Page 1

M AY 2 4 – 2 7 , 2 019

MO U N TA I N F I L M. O R G

Telluride, Colorado

#mountainfilm2019


NEVER STOP EXPLORING

â„¢

QUEEN MAUD LAND, ANTARCTICA

PHOTO: PABLO DURANA


W EL C O ME

Mountainfilm was founded in 1979 by a group of friends and climbers who adventured by day and watched climbing films at night. Through the decades, the festival has expanded its programming to showcase documentary films about environmental issues, social justice, culture, politics and pure adventure — all tied together with the common thread of celebrating indomitable spirit.

WELCOME

TO MOUNTAINFILM’S

41ST FESTIVAL In 2019, Mountainfilm continues its quest to ask the big questions by examining the multi-faceted topic of equity. Equity is about policies and practices that are just for all. Equity issues exist across sectors of gender, race, health, education, wages, the environment and the outdoors. At this year’s festival, our intention is to hold space for diverse voices and

stories and examine the systemic barriers that limit inclusion and accessibility. Through conversations, research, films and staff trainings, we have been humbled by the gravity and expansiveness of this topic. This weekend, we hope to share perspectives that represent the changing face of our country. And we ask you, the Mountainfilm audience, for a willingness to step out of your comfort zone and open yourself up to diverse perspectives with compassion and positive intention. Our goal? For you to walk away from this year’s Mountainfilm with a deeper understanding of what equity is, how it plays into every level of society and why it’s crucial in creating a more fair and just existence for everyone. We extend our deepest gratitude to you for joining us at Mountainfilm this year. We hope you will be moved, inspired, electrified, entertained and — most importantly — motivated to do your part to create a better world. Warmly,

THE MOUNTAINFILM STAFF

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

3


Nepal is changing faster than ever, and so are we. Since 1998, dZi has evolved to serve the changing needs of some of Nepal’s most remote communities. Learn more about these changes and dZi’s community-driven programs at dzi.org or visit our table at Picaya during Mountainfilm. dZi is proud to be the official nonprofit partner of Mountainfilm.


GUES T D IRECT O R Mountainfilm is honored to have Cheryl Strayed as our 2019 guest director. The best-selling author, popular podcaster and filmmaker is known for her ability to write, think and talk about issues that are core to the human experience in a way that resonates widely. Her empathic perspective and profound wisdom have informed this year’s programming, helping Mountainfilm create an incredible lineup of guests, films and issues.

Welcome to the 41st Mountainfilm festival! It’s my honor and privilege to be this year’s guest director. I first came to Mountainfilm in 2014 when I was a presenter at the Moving Mountains Symposium. I was so moved and astonished by the films, the conversations and the sense of community I felt over the course of those five days that I’ve returned every year since with my husband, Brian Lindstrom, and our children. Each year we leave the festival feeling inspired, moved, challenged and changed by the documentaries we see, the speakers we hear and the people we meet. Mountainfilm celebrates indomitable spirit, explores our profound connection to the natural world and delves into the social and political issues that impact us and all living things. It’s a festival that exemplifies what we mean when we say that stories have power. The films and voices featured at Mountainfilm

tell us where we’ve been and help us envision a meaningful way forward. They show us our beauty and our sorrow, our failures and our triumphs. The theme of this year’s symposium is equity. In taking on this theme, the festival is at its heart asking us to ponder what it has asked us to ponder every year: How can we evolve? How can we become more compassionate citizens and better stewards of our diverse planet? How can we redefine power on a global level, but also in our own lives? Grappling with what equity means in all of its forms is essential to fulfilling Mountainfilm’s vision of creating a more just world. Honoring equity is about valuing every story, without privileging one. There’s no better place and time to do that than here and now in Telluride. I hope you have a wonderful time at the festival.

CHERYL STRAYED

Join Strayed for presentations (page 80 & 83), film screenings (page 48), a free-range program (page 99) and other events throughout the weekend. P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

5


S P ONSO R S PRE SE N TIN G SPON SOR

S U M M I T S PO NS ORS

N ON PR OF I T PAR TN ER

N AT I OAL MEDI A SPONSOR

CAMP III SPON SORS

CAMP II SPON SORS

CAMP I SPON SORS ALPINE BANK • ALPINIS T & THE GOAT • C HUMS / BEYOND C OAS TAL • DIGITIQE • ELIN OFF G ALLERY LIBER T Y BAR & L OUN GE • MOUNTAIN KHAKIS

BASE CAMP SPON SORS AR TIS TIC S Y S TEMS • BEADWORK S KENYA • BR OWN DOG PIZZA • CLIF BAR & C OMPANY • C OFFEE C OWB OY • C OL ORADO OFFICE OF FILM, TELEVISION & MEDIA • EC O-PR ODUCT S • GOODLIGHT N ATURAL CANDLES • GUAYAKI YERBA MATE • HONEY S TIN GER • JAGGED EDGE • JUS T F OR KIDS F OUNDATION • L A C OCIN A DE L UZ • MONTANYA DIS TILLERS • MONTR OSE WATER FACT ORY • MOUNTAIN LIMO • SMAR T BY N ATURE • S TRIPPED MIXERS • TELL URIDE ACADEMY • TELL URIDE C OFFEE R OAS TERS • TELL URIDE SKI & SN OWB OARD CL UB • TELL URIDE SPOR T S • TEQUIL A OC HO • THE N ATURE C ONSERVAN CY • T OWN OF MOUNTAIN VILL AGE • TRILLIUM ASSET MAN AGEMENT • VIMEO • WES TERN RISE 6

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F IL MS | S C HED ULE


W HAT ’S INSID E

3 WELCOME 5 GUEST DIRECTOR 9 HOW TO MOUNTAINFILM 11 WHAT WE DO

15 FILMS 16–26 FEATURE FILMS 28–39 SHORT FILMS 41–57 SHORTS PROGRAMS 58–59 ADRENALINE 60–61 KIDZ KINO 62–69 SCHEDULE

71 PRESENTATIONS 72–74 MOVING MOUNTAINS SYMPOSIUM 76–83 THEATER SPEAKERS 85 86–89 92–96 97 98–99 100–101

EVENTS GALLERY WALK COFFEE TALKS READING FRENZY FREE-RANGE PROGRAMS PARTIES & MORE

105–107 AWARDS & JUDGES 109 BOARDS & DONORS 110 STAFF 112 VOLUNTEERS 113 IN MEMORIAM 114–115 MAPS PO S T ER & C OV ER D ESIGN | JAD E PURPLE B R O W N

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

7


FES T IVAL T IPS HOSPITALITY & RECHARGE

Start the festival by picking up your pass and a program at Hospitality, which is located at 112 E. Colorado Ave. You can visit Hospitality throughout the festival to recharge, refresh and relax. Hospitality hours are as follows: 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 films or presentations and arrive early. Remember: We generally play each film at least twice, have a full schedule of TBAs and offer a plethora of other events. MOUNTAINFILM APP & TBAS

Find the schedule, film descriptions, event details and real-time festival updates — including TBAs and program changes — on Mountainfilm’s free mobile app. Search for “Mountainfilm” in the app store to download. We'll announce TBAs by 8 p.m. the night before their screenings. Festival beta can also be found online at mountainfilm.org. THEATER LINES

All theaters have two lines: 1) passholders and ticket holders, and 2) ticket buyers. Passholders 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 passholders and ticket holders.) Show up early, especially at the smaller theaters. If you don't get into a film, talk to the Q team or

check Hot Seats on Mountainfilm's app for other options. Be open to the unexpected and embrace the line – it's a great way to get to know your fellow festival goers. THE Q SYSTEM

Mountainfilm Q team members — who you can recognize by their red vests and umbrellas — will begin handing out Qs 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. You must be in line with your Q no later than 30 minutes before the program starts to ensure that you are present when staff begins to load the theater. If you aren’t in line when your Q number is called, you’ll have to wait until the entire line is let in. MORE THAN FILMS

Want a break from movies? We host free events in the form of Coffee Talks, Happy Hours (and a Half), FreeRange Programs, the Ice Cream Social and the Reading Frenzy. THE MOUNTAINFILM STORE

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

All theaters are accessible by foot, bicycle or the gondola, which runs between Telluride and Mountain Village from 7 a.m. to midnight. On Friday and Saturday during the festival, gondola hours are extended until 1 a.m. Telluride’s free shuttle bus, the Galloping Goose, runs a loop through Telluride every 10 minutes. (Check street signs for times and stops.) In Mountain Village, call 970728-8888 for Dial-A-Ride service within town limits.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

9


WE HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME AT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

VentureWeb is very proud to have partnered with Mountainfilm for the last 9 years to bring the festival experience to a worldwide digital audience. @ventureweb | ventureweb.net


O UR MISSIO N

PHOTO: MELISSA PLANTZ

MOUNTAINFILM’S MISSION

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

WHAT WE DO MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR

After the festival each year, Mountainfilm on Tour hits the road showcasing the best-loved short films from the festival. We present programs around the globe, hosted by a wide array of organizations in communities large and small, reaching audiences from Little Rock to London, Boulder to Brazil, Anchorage to Australia. MOUNTAINFILM FOR STUDENTS

We aim to educate and inspire beyond theater audiences. Connecting with schools locally, regionally and around the world, we offer free K-12 programming based on informative, fun and imaginative films. MOUNTAINFILM COMMITMENT GRANTS & FELLOWSHIP

Every year, we award several cash grants of up to $5,000 to filmmakers, photographers, artists 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 operates an Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship, which offers mentorship and support to a promising filmmaker early in his, her or their career. CINE DE LAS MONTAÑAS

Cine de las Montañas is a program of bilingual films for the community. Films are either in Spanish with English subtitles or vice versa. Along with year-round events in Telluride, Mountainfilm incorporates Cine into the festival. (Friday’s program is free to the community, and Saturday’s will be free to the community after passholders are let in. See page 41 for films and times.) TAKE ACTION

Mountainfilm strives to go beyond inspiration to promote action. One way to do that is to facilitate connections between Mountainfilm audiences and the causes espoused by our filmmakers and presenters. Take Action offers a platform for audience members to learn about nonprofit organizations through our app, website and festival tabling.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

11


12

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


T H E P E A K S R E S O R T & S PA I N V I T E S Y O U TO ENJOY ANOTHER EXPERIENCE OF MOUNTAINFILM

Rest and replenish The Spa is complimentary for guests of The Peaks. Non-resort guests may purchase a $60 day pass or enjoy access with spa treatment.

Contact the Spa at 970.728.2590 | www.thepeaksresort.com/spa-and-wellness

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

13


TINCUP is a blend of two great American whiskeys, each aged in #3 charred oak barrels. “High rye” bourbon, distilled and aged in Indiana, is blended with a small amount of Colorado single malt whiskey. These whiskeys are then cut with Rocky Mountain water. TINCUP is named for the Colorado mining pioneers and the tin cups from which they drank their whiskey. FIND OUT MORE: TINCUPWHISKEY.COM @TINCUPWHISKEY | #MOUNTAINWHISKEY

TINCUP® American Whiskey. 42% Alc./Vol. (84 proof). ©2019 TINCUP Whiskey, Denver, Colorado. Please drink TINCUP® American Whiskey responsibly.

TINCUP_MountainFilm_5x3.75.indd 1

14

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE

4/12/19 9:01 AM


F IL MS

PHOTO: MELISSA PLANTZ

16–26 28–39 41–57

FEATURES

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAMS

ADRENALINE

KIDZ KINO

SCHEDULE

58–59 60–61 62–69

S YN O P SI S WR I TE R S

FE S T I VA L T H E AT E R S

SC – Seth Cagin SD – Sabrina Davis JF – Jessie Fairbanks PK – Peter Kenworthy KK – Katie Klingsporn HS – Heather Sackett MT – Marta Tarbell

PALM – Palm Theater HC – High Camp SOH – Sheridan Opera House NUG – Nugget Theatre MAS – Masons Theater OW – The Off-Width LIB – Wilkinson Public Library BC – Base Camp Outdoor Theater See maps, pages 114–115, for locations.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

15


F ILMS | FE AT U R E S

17 Blocks Davy Rothbart SAT, 9:15 A.M., NUG; SUN, 6:30 P.M., SOH

In Person: Davy Rothbart Brilliantly assembled from 20 years of home video footage, 17 Blocks chronicles four generations of the Sanford-Durant family, raised up by hope amid struggles with drug addiction and gun violence in their deeply troubled southeast D.C. neighborhood. The camera loves the SanfordDurants, who emerge as recognizable, complex characters in a powerful drama keyed to single-mom Cheryl’s youngest son, Emmanuel, who was 9 when the family began shooting video in 1999. Tragedy is foreshadowed and unfolds inexorably, yet is nonetheless devastating when it arrives. The family’s devotion to their self-documentation project is impressive, the raw beauty of their footage is astonishing and director Davy Rothbart and writer/ editor Jennifer Teixeira render it into a “found footage” documentary masterpiece. “Hope is real. Hope is alive. We have hope, everyone has hope," Cheryl says. "There’s hope for tomorrow, there’s hope for better, that’s all we’ve got.” —SC

Age of Ondra Josh Lowell, Zachary Barr, Peter Mortimer FRI, 9 P.M., SOH; SAT, 3:30 P.M., SOH

In Person: Sender film crew

(USA, 2018, 96 min.)

