mount Everest. Fifty years later, Bobby’s son and Jim’s sons honor that historic ascent, and the close friendship that evolved between their families, with their own summit attempt. —PK

Satan & Adam V. Scott Balcerek SAT, 9:15 A.M., NUG; SUN, 12 P.M., PALM

IN PERSON: Ryan Suffern One day, in the 1980s, a young white man, badly bruised by a failed affair of the heart, finds himself in Harlem and stops to listen to a street musician playing the blues. Nervous that he is the sole white face to be seen in any direction but compelled by the force of the street performer’s music, he asks if he can play along on his harmonica. Thus is born a most unlikely but enduring partnership. No less unlikely, the almost inconceivable course of that partnership’s trajectory is tracked by the filmmakers through its entire 22-year history. —PK (USA, 2018, 79 min.)

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Science Fair Cristina Constantini, Darren Foster SAT, 3 P.M., PALM; SUN, 7 P.M., NUG

IN PERSON: Cristina Constantini, Darren Foster, Serena McCalla Spoiler alert: Sleeper hit ahead. And don’t think that’s because I have a serious soft spot for science nerd docs. But, maybe. Bottom line: Do yourself a favor and find out. Find out if your heart strings are strummed and your funny bones tickled by the goodness and the goofiness of teenage prodigies from around the world, competing against 1,700 other of their brilliant Generation Z ilk (narrowed down from 7 million original hopefuls), to win recognition, prestige, opportunity and, for just one among them, a $75,000 cash prize. —PK (USA, 2018, 90 min.)

IN PERSON: Anjali Nayar Liberian activist Silas Siakor exposed rampant corruption involving the former Liberian President Charles Taylor and the natural resources industry, which led to the war criminal’s ouster in 2003. Africa’s first democratically elected female head of state Ellen Johnson Sirleaf promises things will be different under her leadership, but Siakor soon suspects the logging companies and the government are continuing to profit by exploiting the nearby villages. Using an app called This Is My Back Yard, or TIMBY, Siakor and his small army of activists document and report with their cellphones illegal permits, forged signatures and a web of collusion, nepotism and misspending of $10 million in Ebola aid. Silas is a portrait of a man dedicated to solving Liberia’s systemic political problems by first protecting the county’s forests and the one million people who live in them. —HS (Canada, 2017, 80 min.)

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IN PERSON: Thomas Morgan, Trevor Hall Just south of Beirut, Lebanon, lies the Burl El Barajneh Refugee Camp, a 65-year-old mazelike settlement of crowded apartments. It’s home to victims of war from Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and beyond, fathers who struggle to find employment and mothers who spend their days cooking for their families. Mariam Shaar, a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the camp, recognizes an opportunity in the oppression. She enlists a group of women and harnesses their impressive culinary skills to launch a catering company. With gorgeous plates of studded pilafs, enticing freekeh dishes and stuffed grape leaves, the women of Soufra build a loyal clientele. But when Shaar decides to grow the business beyond the boundaries of the camp, she is faced with a host of hurdles. Soufra elucidates the myriad challenges that stand between refugees and success, as well as what it takes to overcome them. —KK (USA, 2017, 73 min.)

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Time for Ilhan Norah Shapiro

This Is Home Alexandra Shiva FRI, 1:45 P.M, HC; SAT, 9 A.M., MAS

Only a fraction of the over 5 million refugees from the Syrian Civil War have been accepted in the U.S. Four families relocated to Baltimore are assisted for only eight months by the International Rescue Committee before they must become selfsufficient. As depicted in Alexandra Shiva’s documentary, the Syrian refugees’ adaptation, and the support provided by IRS social workers, can only be described as heroic. The humanity that radiates from the screen renders Donald Trump’s hostility to refugees (and immigrants) beyond incomprehensible. The American haven is challenging to navigate, but for this sliver of the world’s dispossessed, the American Dream appears to be – tenuously – intact. —SC (USA, 2018, 91 min.)

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IN PERSON: Sayu Bhojwani A Somali-American who arrived in the United States at the age of 12, selfdescribed as “an extreme other” — black, Muslim, a woman and an immigrant – Ilhan Omar in 2016 sought to become the first SomaliAmerican to win legislative office. Taking on a 43-year incumbent for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, Ilhan ran on a platform to alleviate high unemployment and student debt in her central Minneapolis district, which includes large numbers of Somali immigrants and students at the University of Minnesota. “It’s a lot, trying to change the world,” a momentarily exhausted Ilhan tells director Norah Shapiro, whose Time for Ilhan is a virtual guide to how a grassroots campaign can further the restoration of American democracy, at least in a diversifying urban district. —SC (USA, 2017, 89 min.)

A Woman Captured Bernadett Tuza-Ritter FRI, 9:45 A.M., MAS; SAT, 6:30 P.M., OW

Filmmaker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter set out to make a documentary about a Hungarian woman who was proud to have servants working in her home. But what she uncovered when she began filming a servant named Marish was a cruel case of modernday slavery. Marish had been kept in the woman’s home for 10 years, where she was forced to sleep on the couch, fed very little, belittled, abused both physically and emotionally and stripped of the paychecks she earned at her factory job. This film chronicles an inhumane epidemic that still occurs around the globe; some 45 million people are victims of slavery to this day. But it also shines a light on the incredible well of courage it takes to escape oppression and regain the dignity, freedom and agency that are all of our human rights. —KK (Hungary, 2017, 89 min.)

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor Morgan Neville FRI, 6 P.M., PALM; SAT, 9:15 P.M., HC

When Lambs Become Lions Jon Kasbe SAT, 9:15 P.M., MAS; SUN, 12:30 P.M., NUG

IN PERSON: Jon Kasbe “Out here, we’re all hunters,” says Asan, a wildlife ranger in northern Kenya. “The poacher hunts the elephant, and we hunt the poacher.” But after two months with no paycheck (and a new baby), Asan shifts sides, capitulating to pressure from his cousin, “X,” a poacher. With more than 300,000 elephants killed every year for their tusks, Africa’s elephants will disappear by 2025. In 2016, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta theatrically torched a stockpile of confiscated ivory worth $150 million on the market, declaiming ivory “worthless unless it is on our elephants.” With unparalleled access, Kasbe takes us into the fields and minds of the two cousins as they struggle not only for survival but with their own consciences. —MT (USA, 2018, 78 min.) Mountainfilm Commitment Grant Winner 26

IN PERSON: Caryn Capotosto The production was low budget, the skit pacing deliberate to the point of slow and the messages were simple. All the ingredients for a failing television program. But Mister Rogers and his Neighborhood — a place filled with friendly adults, a host of puppets and an entire world of make believe — hit on something special, something that engaged, enlivened and spoke straight to the heart of children. Most of us remember him from childhood, but this moving documentary allows viewers to consider the breadth of both Fred Rogers’ creative genius and influence on American culture. Answer: they were massive, and noble. Whether he was listening intently to a child, using puppets to tackle tough issues like death or reassuring his audience that they were special, the man in the iconic cardigan was unwavering in his motivation: that everyone deserves love. —KK (USA, 2018, 94 min.)

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3,000 Miles Sean Wang

2.5 Million Tyler Wilkinson-Ray THURS, 8:45 P.M., BC; SUN, 9:30 A.M., SOH

IN PERSON: Tyler Wilkinson-Ray, Aaron Rice Aaron Rice was a couple years out of college, ski bumming through winters and scraping together work over summers, but getting sick of resort crowds and feeling a little aimless, like he needed to pick a direction. The direction he eventually settled on: Up. Rice set out to become the first person to ski 2.5 million human-powered vertical feet in a year, which is the equivalent of climbing from Everest Base Camp to the summit over 200 times. Through fatigue and injuries, excursions to South America and storms, he climbed and skied. Along the way, he learned a lot about self-determination, grit and what’s possible if you set your mind to it. —KK (USA, 2017, 22 min.)

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To the accompaniment of voicemail messages from his mother, filmmaker Sean Wang documents a year of living in New York City, far away from home. Deftly blending still photos with the sights and sounds of slice-of-life clips, syncopated by the steady backbeat of the maternal phone recordings, Wang confers a highly personal feel to his short piece while also evoking universal sentiments of the excitement and freedom of adventures in a new possibility-rich environment. —PK (USA, 2017, 5 min.)

Adventure Not War

Max Lowe, Aiden Hayley SAT, 3:30 P.M., SOH; SUN, 6:45 P.M., SOH

IN PERSON: Max Lowe, Stacy Bare, Robin Brown, Matthew Griffin After serving in the Army in Iraq, Stacy Bare found himself back home, abusing drugs and alcohol, and on the verge of becoming a statistic. He no longer knew who he was. So Bare convinced two army buddies to deploy on a return mission to Iraq, to, of all things, make a ski movie. Racked by survivor’s guilt and reliving the horrors of their tours of duty, the amateur skiers are challenged to find redemption on rickety towropes and bony couloirs. This time around, they are not invading soldiers, but mountain lovers, building cultural bridges, working toward peace and rewriting a happier ending to their stories. —HS (USA, 2017, 25 min.)

American Dreaming Matthew Hashiguchi FRI, 6:15 P.M., MAS; SAT, 12 P.M., OW

Playing with Beyond Borders Shorts For many children of undocumented immigrants, life in America exists in a state of limbo; they grow up speaking the language and immersed in the culture, but without social security cards, work permits or documentation, they are unable to obtain driver’s licenses, steady jobs or in some cases, secondary education. American Dreaming follows two such individuals as they enter adulthood, bump up against the barriers to success facing all children of undocumented immigrants and fight to overcome what they consider modern-day segregation. —KK (USA, 2017, 11 min.)

Amo Max Lowe FRI, 1:15 P.M., MAS; SUN, 3:45 P.M., OW

Playing with Around the World Shorts IN PERSON: Max Lowe, Adam Benton There are few places on Earth that conjure a sense of ancient knowledge and identity more than Easter Island. For the islanders, however, preserving the ancestral wealth of their cultural traditions is becoming more difficult as the modern world engulfs them with its Getaway-ofthe-Week and Instagram reality. In this evocative and artfully crafted short, filmmakers Max Lowe and Clay Mason introduce us to one islander who doesn’t shy from shouldering the responsibility of his rich and threatened heritage. —PK (USA, 2017, 7 min.)

Are We Listening? Tim Kressin FRI, 6:15 P.M., MAS; SAT, 12 P.M., OW

Playing with Beyond Borders Shorts IN PERSON: Tim Kressin, Davis Goslin Over the course of its seven-year civil war, roughly 6 million Syrians have become refugees, while another 500,000 have been killed. Are We Listening?, Tim Kressin’s mini-documentary, drives home the fact that displacement can come in a matter of seconds. For one man, a trip to the grocery store was derailed by a ballistic missile. “When I woke up, my hand had been amputated,” says Abdul, now living in a Jordanian camp with his wife and two children. “My husband had a car; my boys started school; we could see our future,” says Amal, who fled barefoot, in the middle of the night, with her family. —MT (USA, 2018, 15 min.)

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Break on Through Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Matty Hong SAT, 9 A.M., HC; SUN, 11:45 A.M., MAS

Born of Stone Emilio Bellu

Best of Luck With the Wall

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Josh Begley

Becoming Jan van Ijken FRI, 8:45 P.M., BC

The miracle of life, starting from a single cell, is closely observed like you’ve never seen it before under selftaught filmmaker Jan van Ijken’s microscope. Van Ijken’s stop-motion camerawork, razor-sharp editing and sound design that amplifies the inaudible turn Biology 101 into something mesmerizing, profound, and stunningly beautiful. —SC (Netherlands, 2018, 6 min.)

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President Donald Trump’s idea for a “great big, beautiful wall” on the U.S.Mexican border is sheer demagoguery. Josh Begley proves it by incorporating 200,000 satellite images into an animated aerial journey from one end of the 1,954-mile long border to the other. It takes almost six minutes, which proves to be plenty of time to reveal the incapacity of DJT. The film is a mesmerizing meditation about the vast scale of the Earth as observed from the sky, the technology that enables us to see it, the artifice of national borders and, yes, thanks to the title, the deceit of certain politics. —SC (USA, 2016, 7 min.)

Beyond the Horizon

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Jon Klaczkiewicz FRI, 1:15 P.M., MAS; SUN, 3:45 P.M., OW

Playing with Around the World Shorts IN PERSON: Shannon Vandivier This is, above all, a film about transformation and redemption. And, at the same time, it is fundamentally a fly-fishing film. How those two disparate descriptions square is through the story the film tells of Rankin Jackson, a struggling Honduran islander who gets caught up in the dark and dangerous world of drug running. Well against the odds, Rankin’s experience in that netherworld leads him to a new life that is bright and promising and far beyond the horizon of his old dreams. —PK

Black Mamba AntiPoaching Unit James Suter SAT, 9:15 P.M., MAS; SUN, 12:30 P.M., NUG

The Black Mambas are wardens at the Balule Nature Reserve in South Africa. What sets them apart from most of their fellow wardens throughout Africa is that they are all female. They are also unarmed. And they are highly successful at deterring poachers. The unlikely notion of the Mambas, scoffed at by some mainstream conservationists, has led to a multiplicity of benefits — some of which not even their supporters could have predicted. —PK

In Sardinia, a man named Pinuccio Sciola has spent decades transforming stones into art, and his village into a museum. His stone art is both implausible and beautiful, encompassing all manner of precise and otherworldly sculptures, even stones that have been fashioned into instruments. “I don’t know if I discovered stones, or if stones discovered me,” he says. Born of Stone immerses viewers into the mind of an artist who believes stones are alive, malleable and a fundamental way to communicate with nature. —KK

Playing with Climbing Shorts IN PERSON: Matty Hong, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen In the world of climbing, the 5.15 grade is a rarefied realm reserved for only the strongest and most skilled sport climbers. Most never achieve it, legends like Alex Honnold won’t go near it and for women, it’s long been out of reach. Until now. Meet Margo Hayes. This petite former-gymnast surprised the world in 2017 when she tackled Spain’s La Rambla — a brutal 5.15 that features giant moves, tiny crimpers and a small chance of success — and sent it, shattering the glass ceiling. Instead of resting on her laurels though, this driven climber immediately set her sights on an even bigger objective. —KK (USA, 2017, 26 min.)

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Brothers of Climbing Duncan Sullivan SAT, 9 A.M., HC; SUN, 11:45 A.M., MAS

Brighter Night Jordan Halland SAT, 9:15 A.M, OW; SUN, 6:45 P.M., MAS

Playing with Off the Grid Shorts IN PERSON: Jordan Halland A dash of spelunking. A pinch of ice climbing. A sprinkle of semipsychedelic light show. This brief recipe is just right for a short feast. —PK (USA, 2018, 5 min.) World Premiere

Playing with Climbing Shorts IN PERSON: Duncan Sullivan, David Glace Go to a typical climbing gym and you’re not likely to see many people of color. But Brothers of Climbing co-founder Mikhail Martin says if young black people never see someone who looks like them, they will think a rock wall is no place for them. His organization aims to change that. With a mission of boosting minorities’ involvement in outdoor activities, the group’s positive energy is increasing diversity and challenging stereotypes in the climbing world. —HS (USA, 2017, 7 min.)

Climbing Out of a Disaster Choices Teresa Hoerl SAT, 9 A.M., HC; SUN, 11:45 A.M., MAS

Choss Whisperer Cheyne Lempe

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“The time is now. Life is sweet. Loving life!” Such are the taglines of expedition madman Mike Libecki, whose selfdescribed Obsessive Expedition Climbing Disorder has propelled him on roughly 70 expeditions up some of the most remote rock faces on the planet. Two years after barely succeeding on climbing a tower called Poumaka in French Polynesia, he returns to attempt the nearby sacred tower of Matehenui. But when conditions become more than sketchy, he is reminded that sometimes, success has a different meaning than standing on a summit. —KK

Steph Davis is a BASE jumper, aerialist and one of climbing’s most iconic female athletes. With first ascents from Patagonia to Colorado, she’s set the bar for what female climbers can do. And mostly, she’s thrived on the freedom of climbing and jumping. But those passions have also brought great loss; her husband and partner Mario Richard died during a flight with her in the Italian Dolomites in 2013. Choices follows Davis’ path from suburban law student to globe-trotting climber, revealing the motivation that keeps her scrambling up rock and taking leaps. —KK (Germany, 2018, 21 min.)

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Chris Sharma: Above the Sea Josh Lowell SAT, 9 A.M., HC; SUN, 11:45 A.M., MAS

Playing with Climbing Shorts IN PERSON: Josh Lowell World-renowned climber Chris Sharma has a passion for dangling by his fingertips off limestone cliffs above the Mediterranean Sea. Deep water soloing on the Spanish island of Mallorca has seen Sharma through the death of his mother, a marriage and the birth of his daughter. But it can be dangerous: an errant wave could knock him from his perch or he could miss a handhold 60 feet above the water. In Above the Sea, Sharma tests his limits attempting a first ascent of an impossible-seeming, orange-and-white-striped, overhanging wall, a route he names for his daughter, Alasha. —HS

Dominic Gill FRI, 6:30 P.M., OW; SAT, 3:15 P.M., NUG

Playing with Cine de las Montañas Program Bryant Huffman spent his days deep water soloing, sport climbing and bouldering as founder of Climbing Puerto Rico. Then Hurricane Maria dropped a nuclear bomb of water and wind, which destroyed much of the island. With his work as a guide temporarily suspended, Huffman and his climbing buddies put their skills to good use by morphing into emergency arborists. And out of the devastation comes a glimmer of something positive. The hurricane peeled huge chunks of limestone from cliffs, creating scores of new routes. Climbing Out of a Disaster is about shifting your perspective to see the silver lining in calamity. —HS (USA, 2018, 9 min.)

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The Coffin Club Briar March FRI, 6 P.M., HC; SUN, 6:45 P.M., PALM

Death is inevitable. And expensive. But it doesn’t have to be boring. In New Zealand, a group of rebellious retirees are shunning black garb, dull funerals and mahogany caskets by creating a club where they construct their own coffins. The whimsical boxes are painted with shamrocks, beach scenes, cartoon chickens and pictures of Elvis, and reflect the colorful lives of their makers. The Coffin Club is a glittery, musical number that celebrates how these seniors will make a splash on their final day. —HS (New Zealand, 2017, 4 min.)

Craig’s Reaction Cameron Maier SAT, 9:30 A.M., SOH

IN PERSON: Cameron Maier, Craig DeMartino, Timmy O’Neill In 2002, Craig DeMartino was climbing with a friend in Rocky Mountain National Park when a terrible miscommunication occurred; DeMartino fell nearly 100 feet onto the rocks below. He survived, but his injuries were devastating — ruptured lung, fractured spine, pulverized feet, among others — and the accident forever altered his life. He could have retreated into his injuries and given up on climbing. Instead, DeMartino, who had one leg amputated under the knee, got back into his harness. Today, he has climbed grades as hard as 5.12, led an all-disabled ascent of El Capitan and introduced scores of fellow disabled athletes to the joy of climbing. —KK (USA, 2018, 25 min.)

Escape

Dear Mr. President James Q Martin SAT, 6:45 P.M., SOH; SUN, 4 P.M., PALM; MON, 11 A.M., PALM

IN PERSON: James Q Martin Remember when adults were, like, really smart? Here’s one, talking about climate change: “I believe there is weather, I believe there is change and I believe it goes up and it goes down and it goes up again and it changes depending on the years and centuries.” But wiser voices are weighing in. “Burning all these fossil fuels creates carbon dioxide into our atmosphere and gets stuck,” That’s Diego, 12, reading from his letter, one of thousands collected by Protect Our Winters as part of its effort to mobilize the outdoor sports community against climate change. Who’s the grown-up now? —MT (USA, 2017, 5 min.)

The Deep Place Lindsay Branham, Andrew Ellis FRI, 9:45 A.M., MAS; SAT, 6:30 P.M., OW

IN PERSON: Lindsay Branham, Andrew Ellis An estimated 40 million people live in slavery in the world today, including thousands of children suffering forced labor on fishing boats on Ghana’s Lake Volta. Lindsay Braham and Andrew Ellis’ The Deep Place dramatizes the story of a young boy abducted into slavery and rescued after two years by the International Justice Mission. While happy endings like Foli’s are undoubtedly rare and drownings far more common, the film, produced by the IJM to promote its mission, puts a face on a global crisis that can be solved, if only enough people offer support. —SC

Anjali Nayar THURS, 8:45 P.M., BC; SAT, 12 p.m., NUG; SUN, 4 P.M., MAS

IN PERSON: Anjali Nayar, Jean-Aime Bigirimana There is something gloriously incongruous — and almost incomprehensible — about a risk-averse, non-athletic, native Rwandan DJ finding the real meaning in his life by pedaling across Canada to its frozen Arctic Ocean shore in an attempt to break the record for the longest, continuous, fixedgear bike ride. Through the course of this unlikely adventure, the protagonist, Jean, also finds that the truth about escaping is not as black and white as, say, his spandex silhouette against the cold Canadian snowscape. —PK (Canada, 2018, 8 min.) U.S. Premiere

The Fate of the Wild Andrew Ellis SAT, 3:15 P.M., OW; SUN, 9:30 A.M., NUG

Playing with Movers and Shakers Shorts IN PERSON: Andrew Ellis, Laura Leigh On the vast, desolate rangeland of Nevada, herds of wild horses still run free. When the Bureau of Land Management determines the herds have grown too large, it sends a helicopter to buzz overhead and corral the animals into pens to be either sold or slaughtered. For years, activist and artist Laura Leigh has been photographing and documenting the abuses these wild horses have suffered. The Fate of the Wild shows that the fate of these majestic, untamed symbols of the American West is intertwined with our own. —HS (USA, 2017, 6 min.)

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Follow Through Adam Clark

Fear Us Women SAT, 9:15 P.M., SOH; MON, 9 A.M, HC

IN PERSON: David Darg Hanna Bohman was living a comfortable existence in Canada when she began to learn about the horrors of ISIS. Outraged by the atrocities being committed, she decided to take the ultimate action, traveling to Syria and becoming a volunteer soldier with the YPJ, an all-female Kurdish army. Through dust storms and tedium, training and firefights, Bohman offers an unprecedented front-line look at the female soldiers fighting for women’s liberation in the world’s most dangerous country. —KK (USA, 2017, 27 min.)

Free Like the Birds

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David Darg

IN PERSON: Caroline Gleich

Felix Allison Otto FRI, 9 A.M., NUG; SAT, 3 P.M., HC

Playing with Originals Shorts IN PERSON: Allison Otto, Felix Belmont Twice a month for the last 40 years, Felix Belmont has hosted a radio show on KVNF in the small town of Paonia, Colorado, spinning big band music of the ‘30s and ‘40s. Today, at 99 years old, he is believed to be the world’s oldest public radio host. In this endearing short film, Belmont shares the ingredients to life well-lived: a great love affair, a rich relationship with music and just the right amount of topshelf scotch. —KK (USA, 2018, 6 min.) World Premiere

Haters gonna hate. Especially when you’re Caroline Gleich in the social media age. Her ski mountaineering exploits garner attention, though not all of it positive. Follow Through chronicles the journey of Utah skiing’s poster girl as she attempts an audacious goal: completing all 90 routes of the Chuting Gallery, a collection of the Wasatch Range’s most classic and gnarly lines. In addition to the cruel words of her online tormentors, Gleich is also haunted by the deaths of her half-brother, Martin, and friend Liz Daley, both lost in avalanches. As she methodically checks off lines over four seasons, Gleich learns when you’re committed to your dream, you don’t need the acceptance or approval of anyone else. —HS

Paola Mendoza

For the Love of Mary Simon Perkins, Kirk Horton SAT, 6:15 P.M., MAS; SUN, 12:15 P.M., OW

IN PERSON: Simon Perkins, Kirk Horton The first time 97-year-old runner George Etzweiler completed the race up the northeast’s tallest peak, Mount Washington, he was 69 years old. Despite having a pacemaker, the State College, Pennsylvania resident continues to compete in the grueling 7.6-mile race up nearly 4,700 feet of paved road, breaking his own record each year for oldest finisher. In addition to his ancient, lucky, green running shorts, Etzweiler carries something else special with him: The memory of his late wife of 68 years, Mary. —HS (USA, 2018, 7 min.)

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Precocious Sophie Cruz convinced her martial arts teacher to let her attend classes when she was just 3 years old. She is a luchadora, a fighter. So when her parents, who are undocumented immigrants, told her they don’t have papers and could be deported back to Mexico, Sophie vowed to keep her family together. On a trip to Washington, D.C., Sophie, then just 6, cleared a security barrier to deliver her message to Pope Francis. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, which would grant protected status to Sophie’s family and thousands of others and let them live free like the birds. —HS (USA, 2016, 10 min.)

The Frenchy Michelle Smith FRI, 9 A.M., NUG; SAT, 3 P.M., HC

Playing with Originals Shorts IN PERSON: Michelle Smith, Jaques Houot Jaques Houot, 82, may just have found the fountain of youth. The Carbondale, Colorado-based French ski racer, downhill mountain biker, road cyclist and incorrigible flirt is the embodiment of joi de vivre. Houot has survived some two dozen close calls, including avalanches, cancer, car accidents, a heart attack and even attempted murder. As a survivor, he explains, he tries to enjoy every day he has, ripping through the mountains with his signature catchphrase, “No problem!” “When you laugh, you add one extra hour on your life. I’m going to die very old, because I love to laugh,” he says. —KK (USA, 2018, 17 min.)

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How to Run 100 Miles Brendan Leonard, Aiden Haley SAT, 9:15 A.M, OW; SUN, 6:45 P.M., MAS

Gavin Grimm vs.

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Nadia Hallgren SAT, 3:15 P.M., OW; SUN, 9:30 A.M., NUG

Playing with Movers and Shakers Shorts Transgender teen Gavin Grimm received permission to use the boys’ bathroom at his Gloucester, Virginia high school and happily did so without incident for seven weeks. But some parents soon caught wind and became outraged. The tumult that ensued divided a town, brought national attention to a little-known civil rights issue and thrust Grimm into the spotlight as a reluctant advocate for the transgender community. Gavin Grimm vs. is the story of diversity and inclusion in an age of changing gender roles, propelled by a boy who is simply fighting for a brighter future. —HS (USA, 2017, 19 min.)

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IN PERSON: Brendan Leonard, Aiden Haley, Jayson Sime

Beth and George Gage

In 2017, Brendan Leonard signed up to run a 100-mile race, despite not being much of a runner. Why? Because his longtime friend and hero, Jayson Sime, convinced him to. And part of him wanted to test out Sime’s life philosophy, which is that you can do anything you dream up, so long as you put in the work and refuse to quit. It had worked so far for Sime, who grew up impoverished, one of six children without a father and dyslexic. Together, they trained for endless hours, through tedium, exhaustion, joy and gluttony. And when they arrived at the starting line of the race — the notoriously challenging Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado — what unfolded was about more than just a crazy dream. It was about one extraordinary friendship. —KK

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IN PERSON: Beth and George Gage, Lacey Studnicka Nebraska is known largely for its corn production, sprawling farmlands and Midwestern values. But here’s a little-touted fact about the state: it resettled the most refugees per capita in 2016, welcoming a rush that included Syrians fleeing ISIS, Afghani interpreters who saved American lives, Iraqi families and more. As one refugee says: “America is the land of immigrants, and Omaha is the land of welcoming immigrants.” This preview of a film in progress by Telluride filmmakers Beth and George Gage offers a glimpse into a story of hope, struggle, hospitality and new beginnings. —KK (USA, 2018, 12 min.)

Hula Girl Amy Hill, Chris Riess SAT, 9 A.M., NUG; SUN, 12 P.M., PALM

Can a bamboo hula be the foundation for a life well-lived? It was for Joan Anderson, the Australian immigrant to Los Angeles, who brought the rechristened hula hoop to America, where it became the prototypical craze of the crazed late 1950s. Even though the millions in profit went to the partner who seized the idea, converted it to plastic, and ran with it, Anderson, in her 90s, still seems a little stunned by what she and her husband wrought. Filmmakers Amy Hill and Chris Riess find the perfect jaunty tone in celebrating the ultimate icon of the baby boom generation. —SC (USA, 2018, 10 min.)

I Was Born in Mexico, But... Corey Ohama FRI, 6:15 P.M., MAS; SAT, 12 P.M., OW

Playing with Beyond Borders Shorts IN PERSON: Corey Ohama Vintage, archival footage illustrates the story of a young woman born in Mexico but raised in the U.S. Her journey is all-American, up to and including the discrimination she suffers and the bigotry directed her way. “The stress level is very high,” says the narrator, who is never shown and whose identity is never revealed, as she describes the opportunities unavailable to her and the constant fear of deportation, all due to the place of her birth and the rules of citizenship. Director Corey Ohama calls the question: What makes someone an American? —SC (USA, 2013, 12 min.)

Imagination: Tom Wallisch Dave Mossop THURS, 8:45 P.M., BC MON, 11 A.M., PALM

IN PERSON: Mitchell Scott From the boredom of the backseat of his parents’ station wagon, a young skier imagines the passing front-yard snow piles and sloping roofs as suburban ski terrain. His daydream suddenly springs to life as freeskier Tom Wallisch flies over Airstreams and garbage cans, and down the steps and rails of Nelson, British Columbia, sparks flying when his skis meet pavement. Imagination is an homage to the late Canadian freeskier J.P. Auclair’s iconic street segment from the film All.I.Can. (Mountainfilm 2011), which proves with a little snow and creativity anything is possible. —HS (Canada, 2017, 5 min.)

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In Perpetual Motion Krystle Wright

Ingrained

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Jimmy Chin

Playing with Around the World Shorts IN PERSON: Ben Sturgulewski Surfers and free divers know well those dark, lungsearing seconds waiting to surface after a wave has pinned you to the ocean floor. It can feel like an eternity. In those underwater minutes, Australian adventure photographer Krystle Wright envisions herself in a desert with roiling grey skies and bootpacking a snowy ridgeline, her trusty Canon capturing the stunning dreamscapes. Vivid and ethereal, In Perpetual Motion is about the remarkable beauty revealed when time stands still for just a moment. —HS (Australia, French Polynesia, New Zealand, 2017, 5 min.)

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Playing with Originals Shorts IN PERSON: Jimmy Chin, Mark Carter Growing up as a ranch kid in tiny Ten Sleep, Wyoming, Mark Carter was raised on small-town realities like fixing fence, branding cattle and herding steers across the sage-strewn acreage. Not exactly a typical candidate for a professional snowboarder. But once he made his first turns, he had discovered his passion. And he made it a reality. Today, Carter straddles two worlds — traveling the globe in search of epic lines before returning home to help out on the ranch. And he never loses sight of what his father instilled on him as the most important part of life: being a good, honest man. —KK (USA, 2018, 8 min.) World Premiere

Inside the Indus – A Pakistani Odyssey Ciarán Heurteau SAT, 3 P.M., MAS; SUN, 9:15 A.M., OW;

IN PERSON: Mike Dawson, Ciarán Heurteau After years of plotting, New Zealand Olympian Mike Dawson sets out to run the Rondu Gorge section of the Indus with Spanish kayak champion Aniol Serrasolses and Irish filmmaker Ciarán Heurteau. The trio navigates riffles and rapids, and exchange high-fives with local villagers. But rockslides block their support team, the gorge becomes steeper, the portages longer and Dawson has a brush with death as he is sucked into a hole. Inside the Indus chronicles an epic eight-day mission down a section of one of Asia’s longest and most unforgiving rivers. —HS

Katie Intersection: Micayla Gatto Lacy Kemp SAT, 3 P.M., MAS; SUN, 9:15 A.M., OW; MON, 11 A.M., PALM

Professional mountain biker and artist Micayla Gatto recreates in her paintings the sweeping vistas of ridgelines she rides on her bike. Both cornering berms and putting paintbrush to canvas allow Gatto to achieve that magical flow state where she exists completely and happily in the present moment. Intersection takes us inside the vibrant space where artist and athlete collide, as Gatto pedals through her artwork with a splash of color. —HS (Canada, 2017, 5 min.)

Ben Knight FRI, 6 P.M., HC; SUN, 6:45 P.M., PALM

IN PERSON: Ben Knight Katie Lee was many things: Hollywood starlet turned river rat, guitar-wielding folk singer, uncompromising defender of wilderness and mischievous rabble rouser. And when this icon of the desert Southwest passed away in November at the age of 98, she left behind a legacy as deep and far-reaching as those rivers she had spent her life fighting for. This short film by Ben Knight pays tribute to a life shaped by beauty, adventure and the sorrow of a paradise lost, but most of all by uninhibited passion. —KK (USA, 2018, 8 min.) World Premiere

A Letter to Congress Christopher Newman FRI 9:15 P.M., MAS; SAT, 9:30 P.M., OW

IN PERSON: Christopher Newman Christopher Newman’s short, lyrical visual poem was inspired by and is an homage to Wallace Stegner’s 1960 “Letter to Congress,” in which the writer advocated for the preservation of the wilderness that then remained. “Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed,” Stegner wrote. In hindsight, the 1960s were hopeful; today, the exhortation is more urgent than ever. —SC (USA, 2017, 3 min.)

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Lifeboat

Los Lecheros

Skye Fitzgerald

Jim Cricchi

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Life Coach Renan Ozturk, Taylor Rees SAT, 9 A.M., HC; SUN, 11:45 A.M., MAS

Playing with Climbing Shorts IN PERSON: Renan Ozturk, Taylor Rees Climber and filmmaker Renan Ozturk makes the pilgrimage to the toothy and harsh landscape of Alaska’s Ruth Glacier every year. This time around, he and fellow climber Alex Honnold have their sights set on a beautiful route up Mount Dickey. But the weather is horrendous. So instead, they end up sitting in tents talking about their feelings. What unfolds is not your typical climbing film, but rather a touching examination into life’s big questions. —KK (USA, 2017, 13 min.)