Adam Ondra is the best climber in the world, a mantle he has earned by doing the unthinkable. This wunderkind from the Czech Republic is almost freakish in his domination of the sport’s disciplines — bouldering, sport climbing, big-wall climbing and competition climbing. Along with making the second free ascent of the Dawn Wall, he became the youngest climber to send a 5.14D at the age of 13, and won both the Bouldering World Championship and Lead Championship in the same year. But what raised the most eyebrows is that Ondra established not one, but two new grades in the world of sport climbing — a feat almost unfathomable in its difficulty. Where do you even go from there? This feature film follows Ondra as he chases that question down, giving viewers a glimpse into the mind of an athlete who burns with a crazy, obsessive and cerebral drive that pushes him to envision, and accomplish, the impossible. —KK

Colorado Premiere

(USA, 2018, 47 min.)

16

American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel Jeanine Butler SAT, 9:15 A.M., SOH; SUN, 6 P.M., MAS

In Person: Jeanine Butler, Catherine Lynn Butler Not all American Christians are conservative, not even in Oklahoma, where evangelical Christianity is a dominant religious affiliation. Rev. Robin Meyers proudly claims the mantle of liberalism. He and a handful of other “heretics” in his conservative state think deeply about early Christianity, American history, what the Bible says and doesn’t say and how evangelical Christianity has shaped, or misshaped, American politics. “Something is really, really wrong with our approach to religion,” Meyers says, citing gospel to decry right-wing politics, driven, in his view, by evangelical Christianity. American Heretics sheds blessed light on this issue. Who are the heretics here? The subjects of this film, or the evangelical church they expose for its rigid dogma of authoritarianism, intolerance and bigotry? —SC (USA, 2019, 85 min.)

World Premiere

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED UL E


FEAT URES | FILMS

Any One of Us

Anbessa Mo Scarpelli FRI, 8:45 P.M., NUG; SAT, 9:30 A.M., MAS

In Person: Mo Scarpelli Asalif is a young Ethiopian boy living with his single mother in a mud hut, dispossessed of their farmland by a massive and soulless condominium project. Asalif is bright and extremely inventive. Scavenging the litter and trash of the neighboring condo complex, he finds special bits and pieces that he fashions into treasures, some utilitarian, some just for play. Asalif has the gift of a powerful imagination and he uses it to see his world, and his future, not as barren or bereft but as rich in possibilities. He imagines himself as a lion, anbessa, fully prepared and willing to fight the many forces that lay in wait to take him down. Director Mo Scarpelli’s careful and intimate portrait of Asalif presents a vivid picture not just of his 10-year-old self, but of displaced and disenfranchised peoples everywhere who struggle to make sense of a world severed by conflicting forces. —PK (Italy/USA, 2019, 86 min.)

Colorado Premiere Mountainfilm Commitment Grant

Fernando Villena SAT, 9 P.M., NUG; SUN, 9 A.M., PALM

In Person: Fernando Villena, Paul Basagoitia, Nichole Munk

Artifishal Josh Murphy

What happens when your life changes in an instant — leaving you in a body that is alien to you? That’s what professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia experiences when a devastating tumble leaves him with a spinal cord injury (SCI). But this film isn’t just about a professional athlete’s road to recovery. It’s about the many and varied people who are touched every day by SCIs. Young and old, from every background, they are mothers and husbands, lovers, friends, workers, outdoorsmen, dreamers. And they are brought together by the exquisite agonies, behind-the-screens struggles and indelible lessons that only something of this gravity — being stripped of the ability to walk — can bring. This is a film about the resilience, grit and determination it takes to stay open to life’s possibilities in the face of traumatic change. As Paul puts it, “you almost need something really, really bad to happen to you ... to appreciate little things in life.” —KK

SAT, 9 P.M., OW; SUN, 9 P.M., HC

(USA, 2018, 88 min.)

(USA, 2019, 75 min.)

Colorado Premiere

Colorado Premiere

In Person: Josh Murphy Salmon are an iconic symbol of the coastal North American wild, swimming from the ocean hundreds of miles upstream to spawn, and in the process becoming a keystone species for the watersheds and Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest. But their numbers are declining. And although politically and economically fraught fish hatcheries have long been a boon to anglers, they do little to help wild salmon populations and may even be hurting their chances for recovery. Artifishal explores what happens when humans attempt to command and control a species, and by extension its ecosystem, and poses the question: What if by trying to engineer our way around an environmental problem, our hubris causes us, like Icarus, to make the fatal mistake of flying too close to the sun? —HS

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

17


F ILMS | FE AT U R E S

The Blessing

Bonington: Mountaineer

Hunter Robert Baker, Jordan Fein

Brian Hall, Keith Partridge

SAT, 12:15 P.M., OW; SUN, 9 P.M., MAS

In Person: Sir Chris Bonington

In Person: Hunter Robert Baker, Lawrence & Caitlin Gilmore

SUN, 3:15 P.M., SOH

In a country where women's rights are severely oppressed, a group of young females prepare to do the unthinkable. Thirteen girls from Afghanistan’s first female mountaineering team train to climb Mount Noshaq, the highest peak in the country. The expedition is rerouted and derailed as the novice climbers struggle with the altitude, sickness and injuries. But the women persevere, determined to feel the freedom of standing on a summit. These women prove that serving your country can mean challenging its suffocating gender roles and stereotypes. And they vow to conquer mountains, or die trying. —HS

The Blessing delivers an unapologetic and unflinching portrait of Lawrence, a Navajo man who struggles to walk in two worlds. In one world, he sacrifices his soul to earn a living as a coal miner, a cog in a massive industrial machine that daily cuts deeper into a sacred Navajo mountain, eviscerating it to provide the raw ingredient for electrical power for the Southwest. In the other, he is a native son of Mother Earth, a spiritual warrior charged by birthright with caretaking the land. While straddling these two opposing worlds, Lawrence is also working to redeem the personal, social and cultural sins of his past and raise a teenage daughter as a single father. That he somehow manages to stay astride all of these potentially upending challenges is, perhaps, the inspiration for the film’s title. —PK

The simple title of this film belies the scope of British climber, mountaineer and adventurer Chris Bonington’s life — a life replete with epic triumphs and dire tragedies. A sub-title, The Story of One of the World’s Most Famous Mountaineers, beefs up the skeletal title a little. Which is enough because it mirrors Bonington’s penchant for modesty. Beyond a chronicle of his many impressive achievements in a rarefied world of almost superhuman challenges, this film provides a trenchant sense of Bonington’s eminently human life. In and among all the first ascents and new routes, it is that humanness that may stand out, and stay with you, the most. That and reveries of a bygone adventure era in the ‘60s and ‘70s that somehow had far fewer players than today but just as many characters. —PK

(Afghanistan, 2016, 54 min.)

(USA, 2018, 74 min.)

(UK, 2017, 80 min.)

Colorado Premiere

Colorado Premiere

Ascending Afghanistan Erik Osterholm FRI, 1:45 P.M., NUG; SAT, 6:15 P.M., OW

In Person: Erik Osterholm, Pablo Durana

18

U.S. Premiere

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED UL E


FEAT URES | FILMS

Brooklyn Inshallah

Changing the Game

Ahmed Mansour

Michael Barnett

SAT, 9:15 A.M., OW; SUN, 3:30 P.M., LIB

FRI, 6 P.M., PALM; SUN, 3:15 P.M., HC

In Person: Ahmed Mansour, Jillian Karole

In Person: Michael Barnett, Sarah Rose Huckman, Andraya Yearwood, others

Rev. Khader El-Yateem immigrated to the U.S. with his wife and family in 1992, settling in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge. “I am an ArabAmerican Palestinian Christian immigrant Lutheran pastor,” he tells voters in the 43rd District, where he hopes to become the first-ever Palestinian on New York City Council. El-Yateem grew up amidst conflict in Bethlehem, and clocked two life-threatening months in Israeli prisons at age 19. After 9/11, with State Sen. Marty Golden claiming that “some of the hijackers came from Bay Ridge,” El-Yateem worked to de-escalate mounting community tensions. Today, his district — with an estimated 5,000 “likely Middle-Eastern voters,” faces something worse than even the bigotry that followed 9/11. This film traces the path to Election Day for a man who continues to shatter molds and enliven his constituency in a time of uncertainty. —MT (USA, 2018, 83 min.)

World Premiere Mountainfilm Emerging Filmmaker

For young transgender athletes, the sport they love often turns into a minefield of controversy. Either decried as cheaters if they excel, or barred from competing among the gender they identify with, positive outcomes are rare. But when a sport is a lifeline, what is fair? This exceptional film mines that question through intimate portraits of three trans athletes. Mack isn’t allowed to wrestle boys in his home state of Texas — leaving him to demolish the competition as he wrestles girls. Sarah nordic skis in New Hampshire with the girls she identifies with, but admits that she holds herself back. And Andraya runs track with girls in Connecticut — but has to fend off brutal criticism when she prevails. For these athletes, media attention and ugly remarks (mostly by adults) only fuel the fire of confusion that is teenagehood. As Mack puts it so poignantly, “It feels like I’m winning but feels like I’m also losing at the same time.” —KK

Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy Mimi Armstrong deGruy SAT, 12 P.M., PALM; SUN, 6:15 P.M., OW

In Person: Mimi Armstrong deGruy The human brain and heart are composed almost three-quarters of water. In the case of Mike deGruy, that percentage had to be higher. Water, and specifically the water of lakes, rivers, estuaries and oceans, filled his heart and brain to the brim. Virtually everything that inspired and impassioned him traced back to water. And especially, to the ocean. A pioneering ocean explorer, ocean cinematographer and charismatic ocean spokesperson, deGruy brought unbridled joy and excitement to his work. Some of the metaphors used to describe deGruy in this rich bio-doc, directed by his wife, sum him up well. He was potassium in water (explosively effervescent for you non-science nerds), and a human exclamation point! Later in life, as he came to understand the ocean more deeply, deGruy became most staunchly its defender, its truthsayer. He became, metaphorically, a deep ocean vent. —PK

(USA, 2019, 82 min.)

(USA, 2019, 83 min.)

Colorado Premiere

Colorado Premiere

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

19


F ILMS | FE AT U R E S

Finding Home in Boomtown

For Sama

Matt Maxwell

Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

SAT, 3:30 P.M., LIB; SUN, 9:15 A.M., OW

FRI, 1 P.M., LIB; SAT, 6:30 P.M., LIB

In Person: Matt Maxwell, Katie Maxwell “When the Lord calls you to do something, you don’t say no,” says John-Mark Echols, packing up his young family’s 2,600-squarefoot home in boomtown Midland, Texas, to move into a 35-square-foot travel trailer. Their voluntary tumble into poverty, which is fueled by humanity, is chronicled in this film. After years of volunteer work with the homeless in Midland, where shale drilling has turned the Permian Basin into America’s hottest oilfield, Echols and his wife sell their home — and abandon their six-figure income ­— to create The Field’s Edge, a permanent, supportive tiny-home community for 100-plus chronically homeless residents. Two years in, the project, with 100 homes, counseling, on-site mental and physical health care and varying job opportunities, is becoming a reality. Its motto: “To rebuild dignity through relationships.” —MT (USA, 2019, 80 min.)

World Premiere Mountainfilm Emerging Filmmaker 20

On the infamous streets of Compton, California, you’ll find an unexpected sight: a parade of urban cowboys — boots, chaps, hats and all. These city riders find joy and purpose amid the horses of the Hill: the last public stable in South Central L.A. Fire on the Hill is a thoughtful profile of three Compton cowboys: Ghuan, who fights to rebuild the Hill and preserve its unique culture in the wake of a mysterious fire; Calvin, who struggles to balance family responsibilities and the cowboy lifestyle; and Chris, who is on a quest to become a bull-riding rodeo champion. A tale of both hope and redemption, this documentary offers proof that perseverance can be found in the unlikeliest of places. —JF

In Syria under siege, children make an arts and crafts project by painting cheerful colors on a charred, bombedout school bus. Rubble and twisted rebar are all that remain after Russian airstrikes wipe out Aleppo buildings along with innocent lives. But toddler Sama barely bats an eye when the deafening shelling begins, so accustomed is she to the war-torn violence she was born into. Filmmaker and journalist Waad alKateab films the intimate, quotidian details of her own family’s life in the hospital where her husband works as a doctor, set against the horrifying backdrop of the Syrian civil war. For Sama is a raw and heartfelt love letter from mother to daughter that seeks to answer the impossible questions. Will grown-up Sama blame her family for leaving when they should have stayed or for staying when they should have left? —HS

(USA, 2018, 79 min.)

(UK/Syria, 2019, 93 min.)