Playing with Beyond Borders Shorts IN PERSON: Skye Fitzgerald “Another tragedy in the Mediterranean,” a newscaster reports after a flimsy boat carrying 600 migrants sinks in the dangerous central Mediterranean crossing between Libya and Italy. Masked men wearing gloves pull back huge white tarps covering some of the victims. Skye Fitzgerald’s Lifeboat, a 2017 Mountainfilm Commitment Grantee, goes on to chronicle a successful rescue by the German nonprofit Sea-Watch. Libya is hell, says a survivor. Conditions in Libya offered “two options: Life or death,” says Cote d’Ivoirian Aisha. She beat the odds; many others did not. —MT (USA, 2018, 32 min.) World Premiere Mountainfilm Commitment Grant Winner

Lines to Hawaii

The Long Time

John Rodosky

Ben Knight, Travis Rummel

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Playing with Off the Grid Shorts IN PERSON: John Rodosky Professional snowboarder Travis Rice and three friends set sail on a 2,500-nautical-mile journey through the Pacific Ocean from Tahiti to Hawaii. As they work their way up the Line Islands on their adventure north, they find new waves to surf, drink the sweetest coconut milk ever tasted and are drenched in a Doldrums rainstorm. The glittering, aquamarine waters are teeming with whales and fish. But they are teeming with something else, too. The crew collects water samples every 100 miles, and finds even the most beautiful and remote seas of planet Earth are contaminated with microplastics. —HS

IN PERSON: Ben Knight The field of dreams is located somewhere outside of Austin, Texas. There, the dugout is a chicken coop, dogs often steal the ball and there is an occasional midgame break for watermelon races. Welcome to the Long Time sandlot baseball pitch, the brainchild of Jack Sanders, an architect of his very own design. Dreamy, unorthodox and brilliant, Sanders is an expert at designing community. Which is exactly what takes place when his team, The Texas Playboys, plays ball at the Long Time. As one player puts it: “The purpose is community. The purpose is friendship. Baseball is the excuse, but not the reason.” —KK

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Playing with Beyond Borders Shorts IN PERSON: Jim Cricchi In 17 years of working at a dairy farm, manager Guillermo Ramos Bravo says he has never seen a person born in the U.S. ask his boss for a job. Thirdgeneration farmer John Rosenow recalls a time when farms were typically worked entirely by family; now, it’s “about the last thing that you would do; it’s something that’s relegated to the immigrants.” Los Lecheros explains that farms with immigrant employees produce 70 percent of the U.S. milk supply. Farmers who voted for Trump are left hoping he didn’t mean what he said about deporting undocumented immigrants, while their workers carry on in fear, or reluctantly return to Mexico. —SC

Lost Tribe of Africa Asha Stuart FRI, 9:30 A.M., SOH; SAT, 12 P.M. A.M., MAS;

IN PERSON: Asha Stuart

(USA, 2018, 20 min.)

“Over 500 years ago, my tribe arrived on the shores of India from Africa,” says the social worker narrator of Asha Stuart’s Lost Tribe of Africa. His ancestors fled enslavement, escaping into the forest in the Indian state of Karnataka where they live today, most of them Hindu converts. India’s 35,000 descendants of slaves from Africa’s Bantu Region are members of the Siddi tribe. Siddi means “enlightened one,” but the Siddi are “Untouchables” in India’s caste system. “How do you empower the youth in a world whose people think they’re less than human?” asks the narrator, whose life mission is to do just that. —MT

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Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa

Meet the Real Wolf Thomas Winston

Eric Crosland FRI, 9 A.M., NUG; SAT, 3 P.M., HC

Playing with Originals Shorts IN PERSON: Mitchell Scott “I wouldn’t wish this for anyone,” says Apa Sherpa, who summited Everest 21 times, having started as a porter at the age of 12 following the death of his father. Eric Crosland’s Loved By All leaves no doubt that for many Sherpa, the hard, dangerous work of hauling gear and guiding westerners on Everest is undertaken not for glory, but to provide for their families. Apa Sherpa is now devoted to providing educational opportunities to children of the Khumbu Valley, hoping to spare them his fate. “The true beauty of Nepal is not the mountains, but the people who live in their shadow,” he says, calling into question the Everest industry, fueled by Sherpa labor. —SC (Canada, 2017, 14 min.)

Manuel Gabriela Cavanagh FRI, 6:30 P.M., OW; SAT, 3:15 P.M., NUG

Playing with Cine de las Montañas Program IN PERSON: Gabriela Cavanagh In a small shack by the train tracks on the outskirts of Old Havana, 87-year-old Manuel Quintana Godinez sells an exotic handmade concoction called Pru Oriental for a living. He advertises the drink as a kind of elixir, good for the kidneys, cystitis, migraines, gastritis, bronchitis, circulation and depression. It is, according to Manuel’s hand-painted ad board, “A good drink for whatever age and interesting for those over 50.” To drive the implied point home, the board also says, “If you have a stallion — it’s restorative!” Like Manuel’s tonic, this short profile piece is sweet and uplifting (and not just for those over 50). —PK

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IN PERSON: Cheney Gardner Throughout history, myths about the “big bad wolf” generated scary stereotypes of the animal that crept out of fairy tales and into human consciousness. By the 1950s, wolves were pushed to the brink of extinction in the lower 48. In this short film, predator becomes protagonist as we learn what happens when the wolf is no longer antagonized, but recognized as the missing link in a healthy ecosystem. —KK (USA, 2017, 3 min.)

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Mothered by Mountains Renan Ozturk, Ben Ayers

Sarah Menzies

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IN PERSON: Renan Ozturk, Ben Ayers

Playing with Originals Shorts

“So this was supposed to be a film about, like, empowering women, about bringing two of my friends on this badass adventure. But it all kinda went horribly wrong.” That’s Ben Ayers of the dZi Foundation, who hatched a plan to match up renowned Nepalese climber Pasang Llamu Sherpa Akita with Kathmandu punk rocker Sareena Rai for an ambitious objective: motorcycle from Kathmandu to the mountains, then bag a first ascent. But the white-maledirected adventure falls flat, and the women end up doing it their own way, bonding as they go over issues like motherhood, family and societal pressures on their gender. —KK

The Mirnavator

IN PERSON: Sarah Menzies Teacher, blogger and mom Mirna Valerio is an endurance runner whose weekends are packed with marathons, 50Ks and other races. But she doesn’t fit into the typical mold of ultra-runner; Mirna is black, and she’s not stick thin. Which means that along with being a runner, she is a great stereotype exploder. It can be a harsh world of cruel internet trolls and insensitive competitors, but where others might relent, Mirna keeps her head up. She chooses to focus instead on the freedom, joy and feeling of accomplishment. As she puts it, “my body got this.” —KK (USA, 2017, 11 min.)

(USA, 2017, 16 min.)

My Mom Vala RC Cone FRI, 9 A.M., NUG; SAT, 3 P.M., HC MON, 11 A.M., PALM

Playing with Originals Shorts IN PERSON: RC Cone Rivers run through Vala Árnadóttir’s blood; she was raised by fishing guides. She lives in the city of Reykjavik, Iceland, with her 10-year-old daughter Mathilda, and teaches Mathilda the art of casting, the tricks of fish, the peace of standing on the banks watching the water flow by. But when Vala travels to Greenland for guiding work, immersing herself in a landscape that’s as beautiful and fertile as it is barren and unforgiving, Mathilda doesn’t come along. Not yet. This short film paints the fantastical and mysterious country of Greenland through Mathilda’s fantasies and Vala’s eyes. —KK (Greenland, 2018, 10 min.)

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Permafrost Now

Our National Mammal A New View of the Moon

Thia Martin

Wylie Overstreet

A Night at the Garden

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Marshall Curry

Wylie Overstreet was hanging out in his L.A. apartment one night and, out of boredom, decided to take his high-powered telescope out to the street to peer at the moon. Pretty soon people began wandering up and asking what he was up to. When he showed them, they nearly fell over in awe. A New View of the Moon is just the reminder we need to keep looking up. Because as Galileo said, back in 1610, “it’s a beautiful and wondrous sight to behold the body of the moon.” —KK (USA, 2018, 4 min.)

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Without the exterior shots of Madison Square Garden, viewers of Marshall Curry’s A Night at the Garden might think they’re watching a Hitler rally. But this is a chilling collation of archival film clips from the “ProAmerican Rally” held in New York City on Feb. 20, 1939. Boys in brown shirts carry American flags through the crowd and onto the stage, taking their place beneath a 50-foot painting of George Washington flanked by deconstructed American flags and swastikas. The eerie music gives way to organizer Fritz Kuhn, a Hitler acolyte, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. “We’d like to think that when Nazism rose up, all Americans were instantly appalled,” Curry says. His film strips us of that comforting illusion. —MT

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IN PERSON: Thia Martin Congress named the bison the “American National Mammal” in 2016. But if wild bison migrate outside the protection of Yellowstone National Park, they are managed less as an iconic symbol of the American spirit and more like a pest, largely because they allegedly infect domestic cattle with brucellosis. Produced by the Buffalo Field Campaign, Our National Mammal reports on the conflict over bison management in Montana. “People are too scared to let wild things be wild,” laments one activist. —SC (USA, 2017, 12 min.)

Our Surfing Is Revolutionary

Stash Wislocki

Kasia Cieplak Mayr-Von Baldegg, Nicolas Pollock

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Playing with Movers and Shakers Shorts IN PERSON: Kasia Cieplak Mayr-Von Baldegg Big wave surfer Bianca Valenti has been competing since she was 9, much of the time against boys, since there wasn’t a girls’ division. Fed up with sexism in the sport and the sexual ways in which women surfers are portrayed, she founded the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing. This fun, animated short celebrates women surfers supporting each other and proves that women have the ability to open minds when they ride big waves. —HS (USA, 2017, 2 min.)

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Persian Powder Erik Bulckens

IN PERSON: Stash Wislocki, Dr. Max Holmes, Dr. John Schade, Darcy Peters, Edauri Navarro Pérez

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The hard work of science — its investigative, analytical, proof-driven mission — is inspiring. Couple it with the passion and humanitarianism of youth, and even a reality as dark as climate change takes on a light of hope. —PK

Mona Seraji is a professional snowboarder. Which is a distinction, of course, but what really sets her apart is that her home mountain is in Iran. One of the unique delights of this endearing short film, in addition to glimpses of a country and culture we hear so little about (and rarely anything positive), is that fretted lutes, ancient Persian percussions and haunting Farsi vocals perfectly counterweigh the very modern, very cool, hip-hop segments of the musical score. —PK

(USA, 2018, 10 min.)

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Rebuilding in Miniature Veena Rao FRI, 1:45 P.M, HC; SAT, 9 A.M., MAS

The Piñata King Paul Storrie FRI, 1:30 P.M., SOH; SAT, 9:15 P.M., PALM

In Mexico, no child’s birthday party is complete without a piñata. Piñatas made by the Piñata King, along with his family, friends and most of his fellow townspeople, are unique pieces of crafted artisanship. For some kids, the beauty of the piñata is worth more than the sweet goodies hidden inside. For others, it’s still all about the goodies. —PK (UK, 2017, 4 min.)

Displaced from the very concept of a homeland by a world torn apart by conflict, Iraqi refugee Ali Almedy recreates locations he has never seen, from far away in time and space, in the form of highly detailed dioramas. In Veena Rao’s short portrait, there is something elusive, intriguing – and also comforting – about the resilient psyche of the artist despite the permanent scars wrought by war. —SC (Turkey, 2017, 7 min.)

Ride of the Dead Michael Parenteau

Return from Desolation Justin Clifton FRI, 9 A.M., NUG; SAT, 3 P.M., HC

Playing with Originals Shorts IN PERSON: Justin Clifton, Garrett Eaton Garrett Eaton just doesn’t fit into a box. Which makes him a great subject for a short film. Especially for a filmmaker like Justin Clifton, who has a natural empathy for everyday heroes like Garrett and who knows how to let people — and places — tell their stories through his lens. The result: In the space of mere minutes we get to not only meet a man worth knowing but to become fully vested in his rich story. —PK (USA, 2017, 12 min.)

Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna Dave Brown FRI, 9:15 P.M., HC; SUN, 4:15 P.M., NUG

IN PERSON: Riccarda de Eccher Riccarda de Eccher is twice blessed: She found her passion as a climber when she was young; and, she discovered her passion as a painter when her climbing years were past. In the careful simplicity of her long braid, in the clarity of her gaze and in her poised presence on camera, we can feel the harmony that has come to Riccarda from realizing her two conjoined passions. —PK (USA, 2017, 7 min.)

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RJ Ripper Joey Schusler

Playing with Cine de las Montañas Program

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IN PERSON: Michael Parenteau

Playing with Off the Grid Shorts

In Mexico, November 2 marks Día de los Muertos, a day to honor the dead with festive shrines, offerings of flowers and parades. And while many in Oaxaca flock to cemeteries to spend time with those who have passed, another Día de los Muertos event takes place in the ancient trails that snake through the Oaxacan highlands above. The Trans Sierra Norte is a multi-day enduro mountain bike race that rips through dense woods, burly singletrack and tiny villages, with bikers finishing in Oaxaca City right about the time the fireworks are blasting off. —KK

IN PERSON: Joey Schusler and crew

(Mexico, 2017, 12 min.)

Rajesh Magar has been obsessed with bikes since he was a small child growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal. When the other kids were studying, he’d be dreaming about, designing and drawing bikes. As the son of a construction worker and housemaid, however, a bike wasn’t easy to come by. Undeterred, he built one, a clunky Frankenstein, but a mountain bike nonetheless. He started racing, and his drive and raw talent got noticed, leading to a job as a mountain bike guide and a path to professional racing. Today, Nepal’s National Champion is living proof that it pays to stick to your passion, no matter how implausible it seems. —KK (Nepal, 2018, 16 min.)

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Ken Sleight, the Idaho farm kid turned river rat who inspired the character Seldom Seen Smith in Edward Abbey’s iconic The Monkey Wrench Gang, first floated the Colorado River through Glen Canyon in 1954. To say it was a pivotal experience is an understatement. As an outfitter, he built his life around the Glen and its tributaries, spending many awe-filled days in the desert Eden. In this film, the 87 year old recalls the heartbreak of watching his paradise drown under Lake Powell, and the hope that it will one day return to its former glory. —KK (USA, 2018, 12 min.) World Premiere

Playing with Off the Grid Shorts Where does a professional competitive ski mountaineer go to escape the pressures and demands of her career? Ski mountaineering, of course. To mountains far, far away from judges and the media and autographseekers, where she can “dream in a playground of infinite games.” —PK (Spain, 2017, 11 min.)

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Stumped

Woodward, Max Lowe FRI, 1:45 P.M., NUG; SAT, 9 A.M., PALM

The Space Within

IN PERSON: Charles Post, Forest Woodward, Max Lowe Twice a year a river of raptors soars overhead between British Columbia and Argentina on their seasonal migrations. Ecologist Charles Post joins them for part of their journey south through the rugged sagebrushcovered canyons of Nevada’s Goshute and New Mexico’s Mantzano mountains. Workers with Hawkwatch International have been counting, measuring, banding and marveling at Cooper’s hawks, red tailed hawks and golden eagles for the last 30 years. The birds’ fierce eyes and powerful wingspans indicate they, as well as the animals they prey on, are doing well. But for conservation to succeed, there must be a global effort. It takes the entire Western Hemisphere to raise a hawk. —HS

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Frank Pickell

Playing with Off the Grid Shorts IN PERSON: Frank Pickell, Jonnie Sirotek Picking through the tidepools of a deserted tropical beach, a young boy finds a mysterious treasure washed upon the rocks and is swiftly transported to a different world. This one is blanketed in snow, muffled by storms and home to skiers carving through shoulder-deep powder. —KK (USA, 2017, 6 min.)

Cedar Wright, Taylor Keating SAT, 9 A.M., HC; SUN, 11:45 A.M., MAS

Playing with Climbing Shorts IN PERSON: Taylor Keating, Maureen Beck “I don’t want to be good for a girl, I don’t want to be good for just having one hand, I just want to be good, period.” That’s climber Maureen Beck. Born without her lower left arm, Beck scales overhanging boulders, takes whippers off of 5.12s and wins competitions. But she’s not here to be a role model, shrugging off the clichéd coverage of disabled athletes. “We don’t climb to be special, we don’t climb to win some silly awards. We climb because we love climbing just like everybody else.” Fueled by that love, Beck tackles an ambitious goal. What unfolds is a lesson in pure grit. —KK

Symphony of a Sad Sea Carlos Morales FRI, 6:30 P.M., NUG; SUN, 9:30 P.M., SOH

When a shady character decides he likes Hugo’s girlfriend, he warns Hugo to stay away from her. When Hugo does not comply, he’s beaten and left for dead. Afraid his attackers will know he survived, Hugo heads to Tijuana. He visits The Wall. “For me, it’s a piece of iron. It does not exist,” he says bravely, “and I will get over it some day.” He aims to succeed, but at a price. “Putting his story on screen,” director Carlos Morales told interviewers at Sundance, “recording his testimony, eases a bit the indifference with which he’s been treated by those in power.” —MT (Mexico, 2017, 13 min.)