Colorado Premiere

Colorado Premiere

Fire on the Hill Brett Fallentine FRI, 6 P.M., NUG; SAT, 9 P.M., MAS

In Person: Brett Fallentine, film subjects

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED UL E


FEAT URES | FILMS

Gay Chorus Deep South David Charles Rodrigues FRI, 9 P.M., PALM; SUN, 9 A.M., HC

In Person: David Charles Rodrigues

Grit Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander FRI, 10 A.M., MAS; SUN, 12:30 P.M., LIB

hillbilly Sally Rubin, Ashley York SUN, 12 P.M., PALM; MON, 9:30 A.M., NUG

In recent years, a wave of faith-based anti-LGBTQ laws has swept across America, especially in the South. In response, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus decides to raise its voice, plotting performances in the region’s most conservative states in an attempt to foster more open-hearted ways. After all, artistic director Tim Seelig says, “we have found that in the most troubled of times, singing and music has carried us through.” This film follows their remarkable tour. Along the way, they meet some resistence. But mostly, they experience the power of music to unite across boundaries, and discover a region that is more nuanced and understanding than they expected. In an age where the country feels more divided than ever, Gay Chorus Deep South is an important reminder of the power of simply listening to one another. “We don’t have to agree on everything. We just have to be civil,” Seelig says. Amen. —KK

In 2006, a blowout at an offshore natural gas drilling site set off a volcanic mudflow that destroyed 16 villages, thousands of homes and acres of lush rice fields in East Java, dispossessing 60,000 Indonesians. The owner of the gas company, Aburizal Bakrie, makes for a singularly callous villain, while the survivors, including Dian, who was 6 when the mud erupted, seem to represent all the past, present and future victims of unnatural disasters. Levees have been built and are continuously reinforced and raised to block the endless flow of mud while tourists visit the site to gawk at the vast destruction. Meanwhile, the survivors refer to the noxious smoke that blows their way as “Bakrie’s farts,” protest their fate and closely follow Indonesia’s 2014 presidential campaign as they await justice — and compensation, so they can afford to rebuild their lives. On-camera, Dian matures into an impressive resistance leader. —SC

(USA, 2019, 98 min.)

(USA, 2018, 80 min.)

They are portrayed as toothless buffoons, ignorant derelicts, crude bigots who fly the confederate flag with pride. But filmmaker Ashley York grew up in Appalachia, and knows that the truth behind “hillbillies” is more complex than that. When Trump was elected president, she watched as the people of Appalachia were again in the spotlight, this time as the demographic who helped elect him — much to the derision of progressive liberals. As a feminist filmmaker based out of L.A., York has a foot in both worlds. In hillbilly, she sets out on a quest to dig into the depictions of America’s least understood region. What she uncovers is a place far more multifaceted than the movies would have us believe, where the caricatures dissolve next to the real people, stories and history. In getting at the heart of rural white voters’ experience, hillbilly expands understanding of the region, which could help close America’s ever gaping political divide. —KK

Colorado Premiere

Colorado Premiere

(USA, 2018, 75 min.)

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

21


F ILMS | FE AT U R E S

Kifaru

Hurdle

David Hambridge

Michael Rowley

SAT, 8:45 P.M., PALM; SUN, 12:30 P.M., MAS

FRI, 1:45 P.M., MAS; SUN, 12:15 P.M., OW

In Person: Michael Rowley, Andrew Brown In the shadow of the towering walls that divide Israel from occupied Palestine, two young men find their own forms of resistance. Mohammad documents daily life under occupation in photographs, and teaches photography to young students. Sami has taught himself parkour, or freerunning, and teaches the skills he has mastered to others. Israeli soldiers surveil the two men, somehow seeing their activities as a threat. On the day Israel celebrates its independence, the Palestinians commemorate the catastrophe that rendered them refugees, and violence breaks out. In his first feature-length documentary, director/cinematographer Michael Rowley delivers extraordinarily visceral images. “You can practice anything,” says Jerusalem Parkour Team member Jehad, who is studying to become a human rights lawyer, reflecting on what Parkour has taught him. “Freedom is one of those things.” —SC

Into the Canyon Pete McBride FRI, 9:45 A.M., SOH; SUN, 12 P.M., HC

In Person: Pete McBride, Kevin Fedarko

(USA, 2019, 87 min.)

In 2016, friends and journalists Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko embarked on a 750-mile thru-hike of the Grand Canyon, a feat that falls somewhere between ambitious and foolhardy. Along with capturing the green ribbon of the Colorado River that flows thousands of feet below stunning ochre cliffs, the pair also witness how the quest of developers to monetize this natural beauty threatens its very existence, as well as the way of life of resident Native American tribes. Uranium mining, a proposed tramway and the nearconstant overhead thrum of sightseeing helicopters intrude on this national treasure. During the monthslong trek, the adventurers often find themselves marooned on slivers of rock above the river but below the rim, pondering the question: If we can’t protect the Grand Canyon, what can we protect? —HS

Colorado Premiere

(USA, 2019, 84 min.)

22

In Person: David Hambridge, Andrew Harrison Brown, James Mwenda, Joseph Wachira Northern White Rhinos (kifaru in Swahili) have been hunted to the edge of extinction by poachers who kill them for their horns, prized in traditional Chinese medicine. The last two females of the species, and the last male, named Sudan, survive thanks to protection from game wardens. While the wardens cannot ignore the futility of their mission, they recognize Sudan as a symbol that “there is a mistake in the world.” More poignant is the dignified relationship between the aged rhino and his caretakers, which looks very much like love. “We go through so much in the bush protecting and caring for these animals, only to lose them in the end,” one of the rangers observes. Meanwhile, outside the wildlife refuge, the rangers confront their own struggles to provide for their families. Could there be hope for kifaru — and humanity — in a miracle of modern science? —SC (USA/Kenya, 2019, 81 min.)

Colorado Premiere

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED UL E


FEAT URES | FILMS

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements Irene Taylor Brodsky FRI, 6:15 P.M., OW; SUN, 9:30 A.M., NUG

In Person: Irene Taylor Brodsky, Tahria Sheather When a talented documentary filmmaker turns her lens to her own personal life, to the story of her family, be prepared to be moved. In the same way that a piece of classical music, like a sonata, can build and absorb you with a slow, deliberate syncopation of minor and major chords, sharps and flats and rests, so this film carefully expands and unfolds. Until, almost without knowing what’s happened, you find yourself swept away by its beautiful, heart-rending, irresistible force. Filmmaker Brodsky’s son, Josh, and her father, Paul, are both deaf. Josh is just coming into his own, an adolescent poised confidently on the threshold of an abundant future. Paul stands, uncertain and offbalance, on life’s opposite threshold. Across that wide temporal divide, they are intimately bound by their common deafness and by their mutual love. —PK (USA, 2019, 89 min.)

The River and the Wall Ben Masters

The Pursuit John Papola FRI, 9 P.M., OW; MON, 9:15 A.M., MAS

In Person: John Papola, Arthur C. Brooks Why are people in advanced societies increasingly disenchanted with a system that has lifted billions of people out of poverty? Devoting himself to this riddle, conservative economist Arthur C. Brooks, the outgoing president of the American Enterprise Institute, concludes that free enterprise is the best antidote to poverty and human misery, contrasting it with the failures of “statism.” The Pursuit is an unusual polemic for Mountainfilm: asserting, in Brooks’s words, that “the American free enterprise system is our gift to the world.” Skipping from India to Brooklyn, and from Copenhagen to Barcelona to Inez, Kentucky, Brooks celebrates examples of free-market capitalism that lift people up and decries socialism and social welfare programs, however wellintended. —SC (USA, 2018, 76 min.)

Colorado Premiere

FRI, 1:30 P.M., SOH; SUN, 9:15 A.M., SOH

In Person: Hillary Pierce, Jay Kleberg, Heather Mackey The topic of immigration on the southern border of the U.S. is one of today’s most divisive issues, with pundits, politicians and the public locked in battle over a proposed wall spanning its length. But what would a wall really look like? And how would it affect the ecosystems, animal corridors and communities of the borderlands? In The River and the Wall, filmmaker Ben Masters sets out with a team of scientists and friends to answer those questions the best way they know how: by traveling 1,200 miles along the Rio Grande River by bike, horse and canoe. Along the way, they talk to lawmakers, spend time with ranchers and explore the hard-scrabble desert and its abundant wildlife. What begins as an exploration into the impacts on the natural world runs headlong into the human side of the issue as they dig deeper into this complicated issue. —KK (USA, 2019, 110 min.)

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

23


F ILMS | FE AT U R E S

Spectre Expedition – To the End of the Earth Alastair Lee, Leo Houlding

Sea of Shadows

SAT, 6:30 P.M., SOH; SUN, 9 P.M., PALM

Richard Ladkani

In Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, thousands of gill nets drift down, walls of death intended to snare the endangered totoaba — a fish whose bladder is worth more than gold in China. The hunt for the totoaba has created a multi-million dollar black market, attracting Mexican cartels and Chinese wildlife traffickers and destroying all marine life in its path. This includes the world’s smallest whale, the vaquita, a shy creature whose population has been fished to less than 30 individuals. “It’s extinction in real time, under our eyes, entirely driven by profits and greed,” says a wildlife investigator at the center of this film. “If we don’t save the vaquita, we will lose the whole Sea of Cortez.” This hard-hitting environmental thriller follows the environmentalists, journalists, activist and officers who are on a desperate and dangerous quest to rescue the vaquita before it’s too late. —KK

The Serengeti Rules

One day, some 60 years ago, an obscure young natural scientist decided to test how things work in nature by deliberately changing the natural order. What he discovered was a very basic fact of life. A rule of life, actually. Using a tide pool as his lab, and starfish as his study group, he introduced a revolutionary way of understanding nature’s elaborate, extensive and delicate chain of hidden connections. His methodology was quickly adopted by a small band of similarly obscure scientists, young men and women, and their tests all led to the same results. Their story, recounted in The Serengeti Rules, is uniquely hopeful as it reveals a proven fix, six decades in the making, to the modern bugaboo of biodiversity collapse. —PK

How about attempting the second summit of the most remote mountain on Earth? Without the logistical support of the U.S. government, which sponsored the scientific expedition that marked the only other time human beings have been to the Gothic Range of the Transantarctic Mountains? Or any other support, for that matter? The plan, by design, is ambitious; it requires kite skiing almost 2,000 kilometers round trip, towing gear on sleds, just to reach the highly technical peak, known, menacingly, as The Spectre. The three expedition members battle logistics, distance, wind and no-wind, frostbite, crevasses and wrong turns. “Who’d have thought I’d actually get here one day?” says expedition leader Leo Houlding, as the team closes in on the objective. He can be forgiven for scarcely believing where he finds himself. Who else could ever claim that, “We are the most remote people on Planet Earth right now”? —SC

(Austria, 2019, 104 min.)

(UK/USA, 2018, 84 min.)

(UK, 2019, 49 min.)

Colorado Premiere

North American Premiere

FRI, 6 P.M., HC; SAT, 3 P.M., PALM

In Person: Matt Podolsky

Colorado Premiere 24

Nicolas Brown SAT, 6:30 P.M., MAS; SUN, 3:30 P.M., PALM

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED UL E


FEAT URES | FILMS

The Undamaged Rožle Bregar, Matic Oblak, Miha Avguštin FRI, 10 A.M., LIB; SAT, 12:15 P.M., MAS

Tigerland Ross Kauffman SAT, 9 A.M., PALM; SUN, 9:15 P.M., SOH

In Person: Marilyn Smith Tigers, arguably the most charismatic creature to ever walk the Earth, now crouch on the edge of extinction. These perfectly equipped apex predators, these masters of the forest, have all but been annihilated by trophy hunters, poachers, farmers and the consequences of relentless human development. While Tigerland brings this tragic reality to light, it is not a dark or depressing film. Its subjects, as much as the tigers themselves, are two men, one from India and one from Russia, who have entirely dedicated their lives to preventing the eradication of tigers. They are two very different men who are united by a common adoration, not just for tigers but for all that tigers represent; two intense, driven and enlightened men who understand that the salvation of our species may very well depend on saving tigers first. —PK (USA, 2019, 90 min.)

In Person: Gary Wockner The Balkan countries of Eastern Europe are home to some of the planet’s last wild rivers. However, thousands of pending hydro-power projects threaten to stop the rivers’ free-flows with dams, creating reservoirs that will drown towns, destroy cultural heritage and damage biodiversity. And, like man-made reservoirs the world over, they will produce carbon dioxide and methane, greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. To raise awareness of the threat to Balkan rivers, Slovenian extreme kayaker and former Olympic rower Rok Rozman leads a kayak caravan of protesters down 23 rivers in six countries. Along the way the group enlists the support of other boaters, fishermen, farmers, local politicians, university students and school children. By sharing the natural beauty of the riverscapes they pass through, sometimes soft and undulant, sometimes rugged and stunning, the kayakers make a convincing pitch for our support, too. —PK (Slovenia, 2018, 51 min.)