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Playing with Movers and Shakers Shorts IN PERSON: Alex Lowther Battling a Tasmanian state government whose leader proclaims, “We have quite enough locked up forests already,” Australian “greenies” are engaged in an epic battle to save the Tarkine (Takayna in the Aboriginal language) from industrial scale logging. The Tarkine is one of the world’s last remaining temperate rainforests, a refuge for rare species and an ancestral home for the world’s oldest continuous human culture. Takayna is a demonstration of lead activist Bob Brown’s assertion that “there is no other place like [the Tarkine] in the world.” “We have a real question here,” Brown says. “Are we going to be pessimistic and depressed or optimistic and active?” —SC

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Tamba Derek Knowles FRI, 9:30 P.M., NUG; SUN, 6:45 P.M,. OW

A random act of kindness from a stranger changes a young man’s life. Tamba is a two-minute gem faceted perfectly by sharp editing and softly shined by a lyrical camera. —PK (USA, 2017, 2 min.)

Testing Ourselves Josep Serra FRI, 9 P.M., PALM

Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg are ski mountaineers and skyrunners. They are elite athletes with limits far above average. Undertaking an unsupported summit attempt of an 8,000-meter peak in the Himalaya, without oxygen, and accelerating the timeline of their climb in order to squeeze it into the briefest possible window before their ski and running seasons start, will seriously test those limits. —PK (Spain, 2017, 17 min.)

Why Not Now: Vivian Stancil Riley Hooper FRI, 9 A.M., NUG; SAT, 3 P.M., HC

Playing with Originals Shorts IN PERSON: Riley Hooper Blind and afraid of water, Vivian Stancil learned to swim at 48. “I heard that blind people can’t swim,” Stancil says, followed by: “Oh, yes they can!” Two hundred and twentyone medals later, at half her former body weight, Stancil is still at it. —SC (USA, 2017, 3 min.)

Vaquita Alfredo Alcántara Marentes

Wildlife and the Wall

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Ben Masters

IN PERSON: Alfredo Alcántara Marentes In China, the bladder of a totoaba fish, believed to contain healing properties, is incredibly valuable — one can be sold for $40,000. When the market for bladders increased around 2012, it sparked a bonanza of overfishing for totoaba in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. An unwitting victim of this, however, was the vaquita, a tiny, charismatic and incredibly rare porpoise endemic to the area, which drowned in totoaba nets by the hundreds. The decimation of vaquitas prompted the Mexican government to ban most forms of fishing, and what has unfolded is a complex battle between fish mafias, local fishermen and the military. So far, few winners have emerged. —KK

FRI, 6:15 P.M., MAS; SAT, 12 P.M., OW

Playing with Beyond Borders Shorts IN PERSON: Ben Masters “This region is like the greater Yellowstone ecosystem of the Chihuahuan Desert, and the last true wilderness left in the state of Texas,” says filmmaker/narrator/ wildlife biologist Ben Masters. You may know the Big Bend region. You may know that the stunning landscape free from human “improvement” is itself tantamount to a border wall. Now, think about what Trump’s imaginary wall on the ecosystem’s lifeline, the Rio Grande, would do if built. —SC (USA, 2017, 5 min.)

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Yojani: A Cuba Skate Story

Wolf Call Ramey Newell SAT, 3:15 P.M., OW; SUN, 9:30 A.M., NUG IN PERSON: Ramey Newell, John Ramer

Playing with Movers and Shakers Shorts It’s interesting to consider how much people love dogs and don’t love wolves. A lot of people, at least. Not including John Ramer. Ramer, seemingly a bit of a lone wolf himself, very decidedly does love wolves. And, in this short profile piece, as in the work he has chosen as his life’s purpose, he makes a case for them. Including widely re-introducing them to Colorado, where he affirms the habitat for wolves is ideal. —PK (Canada, 2018, 10 min.) World Premiere

The Wolf Pack

Corey McLean

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IN PERSON: Nick Waggoner, Zac Ramras and the Braford-Lefebvre family

Playing with Around the World and Cine de las Montañas Program

High in the San Juan Mountains above Silverton, Colorado, a pack of runners roams, jogging through meadows, hiking over mineral-stained peaks, ducking through forests and exploring the rugged landscape of their backyard. It’s the Braford-Lefebvre family — mom, dad and three kids — who have used running both as a healing mechanism and a tool to help them experience life together. The Wolf Pack chronicles a family raised the right way — on fresh air, high peaks and the wonder of the outdoors. —KK

Skateboarding is an anomaly in Havana, Cuba and you have to be creative to find good places to skate. But one skateboarder is using his sport to bring young people together. Yojani is a snapshot of a skater who is creating a family out of the nascent Cuban skating community. —HS

Nick Waggoner, Zac Ramras

VR Studio SATURDAY, 9 A.M.-5 P.M.

Sheridan Opera House SHOW Bar Virtual reality is a potent storytelling platform that’s proving to be effective in the realms of activism and education as well as entertainment. Check it out for yourself at Mountainfilm’s VR Studio, which is in partnership with Google. This year’s lineup will take viewers on investigations of the seafood industry’s massively wasteful supply chain, immersive listening tours into one of North America’s quietest places and journeys to an artisanal conflict-free gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo, among others.

(Cuba, 2017, 2 min.)

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Eastern Rises

As part of Mountainfilm’s 40th anniversary celebration, we’ve reached back into our film archives and hand-picked the funniest shorts, most retro climbing films and best-loved features from over the years. All archival films will play in the Library. Passholders will get first priority for entry; if there is still room in the theater, members of the public will get in free.

The Accidental Mountaineer Lee Goss SUN, 6:30 P.M., LIB

Barbara Washburn never set out to be a mountain climber, but she wasn’t content with being a stayat-home mom either. In 1947, she became the first woman to climb Denali. And that was only the beginning. (USA, 1998, 8 min.)

Berserk in the Antarctic Jarle Andhøy FRI, 6:15 P.M., LIB

A young sailor, an inexperienced crew, an audacious plan and a 27-foot-boat called Berserk. These are the ingredients for high adventure on the choppy, frozen and unpredictable seas of Antarctica. (Norway, 2000, 52 min.)

Born into Brothels Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman FRI, 9:45 A.M., LIB

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her wing, she teaches them to create, to strive and to hope. And when they awaken to their own talents, the results are breathtaking.

Denali

(India/USA, 2004, 83 min.)

There’s no easy way to say goodbye to your best friend. Especially if that best friend stuck by your side during the darkest time in your life — licking your feet, shadowing your footsteps and going insane with joy every time he saw you.

Clark, the Canadian Hockey Goalie George Plamondon SUN, 10 A.M., LIB

Clark, a three-time MVP of the Saskatchewan Moose Lodge Hockey League (SMLHL), decides to try a new sport for the off-season.

Ben Knight IN PERSON: Ben Knight SAT, 9:45 A.M., LIB

(USA, 2015, 8 min.)

Diary of a Flagger

(USA, 2002, 6 min.)

Barry Smith

The Cove

IN PERSON: Barry Smith

Louie Psihoyos IN PERSON: Louis Psihoyos SAT, 3:15 P.M., LIB

This riveting and heartbreaking documentary combines covert ops, bold activism and incredibly risky journalism to expose the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. The film won an Oscar, influenced dolphin fishing regulations and became a model of activist filmmaking.

SUN, 10 A.M., LIB

We’ve all seen them, standing in the hot sun, “slow” sign in hand, thousand-yard stare on their face. But what goes through the minds of construction flaggers during all those hours on the highway? And what do they do with themselves when there’s no traffic in sight? The answers might surprise you. (USA, 2002, 11 min.)

(USA, 2009, 92 min.)

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Ben Knight and Travis Rummel IN PERSON: Ben Knight SAT, 12:30 P.M., LIB Take a journey to Kamchatka in the Russian Far East: an enormous, wild landscape threaded with rivers, swarming with bugs and home to massive mouse-eating trout. The Holy Grail for truly obsessed fishermen. In this film, fishing is poetry; Bigfoot lurks in the fog; and anglers risk their lives in decommissioned Cold War helicopters to fish untouched rivers. (USA, 2010, 37 min.)

Falling John Armstrong IN PERSON: John Armstrong FRI, 6:15 P.M., LIB The dropping waterfalls and clear pools of Agua Azul, Mexico, make it a legendary destination for kayakers. This film demonstrates why. (USA, 2004, 5 min.)

Fire on the Mountain Beth and George Gage IN PERSON: Beth and George Gage SUN, 6:30 P.M., LIB A mix of untrained college boys and prewar America’s best mountaineers, The 10th Mountain Division was

forged into this country’s first alpine military unit in the high country of Colorado. Members went on to become the stuff of legends, both on battlefields and in their influence on skiing, recreation and environmentalism. (USA, 1995, 74 min.)

Fitz Roy: First Ascent of the South-West Buttress Lito Tejades-Flores

Genghis Blues Roko Belic, Adrian Belic IN PERSON: Roko and Adrian Belic SAT, 9:45 A.M., LIB

What begins as a blind bluesman’s curiosity of throatsinging in the Republic of Tuva unfolds in this unforgettable film into an exploration into human will, culture and the universal love of music.

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(USA, 1999, 89 min.)

The film that started it all. Lito Tejades-Flores’ documentary on the 1968 Funhog expedition to Patagonia chronicles the third ascent of Mount Fitz Roy via a southwest ridge route by a then-unknown group of young Americans — and was the marquee film at Mountainfilm’s first festival.

God Grew Tired of Us

(USA, 1968, 29 min.)

Gatherers from the Sky Gauthier Flauder SUN, 10 A.M., LIB

The Minang people of Sumatra no longer climb the coconut trees they rely on for the bulk of their resources. Instead, they have forged a special partnership with monkeys. (France, 1995, 26 min.)

Christopher Quinn, Tommy Walker SUN, 12:15 P.M., LIB

In order to escape bloody civil war, the Lost Boys of Sudan walked 1,000 miles across Africa, surviving bombing raids and extreme climates to reach a Kenyan refugee camp. When several of these young men get the chance to relocate to America, they embark on a whole new journey of discovery and renewal. (USA, 2006, 83)

Gravity Never Sleeps Ken Bailey IN PERSON: Ken Bailey FRI, 12:45 P.M., LIB Local filmmaker Ken Bailey’s 1982 meditation on extreme sports will take you back in time to spandex-clad climbers, skinny powder skis, ‘80s guitar soundtracks and what action sports films looked like before drones and Phantom slomo shots. (USA, 1982, 9 min.)

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Paraíso Nadav Kurtz

FROM THE VAULT I Made It Fredrik Blomquist IN PERSON: David Breashears SUN, 4 P.M., LIB When a Swedish athlete hatches an impossiblesounding plan — to ride his bicycle across Europe and Asia before climbing Mount Everest alone, unsupported and without oxygen — it sounds insane. This disarming film proves that human determination can overcome the largest hurdles. (Sweden, 1997, 46 min.)

The Job Jonathan Browning SUN, 10 A.M., LIB This masterful short turns the search for seasonal labor on its head. (USA, 2007, 4 min.)

The Lost People of Mountain Village Neal Marlens and Carol Black SAT, 12:30 P.M., LIB When a ghost town of massive stone buildings, gargantuan houses, antler 60

FRI, 9:45 A.M., LIB chandeliers and mountain gothic architecture is discovered high in the San Juans, what ensues is satire in its highest form. The Lost People of Mountain Village asks many questions, but perhaps the most puzzling is this: How could the denizens of this former town have 19 bathrooms per home, but not a single grocery store? (USA, 2005, 14 min.)

Odworot Jerzy Surdel, Alex Bertulis SUN, 4 P.M., LIB Polish mountaineers are mostly known for their hardheaded drive, grit and refusal to turn around — even when it costs them their lives. Which is why this blackand-white 1968 film is both surprising and compelling. Odworot means “retreat” in Polish, and that’s what this film chronicles — one climber’s desperate and harrowing search for help after his partner’s accident forces him to come back down the mountain. (Poland, 1968, 21 min.)

Immigrant window washers rappel down sheer cliffs of city glass, risking massive falls. Despite this, they are happy to do the work because it yields a better life than what they left behind in their home countries. (USA, 2012, 10 min.)

The Power of One Earth Communications Office SAT, 3:15 P.M., LIB Throughout human history, individuals have accomplished staggering feats; forcing changes in unjust laws, raising the consciousness of entire countries and having enormous impacts on the future of their world. This film is an ode to them. (USA, USA, 2 min.)

Pororoca Joachim Hellinger IN PERSON: Joachim Hellinger FRI, 12:45 P.M., LIB In this HelliVentures film, a group of world-class surfers travel deep into the Amazon

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in search of an unlikely treasure — the long-rideable crest of a wave created by a rare natural phenomenon known as a bore tide. (Germany, 2013, 26 min.)

Psicobloc Josh Lowell, Greg Laut IN PERSON: Josh Lowell FRI, 12:45 P.M., LIB Remember when deep water soloing was the new and wild frontier of climbing? Psicobloc introduced us to the fearless rock monkeys who were at the verve of the sport. (USA/Spain, 2002, 7 min.)

Scrapple Chris Hanson IN PERSON: Geoff Hanson WEDS, 8:45 P.M., BC This classic ski bum film — a pitch-perfect re-creation of a ‘70s stoner comedy shot in Telluride in the ‘90s by brothers Chris and Geoff Hanson — involves a pig named Scrapple, a stash of Nepalese hash balls, a good-old-boy marshal and a series of madcap shenanigans. (USA, 1998, 93 min.)

Skiing on Pine Needles Newport, N.H. Ski Club SUN, 10 A.M., LIB Sometimes it’s hard to wait for winter. As this 1930’s archival footage from New Hampshire shows, people have been coming up with creative ways around that for a long time.

Sky Surfer

Turtle World

Didier Lafond

Nick Hilligoss

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A discman loaded with INXS, a pair of white tights, a snowboard, and miles and miles of free-falling through space. Such are the ingredients of this remarkable prototype of extreme films.

In this animated delight, a lone sea turtle travels through space, creating a magical world of forests, rivers, mountains and monkeys with her breath.

(France/Italy, 1990, 6 min.) *Also playing in Adrenaline.

Solilochairliftquist T.M. Faversham FRI, 12:45 P.M., LIB; SAT, 12:30 P.M., LIB From platitudes to epiphanies, this ode to the thoughts that drift through our minds during all those hours spent riding the chairlift couldn’t be more spot on. (USA, 2004, 4 min.)

Tragedy and Triumph on Firecracker Hill

(Australia, 1996, 9 min.) *Also playing in Kidz Kino.

Urban Ape Peter Mortimer, Greg Laut IN PERSON: Peter Mortimer, Timmy O’Neill FRI, 12:45 P.M., LIB Timmy O’Neill pioneers urban buildering in the city of Boulder, climbing arches, scaling the sides of threestory buildings, stemming up narrow alleyways, ascending sculptures and raising eyebrows everywhere he goes. (USA, 2003, 7 min.)

Gus Gusciora

Xtreme Tramping: The Lord of the Springs

IN PERSON: Gus Gusciora

Todd Forsbloom

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Among the classic alpine routes of the world are Everest, Aconcagua, K2 and the Eiger. Add to that the northwest face of Telluride Town Park’s Firecracker Hill. This homegrown short follows two climbers who risk everything to scale the epic line. (USA, 2000, 9 min.)

What happens when an extreme athlete gets bored with BASE jumping? Enter extreme trampolining, a rarified, dangerous and bouncy world defined by daring tricks, perilous backyard trespassing and the quest for the perfect suburban tramp. (USA, 2003, 7 min.)

(USA, 1935, 1 min.)

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Trek C3 Project - Brandon Semenuk

Frontier of Firsts

Rupert Walker

Tyler Allen

The definition of a shredder, Brandon Semenuk shows us exactly what’s possible on a mountain bike on his hometown trails in British Columbia. —NS

IN PERSON: Tyler Allen, Cooper Lamba

(Canada, 2017, 3 minutes)

Natural Playground Benjamin Leclair

ADRENALINE Saturday, 8:45 p.m., Base Camp Sunday, 6:45 p.m., High Camp

Free and open to the public. For Saturday’s Base Camp screening, the audience is encouraged to bring warm layers, blankets, plenty of stoke and low-backed chairs. Films are listed in screening order.

Benjamin Leclair makes the most of a bad situation wakeboarding through the streets of a flooded Paris. Gorgeous aerial footage makes it look much better than it probably smelled. —LL (France, 2017, 3 min.)

Moonline Dino Raffault High in the Alps, a glowing parachute sails by a little boy’s cabin window late at night. Was is an apparition, a scene from a dream? Or a speed rider flying through the mountains by the light of the moon? —KK

San Juan Stories: The Place

Cult of Freedom: Australia Segment

Oliver Sutro

Joe G

(France, 2018, 2 min.)

IN PERSON: Oliver Sutro

Australia. Land of eviscerating kangaroos, empty stretches of coastal highway and life-changing surf. —KK

Racing Winter

Out searching for freshies and untracked lines in Telluride’s backyard, the Stio crew finds that a good adventure is always better with friends — and a warm hut. —LL (USA, 2017, 4 min.)

Rogue Elements: Corbet’s Couloir Segment Steve and Todd Jones A right of passage for any Jackson Hole skier, Corbet’s Couloir is conquered here not on two planks, but two wheels. —NS

(USA, 2017, 19 min.)

Drop Everything: Michelle Parker Segment Scott Gaffney Fast, fearless, steep and deep. That about sums up Michelle Parker as she carves graceful lines into the spines of Alaska. —KK (USA, 2017, 4 min.)

(USA, 2017, 4 min.)

Ski the World

Hayley

Candide Thovex

Stian Smestad

Ski innovator Candide Thovex has been busy searching the globe for new gorgeous, otherworldly and undiscovered places to shred. If you assume that means wintry wonderlands, however, you’re mistaken. —KK

IN PERSON: Hayley Ashburn “I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear.” That’s the mantra of Hayley Ashburn as she walks a 170-foot highline between outcroppings in the wintry Dolomites. —KK

(USA, 2018, 5 min.)

Joey Schusler, Craig Grant IN PERSON: Joey Schusler Frosty mornings, shorter days and a bite to the air. As winter begins to take hold in the Canadian Rockies, mountain biker Shawn Neer squeezes all that he can out of the fall riding season. —KK (Canada, 2018, 5 min.)

The Dock Sam McIntosh A launchpad, a human slingshot, a giant slip and slide. This short film from Stab magazine illustrates that when you haul a large floating dock into the middle of your favorite swell, the possibilities are endless. —KK (USA, 2017, 6 min.)

True wilderness is hard found in an era of social media and geotagging. These kayakers won’t settle for second descents, and with enough effort and determination, they’re able to find a Frontier of Firsts. —NS (USA, 2018, 12 min.)

Sky Surfer Didier LaFond A discman loaded with INXS, a pair of white tights, a snowboard, and miles and miles of free-falling through space. Such are the ingredients of this remarkable prototype of extreme films. —KK (France, 1994, 6 min.)

The World’s Best Belayer Guillaume Broust If dirtbag dreams could come true, climbers would send routes all day and never pay dues on the other end of the rope. This dream has been realized by a handful of climbers, thanks to belay sensei Ray Verseau. Verseau has been dubbed the world’s best belayer, leaving climbers everywhere with one burning question: how can we find him? –CM (France, 2017, 10 min.)

Travis Rice Rides Epic Spine in Japan Travis Rice Travis Rice backs up his reputation as the world’s sickest snowboarder as he rides a one-of-a-kind knifelike spine in Japan. —KK (Japan, 2018, 2 min.)

Surf the Line Jèrèmy Frey The Flying Frenchies are back, and this time they are surfing a 2,000-foot highline in the Vercors Mountains of France — hauling ass at 50 miles an hour and laughing hysterically the whole way. —LL (France, 2017, 2 min.)

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Monday, 11 a.m.-1 2: 45 p.m., Palm Theater

Kidz Kino, a perennial festival favorite, is a program of short, family friendly films curated by kids for kids. The program is free to all passholders and kids under age 12. Tickets are available to the general public for $10.

Unexpected Discoveries

A New View of the Moon

James Mabery, Mark Conlan

Wylie Overstreet

This film shows you that there are some things out there that are cooler than looking at your phone. —Joe Galbo, age 12

Strangers off the street are blown away by viewing the up-close details of the moon. —Henry Martin, age 14

(2017, USA, 2 min.)

(USA, 2018, 4 min.)

Dear Mr. President James Q Martin Dear Mr. President, You should listen to the kids ... please. —Zoe Cooper, age 6

I Want to Live in the Zoo

My Mom Vala

Evgenia Golubeva

RC Cone

Did you ever want to live in the zoo? This is a really colorful movie that shows what it is like to live in the zoo. —Zoe Cooper, age 6

I love this sweet film and enjoy watching a young girl, Mathilda, and her mother, Vala. Her mom is a strong woman who leaves for Greenland to work as a fishing guide. Mathilda stays behind but dreams of going one day ... you will relate to Matilda’s constant admiration of her mom! —Arabella Galbo, age 15

(2017, UK, 6 min.)

10 Year Old Kai Jones’ Mind-Blowing Season Edit Steve Jones, Todd Jones 10-year-old Kai says it just right: “Ski all day, and all night, live the dream, and have a good time.” —Jake Martin, age 13

(2018, Greenland, 10 min.)

Music overcomes fear in this cute film. —Maia Coe, age 13

Micayla Gatto is a ripping mountain biker and an amazing artist. Watch the two talents come together in this visually stunning film. —Lilah Lerner, age 13

(2016, France, 3 min.)

UNEXPECTED DISCOVERIES

(2017, Canada, 5 min.)

(2017, Canada, 5 min.)

Up All Night Dorothy Jean Ross The nighttime reveries we call dreams fascinate us from a young age. Dorothy Jean Ross recounts a fanciful dream she had in Up All Night. Get ready for Peter Pan, Sylvester Stallone and Reno in a fantastical and imaginative short film that captures the whimsical nature of dreams. —Kitty Holbrooke, age 18 (2017, USA, 7 min.)

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This Telluride-made film details how humans and the surrounding environment can benefit from using less plastic water bottles and more tap water. You will learn the source of tap water, how to filter it and how it gets to our houses. I enjoyed the quirky animation with fish eating the pollution. —Brooke Shifrin, age 15

Hugues Valin

Lacy Kemp

This film is about a boring car ride that turns into a blast as a skier in a child’s imagination does tricks along the side of the road. —Townes Merritt, age 11

Tim Johnson

The Day I Beat the Sky

Intersection: Micayla Gatto

Dave Mossop

Earth Guardians

(USA, 2018, 5 min.)

(2017, USA, 3 min.)

Imagination: Tom Wallisch

(2017, USA, 5 min.)

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The Piñata King Paul Storrie, Chris Lee, Charlie Kwai The Piñata King is a great telling of the multi-generational art of piñata making. It follows one town and one individual who strive to make fun for all. —Wiley Holbrooke, age 16 (2017, UK, 3 min.)

A NEW VIEW OF THE MOON

Turtle World Nick Hilligoss A bittersweet story that follows the evolution of the damage humans have inflicted upon the Earth. Starring a giant turtle and a gaggle of monkeys. —Sadie Steinberg, age 13 (1997, Australia, 8 min.)

Meet the Real Wolf Thomas Winston, Avela Grenier This film is about wolves that struggle to survive. —Caroline Merritt, age 7 (2017, USA, 3 min.)

Soleil Gaylord Presentation Telluride local, championship runner and 2017 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winner Soleil Gaylord will speak on the power of hard work, commitment and the inspiration she gains from running in the mountains.

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S C HEDUL E FR I DAY 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 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

S C HE DUL E FRI DAY

PALM

HIGH CAMP

SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

NUGGET

MASONS

THE OFF-WIDTH

LIBRARY

BASE CAMP

CAPACITY [650]

CAPACITY [500]

CAPACITY [230]

CAPACITY [165]

CAPACITY [145]

CAPACITY [120]

CAPACITY [65]

TOWN PARK MAIN STAGE

ORIGINALS SHORTS

9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

SYMPOSIUM (p. 78)

9 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Why Not Now (p.53) Ingrained (p.40) 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. My Mom Vala (p.45) Meet the Real Wolf (p.44) Lost Tribe of Africa (p.43) Return Desolation (p.48) Loved by All: The Story Silas (p.24) of Apa Sherpa (p.44) Q&A Felix (p.36) The Frenchy (p.37) The Mirnavator (p.45)

9:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Deep Place (p.35) A Woman Captured (p.25)

Q&A

Q&A

AROUND THE WORLD SHORTS

1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Piñata King (p.48) 1:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. Rebuilding in Miniature A Home Called Nebraska Sky Migrations (p.50) (p.38) (p.48) Into the Okavango (p.19) Soufra (p.24) This is Home (p.25) 1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

BEYOND BORDERS SHORTS

6 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

3,000 Miles (p.28) Won’t You Be My Neighbor (p.26)

The Coffin Club (p.34) Katie (p.41) RBG (p.22)

Q&A

Q&A

Yojani (p.54) Amo (p.29) Persian Powder (p.47) Born of Stone (p.31) Beyond of Horizon (p.30) In Perpetual ... (p.40)

6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Mothered by Mountains Symphony of a Sad Sea (p.45) (p.51) Return to Mount On Her Shoulders (p.22) Kennedy (p.23)

Q&A

Q&A

American Dreaming (p.29) I Was Born... (p.39) Los Lecheros (p.43) Are We Listening? (p.29) Lifeboat (p.42) Wildlife and the Wall (p.53)

Q&A 9 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.

Testing Ourselves (p.52) The Dawn Wall (p.17)

Q&A

9:15 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna (p.49) Mountain (p.21)

Q&A

6 FILM

6 EVENT

6 PRESENTATION

9:15 p.m. - 11 p.m.

9:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.

A Night at the Garden (p.46) Dark Money (p.17)

9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Tamba (p.52) Minding the Gap (p.20)

A Letter to Congress (p.41) Anote’s Ark (p.16)

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

6 BASE CAMP

6 TBA

8:00 AM 8:15 8:30 8:45 9:00 AM 9:15 9:30 9:45 9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 10:00 AM Turtle World (p.61) 10:15 Paraíso (p.60) 10:30 Born into Brothels (p.58) 10:45 11:00 AM 11:15 11:30 11:45 12:00 PM 12:15 12:30 12:45 12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 1:00 PM Urban Ape (p.61) 1:15 Psicobloc (p.61) 1:30 Solilochairliftquist (p.61) 1:45 Gravity (p.59) 2:00 PM Oxygen (p.60) 2:15 Pororoca (p.60) 2:30 Sky Surfer (p.61) 2:45 3:00 PM Q&A 3:15 3:30 3:45 [WEDNESDAY] 4:00 PM 8:45-11 p.m. 4:15 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Tragedy and Triumph on 4:30 GALLERY WALK Firecracker Hill (p.61) 4:45 Scrapple (p.61) 5:00 PM 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. 5:15 Q&A BOOZE AND BANTER 5:30 5:45 6:00 PM [THURSAY] 8:45-10:45 p.m. 6:15 CINE DE LAS MONTAÑAS 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Escape (p.35) 6:30 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Falling (p.59) 2.5 Million (p.28) 6:45 Ride of the Dead (p.49) Berserk in the Antarctic Imagination: Tom 7:00 PM Climbing Disaster (p.33) (p.58) Wallisch (p.39) 7:15 The Guardians (p.18) Numinous (p.21) 7:30 Q&A Manuel (p.44) 7:45 Yojani (p.54) Q&A 8:00 PM Q&A 8:15 8:30 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 8:45 Crazywise (p.17) [FRIDAY] 9:00 PM Conversation with 8:45-10:45 p.m. 9:15 9:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m. Phil Borges, hosted by Becoming (p.30) 9:30 Follow Through (p.36) Marshall Whiting Our National Mammal 9:45 Psycho Vertical (p.22) (p.46) 10:00 PM Q&A Jane (p.28) Q&A 10:15 10:30 Q&A 10:45 11:00 PM 11:15 11:30 11:45 12:00 AM

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


S C HEDUL E S AT U R DAY

S C HE DUL E S ATURDAY

PALM

HIGH CAMP

SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

NUGGET

MASONS

THE OFF-WIDTH

LIBRARY

BASE CAMP

CAPACITY [650]

CAPACITY [500]

CAPACITY [230]

CAPACITY [165]

CAPACITY [145]

CAPACITY [120]

CAPACITY [65]

TOWN PARK MAIN STAGE

8:00 AM 8:15 8:30 8:45 9:00 AM 9 a.m. - 11:15 a.m 9:15 Sky Migrations (p.50) 9:30 Into the Okavango (p.19) 9:45 10:00 AM Q&A 10:15 10:30 10:45 11:00 AM 11:15 11:30 11:45 12:00 PM 12 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 12:15 Mothered by Mountains 12:30 (p.45) 12:45 Return to Mount 1:00 PM Kennedy (p.23) 1:15 1:30 Q&A 1:45 2:00 PM 2:15 2:30 2:45 3:00 PM 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. 3:15 A New View of the Moon 3:30 (p.46) 3:45 Science Fair (p.24) 4:00 PM 4:15 Q&A 4:30 4:45 5:00 PM 5:15 5:30 5:45 6:00 PM 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. 6:15 The Long Time (p.43) 6:30 The Game Changers 6:45 (p.18) 7:00 PM 7:15 Q&A 7:30 7:45 8:00 PM 8:15 8:30 8:45 9:00 PM 9:15 9:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m. 9:30 The Piñata King (p.48) 9:45 A Home Called Nebraska 10:00 PM (p.38) 10:15 Soufra (p.24) 10:30 10:45 Q&A 11:00 PM 11:15 11:30 11:45 12:00 AM 6 FILM 6 EVENT

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION CLIMBING SHORTS

9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Life Coach (p.42) Bros. of Climbing (p.32) Stumped (p.51) Break on Through (p.31) Chris Sharma (p.33) Choices (p.32)

9:30 a.m. -11 a.m.

David Roberts and Greg Child (p.91) Craig’s Reaction (p.34)

Hula Girl (p.39) Satan & Adam (p.23)

Q&A

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

OFF THE GRID SHORTS

Q&A

The Space Within (p.51) How to Run (p.38) Ser (p.50) Lines to Hawaii (p.42) RJ Ripper (p.49) Brighter Night (p.32)

Rebuilding in Miniature (p.48) This is Home (p.25)

Q&A

Q&A

9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Choss Whisperer (p.33) Conrad Anker: All Storms Pass (p.82) Hold Fast (p.18)

Rodrigo Medellín, Anand Varma, Jason Jaacks (p.89) Blue Heart (p.16)

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

12:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Escape (p.35) Afghan Cycles (p.16)

Q&A

12:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

BEYOND BORDERS SHORTS

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Meet the Real Wolf (p.44) American Dreaming (p.29) Lost Tribe of Africa (p.43) I Was Born... (p.39) 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Silas (p.24) Los Lecheros (p.43) Solilochairliftquist (p.61) Are We Listening? (p.29) The Lost People of Q&A Lifeboat (p.42) Mountain Village (p.60) Wildlife and the Wall (p.53) Eastern Rises (p.59)

Q&A

Q&A

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL

ORIGINALS SHORTS

CINE DE LAS MONTAÑAS

3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Why Not Now (p.53) Ride of the Dead (p.49) 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Ingrained (p.40) Seldom Seen Sleight Climbing Disaster (p.33) My Mom Vala (p.45) The Guardians (p.18) (p.50) Return Desolation (p.48) Manuel (p.44) Loved by All: The Story Bears Ears Battle (p.83) Yojani (p.54) of Apa Sherpa (p.44) Adventure Not War (p.28) Felix (p.36) Q&A Q&A The Frenchy (p.37) The Mirnavator (p.45)

3 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Intersection: Micayla Gatto (p.41) Inside the Indus - A Pakistani Odyssey (p.40) The Moment (p.21)

Q&A

MOVERS AND SHAKERS SHORTS

3:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Our Surfing (p.47) Permafrost Now (p.47) Fate of the Wild (p.35) Gavin Grimm vs. (p.38) Takayna (p.52) Wolf Call (p.54)

3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

The Power of One (p.60) The Cove (p.58)

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

BOOZE AND BANTER

6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Q&A

Denali (p.58) Genghis Blues (p.59)

Q&A

12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Free Like the Birds (p.37) Time for Ilhan (p.25)

9:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dear Mr. President (p.34) The Human Element (p.19)

6:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

The Rescue List (p.23)

Q&A

Q&A

6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

For the Love of Mary (p.37) The Wolf Pack (p.54) North of Nightfall (p.21)

The Deep Place (p.35) A Woman Captured (p.25)

Q&A

Q&A

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

MOUNTAINFILM’S 40TH BASH

8:45-10:45 p.m. 9:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.

9:15 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

3,000 Miles (p.28) Won’t You Be My Neighbor (p.26)

Fear Us Women (p.36) The Interpreters (p.19)

Q&A

Q&A

6 PRESENTATION

6 BASE CAMP

9:15 p.m. - 11 p.m.

A Night at the Garden (p.46) Dark Money (p.17)

Black Mamba Anti Poaching Unit (p.31) When Lambs Become Lions (p.26)

A Letter to Congress (p.41) Anote’s Ark (p.16)

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

9:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.

6 TBA

9:30 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.