Colorado Premiere

The Valley Bryan Reinhart THU, 8:45 P.M., BC; MON, 9 A.M., HC

In Person: Bryan Reinhart, Ron Melmon, film subjects When defense contractor Neal Blue paid $6 million for Telluride’s Valley Floor in 1983, the longtime Idarado Mining Co. dumping ground was in rough shape, replete with heavy metals, arsenic and other toxic mining byproducts. In 1993, Blue’s staff leaked plans to turn the high-alpine wetlands into a housing complex featuring artificial lakes, luxury homes and golf courses — an outrageous proposal to many in liberal Telluride. “We needed to preserve the entire ecosystem,” says San Miguel County Commissioner Hilary Cooper, who fought to save the Valley Floor, which in 2005 was appraised at $25 million. What ensued was a years-long battle that entailed fierce litigation, divisive town elections and a heroic 11th-hour fundraising drive. The Valley chronicles one community’s fight to keep a little piece of their valley forever wild. —MT (USA, 2018, 74 min.)

Colorado Premiere

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

25


F ILMS | FE AT U R E S

The Weight of Water

Youth Unstoppable

Michael Brown FRI, 8:45 P.M., BC; SAT, 6:15 P.M., HC

In Person: Michael Brown After becoming the first blind climber to summit Mt. Everest, Erik Weihenmayer turned his focus to an entirely different kind of challenge: He learned to kayak, and decided to attempt to paddle the length of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It was the next chapter in Weihenmayer’s quest for presence, independence and self-agency — things hard to achieve without sight. As The Weight of Water chronicles, the trip was much more than an adventure athlete notching another accomplishment in his belt. Weihenmayer joins a team of guides and new friends — including fellow blind kayaker Lonnie Bedwell, an absolute inspiration in his own right — on an emotionally weighted journey down one of America’s most iconic canyons. As they paddle, they confront loss, fear and anxiety. They exemplify what people can achieve — and overcome — through selflessness, teamwork and courage. And they let the river unlock its priceless lessons. The result is a triumph. —KK (USA, 2018, 79 min.) 26

Slater Jewell-Kemker

Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation Barak Goodman

SAT, 3:15 P.M., OW; SUN, 3:15 P.M., MAS

In Person: Slater JewellKemker, Wendy Jewell

This is not the classic concert film about the music festival that started it all. But it features the same music and images, and that’s a solid foundation for a loving reminiscence of the event that defined the ‘60s generation. If you belong to that era, Barak Goodman’s film will deliver goosebumps of recognition. If you’re younger and have ever wondered why Woodstock was such a big deal, the raw stuff of the counterculture is all here: the anti-war movement, free love, nudity, drugs, communal living, abundant grooviness and, of course, epochal music. “I felt like we had gone from civilization to some place where there were no rules,” one festival attendee recalls. Sure, The New York Daily News seems to retort: “Hippies Mired in Sea of Mud.” A half-century later, as culture wars rage on, we are still waiting to see if freedom can prevail — and that’s why it was a big deal. —SC

The insights of ocean activist Jean-Michel Cousteau bracket this film from 27-year-old Slater Jewell-Kemker, which chronicles the rise of the global youth climate movement. “We are using the ocean as a garbage can,” Cousteau tells the precocious documentary filmmaker/climate activist at the beginning of the film in 2004. Five years later, Jewell-Kemker is a youth delegate to Copenhagen’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP), forging friendships that will take her around the globe. She visits activists in Nepal — amidst escalating flooding where many have no “hope at all” — and Bangladesh, where her friend asks world leaders, “Would it hurt you to just come and take a look?” In 2014, Jewell-Kemker pronounces the 2015 Paris COP promising. At age 26, she asks Cousteau what keeps him going. “What gave me hope is I met you when you were 12,” he replies. —MT

(USA, 2019, 96 min.)

(Canada, 2019, 87 min.)

Colorado Premiere

Colorado Premiere

WED, 8:45 P.M., BC; SUN, 3:15 P.M., NUG

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED UL E


www.BOOTDOCTORS.com

WoodsHoleResearchCenter WoodsHoleResCtr woodsholeresearchcenter

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

27


F ILMS | SH O R T S

The Accidental Environmentalist: Catherine Flowers SAT, 12:15 P.M., SOH

Adventuring in the Name of Science

Playing with Emerging Storytellers of Science and Activism (page 78)

Pablo Durana SAT, 3:15 P.M., OW; SUN, 3:15 P.M., MAS

In Person: Catherine Flowers

Playing with Youth Unstoppable (page 26)

Ellen Esling

After visiting a raw sewage site in her native Lowndes County, Ala., Catherine Flowers, founder and executive director of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise, contracts a mysterious rash. Flowers, whose work focuses on poverty and race, wonders if it’s a disease American doctors don’t test for. Soon she — and 34.5 percent of county residents tested — are diagnosed with hookworm, a sewage-harbored disease long thought eradicated in the U.S. Galvanized, Flowers brings the issue to the worldwide stage — affecting change and adding environmentalist to her bona fides. —MT (USA, 2018, 10 min.)

In Person: Pablo Durana, Jen Shoemaker, Ricky Jones Ricky Jones lives in a van with his wife, spends his days roaming the woods and makes a living making a difference — collecting genetic data of big-leafed maples as part of an effort to cut down on illegal logging. “Why wouldn’t you want to do your part to give back to the community?” he asks. “And the community being the entire world.” —KK (USA, 2018, 4 min.)

Colorado Premiere

Akuna Jess Colquhoun FRI, 6 P.M., NUG; SAT, 9 P.M., MAS

Playing with Fire on the Hill (page 20) In Person: Jess Colquhoun “I didn’t think I had a future,” Will Robinson says of coming home from Iraq with PTSD and injuries. For 12 years, he endured the dead ends of medicationand-alcohol abuse and ineffective therapy. Then inspiration struck. He tackled the Pacific Crest Trail, then the Appalachian Trail, walking 3,800 miles on his own path to recovery. “Hiking gave me the ability to be the person that I always was, the confident person who was capable of doing anything,” says Robinson, whose trail name is Akuna. He’s already eyeing his next objective: The Continental Divide Trail. —MT (USA, 2018, 6 min.)

28

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED UL E


SHO R T S | FILMS

The Chapel Awakening: After Parkland All Inclusive Corina Schwingruber Ilic FRI, 9 P.M., OW; MON, 9:15 A.M., MAS

Playing with The Pursuit (page 23) Oh, the things we do for mass entertainment on the high seas. —KK (Switzerland, 2018, 10 min.)

Colorado Premiere

Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster FRI, 1:45 P.M., MAS; SUN, 12:15 P.M., OW

Playing with Hurdle (page 22) In Person: Cristina Constantini, Darren Foster Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were living normal lives before the devastating school shooting in Parkland, Florida, changed everything. Some were “theater kids,” rehearsing a community theater production of the musical "Spring Awakening." Newly informed by the performers’ personal experience, the distressingly relevant show went on. —SC (USA, 2018, 18 min.)

John Antonelli SAT, 12:15 P.M., SOH

Playing with Emerging Storytellers of Science and Activism (page 78) In Person: John Antonelli, Linda Garcia When Texas-based oil conglomerate TesoroSavage proposed a $200 million rail-to-ship terminal at Washington’s Port of Vancouver in 2013, it was welcomed by residents of the blue-collar community. But Linda Garcia, galled by commissioners’ unanimous vote to build North America’s largest “dirty-energy” waystation while ignoring risks of accidents and oil spills, started organizing. In 2018, port commissioners canceled Tesoro’s lease; in 2019, Garcia received the Goldman Environmental Prize. —MT (USA, 2019, 6 min.)

World Premiere

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

29


F ILMS | SH O R T S

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (*but were afraid to ask)

Chasing the Sublime Amanda Bluglass

Earth on Fire

Scott Calonico

SAT, 12 P.M., PALM; SUN, 6:15 P.M., OW

Carsten Peter

WED, 8:45 P.M., BC; SUN, 3:15 P.M., NUG

Playing with Diving Deep (page 19) Cold? Uncomfortable? Exhausting? Absolutely. But for Kate Rew and Kari Furre, the founders of The Outdoor Swimming Society, cold water swimming brings life into sharp focus, offering a taste of the sublime. This film follows the women as they plunge into the darkly beautiful lochs of the UK, overcoming fear and discomfort as they mine the allure of freeform swimming. —KK (UK, 2018, 7 min.)

FRI, 10 A.M., MAS; SUN, 12:30 P.M., LIB

Playing with Grit (page 21) In 2018, the lower Puna in Hawaii erupted, creating a surreal world of lava and fire as it destroyed forests, lakes, gardens, highways and more than 700 homes. National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter was there to capture it. In this short film, words aren’t necessary. The images of flowing rock, white-hot rivers, belching magma and glimmering fissures speak volumes about the forces at the center of the Earth. —KK (Germany, 2018, 3 min.)

World Premiere

Playing with Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation (page 26) In Person: Marcy Rosenbloom, Rick Muirby Sudden Birth is one of the most unintentionally hilarious, terribly acted and disturbing educational films ever created. But beneath the phony dialogue and shocking live birth scenes, you’ll find a fascinating backstory that involves everything from a philandering husband to the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands and Mr. Spock. —KK (UK/Germany/USA, 2018, 11 min.) *This film contains mature content.

30

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED UL E


SHO R T S | FILMS

Feel of Vision Tucker Gragg, Austin Gardner

A Grand Journey

FRI, 1:45 P.M., NUG; SAT, 6:15 P.M., OW; SUN, 8:45 P.M, BC

FRI, 9:45 A.M., SOH; SUN, 12 P.M., HC

Hunting the Helmeted Hornbill

Playing with Into the Canyon (page 22)

Tim Laman, Tom Swartwout

In Person: Amon Barker, Kira Brazinski, Karissa Akin

SAT, 9 P.M., OW; SUN, 9 P.M., HC

“On my drive to school in the morning, I would see the Grand,” says Jackson, Wyo. native Kira Brazinski. “And then learning, as I got older, that people could climb up, that was just mind-blowing.” Born with a rare birth defect, Brazinski uses a prosthetic leg for walking. “My parents did an awesome job of never telling me I was different, or that I couldn’t do something,” says the former competitive freerider. When knee pain curtailed her skiing, it could have spelled the end of outdoor pursuits. Instead, she doubled down, setting the grandest of objectives. —MT

Playing with Artifishal (page 17)

Playing with Ascending Afghanistan (page 18), plus Base Camp screening In Person: Tucker Gragg, Austin Gardner Anyone who has kayaked whitewater knows that it can be scary. The idea of kayaking serious rapids without being able to see? Terrifying. And the notion of kayaking the entire length of the Grand Canyon, blind? Almost unthinkable. And yet, people do it. The first of them was Lonnie Bedwell. Bedwell lost his vision in a hunting accident and emerged from an ensuing period of intense selfexamination determined to take back his independence and his identity. That he has accomplished. In spades. Just to add some glory to the guts, Lonnie now dedicates himself to helping wounded vets learn how to kayak and, in the process, to regain some freedom. And some fun. —PK (USA, 2018, 26 min.)

Amon Barker

(USA, 2018, 10 min.)

Colorado Premiere

In Person: Trip Jennings Deep in the ancient, dense jungles of Southeast Asia lives a magnificent bird. With its prominent beak, elegant tail feathers and unmistakable plumage, the Helmeted Hornbill is a creature that is striking, proud and awe-inspiring. But in the last decade, the Helmeted Hornbill has been all but wiped out by poachers for its coveted ivory-like casque. This film follows conservationist Yoki Hadiprakarsa and photographer Tim Laman on an urgent mission to tell the story of the Helmeted Hornbill before it’s too late. —KK (USA, 2019, 12 min.)

World Premiere

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

31


F ILMS | SH O R T S

King of the Manhattan Lap Tyler Allyn

Ice & Palms Philipp Becker, Johannes Müller, Jochen Mesle, Max Kroneck SAT, 6:30 P.M., SOH; SUN, 9 P.M., PALM

Playing with Spectre Expedition – To the End of the Earth (page 24) Bikepacking takes on a whole new meaning when it’s the bike you’re wearing as a backpack. German freeskiers Jochen Mesle and Max Kroneck set out to cycle 1,800 kilometers from their homes in Durbheim, Germany to Nice, France, and ski big lines along the five-week journey. Although the ski resorts are closed for the season, spring comes late to the Austrian Alps. The friends must wait out storms and get creative about carrying 50 kilos of gear across a still-closed mountain pass to finally dip their ski boot-battered feet in the Mediterranean. —HS

SAT, 3:30 P.M., LIB; SUN, 9:15 A.M., OW

Playing with Finding Home in Boomtown (page 20)

The King’s Keeper Thomas Rowell SAT, 8:45 P.M., PALM; SUN, 12:30 P.M., MAS

In Person: Tyler Allyn, Cooper Lambla

Playing with Kifaru (page 22)

Adventures come in all forms. Some are more surprising, or at least less expected, than others. Circumnavigating Manhattan by kayak may be one you hadn’t thought of. Once you do, though, and you picture the city surrounded by the East, Hudson and Harlem Rivers, doesn’t it make perfect sense? It certainly does for Kenny Unser, who estimates that he has made the kayak tour some 70 times. And counting. —PK

A retired circus elephant, Gajraj (“King”), and a “mahout,” or elephant handler, Prahlad, find each other at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura, India. In the circus, Prahlad recalls, handlers chained and beat elephants and jabbed them with sharp spears. At the Conservation Center, they care for the elephants. Both Gajraj and Prahlad bear scars from their past. Both are healing. “I like this work,” Prahlad says. “It’s what I want to do. And I’ll keep doing it. I am Gajraj’s Mahout. And he is my king.” —SC

(USA, 2018, 3 min.)