ADRENALINE PROGRAM (p.62)

Q&A

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 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


S C HEDUL E SU N DAY 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 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

S C HE DUL E S UNDAY

PALM

HIGH CAMP

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NUGGET

MASONS

THE OFF-WIDTH

LIBRARY

BASE CAMP

CAPACITY [650]

CAPACITY [500]

CAPACITY [230]

CAPACITY [165]

CAPACITY [145]

CAPACITY [120]

CAPACITY [65]

TOWN PARK MAIN STAGE

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

TBA

MOVERS AND SHAKERS SHORTS

9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Man in Nature (p.88) Pico Iyer: The Age of Movement (p.88) Vaquita (p.53)

9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

2.5 Million (p.28) Cory Richards (p.90) David Breashears: Rivers of Ice (p.84)

Q&A

Q&A

9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Our Surfing (p.47) Permafrost Now (p.47) Fate of the Wild (p.35) Gavin Grimm vs. (p.38) Takayna (p.52) Wolf Call (p.54)

Q&A

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Free Like the Birds (p.37) Time for Ilhan (p.25)

Q&A

CLIMBING SHORTS

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

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Hula Girl (p.39) Satan & Adam (p.23)

Q&A

12 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

The Long Time (p.43) The Game Changers (p.18)

12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Peter Hessler (p.87) Blue Heart (p.16)

Q&A

12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Black Mamba Anti Poaching Unit (p.31) When Lambs Become Lions (p.26)

9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Intersection: Micayla Gatto (p.41) Inside the Indus - A 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pakistani Odyssey (p.40) The Job (p.60) The Moment (p.20) Xtreme Tramping (p.61) Skiing Pine Needles (p.61) Q&A Clark, the Goalie (p.58) Diary of a Flagger (p.58) Gatherers (p.59)

Life Coach (p.42) Bros. of Climbing (p.32) Stumped (p.51) Break on Through (p.31) Chris Sharma (p.33) Choices (p.32)

For the Love of Mary (p.37) The Wolf Pack (p.54) North of Nightfall (p.21)

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

God Grew Tired of Us (p.59)

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

READING FRENZY AROUND THE WORLD SHORTS

4 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Dear Mr. President (p.34) The Human Element (p.19)

Q&A

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

4 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Follow Through (p.36) Psycho Vertical (p.22)

4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

National Geographic Young Leaders (p.86) Vaquita (p.53)

Q&A

Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna (p.49) Mountain (p.21)

Escape (p.35) Afghan Cycles (p.16)

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Yojani (p.54) Amo (p.29) Persian Powder (p.47) Born of Stone (p.31) Beyond of Horizon (p.30) In Perpetual ... (p.40)

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Odworot (p.60) Fitz Roy (p.59) I Made It (p.60)

Q&A

Q&A

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

BOOZE AND BANTER OFF THE GRID SHORTS

6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The Coffin Club (p.34) Katie (p.41) RBG (p.22)

6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ADRENALINE PROGRAM (P.62)

Q&A

6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Adventure Not War (p.28) 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Gretel Ehrlich and A New View of the Moon Chris Rainier: Cultures (p.46) on the Brink (p.85) Science Fair (p.24)

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The Space Within (p.51) How to Run (p.38) Ser (p.50) Lines to Hawaii (p.42) RJ Ripper (p.49) Brighter Night (p.32)

6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Tamba (p.52) Minding the Gap (p.20)

Q&A

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The Accidental Mountaineer (p.58) Fire on the Mountain (p.59)

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Symphony of a Sad Sea (p.51) On Her Shoulders (p.22)

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Mothered by Mountains (p.45) Return to Mount Kennedy (p.23)

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COFFEE AND CONVERSATION 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

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Fear Us Women (p.36) The Interpreters (p.19)

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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The Rescue List (p.23)

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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KIDZ KINO (P.64) 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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CLOSING PICNIC

THANK YOU FOR A

WONDERFUL 40TH FESTIVAL!

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MORNING SESSION: THE FLOW OF THE WORLD 9-10:45 A.M.

MIGRATION

Speakers listed in order of appearance.

Craig Childs: Atlas of a Lost World

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MOVING MOUNTAINS SYMPOSIUM FRIDAY, 9 A.M.-12:45 P.M., HIGH CAMP

Since humans first left Africa 60,000 years ago, we have been on the move, prompted by factors that range from conflict to inadequate food supplies, economic opportunities, natural disasters, the promise of a better life for our families or simple curiosity about what lies around the corner. Today’s world is an ever-more complex web of movement, and the increasing global population means that the sheer number of international migrants has never been higher. Add to that conflictfueled refugee crises, intense political battles over borders and the impacts of climate change on vulnerable landscapes, and migration has become one of the most pressing issues of the modern era. This year’s Moving Mountains Symposium will take a deep dive into the issue. On tap are top international experts, writers, scholars, humanitarians, politicians and artists who will approach the 78

issue from a fascinating and hardhitting array of angles. New York Times journalist and author Henry Fountain, an expert on climate change and natural disasters, will emcee the event. We’ll start the morning with the history of movement, examining the earliest human migration and how our ancestors dispersed throughout the planet. Speakers will then hone in on particular facets of the issue. They will follow one of the largest annual animal migrations on the planet, explore the worldwide plight of refugees fleeing war, talk about wielding the power of art as an activism tool and finally bring it home to the immigration battles waging now in America’s political arena. Through education, elucidation, empathy and the sharing of stories, the aim is to equip our audience with the information to form more workable solutions around migration at home, in the wilderness and abroad.

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Southwest writer Craig Childs’ work focuses on natural sciences, archaeology and remarkable journeys into the wilderness, with subjects ranging from pre-Columbian archaeology to U.S. border issues. The skilled orator will discuss his newest book, Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America. The book follows the first human migrations into the New World during the Ice Age — diving into why people came, what they found and how they spread across an empty continent.

Florian Schulz: The Path of the Caribou

Through breathtaking images, German-born photographer Florian Schulz works to inspire individuals to take action to protect endangered ecosystems. He is also a colorful speaker whose tales of wildlife close encounters and the majesty of nature keep audiences rapt. He will be presenting about his extensive work chronicling the migration of caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Elizabeth Ferris: A World on the Move

Elizabeth Ferris has spent her career working in the fields of refugees, migration and humanitarian issues. The author, research fellow and former UN senior advisor will look at the world’s 250 million or so international migrants, examining both the positive effects of voluntary migration and the devastating impacts of forced migration — on the

individuals and families themselves, but also the communities that host them and the overstretched international systems established to protect and assist them.

François Gemenne: Anthropocene and its Victims

An expert of environmental geopolitics and migration policy, François Gemenne is a research fellow in political science whose work deals largely with populations displaced by environmental changes and the policies of adaptation to climate change. He’ll discuss environmental migration and some of the world’s most vulnerable places.

Jen Schwartz: Coastal Communities in Retreat

For centuries, humans have engineered their way out of coastal flooding by building seawalls and dredging sand. But in an era of climate change, we can no longer hold back the water, and vulnerable coastal communities in the U.S. have started to accept the reality of “retreat.” Jen Schwartz, a senior editor at Scientific American, will delve into what scientists and policy makers are now racing to understand: What motivates people to relent to the forces of nature and give up on home? What happens to the land after infrastructure gets torn down? And, what might “managed relocation” look like in the near future?

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LATE SESSION: IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA 11 A.M.-12:45 P.M.

Gov. Jay Inslee: Standing Up Against Federal Policies

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is among the officials scattered across the country who have taken a stand to oppose President Donald Trump’s aggressive policies against immigrants. Among other things, Inslee has created an executive order aimed at restricting state agencies from helping enforce federal immigration laws. He will discuss the ways that small communities and governments can protect immigrant communities in their own jurisdictions, regardless of the messages coming from D.C.

Favianna Rodriguez: Art as Activism

Since getting her start designing political posters in Oakland in the ‘90s, artist and cultural organizer Favianna Rodriguez has been wielding her bold, colorful and vivid art as an effective tool in inspiring change in issues that range from gender equality to migration. The executive director of Culture Strike, a national arts organization that engages creatives in migrant rights, will deliver a treatise on the power of art to influence change.

Cristina Jiménez: The Resilience of Dreamers

Cristina Jiménez, who arrived in the United States from Ecuador as an undocumented immigrant at the age of 13, is co-founder and executive director of United We Dream, a nationwide network of affiliated groups, organizations and individuals focused on addressing the needs of immigrant youth and families. 80

She will discuss the resilient spirit of young people she has encountered in the immigrants’ rights movement, even as the fight for the Dream Act — a battle that’s been marked by backpedaling, political leveraging and a constant state of uncertainty for the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers it affects — continues.

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Lacey Studnicka: Refugees, Relocation and Integration

In 2016, Nebraska resettled more refugees per capita than any state in the U.S. As director of advancement for community services at Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Lacey Studnicka played a crucial role in that. Studnicka, who has dedicated her life to fostering an inclusive and welcoming community for refugees in the United States, will walk the audience through the ins and outs of relocation, integration and what happens when a family arrives in the U.S. and begins the process of starting over.

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ETHEL BRANCH & ANGELO BACA: THE BEARS EARS BATTLE

SATURDAY, 3:30 P.M., SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

CONRAD ANKER: ALL STORMS PASS

SATURDAY, 12:15 P.M., HIGH CAMP

Captain of the North Face climbing team, author, father and modern climbing legend Conrad Anker embodies the mountaineering ideal. His accomplishments among the world’s tallest peaks are vast: ascents include the west face of Latok II in Pakistan’s Karakoram, the three towers of the Cerro Torre Massif in Patagonia and the Streaked Wall in Zion. Anker was part of the expedition that discovered the body of George Mallory on Everest in 1999, and in October of 2011, along with Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, Anker realized a long-held dream when he topped out on the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru — an epic endeavor made famous in the film Meru (Mountainfilm, 2016). Anker has a long history of bridging generational gaps — climbing with mentors like Mugs Stump, 82

contemporaries like Alex Lowe but also young guns such as David Lama. And despite his noteworthy accomplishments, he retains an approachability, level-headedness and conscientiousness that makes him a hero to many. Anker says that family, climbing and community are his source of happiness, even when they bring challenges. “Even when we’re suffering, whether it’s in the mountains or because of something going on at home, trying situations are a way to understand our human condition. You have to try to rise above the adversity. I like doing that.” In this presentation, Mountainfilm’s 2018 Guest Director will talk about risk, loss and how it affects younger generations.

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When President Donald Trump announced his plan to drastically slash both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments by millions of acres in December, it was a huge blow to public lands advocates and recreationists. But it was particularly painful to the five tribes of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, who had worked for years to protect the 1.9 million acres of Utah wilderness — home to indigenous lands and countless ruins sites — through national monument designation. And many tribal members responded by fighting back. “We want to ensure that those lands and the knowledge that is tied to those lands are preserved and protected and advanced ... and that our ways of being can continue to exist,” Ethel Branch, the Attorney General of the Navajo Nation, told

the press. Branch joined other tribal representatives following the announcement in suing the government to challenge the decision. In this joint presentation, Branch and cultural activist, scholar, filmmaker and fellow front-line fighter Angelo Baca will take the stage to talk about the way indigenous cultures are woven inextricably into the land, the effort that went into creating the monument and what’s at stake today. As Baca wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times, “Bears Ears has been since time immemorial a place of peace and rest, a sanctuary undisturbed by the kind of colonial violence many other places faced. A revitalization and renewal of spirit prevails here and, like the monument, must be kept intact so that healing, of wounds past and present, can take root and grow.”

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GRETEL EHRLICH AND CHRIS RAINIER: CULTURES ON THE BRINK

DAVID BREASHEARS: RIVERS OF ICE

SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M., SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

When David Breashears was a young boy, he saw a picture of Tenzing Sherpa on top of Mount Everest in a book, and that image sparked a passion that ended up steering his life. Today, Breashears’ career is so entwined with Everest that his name is nearly synonymous with the mountain. In 1983, he transmitted the first live television footage from the top of the mountain and two years later, became the first American to reach the summit more than once. He is well known for guiding Dick Bass to the top of Everest, thus completing Bass’ ascent of the Seven Summits, and was filming on the mountain during the infamous blizzard of May 10, 1996, that left eight climbers dead. 84

The accomplished filmmaker has more than 40 projects under his belt, including the IMAX film Everest and Storm Over Everest. He has deep ties to Mountainfilm that go back to the festival’s early days, including a stint on the board. Breashears is also the founder and executive director of GlacierWorks, a nonprofit that uses art, science and adventure to raise public awareness about the consequences of climate change in the Greater Himalayan Region. Breashears’ presentation, “Rivers of Ice,” will examine climate change and its impact on glaciers of the greater Himalaya, illustrated with super high-resolution photography.

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SUNDAY, 6:45 P.M., SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

Travel writer, poet and essayist Gretel Ehrlich has spent much of her life studying disappearing cultures and examining humans’ relationship to landscapes. She is the recipient of three National Geographic Expedition grants and the author of 15 books. Chris Rainier, meanwhile, is a photographer whose mission is to put wilderness and disappearing cultures on film. His work has been published in Time, Life, Smithsonian, The New York Times and many National Geographic publications, and he is well known for his book Ancient Marks. Both are longtime friends of

Mountainfilm who have participated or visited many times over the years. In this shared presentation, they will address “Cultures on the Brink.” Ehrlich will recount her explorations of the two northernmost villages in Greenland, where she talked to indigenous Arctic people about climate change. Rainier, meanwhile, will examine the questions that have kept him on the road for over 40 years: “Why does mankind travel? What draws humans to sail behind the horizon, motivates us to seek unknown lands and attracts us to the landscapes and the cultures living on the frayed edge of the map?”

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUNG LEADERS

SUNDAY, 4:30 P.M., SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

Through its Young Explorer Leadership and Development Program, National Geographic selects a small batch of promising researchers, conservationists, photojournalists and storytellers from around the globe for a year-long leadership program. The program aims to provide them with the skills, experiences and support necessary to propel their careers to the next level through mentorship, training and project development guidance. The goal is to help foster the next generation of leaders — individuals who will tackle global challenges with commitment, innovation and curiosity. National Geographic is bringing four members of its inaugural Young Leaders class to Mountainfilm to present on their latest projects. Ecologist and photographer Jen Guyton’s passion is wildlife conservation. She’s documented baboons in Tanzania, meerkats in South Africa, hippos in Kenya and termites in Namibia. Currently, she spends 10 months a year living in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, where she studies and photographs wildlife with a specialty in mammal ecology. Her current work focuses on two threads: bat diversity and conservation, and the ecological interactions between plants and the large mammals that eat them. The National Geographic Young Explorer and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow holds a master’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University, where she is pursuing her PhD. Ecologist Dalal Hanna strives to foster a more equitable and sustainable future through researching environmental challenges. Her current focus is on 86

the diverse ways rivers contribute to human wellbeing, and how protection of rivers influences their ability to make these contributions. When Dalal is not busy asking scientific questions about the environment, she’s usually exploring it. She has hiked the Fagarash mountains in Romania, biked around Gaspésie in Canada, dived through caverns in Mexico, ridden camels in the Sinai desert and paddled 7,000 kilometers across Canada to raise funds and awareness for watershed conservation. Anusha Shankar is a PhD candidate at Stony Brook University who studies how hummingbirds balance their daily energetic needs, including using infrared video to capture the secret nightlife of the diminutive birds. She received a Young Explorer grant from National Geographic in 2014 to collect field physiological data in Ecuador, and has continued to work closely with Ecuadorian hummingbirds and scientists. She plans to work longerterm in the tropics, with a home base in India. Documentary filmmaker and photographer Asha Stuart’s work focuses on sociocultural themes. She is particularly interested in people living in marginalized communities and facing injustice in areas of racial inequality, women’s rights and environmental issues. Her passion for storytelling has taken her across the world — documenting voodoo ceremonies in Haiti and acid attack burn wards in India. Her investigative short films have appeared on CNN and PBS, and she was named a National Geographic Young Explorer grantee in 2016.

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PETER HESSLER: THE CHINESE LINGERIE VENDORS OF EGYPT

SUNDAY, 12:45 P.M., SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

More than a million Chinese are now living and working in Africa, as part of the nation’s ambitious thrust beyond Asia. The most remarkable part of this story involves individual Chinese entrepreneurs, who often find their way to remote and unexpected places. From 2011 to 2016, journalist Peter Hessler lived in Egypt, where he primarily covered the events of the Arab Spring. But while researching in small cities in Upper Egypt, he stumbled upon Chinese migrants who had found a particularly unusual niche: selling lingerie to conservative small-town Egyptians. Over a threeyear period, Hessler tracked down Chinese lingerie dealers all along the Nile, and this research gave him new insights into China, Egypt and the role

of gender and politics in each culture. Hessler is a staff writer for the The New Yorker whose work is marked by keen observations of social behavior, precise descriptions and skilled contextualizing. He was the magazine’s correspondent in China from 2000 until 2007, and is the author of a trilogy of books on the country: River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, Oracle Bones, and Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip. In 2011, Hessler was named a MacArthur Fellow. After leaving China, he moved to Ridgway, Colorado, where he wrote a sharp feature on the local uranium industry, a fascinating profile of Nucla pharmacist Don Colcord and a piece about Trump’s influence on the Western Slope, among others.

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ANAND VARMA

JASON JAACKS

PICO IYER: THE AGE OF MOVEMENT

SUNDAY, 9:15 A.M., HIGH CAMP

* Iyer’s presentation will be preceded by a Telluride Dance Collective performance juxtaposed with a portion of Alan Watts’ piece “Man in Nature.”

Pico Iyer is an English-born travel writer and journalist whose TED talks on issues like stillness and the meaning of home have garnered millions of views. He has traveled from North Korea to Easter Island and Ethiopia, authoring some 12 books, including The Lady and the Monk and The Global Soul. To describe him as simply a travel writer, however, is doing him an injustice. That’s because Iyer’s meditative musings go beyond travelogue to offer illuminating observations on the human condition. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves,” he writes. In this talk, Iyer, who has personal experience with migration (his parents were born in India before moving to 88

England, and he split a childhood between the UK and California) will address the “Age of Movement” that we’re living in. It’s a time when some humans are able to savor the global neighborhood as never before, even as the number of refugees worldwide has risen 4500% since World War II. “Planetary possibilities are dazzling, and the discrepancies between privileged and less so are terrifying,” Iyer says. Looking at migration as it plays out in Tibet and other essential countries everywhere, Iyer will try to excavate the hidden potential within our new global imaginations — as well as the dangers in what too often resembles less a global village than a global city.

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RODRIGO MEDELLÍN, ANAND VARMA AND JASON JAACKS

SATURDAY, 12:15 P.M., SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

Rodrigo Medellín is a champion of one of the world’s most reviled mammals: the bat. As a kid, he kept Vampire bats as pets, and he went on to dedicate his life to the study and conservation of the flying creatures in his home country of Mexico. The ecologist and professor has directed scores of theses and dissertations and published more than 100 publications on bats, and has spent countless hours in caves, ruins and other dark places researching the animals, specifically two rare species, the wooly false vampire bat and the spectral bat. His work, aimed

at shaping conservation policy to protect the vital animals, has earned him the nickname “The Bat Man of Mexico.” Medellín has worked extensively with National Geographic photographer Anand Varma and environmental filmmaker Jason Jaacks to capture unique images and footage of the animals and share their fascinating stories with the world. Together, the trio will bring these stories to the Mountainfilm stage, presenting images and anecdotes of these unusual, villainized, crucial and elusive creatures.

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DAVID ROBERTS

GREG CHILD

DAVID ROBERTS AND GREG CHILD

SATURDAY, 9:30 A.M., OPERA HOUSE

CORY RICHARDS

SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M., SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

After becoming the first American to summit an 8,000-meter peak in winter — a harrowing experience that was the subject of the film Cold (Mountainfilm, 2011) — Cory Richards’ career as a climber and photographer took a sudden upward trajectory. He began shooting regularly for National Geographic, became a prominent North Face athlete and set out on expeditions to places like Myanmar, Antarctica and Botswana with some of the biggest names in the sport.

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But as his star rose, his personal life unraveled into divorce, addiction and depression. In this unflinchingly honest presentation, Richards will chart a journey through PTSD, mountaineering, personal growth and professional development. From Everest to Africa, his visual narrative will illuminate our connectedness and examine the nature of risk, consequence and the unlikely manifestations of reward.

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Nicknamed “the dean of adventure writing,” David Roberts is one of the most prolific climbing authors to date, with books such as The Mountain of My Fear that appear on the short list of must-read climbing literature almost by default. He’s also written extensively on the history and prehistory of the West, and is an accomplished climber with a list of notable first ascents in Alaska. But in 2015, he was forced to face a whole new kind of challenge when he was diagnosed with Stage IV throat

cancer. Instead of slowing down, he has continued to write — through the exhaustion, chemotherapy and illness — musing on death, partnership and climbing. He’ll sit down with friend and fellow climbing author, the Australian-born mountaineer Greg Child, for this intimate conversation. Together, the friends, climbing veterans and scribes will talk about the definition of adventure, the realities of illness and their shared passion for prehistoric ruins and rock art in the Southwest.

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Opening Reception Friday, 3:30-6:30 P.M.

Mountainfilm’s annual Gallery Walk, which acts as the unofficial kickoff to Friday night events, showcases the work of wildlife photographers, painters, photojournalists and other artists in various venues and galleries in downtown Telluride. Artists will be on hand to speak about their exhibits, and the work will remain on display throughout the weekend.

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Joseph Toney’s illustrative painting style, which is marked by clean lines and transfixing patterns, results in beautiful caricatures of the natural surroundings that inspire it: mountains, clouds and waves. The work of the 27-year-old artist and designer, who is based in Salt Lake City, has been featured on Jones Snowboards, Armada Skis and many other outdoor brand products. He is Mountainfilm’s 2018 poster artist.

Amplifier Foundation, which is dedicated to amplifying the voices of grassroots movements through art and community engagement, returns to Mountainfilm this year with a show titled “My Climate Hero.” Through a partnership with Earth Guardians and the Peoples Climate Movement, Amplifier enlisted young artists to celebrate heroes working on the front lines of the climate change crisis. The result is a colorful and interactive homage to individuals such as Paul Nicklen, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.

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JOHN DUGGER

As a young artist, John Dugger was part of a thriving expatriate scene in late ‘60s London, a founder of the counterculture Artists Liberation Front and the first American artist to visit China during the closing phases of the cultural revolution. His sculptures have been exhibited at MOMA Oxford, but he is perhaps best known for his large-scale banners, which have been exhibited in places like the Tate Modern. He will bring a selection of these banners to Mountainfilm.

T H E BU T C H E R & THE BA KER SATURDAY, 7 A.M.-9 P.M.; SUNDAY, 8 A.M.-2 P.M.; MONDAY, 7 A.M.-4 P.M.

ANAND VARMA

As a kid growing up in Georgia, Anand Varma’s passion for wildlife was ignited while exploring the streams and wooded lots near his home. That fascination continues to steer his life; these days he’s a widely published photographer who helps biologists communicate their research through

images. The 2018 theater presenter’s (page 89) work tells the story behind the science on everything from hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian diseases, insidious parasites, Mexican vampire bats and mangrove forests.

GHO S T T O W N - O UTD O O R MURA L ZARIA FORMAN Pastel artist Zaria Forman fuses huge canvases, hyper-realistic details and visceral energy to convey the urgency of climate change as it affects the Earth’s landscapes. Forman has travelled aboard the National Geographic Explorer ship as as artistin-residence in Antarctica, flown over polar regions with NASA’s Operation IceBridge and documented rising seas in Ecuador. Her vivid large-scale depitctions of glaciers, icebergs and islands explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility in the landscape, conveying the beauty and vulnerability of these abstract regions in an effort to draw viewers in, inspire emotion and trigger action. Her work has been exhibited worldwide.

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This two-person show will feature photographs of National Geographic Young Leaders and presenters Jen Guyton and Asha Stuart (page 86). Guyton, an ecologist and photographer, has studied baboons in Tanzania, meerkats in South Africa, hippos in Kenya and termites in Namibia. She will bring a collection of wildlife images from her time living at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Documentary filmmaker and photographer Stuart, meanwhile, focuses on sociocultural themes with an emphasis on people living in marginalized communities. She will exhibit a selection of images from her film Lost Tribe of Africa (page 43).

LINDSAY JONES

Colorado-based artist and designer Lindsay Jones makes her living creating textile prints, logos and illustrations while maintaining her fine art practice. She has created designs for clients like Shredly mountain bike shorts and Mountain Flyer Magazine, and is the artist behind the illustrations in the short film The Frenchy (page 37).

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RICCARDA DE ECCHER

Italian painter and climber Riccarda de Eccher has been smitten by mountains her entire life. She has climbed through the Dolomites, scaled Annapurna III and expeditioned to Mount Everest. Her passion is reflected in her watercolor

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art, which portrays her favorite peaks in nuanced tones that evoke the many moods of mountains. De Eccher’s life and work is the subject of the film Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna (page 49).

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PHIL BORGES, BILL ELLZEY, CHRIS RAINIER This group show will bring together three influential photographers for a body of work that reflects Mountainfilm’s past and present. Colorado photographer and former Telluride resident Bill Ellzey will return to the box canyon with a collection of his iconic images of Telluride’s early days and rugged mountains. Phil Borges, an author, photographer and filmmaker (Crazywise, page 17) who has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures for a quarter century, will bring a selection of his unmistakable portraits, which capture striking images of people of Tibet, Siberia, Ethiopia and beyond. And Chris Rainier, a 2018 theater presenter (page

85) whose mission is to put wilderness and indigenous cultures on film, will exhibit a collection of images documenting cultures on the brink.

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FAVIANNA RODRIGUEZ

Artist, cultural organizer and symposium speaker Favianna Rodriguez (page 80) got her start designing political posters in the fight for racial justice in Oakland in the ‘90s. She has since wielded her bold, colorful and vivid art as an effective tool in inspiring social change, tackling issues such as migration, economic inequality and gender justice. Rodriguez’s work, which is often created in partnership with social movement groups, is visionary, engaging and impactful. As the executive director of Culture Strike, a national arts organization that engages creatives in migrant rights, she lectures globally on the power of art.

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COFFEE & CONVERSATION Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 8-9 A.M.

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SATURDAY #1

CLIMATE PERSPECTIVES

2017 brought devastating hurricanes, record wildfires and epic flooding — making clear that the climate crisis continues to mount. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, landscape painter Zaria Forman and Grist senior editor Nikhil Swaminathan will talk about climate change and the environmental movement from three different perspectives — politics, art and journalism.

THE RESILIENCE OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS #2

Undocumented immigrants, who live in the shadows and in constant fear of deportation, have found themselves at the center of a roiling political battle this year over immigration policy. Through it all, many have shown remarkable resilience. Artist and migrant activist Favianna Rodriguez (page 80), immigrant youth leader Cristina Jiménez (page 80), migration writer Lauren Markham and Telluride Dreamers Claudia Garcia and Luis Tabares will recount the notable strength they’ve encountered in the movement.

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Ascending the world’s tallest mountain used to be a rarefied experience — a once-in-a-lifetime challenge taken on by only the well-trained. Today, climbing Mount Everest is a different story entirely — hundreds of people attempt to scale the peak each season, creating dangerous traffic jams, generating significant waste and posing huge impacts on the peak. A multigenerational panel of alpinists and Everest experts, including Adrian Ballinger, Adrian Burgess, Hilaree Nelson, Karsang Sherpa and David Breashears, will join guest moderator Conrad Anker to talk about the state of the peak and the promise of pristine adventure it once held.

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PUBLIC LANDS — WHAT WE STAND TO LOSE

President Donald Trump intends to aggressively deregulate this country, and public lands stand to be a significant casualty of that effort. Public lands advocate and author Blake Spalding, Utah-based naturalist and educator Christa Sadler and Bears Ears National Monument proponent, cultural activist, scholar and filmmaker Angelo Baca (page 83) will discuss what’s at stake, and what lovers of public lands can do to fight for the landscapes in jeopardy.

#4 #METOO IN THE ADVENTURE WORLD

In 2017, America was roiled by the #metoo movement, as women in nearly all sectors — from Hollywood to journalism and high-level business — came forward with stories of sexual misconduct in the workplace. The outdoor realm didn’t escape unscathed; reports came forward from river guides to skiers about systemic harassment. Award-winning journalist Annette McGivney will be joined by climbers Emily Harrington and Lynn Hill to discuss the ways the movement has affected adventure sports. #5 DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING IN THE AGE OF BRANDED CONTENT

These days, branded content is both ubiquitous and high-quality. Ever wondered how to break into it? Anders Nordblom from REI, Taylor Johns from YETI Coolers and Alex Lowther from Patagonia will explain the best ways for storytellers to connect with the brands they believe in. With moderator Tyler WilkinsonRay (2.5 Million, page 28), a filmmaker who himself creates branded content.

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BLOCKADES TO THE MIGRATORY PATH

From raptors to ungulates, animals all over the world follow ancient migratory instincts to survive. Climate change, human encroachment and habitat fragmentation are making those journeys more difficult than ever. Ecologist and bat expert Rodrigo Medellín (page 89), HawkWatch development and marketing director Joseph Dane, renowned wildlife photographer Florian Schulz (page 79) and Justine Sanchez from the Buffalo Field Campaign will talk about the ever-increasing impediments that migratory animals face.

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Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court decided its landmark Citizens United case in 2010, the floodgates have been opened for corporations to contribute in unprecedented — and shadowy — ways to American political campaigns. Kimberly Reed, director of Dark Money (page 17) and Sarah Arnold — the “star witness” in the trial featured in the film — will discuss the role of dark money in politics across the nation. #2

A WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS

Conflicts, famine and genocide have fueled massive numbers of refugees to flee their countries in recent years. Which has, in turn, triggered divisive political battles over immigration policy and border laws. Humanitarian and international refugee expert Elizabeth Ferris (page 79), geopolitics and migration scholar François Gemenne (page 790 and writer Lauren Markham discuss the concept of opening worldwide borders. #3 EXPRESSIONS OF ACTIVISM

Some of the most potent activism in recent history comes in the form of art, be it arresting photographs, impactful images or the written word. Artist and cultural activist Favianna Rodriguez (page 80), photographer and film subject James Balog (The Human Element, page 19) and Grist magazine editor Brady Walkinshaw will talk about the power of activist art.

SEEKING THE CENTER PLACE FOR 2,500 YEARS

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For thousands of years, Pueblo people migrated throughout the American Southwest searching for the Center Place. This 2,500-year-long story is one of ingenuity, dire circumstances and fortitude. Crow Canyon Anasazi Center’s cultural specialist Dan Simplicio, along with the center’s researcher Mark Varien and its 102

anthropologist Shanna Diederichs, will explore how the Pueblo migration weaves together issues of climate change, economic adaptation and cultural identity that we can all learn from today. #5

MEET THE INTERPRETERS

Hundreds of foreign interpreters have served U.S. military units, often risking their lives to do so or facing reprisals from insurgents who consider them traitors. Interpreters and film subjects Khalid Awda, Paul Braun and Ali Jaafar Hussein (The Interpreters, page 19) along with the film’s directors Sofian Khan and Andrés Caballero, will talk about the perils of the job and how interpreters are left in harm’s way once American troops withdraw. #6

BLINDED BY SCIENCE

Science education is vital to creating the next generation of innovators, change-makers and minds that can solve humanity’s biggest problems. Science teacher and film subject Dr. Serena McCalla (Science Fair, page 24) will join Telluride science teachers Chris Loew from Telluride Middle/ High School and Emily Durkin from Telluride Mountain School to discuss the state of science in the classroom. #7

THE GREAT QUAKE

In 1964, the largest quake ever measured in North America hit Alaska, a 9.2-magnitude doozy that caused a terrible chain of destruction. That quake, and the groundbreaking scientific work that was done to understand it, is the subject of journalist Henry Fountain’s 2017 book, The Great Quake. Fountain will read from the book, followed by a conversation about plate tectonics, science and disasters with science writer Jen Schwartz.

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WHAT NOW?

You’ve seen films and heard stories that have you fired up, electrified and ready to change your life and the world. But what are the most effective ways to channel that newfound energy? Filmmaker Tom Shadyac and author of Wild Cheryl Strayed will lead a discussion on the best strategies to support causes you care about. #2

CULTURES UNDER THREAT

Author Gretel Ehrlich (page 85), photographer and filmmaker Asha Stuart (Lost Tribe of Africa, page 43) and National Geographic Fellow Chris Rainier (page 85) have all traveled to far corners of the Earth to study indigenous cultures whose way of life is threatened. From people of the frozen Arctic to a displaced tribe in India and preserving dying languages in places like Australia, the three will discuss the forces threatening these cultures. #3

MUSIC MONDAY

After three days of film and speakers, a little bit of free-form music can do us all some good. This jam session will feature a spoken word poetry jam and music with author Craig Childs (page 79), Timmy O’Neill and Railery, along with songs performed by Mason Jar Music, and, as always, tunes by folk singer Peter Yarrow. #4

MIGRATION STORIES

Locals, guests and festival attendees share their own personal migration stories, recounting the hardships and rewards of getting from there to here. Speakers will include Telluride resident Bärbel Hacke (originally of East Germany); Escape (page 35) film subject Jean-Aime Bigirimani, aka DJ JaBig (originally of Rwanda);

Telluride resident Mayra Guerrero (originally of Mexico); and Minding the Gap (page 20) director Bing Liu (originally of China). #5

THE RESTORATIVE POWER OF WILDERNESS

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ENHANCING STORYTELLING

It’s an age-old tale: after enduring a traumatic experience like the death of a loved one, a horrible accident or a terrible upheaval, a person finds solace, peace and, eventually, healing in wilderness. Climber and photographer Cory Richards (page 90), legendary alpinist and film subject Jim Whittaker (Return to Mount Kennedy, page 23) and skier and film subject Caroline Gleich (Follow Through, page 36) share their own stories of restoration through nature. In the medium of filmmaking, tools such as music and animation can do a great deal to enhance the story. Film score composer Ian McCleod, illustrator and artist Lindsay Jones (The Frenchy, page 37) and filmmaker Cameron Maier, who put together a striking animation sequence for his film Craig’s Reaction (page 34), discuss ways to utilize these crucial ancillary tools. #7 MARRIAGE, MOTHERHOOD AND MOUNTAINEERING

Balancing a love of climbing with raising a family and maintaining a strong marriage can be a tricky thing to pull off. Jan Redford, climber, mother, wife and author of End of the Rope will sit down with fellow author Jenni Lowe-Anker, a mother of three who is married to Conrad Anker, to discuss marriage, motherhood and mountaineering.