Colorado Premiere

(USA, 2018, 12 min.)

Colorado Premiere

(Germany, 2018, 32 min.)

32

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED UL E


SHO R T S | FILMS

The Last Green Thread Danny Schmidt, Eric Bendick

Lefty/Righty Lazarus David Darg

FRI, 10 A.M., LIB; SAT, 12:15 P.M., MAS

SAT, 12:15 P.M., SOH; SUN, 12:30 P.M., SOH

Playing with The Undamaged (page 25)

Playing with Emerging Storytellers (page 78) and Ben Rhodes (page 81)

In Person: Danny Schmidt, Eric Bendick, Mallory Dimmitt

In Person: David Darg, Bryn Mooser

“When I was your age, that was an orange grove,” Mallory Dimmitt recalls hearing from her parents. Formerly of Telluride, Dimmitt is now back in her native Florida, where she is devoted to conserving what is left of the state’s natural world. In 2018, she led an expedition along the most endangered stretch of the Florida Wildlife Corridor, a patchwork of public and private lands tightly hemmed in by subdivisions and highways. “Wild Florida is still here, it still exists, it still has a chance to be saved,” says biologist Joe Guthrie. His optimism is all the more impressive given the harsh reality onscreen. —SC

In parts of Africa, it is believed that the body parts of people with albinism can be used in witchcraft to bring good fortune. As a result, ritual attacks, mutilation and murder of people with albinism is far too common. In Malawi, albino street musician Lazarus Chigiwandali expresses the pain, ostracization and peril of people like himself through music. With a hand-hewn banjo, singular style and voice like a clarion, his sound is catching on. This film follows his rising career, which is built on a message we could all benefit from: “Let us all be loving to one another.” —KK

(USA, 2018, 18 min.)

Colorado Premiere

Colorado Premiere

Max Walker-Silverman THUR, 8:45 P.M., BC; MON, 9 A.M., HC

Playing with The Valley (page 25) In Person: Max WalkerSilverman, cast Director Max WalkerSilverman, a Telluride native who grew up in Mountainfilm’s theaters, brings a homespun narrative about family and place to the festival. In it, the death of a patriarch closes the gap between a divorced cowboy and his young daughter. What follows is a tale of forgiveness, in few words. —KK (USA, 2019, 12 min.)

World Premiere

(USA, 2019, 29 min.)

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

33


F ILMS | SH O R T S

Life of Pie Ben Knight, Travis Rummel

Mentors: Hilaree Nelson

FRI, 8:45 P.M., BC; SAT, 6:15 P.M., HC

Taylor Rees

Playing with The Weight of Water (page 26)

Playing with Hilaree Nelson/Jim Morrison presentation (page 76)

In Person: Ben Knight, Travis Rummel, Jen Zeuner, Anne Keller It wasn’t long ago that the small Colorado town of Fruita was solely a hub of agriculture and oil and gas development. But singletrack shredders and pizza chefs Jen Zeuner and her partner Anne Keller have helped to transform the high-desert town into a mountain biking hotspot with their Hot Tomato Café. It wasn’t always easy — some residents of conservative Fruita weren’t quite ready for their “lifestyle” at first. But the women’s delicious East Coast-style pizza — and the love they put into making it — have made them indispensable members of the community and turned the Hot Tomato into the living room of the Grand Valley’s outdoor recreation industry. —HS (USA, 2019, 12 min.)

34

FRI, 6:15 P.M., SOH

In Person: Taylor Rees, Hilaree Nelson It may be tempting to think of the world of ski mountaineering as one dominated by brawn. With, admittedly, some brain requirements to help mitigate serious risk factors. But, beauty? Is there room in this burly, testosteronefueled world for the feminine? And not just for the token female, but for many of the fairer sex? As a pioneer in this often roughand-tough milieu, Telluride’s own Hilaree Nelson has an unequivocal answer and shows us, by her personal example, how women can do anything men can do (...and better). —PK (USA, 2018, 5 min.)

Mi Mamá Jade Begay, James Q Martin SAT, 3:15 P.M., HC; SAT, 9 P.M., SOH

Playing with Equitable Access presentation (page 79) and Sneak Peek TBA In Person: James Q Martin, Nadia Iris Mercado, Jayme Dittmar There is a force of healing in nature and a power of connection — connection with ourselves, our hopes and dreams, and with the mystery and grandeur of life on our planet. For Nadia Iris Mercado, there is also in nature a connection with her ancestry. And, the connection she makes most strongly, and most tenderly, is with her mother — who sacrificed her own hopes and dreams to give Nadia the best possible chance to realize hers. —PK (USA, 2019, 6 min.)

World Premiere

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED UL E


SHO R T S | FILMS

The Movement Anson Fogel, Tim Kemple FRI, 9 P.M., SOH; SAT, 3:30 P.M., SOH

Playing with Age of Ondra (page 16) In Person: Tim Kemple, Jay MacMillian No longer is running just a sport for middle-class, white males who look like they belong on the cover of Runner’s World. Fueled by social media, informal and welcoming gatherings of running clubs or “crews” have sprung up all over the world and are growing in popularity. Through its inclusiveness, running has become the great democratizer. To the beat of a thumping soundtrack, The Movement asks: What if we were able to harness the incredible sense of unity running provides? What could we fix if running united a city, a country or the world? —HS (USA, 2019, 16 min.)

Mrs. Saltzman Goes to Jail Rebecca Richman Cohen SUN, 12 P.M., PALM; MON, 9:30 A.M., NUG

Playing with hillbilly (page 21) In Person: Graham Boyd Eighty-year-old Delores Saltzman was “relaxing and having a joint” when she heard a knock on her door. Pot, she explains, helped with her arthritis. Sleeping on a cement floor in jail after being arrested because her medical marijuana card had expired, not so much. Perhaps Delores’s case, cheerfully documented here, helped bring legal recreational weed to Michigan, approved by voters this past November. —SC (USA, 2018, 7 min.)

Colorado Premiere

Purpose Built Kirk Muir Horton SAT, 9 P.M., NUG; SUN, 9 A.M., PALM

Playing with Any One of Us (page 17) In Person: Kirk Muir Horton, Brendan Davis Hit and dragged by a semi truck at 8 years old, Max Conserva was left with a loss of functionality in his right leg. Through designing and engineering a brace for his leg, Conserva grapples with his limitations, and learns to integrate this problem into his life. Compelled by the challenge, Conserva embarks on a lifelong endeavor to help others find hope and strength within their physical vulnerabilities — conquering what once may have seemed insurmountable. —SD (USA, 2019, 7 min.)

Colorado Premiere

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

35


F ILMS | SH O R T S

Queen Maud Land Taylor Keating, Cedar Wright FRI, 6:15 P.M., SOH; SUN, 8:45 P.M., BC

Playing with Hilaree Nelson/Jim Morrison (page 76), plus Base Camp screening In Person: Taylor Keating, Cedar Wright, Savannah Cummins, Pablo Durana Antarctica is cold, unfriendly, remote, breathtakingly beautiful and, by virtue of those characteristics, rife for expeditions. That’s exactly what draws a dream team of climbers to decamp for three weeks to Queen Maud Land, a chain of outrageous rock spires that leap out of the frozen continent’s snowy expanse. Alex Honnold, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and the others venture out onto these spires, where they encounter massive off-width cracks, crumbly rock, bigwall style objectives, bonechilling cold and a reminder that even suffer fests at the bottom of the world can offer an unforgettable good time. —KK

The Railroader Russell O. Bush THUR, 8:45 P.M., BC; MON, 9 A.M., HC

Playing with The Valley (page 25) In Person: Russell O. Bush, Annie Bush, John Bush Rugged individualism? Sure, but the history of America’s West is also very much defined by communal grit and a spirit of togetherness. Just look to the railroads. John Bush, who grew up playing in the (long since vanished) trainyard of Telluride, has been captivated by steam engines and the rails that bind this nation together his entire life. In this short film, he contemplates the rich history of the locomotive and how it shaped this nation. “America built the railroads,” he notes, “and the railroads built America.” —KK

The Shepherdess Katie Falkenberg SAT, 12:15 P.M., OW; SUN, 9 P.M., MAS

Playing with The Blessing (page 18) In Person: Katie Falkenberg A Navajo shepherdess perseveres despite extreme drought in this tone poem about a rapidly vanishing way of life. “We didn’t even go up the mountain because there’s no water,” she recounts. “Hardships are just lessons and challenges in life and you just can’t dwell on it, you have to live through it.” —SC (USA, 2019, 6 min.)

(USA, 2019, 11 min.)

World Premiere

(USA, 2018, 28 min.) 36

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED UL E


SHO R T S | FILMS

A Thousand Casts Ben Knight, Travis Rummel SAT, 12 P.M., HC; SUN, 8:45 P.M., BC

Surface

Playing with Doug Peacock (page 77), plus Base Camp screening

John Rodosky SAT, 6:30 P.M., SOH; SUN, 9 P.M., PALM

Playing with Spectre Expedition – To the End of the Earth (page 24) In Person: John Rodosky, film crew Surf photographer Ben Thouard spends his days underwater, floating on blue-green Tahitian waves. In a quest to find an original angle for ocean photography, he waits on a weather window for perfect conditions that happen just a few times a year. Sometimes it’s a lot of preparation for nothing. But occasionally, a rare compression of waves on the reef offer a fleeting window to a new and crystal-clear perspective of the place where sea becomes surface. —HS (USA, 2018, 7 min.)

Sweetheart Dancers Ben-Alex Dupris FRI, 9 P.M., PALM; SUN, 9 A.M., HC

Playing with Gay Chorus Deep South (page 21) In Person: Adrian Stevens, Sean Snyder, Ceylon Grey Indigenous dancers Sean and Adrian challenge the rulebook of San Manuel’s Native American Sweetheart Special as they attempt to compete in the annual couple’s competition. Dancing not only against the other dancers, but against the drums of oppression and closed-mindedness, this Two-Spirit couple is determined to rewrite the rules of “one man, one woman” with their resplendent charisma, character and resilience. —SD (USA, 2019, 13 min.)

In Person: Ben Knight, Travis Rummel Fisherman Oliver White’s life reads like a storybook. Hand-plucked to work for a high-power financial firm while he was a fishing guide, he went on to pursue a dream in the Bahamas, narrowly escape death and build a nonprofit that takes him around the world using fly fishing to help communities protect water. A Thousand Casts follows this philosopher and outdoorsman to the Kingdom of Bhutan, where the royal family has invited him to chase down a mythical fish on the brink of extinction. Does Oliver just have a golden horseshoe up his ass, or does he possess a depth of character that’s rare in today’s world? The answer reveals itself with each cast in this artful film. —KK (USA, 2019, 27 min.)

World Premiere P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

37


F ILMS | SH O R T S

Wave Hands Like Clouds Marga Laube

The Trial Johanna Hamilton SAT, 9:15 A.M., SOH; SUN, 6 P.M., MAS

Playing with American Heretics (page 16) To be an attorney defending persons accused in 9/11 trials at Guantanamo Bay is thankless. To make a film about “justice” inside “Camp Justice” at Guantanamo, where the Constitution does not apply and filming is not allowed, demands ingenuity. Director Johanna Hamilton celebrates the valor of lawyers operating within a system rigged against them and exposes the pointless cruelty in the prosecution of a case against alleged 9/11 terrorists that is still in the pretrial phase, 18 years after the crime took place. —SC (USA, 2018, 16 min.)

Valley of the Moon Henna Taylor FRI, 9 P.M., SOH; SAT, 3:30 P.M., SOH

Playing with Age of Ondra (page 16) In Person: Henna Taylor In an almost-forgotten pocket of southern Jordan, you’ll find a vast desert of soaring sandstone monoliths, cliffs and walls that rivals the Colorado Plateau in both beauty and climbing potential. Welcome to Wadi Rum. Here, two Israeli climbers have teamed up with a Bedouin friend to establish an epic route in hopes of attracting international tourists to this desert gem. What ensues is a lesson in crossing cultures, building unlikely friendships and connecting over a shared passion for adventure, climbing and wild rock. —KK

FRI, 1:30 P.M., SOH; SUN, 9:15 A.M., SOH

Playing with The River and the Wall (page 23) In Person: Marga Laube, Joanne Feinberg, Scooter Finney Suspended in the airy expanse between heaven and Earth, highliners walk a tightrope strung between two canyon walls. Wave Hands Like Clouds is an ode to finding focus and balance in a moment of exposed vulnerability that leaves the viewer breathless. —HS (USA, 2018, 3 min.)

Colorado Premiere

(USA, 2018, 22 min.)

38

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED UL E


SHO R T S | FILMS

When I Look Back Christopher Bramley FRI, 1:45 P.M., NUG; SAT, 6:15 P.M., OW

Playing with Ascending Afghanistan (page 18) In Person: Christopher Bramley When I Look Back follows four women mountain bikers ripping around Moab, Utah. But this is not your typical adrenalinefueled adventure film. Both lighthearted and contemplative, it’s a glimpse into a tight-knit group of friends doing what they love and picking each other up when they fall down. Looking back on their lives, this is what they will remember. —HS (USA, 2018, 3 min.)

World Premiere

You Can’t Dam Your Way to Paradise Ben Cowan, Taliesin BlackBrown FRI, 10 A.M., LIB; SAT, 12:15 P.M., MAS

Playing with The Undamaged (page 25) In Person: Ben Cowan, Dave Steindorf The proposed Temperance Flat Dam would be the second tallest in California and the sixth dam on the San Joaquin River. The estimated $2.6 billion project would increase storage capacity in the basin, but it would also drown the scenic San Joaquin River Gorge. Although a new dam might make California politicians feel better about the state’s ongoing water problems, it would add only 1 percent to the Central Valley Project’s yield. In a time when all the economically feasible dams have already been built, this short proves that adding another won’t get us any closer to Eden. —HS (USA, 2018, 4 min.)

Colorado Premiere P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

39


40

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S H O R T S PR O GRAMS | FILMS

CINE DE LAS MONTAÑAS Friday, 6:30 p.m., Library; Saturday, 3:15 p.m., Nugget

A program of bilingual films for everyone. 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 to the community after passholders are let in.

Cracking Ice Ceilings Mariano Carranza The cholita climbers of Bolivia have been subverting the culture of machismo since 2015 by climbing mountains. Not content to stay in their traditional roles as highmountain cooks, these 11 escaladoras wanted to see for themselves what it felt like to go to the top. Pairing the traditional cholita garb of colorful skirts, shawls, bowler hats and brooches with ice axes and crampons, these women climb for the same reason many others do: that feeling of freedom that comes with standing on the summit. —HS MEND (USA, 2017, 3 min.)

Casa Jeremy Reid Grant In Person: Nathan Beninger, film subjects “All we’re doing is giving these kids basic tools to live a normal life,” says Canadian photographer Nathan Beninger, who created Pura Vida, a safe house in Cusco, Peru, for exploited girls. In Casa, we meet four sisters whose family disintegrated when their mother died and the eldest was sold into slavery. Now all four live in the safety of Pura Vida, where they are learning to be kids again. Beninger's fundraising eschews words like “child prostitute” because, he says, “It shuts people’s brains right off.” And for Pura Vida, every penny counts. —MT (USA, 2018, 10 min.)

World Premiere

PATRIMONIO

Patrimonio Lisa F. Jackson, Sarah Teale The more idyllic its setting, the likelier a town will be targeted for tourist development, and no small Mexican fishing village is closer to paradise than Todos Santos, 50 miles up the Pacific coast from Cabo San Lucas. But a collective of fishermen stage a battle to preserve their patrimonio when they learn their century-old lease of a portion of a beach has been grabbed by developers proposing to triple the town’s size. Led by local attorney John Moreno, the group takes on a large corporation and corrupt politicians. For Todos Santos, as for Telluride, “sustainable development” can sound like an oxymoron to the community that was there before it was “discovered.” Yet the market for “mindful living” and life “at its essence” — as the Tres Santos project was advertised — is growing. Thus, humanity threatens to destroy what it craves, a painful irony not lost on the filmmakers. —SC (USA, 2019, 82 min.)

Colorado Premiere

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

41


F ILMS | SH O R T S P R O GR A M S

ADVENTURE SHORTS 1 Saturday, 9 a.m., High Camp; Sunday, 9:15 p.m., Nugget

Mend

Safe Haven

Nicholas Swingle

Tim Kressin

In Person: Nicholas Swingle, Joey Maxim

In Person: Tim Kressin

When he was 16, Joey Maxim was a bright, athletic, handsome teenager heading toward a promising future. Until, in the half-instant that such things can happen, his life completely changed. From sitting on top of the world, Maxim was pitched into the darkest depths of despair. That’s where he stayed until he discovered the magic of fly fishing and the undiminishable hope that attends every cast of a silken line tied to a likely fly. —PK

Inner-city Memphis is not the likeliest setting for an enormous rock climbing gym. But since it opened in March 2018, Memphis Rox, the nation’s only nonprofit climbing gym — open to all, regardless of ability to pay — has proven that the challenges of technical climbing have strong appeal, and can provide benefits well beyond the traditional outdoorrecreation community. —SC

(USA, 2018, 5 min.)

Rusty’s Ascent

MEND

(USA, 2018, 8 min.)

Jordan Halland In Person: Jordan Halland

Ski Photographer Frank Pickell In Person: Frank Pickell, Oskar Enander, Dan Benshoff Colorblind photographer Oskar Enander is drawn to the stark contrast of light and dark in the enchanted mountains of Switzerland. Shuttered with slow motion clips and stills, this short film captures the grayscale vision of a man not only in love with skiing, but deeply passionate about following the sun as it walks across the ridgeline. —SD (USA, 2018, 9 min.) 42

Everest-obsessed since childhood, Robert “Rusty” Bailey fulfilled his dream of joining an Everest expedition in 1982. He was buried in an avalanche that killed several Sherpas, but dug himself out. After a rest day, the summit attempt resumed, and Rusty cheated death a second time. This portrait of a professional climber asks the big question: Is it worth it? —SC (USA, 2019, 25 min.)

World Premiere

RUSTY'S ASCENT

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S H O R T S PR O GRAMS | FILMS Wallmapu Ben Sturgulewski In Person: Ben Sturgulewski Steazy ski footage culturally backdropped by the creation myth of the indigenous Pehuenche people of the southern Andes? Works for me. —PK (USA, 2018, 6 min.)

Ikigai: The Shin Biyajima Story Justin Taylor Smith In Person: Justin Taylor Smith When American professional snowboarder Travis Rice visits his friend Shin Biyajima in Nagano, Japan, the two join up to snowboard some of the best tree runs on the planet. But Biyajima’s life as a professional snowboarder is not just about chasing chest-deep powder. It’s about facing challenges, following his own path and appreciating the divine spirit in nature. In snowboarding, Biyajima has found his motivating force, his ikigai — or reason for being. —HS (USA, 2018,16 min.)

World Premiere

A Light in the Shadow James Q Martin

FROSTY

Frosty James Q Martin In Person: James Q Martin, Anna Frost “I need to run because I love having that connection to nature,” says ultra-runner Anna Frost, who’s been racking up competitive wins for more than a decade. After being consumed with running for years, Frost takes on a new challenge. This film follows the endurance athlete from podium to motherhood. —KK (USA, 2019, 12 min.)

World Premiere

In Person: James Q Martin, Rob Krar “I always imagine myself deep in a hole, unable to crawl out,” says Rob Krar, describing his struggle with depression. Ultra-long-distance running, he adds, is “without a doubt … a coping mechanism.” Krar has also learned that being open about his illness helps to alleviate it. “Men, let’s talk when things get tough,” reads the end title to this short about a global mental health crisis, particularly among men. —SC (Canada/USA, 2018, 5 min.)

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

43


F ILMS | SH O R T S P R O GR A M S

ADVENTURE SHORTS 2 Friday, 9 p.m., High Camp; Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Nugget

Morning Corey Rich Morning. It’s is a sacred time of day, the world just blinking to life, the possibility dawning as big as the sky, the quiet before the bustle. This film is an ode to all those who make the most out of their early hours. —KK (USA, 2018, 3 min.)

Sound of Silence Philippe Woodtli Hearing disabled from birth, bullied as a child, Robin Gillon found grace on skis. “I had a crazy dream,” Gillon says, “and a lot of people thought I wouldn’t achieve it. Well, I’ll keep fighting and I won’t let go until I show the world everything I’ve got.” The footage of Gillon on skis offers proof that being different didn’t hold him back; it made him who he is. —SC (Switzerland, 2018, 12 min.)

PHOTO VAGABOND, A Yeti Tribe Story Joey Schusler, Craig Grant In Person: Joey Schusler Professional photographers inhabit a rarefied space where the chances of success are negligible, at best. Narrow the niche to adventure/nature photography and — f-stopping the focus down even further — to life as a biking photographer, and you’re in Dan Milner’s world. It stretches from cloudhung valleys in the Alps to baking hot Ethiopian villages. And to anywhere and everywhere in between that a passion for the perfect shot and two wheels can get him. —PK

FREE FLOW

Free Flow Paul Diffley “I like to run out the door and see where my legs take me,” Hazel Findlay says. This film follows the professional climber as she lets those legs venture into the Welsh mountains of Snowdownia, where she scales cliffs and retreats into the landscape of her mind. —KK (UK, 2018, 4 min.)

Perspectives: India Featuring Micayla Gatto Scott Secco From the crowds and chaos of spice markets to the trails beneath the snowy peaks of the Himalaya, professional mountain biker Micayla Gatto experiences India on two wheels. But she doesn’t just whiz through the terraced hillside villages on the streamside single track. She stops to share smiles and the culture of the people who live there. —HS (USA, 2018, 5 min.)

(USA, 2018, 11 min.) 44

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S H O R T S PR O GRAMS | FILMS Up To Speed Zachary Barr, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen In Person: Sender film crew Climbing — the fringy, grungy sport of dirtbags — is headed to the biggest athletic stage on Earth: the 2010 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Disciplines will include lead climbing, bouldering and ... speed climbing? Yes, it’s a thing. This new film by Sender introduces us to the blistering subdiscipline, a much-scoffed at world of interesting warm-up dances, powerful vertical sprinting and competition that’s nothing to joke about. —KK (USA, 2018, 21 min.)

BROKEN

Brotherhood of Skiing Tyler Wilkinson-Ray, Colin Arisman In Person: Faith Briggs The Brotherhood of Skiers has been bringing camaraderie and dance parties to the slopes since 1973. The annual summits, which unite AfricanAmerican ski clubs across the country, are fundraisers for youth programs to pass the love of skiing down to the next generation. First born of necessity — safety in numbers in the aftermath of the civil rights movement — four decades later, the Brotherhood of Skiers is still creating a safe space and upending stereotypes. —HS (USA, 2018, 10 min.)

Broken Simon Perkins In Person: Simon Perkins, Jon Wilson Jon Wilson lost a leg to cancer at 23. He found joy some years later by developing a solitary routine of skinning and climbing up a ski mountain on his remaining leg, at night, and skiing back down. Wilson wrote and narrates this tone poem about perseverance and the unexpected gift that came from having been "broken." —SC (USA, 2019, 7 min.)

World Premiere

Cracking Ice Ceilings Mariano Carranza

PERSPECTIVES

The cholita climbers of Bolivia have been subverting the culture of machismo since 2015 by climbing mountains. Not content to stay in their traditional roles as highmountain cooks, these 11 escaladoras wanted to see for themselves what it felt like to go to the top. Pairing the traditional cholita garb of colorful skirts, shawls, bowler hats and brooches with ice axes and crampons, these women climb for the same reason many others do: that feeling of freedom that comes with standing on the summit. —HS (USA, 2017, 3 min.)

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

45


F ILMS | SH O R T S P R O GR A M S

CHARACTERS & CULTURES SHORTS Saturday, 6:15 p.m., Nugget; Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Masons

The San Juan Dance Club Josh Roos, Logan Roos In Person: The Roos Brothers, San Juan Dance Club dancers Who knew? Formal dancing is good exercise, fun and a great way to meet new people. Just down valley from Telluride, Ron Black, in retirement, started teaching dance — country waltz, two-step swing, American tango, line dances and more. There might even be more to it than matchmaking, which is its own reward. “When I’m dancing I can actually get out of my skin,” Black says. “My soul comes out, and starts dancing.” —SC (USA, 2018, 8 min.)

THE SAN JUAN DANCE CLUB

The Mystery of Now Audrey Buchanan In Person: Audrey Buchanan, Douglas Miles Sr., Douglas Miles Jr., film subjects

THE MYSTERY OF NOW 46

The San Carlos Reservation in southeast Arizona is known by the dubious nickname of “Hell’s Forty Acres.” Today, though, pride, creativity and expression are vibrant among its young people. And much of that is thanks to the unifying force of Apache Skateboards, founded by Douglas Miles Sr. (page 86) — an artist and community leader whose stony countenance belies a font of wisdom. This gritty, mystical profile of Miles shines a light on a community where art, agency, faith, skateboarding and tradition have planted the seeds of resurrection. —KK (USA, 2019, 17 min.)

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S H O R T S PR O GRAMS | FILMS For the Love of the Game Troy Edige In Person: Troy Edige Perched at 12,500 feet, Shandur Pass is one of the most remote places in Pakistan. There, in the shadow of enormous snow-capped mountains, you’ll find the country’s highest polo field, where each year, teams from rivaling valleys meet up for a centuriesold battle of freestyle polo. This beautifully shot film profiles player Sikander Ul Mulk, 61, who has been a team captain for over 20 years. “You’ve got to sacrifice your life for it, and it’s not easy,” he says of the game. But, he adds, “I couldn’t do anything else.” —KK (Scotland, 2019, 7 min.)