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FRIDAY

#1 WHAT HAPPENED TO (THIS) WINTER?

The 2017-18 winter in southwest Colorado will be one for the record books – and not in a good way. The dearth of snow impacted business, diminished runoff and amplified drought conditions. Telluride ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson, Jagged Edge gear shop owner Eric Dalton, Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies Executive Director Jeff Derry, Wagner Custom Skis founder Pete Wagner and Toad&Co CEO Gordon Seabury will discuss the climate implications and effects of unpredictable winters on outdoor business with moderator Conrad Anker.

SATURDAY #1 RE-EVALUATING RISK

As outdoor adventurers grow older, their lives and priorities evolve — influenced by partners, families or even the death of loved ones. These changes are often marked by a deep re-evaluation of risk and its heady consequences. Moderator Timmy O’Neill will tackle this topic with climbers Adrian Ballinger, Emily Harrington, Craig DeMartino (subject of Craig’s Reaction, page 34) and ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich (subject of Follow Through, page 36) . #2

STILL KICKIN’!

At the age of 99, film subject Felix Belmont (Felix, page 36) is believed to be the world’s oldest public radio host. Jaques Houot (The Frenchy,

page 37), meanwhile, is still ripping through the mountains as a ski racer, mountain biker and road cyclist at the age of 82. The pair, both hailing from Colorado, will share the secrets to their fountains of youth with moderator Emily Long. Hint: they involve flirtations, mountains and fine scotch.

SUNDAY #1 MOUNTAINFILM AT 40

Mountainfilm began in 1979 with a single theater and daytime activities devoted to climbing and skiing. It has since grown up into the bustling four-day celebration of documentary films and change-makers it is today. Join past festival directors, staffers and individuals who helped shape Mountainfilm along with moderator Emily Long — a former program director herself — as they recount stories, memories and characters from the festival’s past. #2 FINDING ADVENTURE IN AN EVER-SHRINKING WORLD

These days, it’s harder than ever to find places that haven’t been trodden, adventures that haven’t been attempted or pockets of the world that remain unexplored. The intrusion of digital technology and cell service only makes true wilderness that much more elusive. Kayakers Cooper Lambla and Tyler Allyn (Frontier of Firsts, page 63) will join moderator Timmy O’Neill to talk about wha t it takes to achieve wild experiences in the modern world.

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READING FRENZY Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Hotel Madeline Ballroom in Mountain Village

Between the Covers Bookstore — Telluride’s beloved purveyor of books — moves up to Hotel Madeline Sunday afternoon for a celebration of Mountainfilm authors who will sign and sell their books. It’s a bookworm’s dream come true. Featured authors will include: Conrad Anker James Balog Sayu Bhojwani Phil Borges David Breashears Anna Brones Adrian Burgess Greg Child Craig Childs Susan Dalton * Gretel Ehrlich

Elizabeth Ferris Henry Fountain Peter Hessler Pico Iyer Scott Jurek Ace Kvale Brendan Leonard Jenni Lowe-Anker Lauren Markham Luke Mehall Annette McGivney

Chris Rainier Jan Redford David Roberts Christa Sadler Florian Schulz Peter Shelton Blake Spalding Cheryl Strayed Tom Tatum Jim Whittaker

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S PE CI A L E VE NT S POWER HIKE WITH CAROLINE GLEICH SUNDAY, 10 A.M., MEET AT COURTHOUSE STEPS

FREE-RANGE PROGRAMS SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY

Mountainfilm has a history of getting people outside, and to honor that tradition we offer Free-Range Programs — events centered around the forests, trails, mountains and history of Telluride. Passholders and the general public are welcome to these free events. Some Free-Range Programs have limited space, so come early. Rain or shine!

ANCIENT HISTORY IN A BLANKET SATURDAY, 1:30 P.M., TELLURIDE HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Author and presenter David Roberts (page 91) is well-known for his climbing literature, but he’s also a passionate historian of the Southwest’s prehistoric ruins, especially Anasazi art. Join him and fellow writer Greg Child (page 91) at the Telluride Historical Museum for a talk on the Telluride Blanket, which is the only fully intact example of brown/ red/white twill fabric from the Anasazi. The blanket has been dated back to between 1041 and 1272 C.E.

SLACKLINING WITH HAYLEY ASHBURN SATURDAY, 1-4 P.M., ELKS PARK

Professional slackliner and film subject Hayley Ashburn (Hayley, page 62) has walked a 170-foot highline strung above rocky outcroppings in

the Dolomites at 9,000 feet, in the middle of winter. For this event, she’s bringing her skills down a little closer to earth to share with fellow slackliners, festival guests and anyone who’s interested.

MEET THE REAL WOLVES SATURDAY, 2 P.M., OAK STREET GONDOLA PLAZA

Meet the wolves and wolf dogs of the Wolfwood Refuge in Ignacio. Paula Woerner from Wolfwood will introduce festival-goers to a few of the refuge’s resident animals. Woerner, along with Jonathan Proctor from Defenders of Wildlife and Cheney Gardner of Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, will also talk about the issues surrounding peaceful coexistence between humans and wolves.

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When professional ski mountaineer and subject of the film Follow Through (page 36) Caroline Gleich isn’t skinning ridges and dropping couloirs, she hits the local trails. Join Gleich on a jaunt up one of Telluride’s most popular tracks, where she’ll chat about the topics that she’s passionate about: skiing, environmental justice and combating cyber-bullying.

A CLIMBING CONCLAVE SUNDAY, 2 P.M., TELLURIDE HIGH SCHOOL CLIMBING GYM

Break up the film-watching with some crimps, jugs and vertical movement alongside your climbing heroes. Climbers in attendance will include film subjects Maureen Beck (Stumped, page 51), Craig DeMartino (Craig’s Reaction, page 34) and Timmy O’Neill (Urban Ape, page 61).

FIRESIDE CHAT: KATIE LEE STORIES AND SONGS SUNDAY, 8:30 P.M., ELKS PARK FIRE PIT

Spitfire activist, folk-singing siren, river goddess and film subject Katie Lee (Katie, page 41) passed away on Nov. 1 at the age of 98. But not before living a rich life of river exploration, bold activism and meaningful music. Join filmmakers Beth and George Gage, close friends of Lee, to share stories and songs about this unforgettable woman. With tunes by Mason Jar Music.

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A NEW VIEW OF THE MOON SUNDAY, 8:45 P.M., SIDEWALK OUTSIDE THE NUGGET THEATRE

As A New View of the Moon (page 46) proves, we could all use a dose of awe. Bryan Cashion from the Black Canyon Astronomy Club will provide precisely that, aiming his highpowered telescope at the moon and letting passersby peer through for a reminder of its magnificence.

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY MONDAY, 11 A.M., LONE TREE CEMETERY

Join the Telluride Elks Lodge and American Legion for their annual remembrance of the soldiers who have served and fallen for their country. Featuring veteran and film subjects Stacy Bare (Adventure Not War, page 28) and Garrett Eaton (Return from Desolation, page 48).

BIKE RODEO MONDAY, 12:45 P.M., TELLURIDE HIGH SCHOOL PARKING LOT

The San Miguel Bike Alliance and Town of Telluride will be celebrating all things two-wheeled during Bike Week. Join them at this bike event, which will feature a light obstacle course, bike registration, safety talk from local law enforcement, prizes and more. Bring your steed for a group ride to the Closing Picnic. PRES ENTATIO NS | E V ENT S | AWARDS & J UDG E S | B OARD & DON ORS | S TAFF | V OL UNT E E RS | IN MEMORIAM | MAPS

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S PE CI A L E VE NT S CINE DE LAS MONTAÑAS - A BILINGUAL PROGRAM FRIDAY, 6:30 P.M., OFF-WIDTH; SATURDAY, 3:15 P.M., NUGGET

Mountainfilm is thrilled to host two programs of bilingual films for the community. Films include The Guardians (page 18), Ride of the Dead (page 49), Climbing Out of a Disaster (page 33), Manual (page 44) and Yojani: A Cuba Skate Story (page 54). Films are either in Spanish with English subtitles or vice versa. Friday’s program is free to the community, and Saturday’s will be free after passholders are admitted.

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Along with the films, presentations, panels, hikes, book fairs and art walks, Mountainfilm squeezes a few parties and special surprises into the mix. Special events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted.

THE DZI FOUNDATION 20TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY THURSDAY, 8 P.M. SMUGGLER’S BREW PUB

Help Mountainfilm’s nonprofit partner, the dZi Foundation, celebrate 20 years of transformational work in Nepal. The Ridgway-based nonprofit helps over 30,000 people in Nepal’s most remote villages live healthier, more prosperous and more vibrant lives with on-the-ground community projects.

GOOGLE CELEBRATING WOMEN IN MEDIA PARTY FRIDAY, 3:30-6 P.M. SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE SHOW BAR

Google, which is hosting Mountainfilm’s VR Studio, will kick off the weekend with a party honoring female artists, photographers, filmmakers and athletes — who are

bringing more energy and finespun storytelling into media than ever before. Participants can take part in a communal art project in the space.

GOOGLE VR STUDIO SATURDAY, 9 A.M.-5 P.M. SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE SHOW BAR

Virtual reality is a potent storytelling platform that’s proving to be effective in the realms of activism and education as well as entertainment. Check it out for yourself at Mountainfilm’s VR Studio, which is in partnership with Google. This year’s lineup will take viewers on investigations of the seafood industry’s massively wasteful supply chain, immersive listening tours into one of North America’s quietest places and journeys to an artisanal conflict-free gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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YETI PRESENTS: MOUNTAINFILM’S 40TH BASH SATURDAY, 7-10 P.M. HERITAGE PLAZA IN MOUNTAIN VILLAGE

In 2018, Mountainfilm is celebrating 40 years of audacious adventures, inspiring individuals and indomitable spirit, and invites the entire community to mark the occasion at this outdoor shindig. DJ Kat V will be spinning the tunes, drinks will be available at the bar and Mountain Village restaurants will be offering anniversary specials. Free and open to the community. With an after-party at the Liberty Bar in Telluride.

CLOSING AWARDS PICNIC MONDAY, 1-4 P.M.

AMERICAN ALPINE CLUB/YETI PARTY FRIDAY, 8 P.M. NEW SHERIDAN HISTORIC BAR

A tradition hosted by the American Alpine Club, the 2018 party will celebrate the filmmakers supported by the AAC Commitment Grant. Catch up with friends and get your weekend started right. The party will feature a free raffle by YETI Coolers, and the first drink is on AAC. Open to passholders and AAC members.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL SATURDAY, 1:30-3 P.M. COLORADO AVENUE (MAIN STREET) BETWEEN ASPEN AND FIR STREETS

It’s called the Ice Cream Social, but there’s much more than scoops of free frozen treats. It’s a block party that hosts a farmers market with locally grown produce, a place to grab lunch and the perfect outdoor gathering to discuss which films have blown your

AWARDS CEREMONY STARTS AT 2:30 P.M. TELLURIDE TOWN PARK

Wrap up the festival with a delicious vegetarian lunch and the festival awards in the park, and don’t forget to cast your vote for Audience Choice Award. The picnic is free with Fitzroy, Palmyra, Ama Dablam and Patron passes, and tickets are on sale at Hospitality and the picnic entrance for $25. Following the awards, DJ JaBig will close it all down with some tunes.

MOUNTAINFILM DOWNLOW MONDAY, 7 P.M. SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

This live storytelling event organized through Telluride Theatre has become a wildly successful event, thanks to the hilarious, outrageous and moving tales told by its performers. This Mountainfilm edition, themed “Crossing Borders,” features Mountainfilm guests and Telluride locals.

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Festival awards are announced at the Closing Picnic & Awards Ceremony, which takes place in Telluride Town Park from 1 to 4 P.M. on Monday.

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

All passholders can vote for their favorite festival film using the Mountainfilm app or at voting stations located in Hospitality (112 E. Colorado Avenue) and at the Closing Picnic. Audience members must have their passes with them to vote. CHARLIE FOWLER AWARD

Charlie Fowler was a world-class climber and Telluride crag pioneer who died on a 2006 expedition in China with his partner Christine Boskoff. He’s represented in spirit by this $1,000 juried award that goes to a climbing film. BEST SHORT FILM

This juried award goes to the most outstanding film under 40 minutes. BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

A jury will select the feature documentary with the most compelling story, artful cinematography and high-caliber filmmaking. MOVING MOUNTAINS PRIZE

This $3,000 prize supports a nonprofit featured in a festival film. It is given based on the mission, scope, impact and need of the nonprofit’s work.

NORMAN VAUGHAN INDOMITABLE SPIRIT AWARD

The great polar explorer Norman Vaughan’s motto was “Dream big and dare to fail.” Funded by his widow Carolyn Muegge-Vaughan, Rick Silverman and Lindsey Walker, this award is given to a film that epitomizes Vaughan’s indomitable spirit. STUDENT AWARD

High school students from the immersive Mountainfilm for Students festival program select the film they think will most inspire their generation. 2018 AWARDS ARTIST: KATHY GREEN

Artist, history buff, home builder, longtime festival friend and former national park ranger Kathy Green is a beloved Telluride resident who moved to town in 1979 with her husband Chuck Kroger. As an artist, she is known for her silk dying, intricate mosaics and chunky metal work. GUEST DIRECTOR AWARD created by

Lisa Issenberg of Kiitellä.

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BEST FEATURE ROKO BELIC

Roko Belic began making films with his brother Adrian while still in elementary school. His directorial debut, Genghis Blues, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and remains one of the most beloved films in Mountainfilm’s history. He went on to direct Happy, which won Mountainfilm’s Audience Choice Award in 2011. BARRY JENKINS

Miami native Barry Jenkins is the widely lauded director of Moonlight, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2016. But before he hit the red carpet in Hollywood, he was a regular visitor to Telluride’s box canyon. Jenkins’ film Remigration played at Mountainfilm in 2011, and he’s been on staff and attending the Telluride Film Festival for many years. JEFF ORLOWSKI

Photographer and filmmaker Jeff Orlowski is the director of Chasing Ice (Mountainfilm 2012) and Chasing Coral (Mountainfilm 2017) and the producer of Frame by Frame (Mountainfilm 2015). He is the founder of Exposure Labs, a production company geared toward socially relevant filmmaking.

BEST SHORT FILM CARA CUSUMANO

Cara Cusumano is the director of programming at Tribeca Film Festival, where she spearheads the New York City festival’s feature film and TV programming slate. She has also worked with the Hamptons International Film Festival, Brooklyn International Film Festival, Chicken & Egg and Sundance. She is a 2017 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant recipient. ACE KVALE

Ace Kvale’s relationship with photography began while working in front of the lens as a ski model in the early ‘80s. That shifted when he hitchhiked across Africa carrying a Rollei camera. His career as a professional photographer was born; he went on to shoot everything from humanitarian projects in the Himalayas to sinuous canyons in the Southwest. CHRISTOPHER SMITH

Filmmaker Christopher Smith works to call attention to the issues of social and environmental justice. He is the co-director of TINY (Mountainfilm 2013), a film that introduced viewers to the concept of living in a tiny home. He was an editor on Racing Extinction (Mountainfilm 2014), and has worked on projects about topics like over-fishing and the military’s use of ESP. 114

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CHARLIE FOWLER JOSH BOROF

Longtime Telluride resident Josh Borof began his climbing career on the nearby Ophir Wall. With the likes of Charlie Fowler and Bill Kees as mentors, he learned to climb in the old “leader must not fall” style, which meant he was basically scared stiff. He established first ascents in Alaska, Utah and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and has climbed over 50 towers in the desert Southwest. He hopes to do his old friend Charlie Fowler justice as a 2018 judge. ARLENE BURNS

As a world-class expedition kayaker, Arlene Burns cut her teeth leading commercial expeditions in the Himalayas, South America and the former Soviet Union. Her later work as an outdoor industry consultant and photojournalist morphed into film and television gigs. She has been involved in Mountainfilm since the mid ‘90s, as a speaker, judge, tour presenter, advisory board member, board member and festival director. She is now mayor of Mosier, Oregon. TIM KUDO

Back when Mountainfilm took place in just three nights at the Sheridan Opera House, Telluride local Tim Kudo held an array of positions, from film judge to shuttle driver. Affectionately known as “The Buddhist,” Kudo, who has lived in Telluride since 1976, is the quintessential climber/skier/carpenter. Driven by a love of climbing, Kudo holds first ascents on the Ophir Wall, Indian Creek and in Canyonlands. He has completed five ascents of El Capitan, was a Helitrax guide from 1990-2005 and has traveled extensively through Asia and Europe. PRES ENTATIO NS | E V ENT S | AWARDS & J UDG ES | B OARD & DON ORS | S TAFF | V OL UNT EERS | IN ME MORIAM | MAPS

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