(PEOPLE) OF WATER

(people) of water Forest Woodward In Person: Forest Woodward, Rob Prechtl

World Premiere

Counter Mapping Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Adam Loften In Person: Jim Enote Zuni farmer and museum director Jim Enote is rethinking map-making. After all, who’s to say that north has to be at the top, geographic features must be to scale or roads have to appear at all? Through his Zuni Map Art Project, he works with Zuni artists to create maps that convey stories of place, heritage and history — helping them reclaim the stories of their lands. The results are both beautiful and profound. “We limit ourselves if we think of maps as only two-dimensional,” he says. “There are maps in songs, and in prayers, there are maps that are etched into stone, woven into textiles and painted on ceramics.” —KK (USA, 2018, 9 min.)

COUNTER MAPPING

Following an attempt to break the Grand Canyon speed record — chronicled in The Time Travelers (Mountainfilm 2017) — the U.S. Men’s Raft Team continues to explore the limits of what can be done on water. This time, they turn their focus to outrigger canoeing — an ancient form of travel with its own sets of rites, history and cultures. Told through team member Rob Prechtl, (people) of water follows the rafters as they delve into this rhythmic, spiritual and age-old form of connection — discovering that it’s much more than a means of travel. —KK (USA, 2019, 23 min.)

Save the Hearts Brett Marty, Josh Izenberg The survival of a child born with congenital heart disease, sadly, depends on where he or she is born. And in India, the odds aren’t good; 80,000 children die each year because they can’t afford treatment. But at the Sri Saytha Sai Sanjeevani Hospital, these vital surgeries are free. This uplifting film follows two rural Indian families as they set off on a journey to the promise of a cure for their children. —KK (USA, 2019, 11 min.)

World Premiere

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

47


F ILMS | SH O R T S P R O GR A M S

EQUITY SHORTS Friday, 5:30 p.m., Masons; Saturday, 12 p.m., Nugget

We Are Forbidden Brian Lindstrom, Cheryl Strayed In Person: Brian Lindstrom, Cheryl Strayed In parts of Nepal, menstruating girls and women are considered impure. They are banished from their homes or sequestered to a room; forbidden from eating most foods and not allowed to attend school, visit a temple or even look at male family members. In this moving short film, nine Nepalese girls share their menstruation stories. The film derives its power from allowing the girls to speak for themselves, demonstrating their courage, strength and inspiring desire for change. —KK (USA, 2019, 8 min.)

World Premiere

THE MIGHTY FINN

The Mighty Finn Fitz Cahall In Person: Anya Miller-Berg Born with half his brain, 7-year-old Finn Sheets lives with cerebral palsy. He’ll never walk or talk without assistance, and, his dad Ethan explains, has every reason to hate the body he’s been given. Instead, he’s a joyous child who comes alive when he’s outside. “I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about it that awakens his soul,” Ethan says. So dad does whatever it takes to get him outside. Finn, in return, teaches the entire family incredible lessons about the true definition of happiness. —KK (USA, 2019, 7 min.)

WE ARE FORBIDDEN

Do We Belong? Sofian Khan

Julia Kwan In Person: Azzah Ahmed

They fell in love, immigrated from India to America to work in tech and were building their dream. Then Sunayana lost her husband to a senseless hate crime. And she was left grappling with the question of whether America is truly her home. The answer, which revealed itself through humanity, is profound. —KK

Mired in the darkness of a broken marriage, the loss of her mother, a crippling back injury and unsettling weight gain, Azzah finds herself jolted out of her grief by the question: “What do you want to do before you die?” Inspired, she compiles an ambitious bucket list that gets her outside of her comfort zone, and the light begins to shine in again. —SD

(USA, 2018, 14 min.)

(Canada, 2017, 9 min.)

In Person: Sofian Khan, Pulkit Datta

Colorado Premiere 48

Facing Sunrise

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S H O R T S PR O GRAMS | FILMS Refuge(e) Sylvia Johnson In Person: Sylvia Johnson In a world of untold millions of refugees, is there any refuge left? “I was just trying to find some place where I will be safe,” says Alpha, from Guinea. “I’m no longer afraid of much because I’ve been through a lot of things,” says Zeferino, from Congo. These two men fled brutal persecution and endured a perilous journey, only to be put into indefinite detention when they reached the U.S. border. Then, the legal battle to win asylum was a new torture. —SC (USA, 2018, 15 min.)

Colorado Premiere Mountainfilm Commitment Grant

Ashes to Ashes Taylor Rees In Person: Taylor Rees, Winfred & Patsy Rembert, Dr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker America has yet to heal from the trauma of its darkest era, and Winfred Rembert is living proof of that. Rembert, who lived on a plantation, joined the civil rights movement as a teen and was put to work on a chain gang, is a rare survivor of a lynching attempt. Decades later, he still carries the scars. “That lynching is on my back, and it’s dragging me down, even today,” he says. As he etches the history, bloodsoaked and cruel, into leatherwork, fellow artist Dr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker organizes a different kind of ceremony to search for healing. “It’s not just black history,” she says. “This is American history.” —KK

THIS IS MY HOME

This Is My Home Liz Scherffius In Person: Liz Scherffius For almost two years, Rosa Sabido has been living in sanctuary in the United Methodist Church in Mancos, Colorado. Born in Mexico, Rosa has lived in the U.S. for more than 30 years. Due to technicalities in immigration law and unfortunate legal errors, she missed opportunities to obtain permanent residency and now faces deportation. From inside the church, aided by parishioners and other supporters, Sabido tells her story, and works to shine light on the cruelty of the system. With its spiritual overtones, sanctuary is a potent symbol of resistance, but imposes its own high cost on the person who takes it. —SC (USA, 2019, 17 min.)

(USA, 2019, 26 min.)

World Premiere Mountainfilm Commitment Grant

ASHES TO ASHES

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

49


F ILMS | SH O R T S P R O GR A M S

WILD SHORTS Friday, 9:30 a.m., Nugget; Saturday, 9:15 p.m., High Camp

The Wild Inside

The Love Bugs

Andrew Michael Ellis

Allison Otto, Maria Clinton

In Person: Andrew Michael Ellis

In Person: Allison Otto, Maria Clinton

“Saying goodbye to an animal – it’s hard,” says Chris, who is leaving Florence, Ariz. State Prison after serving a six-year sentence. He’s one of 30 minimumsecurity participants in the prison’s pioneering Wild Horse Inmate Program, working five days a week to “gentle” the wild mustangs, which are saved from slaughter. Training them as saddle horses keeps recidivism at bay in Arizona, where inmates face a 49 percent chance of reincarceration within five years. Since 2012, only three of the prison’s 53 WHIP trainers are back behind bars. —MT

Entomologists Charlie and Lois O’Brien have amassed more than 1 million insects from nearly 70 countries — one of the largest private collections in the world — during the course of their long and storied careers. Now in their 80s, they are slowly transferring their drawers full of iridescent weevils and planthoppers to Arizona State University, where they can be digitized for posterity. The Love Bugs is a light-hearted portrait of two aging but dedicated scientists that captures the tender moments, inside jokes and good-natured bickering that can only come from sharing a marriage and career for 55 years. —HS

(USA, 2019, 15 min.)

World Premiere

Bare Existence Max Lowe In Person: Max Lowe Ten years after they were designated as endangered, nothing of significance has been done to protect polar bears. So, in simplest, starkest terms, more bears are starving to death as climate change steadily reduces the ice pack where the bears catch their staple food, seals. The good news is that there is still time to turn things around by making daily choices that matter. And, there are dedicated, passionate scientists, conservationists and volunteers in groups like Polar Bears International who can inspire us by their examples to make the right choices. —PK

(USA, 2018, 34 min.)

Colorado Premiere Mountainfilm Commitment Grant THE LOVE BUGS

(USA, 2019, 19 min.)

Colorado Premiere 50

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S H O R T S PR O GRAMS | FILMS Grizzly Country Ben Moon In Person: Ben Moon, Doug Peacock, Shannon Ethridge Also playing with Doug Peacock (page 77)

GRIZZLY COUNTRY

Return of the Desert Bighorn Ben Masters, Charles Post In Person: Charles Post Decimating a native species, as happened with desert bighorn sheep in West Texas in the 1960s, is easily enough done. Introduce disease with domesticated sheep and goat populations, stretch barbed wire across open land, dole out hunting permits with abandon and, presto, no more species. To re-populate that species, not so easy. But then, the Good Fight rarely is. —PK (USA, 2019, 9 min.)

Colorado Premiere

Bayandalai, Lord of the Taiga Aner Etxebarria Moral, Pablo Vidal Santos Bayandalai is an elder of the Dukhas tribe, a reindeer herder living nomadically in northern Mongolia, caring for his animals within the largest forest on Earth — the Taiga. Through his connection with the reindeer, and with the Taiga, Bayandalai has access to spiritual truths and higher consciousness that he may not be able to pass on to his 21st century tribespeople before the lures of city life — jobs, money, houses, things — entice them away. —PK

During his time as a Green Beret medic in the Vietnam War, eco-warrior and author Doug Peacock looked at a map of the Montana and Wyoming wilderness for comfort. He vowed that if he got out alive, he would go see those wild places for himself. Peacock not only visited, but spent years in solitude there, filming his only companions — grizzly bears. The man who inspired The Monkey Wrench Gang’s iconic character George Washington Hayduke has made it his life’s work to save the habitat of these majestic animals, who remind us that humans’ place is not at the top of the food chain. —HS (USA, 2018, 12 min.)

Detroit Hives Palmer Morse, Rachel Weinberg In Person: Palmer Morse, Rachel Weinberg Honeybees lead the charge in Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey’s fight against urban blight in Detroit. Their fast-growing Detroit Hives has resurrected seven of the city’s approximately 90,000 abandoned lots by setting up flourishing beehives. With Detroit’s more than 2,000 registered hives, the couple are part of a growing community movement. They built their first apiary on a lot purchased for $340 in partnership with Detroit Land Banks. As Nicole says, “you don’t have to have a million dollars in your bank account to start an idea.” —MT (USA, 2019, 6 min.)

Mountainfilm Commitment Grant

(Spain, 2018, 12 min.)

Colorado Premiere P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

51


F ILMS | SH O R T S P R O GR A M S

ORIGINALS SHORTS Friday, 1:45 p.m., High Camp; Sunday, 6:15 p.m., Nugget

The Litas

My Dear Kyrgyzstan

William DeSena

Noam Argov, Alex Pritz

In Person: Gevin Fax

In Person: Noam Argov, Alex Pritz

Growing up gay and black in Los Angeles in the 1960s, Gevin Fax felt alone. Then, at age 12, she discovered dirt-biking. “The boys grew out of it, but she never did,” her father reminisces in this short about the Litas, a 5,000-strong global women’s motorcycle collective founded in 2015. For Gevin, finding the Litas was a revelation. “I’m truly present when I’m alone on that bike and I can just be,” she says. —MT

Jyrgalan is a remote village nestled in the mountains of eastern Kyrgyzstan. It was once a thriving mining community, but was abandoned after the Soviet Union collapsed. Despite its dwindling population and his children’s protests, Emil Ibakov moved back to Jyrgalan, his hometown, after feeling called back. There, he set out on an unlikely one-man social media campaign to lure tourists to its stellar backcountry lines and uncrowded mountain terrain, setting the wheels in motion for changes that not everyone was prepared for. —KK

(USA, 2018, 7 min.) THE LITAS

(USA, 2019, 13 min.)

Illuminating Giants Ryan Beickert

Little Miss Sumo Matt Kay Because of sumo wrestling traditions, Japanese women are banned from competing professionally in the sport. But it’s all female sumo champion Hiyori Kon has ever wanted to do — and she’s damn good at it. This beautifully crafted film follows her awakenings about her sport, and her decision to try to change its outdated ways. “If we each raise our voice while also spreading sumo around the world, then I believe there will be more people willing to fight gender inequality with us,” she says. —KK (UK/USA, 2018, 19 min.)

Colorado Premiere 52

“My end goal is to make people see the landscape in a completely new perspective,” says photographer Ruben Wu. “It’s about showing things in a different light.” Wu means this quite literally. Here he deploys a drone to illuminate Peru’s Pastoruru Glacier at night. The resulting images are unique. —SC (USA, 2018, 4 min.)

LITTLE MISS SUMO

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S H O R T S PR O GRAMS | FILMS The Running Pastor Tim Kemple In Person: Tim Kemple, Stevie Meier Sverri Steinholm grew up chasing sheep up and down the rugged, breathtaking slopes of the Faroe Islands. Today he is a pastor of the Lutheran Church, the dominant religion on the island. He is also a compulsive runner, finding solace and spiritual refuge from personal conflicts and the burdens of priesthood on the trails and roads of his homeland. He may inhabit a very different world, but his words will ring true to anyone who has found peace in nature. “Somehow I am driven to it,” he says. “The body needs it, or my soul, my mind.” —KK (USA, 2019, 9 min.)

World Premiere THE RUNNING PASTOR

The Accidental Activist Samia Khan Writer, comedian and actor Aasif Mandvi got bit parts on TV for years before landing on the Daily Show as the program’s “first brown guy.” That’s when he realized the power of comedy as a tool to inform, influence and shape political dialogue. Since the 2016 election, the rise in anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric has galvanized Mandvi to use comedy and activism more and more as a salve for today’s fractured society. “I’m not an activist by nature, I’m an artist,” he says. “But I think that there is a time when those two things merge and I can use my art as a tool.” —KK

R.A.W. TUBA

R.A.W. Tuba Darren Durlach, David Larson In Person: Darren Durlach, David Larson, Richard White, William Smith “I like the tuba because it reminds me of my life, it’s the underdog.” That’s Richard Antoine White, whose biography reads like a manual in how to overcome odds. White grew up intermittently homeless on the streets of Baltimore, and went on to become a world-class symphony musician, professor and the first African American in the world to receive a Doctorate in Music for Tuba Performance. He’s got music in him, yes. But he’s also got a drive rarely seen, even in the most competitive artistic circles. As he puts it, “the only thing that will stop me from being successful is death.” —KK (USA, 2019, 29 min.)

World Premiere Mountainfilm Commitment Grant

(USA, 2018, 7 min.)

Colorado Premiere P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

53


F ILMS | SH O R T S P R O GR A M S

TERRA SHORTS Friday, 8:45 p.m., Masons; Saturday, 3:15 p.m., Masons

Dead Ice Carsten Peter Images of snow and ice have long captivated photographers. When melting, this, too, has a surreal, abstract beauty. In this film, National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter captures not only the striking imagery of remnants of ancient glaciers, but also the alarming changes — caused by global warming — they are undergoing. —MT (Germany, 2018, 3 min.)

World Premiere

Collapsing Time Dorian Warneck Through her large-scale graphite drawings, Zoe Keller creates intricately detailed tableaus of nature, weaving complex and arresting visual narratives about species and wild places that are at risk. Guided by the traditions of scientific illustration, she aims to convey both the miracles and threats that exist in the natural world. “I hope that it makes people think about the way that everything is connected ... and why it’s important to protect every little piece, because it’s all so tightly bound,” she says. —KK

illuminates the prairie. Most flee from the path of destruction, but Moir runs toward the monstrous beauty of a funnel cloud — offering a glimpse into what fuels storm chasers. —HS (Australia, 2018, 5 min.)

Creek Sessions Tahria Sheather In Person: Tahria Sheather, Jessica Kilroy Montana musician Jessica Kilroy explores Indian Creek with her recorder and headphones, capturing natural sounds to incorporate into her songs. Utah’s red rock desert may be known for its peace and quiet, but if one listens closely, it comes to life with the sounds of birdsong, crickets chirping and coyotes howling. Kilroy strives to bring the intimate soundscape of this place, which is threatened by oil and gas development, to listeners before it is lost forever. —HS (USA, 2018, 7 min.)

(USA, 2019, 5 min.)

Chasing Monsters Krystle Wright, Toby Pike Billowing clouds darken the horizon and hail pelts the windshield as Australian photographer Nick Moir speeds through the American Midwest’s Tornado Alley. The impending storm builds to a crescendo as sirens wail and lightning 54

CHASING MONSTERS

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S H O R T S PR O GRAMS | FILMS Lost World Kalyanee Mam Normally when we think of refugees, we think of people who have lost their homeland by being forced to leave it. In the case of Vy Phalla, a Cambodian woman who lives by harvesting the aquatic life of her native mangrove forests, it is her land that has been forced away — literally. Singapore, to support its rapid land extension program, imports vast quantities of sand from Cambodia. Gone the sand, gone, too, the crabs and snails, shrimp and clams that Vy and her family depend on for their livelihood. And, gone the culture that she loves. —PK (USA, 2018, 16 min.)

Colorado Premiere

Sacred Strides Forest Woodward, Anna Callaghan, Marie Sullivan In Person: Forest Woodward, Anna Callaghan, Marie Sullivan, Dustin Martin Southeastern Utah’s canyons are the ancestral home of several Native American tribes. So when the Trump administration slashed the area protected by the designation of Bears Ears National Monument, it wasn’t just a blow to public lands — it was an affront to the tribes’ sacred history. In March 2018, runners from the Hopi, Navajo, Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes ran relay-style on four routes that eventually converged near the rock spine of Comb Ridge. The run was not only a show of support for Bears Ears, but a way to reconnect to the land and heal their relationships with each other. —HS (USA, 2018, 12 min.)

Women in Fire Tim Kressin In Person: Tim Kressin The physical challenges and risks associated with certain jobs have, historically, skewed them almost

exclusively toward men. Example A: firefighting. As this short film ably shows, however, there is nothing about the job that women can’t handle. And no reason to keep it off little girls’ “when-I-grow-up” wish lists. —PK (USA, 2017, 8 min.)

Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee Greg Balkin, Len Necefer In Person: Greg Balkin, Len Necefer Just as the Trump Administration drastically reduced the size of the Bears Ears National Monument, the Administration is now working to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. “From growing up with energy development all around me on the Navajo nation, I knew exactly what the impacts would be,” says director and film subject Len Necefer. “I couldn’t watch this happen to another Native community without trying to do something.” Solidarity among Native American tribes is a matter of survival. —SC (USA, 2019, 14 min.)

Colorado Premiere

On a Wing and a Prayer Dominic Gill In Person: Dominic Gill, Nadia Gill Louisiana’s wetlands are disappearing. Perhaps no one who knows that better than Ben Dapp, a photographer who’s completed hundreds of aerial flights in a hand-built flier over the coast documenting the loss of what he calls an “infinitely complex system” of barrier islands, swamps and bayous. The more he studies it, the more he understands its immeasurable worth. “There is so much value in this ecosystem. Hopefully I’m able to capture a little bit of that in my photographs and kind of make people think about this place a little more.” —KK (USA, 2019, 9 min.)

World Premiere

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

55


F ILMS | SH O R T S P R O GR A M S

VENTURE OUT SHORTS Saturday, 12:15 p.m., Library; Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Off-Width

Dawa

CAN'T SKI VEGAS

Anna Callaghan In Person: Anna Callaghan At age 9, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa told her teacher she wanted to climb Mount Everest. It may have seemed improbable then, but she’s long smashed notions of what’s probable. The first woman from Nepal’s Rolwaling Valley (home to 70 notable male climbers) certified by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations, Dawa is one of only about 100 women among IFMGA’s nearly 7,000 guides. “Who I am now is just because I climb,” Dawa says modestly, as images of peaks she has summited flash on screen — K2, Yala Peak, Lobuche, Chekigo, Kanchenjunga, Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam — and, of course, Everest. —MT (USA, 2018, 3 min.) DAWA

Can’t Ski Vegas Joey Schusler, Ben Page, Thomas Woodson In Person: Joey Schusler, Ben Page, Thomas Woodson A group of young men rafting a remote Alaskan river in search of big ski lines is not your typical bachelor party. It may not be Las Vegas, but there are still plenty of antics — comically bad skiing on avy debris, whisky-fueled card games and pond skimming. As the current carries them closer to the ocean, dreams of clear skies and good turns keep their spirits high. And in the end, the group realizes that slowing down and simply being together is the real meaning behind a bachelor party. —HS (USA, 2019, 11 min.)

56

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S H O R T S PR O GRAMS | FILMS Children of the Columbia Leo Hoorn, Jay MacMillian, Mitchell Scott In Person: Jay MacMillian, Tim Symes The mighty Columbia River flows 480 miles through British Columbia. Whether it’s supporting millions of people with its hydro-power, acting as a transportation system for the timber industry or providing countless outdoor recreation opportunities, the river is the thread that weaves together the cultures of the Pacific Northwest. Using footage from 50 historical films, Children of the Columbia uses the river as a lens through which to explore BC’s other iconic industry: skiing. —HS (Canada, 2018, 21 min.)

Colorado Premiere

JÁGRLAMA

Jágrlama Marek Partys

TREELINE

In the high steppe of Little Tibet, a young boy develops an unlikely obsession: ice hockey. He fashions pucks out of stones, trains on homemade skates and worships Czech hockey icon Jaromír Jágr. And he has his heart set on an outsized dream. —KK (Czech Republic, 2018, 2 min.)

Treeline Jordan Manley In Person: Laura Yale, film crew The Japanese believe in the kodama, or spirit, that lives inside the broadleaf forests of snowy Hokkaido. The 600-year-old redcedars of British Columbia have evolved an underground neural network that communicates via a highway of fungus. And the famously hardy bristlecone pines that cling to the rocky cliffs of the Great Basin Ranges have persisted since the pyramids were built. Clearly, there’s a lot humans can learn from trees. Treeline follows skiers, scientists and a tree doctor as they explore our connection to some of the oldest living species on the planet. —HS (USA, 2018, 40 min.) P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

57


F ILMS | AD R E N A L I NE

TENAYA CREEK KAYAK RUN

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

Saturday’s Base Camp screening is free and open to the public. The audience is encouraged to bring warm layers, blankets, lowbacked chairs and plenty of stoke to that screening. Films are listed in screening order.

Cowboy

Tenaya Creek Kayak Run

Clayton Vila

Dane Jackson

Cowboys and chairlifts are both iconic to the American West. Here’s where they meet. —NS

Yosemite isn’t just for climbing anymore. Consider this a world class kayaking destination for outrageous creeks and water freaks. —NS

(USA, 2019, 3 min.)

The Explorers: Casey Brown

(USA, 2018, 3 min.)

Ryan Heffernan, Grayson Schaffer

Water II

“Am I a crazy person?” downhill mountain biker Casey Brown asks in this short film. Decide for yourself as you watch her negotiate the massive drops, huge gaps and puckering lines of southern Utah. —KK

A gorgeous ode to the serenity and movement, the power and moods of the sea. Let it (wink) wash over you. —KK

(USA/Canada, 2019, 4 min.)

The Splits

Morgan Maassen

(USA, 2018, 6 min.) THE SPLITS

Patrik Wallner Skateboarding becomes a stylish mosaic as athletes traverse the stairs and rails, parks and streetscapes of Japan. —KK (Japan, 2017, 8 min.)

58

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED UL E


AD REN ALINE | FILMS

Rough AF 3

Mission Dolomites

Calvin Huth

Kilian Bron

Hard work, dedication and a really dumb idea sometimes pay off. —SW

French freerider Kilian Bron takes his mountain bike on a via ferrata in the Dolomites, where he faces impossibly tight turns, hair-raising exposure and massive consequences for the smallest error in line choice. No you didn’t, Kilian Bron. Yes, he did. —KK

(Canada, 2018, 3 min.)

All In: Alaska Heli Skiing Scott Gaffney Tune in for a tutorial on how to absolutely shred Alaskan spines. —KK

(France, 2018, 6 min.)

(USA, 2018, 4 min.)

Slaydies Tara Kerzhne Margo Hayes, Paige Claassen and Emily Harrington are three of the world’s fiercest climbers. In this film, they travel to Spain, where they send stunning sport routes, go deep water soloing and embody the term slaydies, i.e. ladies who slay. —KK (USA, 2018, 8 min.)

Shane McConkey Rules - Compilation Matchstick Productions ROUGH AF 3

BMX Riding Dubai’s Most Famous Landmarks | with Kriss Kyle Red Bull BMX phenom Kriss Kyle drops into Dubai in jaw-dropping style to turn the desert metropolis into a new kind of playground. —KK (United Arab Emirates, 2019, 6 min.)

Soft Christian Haller, Kris Lüdi This wildly artful snowboard film by Christian Haller and Kris Lüdi plays like an all-you-can-shred visual buffet with delicious surprises around every corner. —BK (Switzerland, 2018, 15 min.)

It all begins with Shane. Sure there were cameras, skiers and big mountains before him, but there was Something About Shane McConkey. Ten years ago he passed, and his larger-than-life presence still cheerfully reminds us of the joy of skiing and being silly. —SW (USA, 2019, 5 min.)

GoPro: Roberta Mancino’s Wingsuit Flight Over An Active Volcano Roberta Mancino, Sebastian Alvarez As Roberta Mancino shows us, apparently it’s not enough to just jump out of planes anymore. —NS (Chile, 2016, 2 min.)

S YN O P SI S W R I T E R S KK – Katie Klingsporn BK – Ben Knight NS – Naani Sheva SW – Stash Wislocki

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

59


F ILMS | K I D Z K I N O

KIDZ KINO

Monday, 11 a.m., Palm Theatre

Mountainfilm’s program of short, family friendly films that are 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. Films are listed in screening order.

Far Out

Blue

Blake Campbell, Steve Jones, Todd Jones

Aly Nicklas

Do you know what it feels like to ski awesome powder? Then you know how Kai feels. This film shows the best parts of being in the snow. You might know how it feels to ski, but if not, watch this film and you will! —Joe Galbo, age 13

Do you like to ride your bike even when it is winter? If so, then you’ll love this film about a little girl and her bike. —Caroline Merritt, age 8

(USA, 2018, 5 min.)

(USA, 2018, 4 min.)

March of the Newts David Herasimtschuk Do you like getting funky out in the woods? Well, these newts sure do. —Townes Merritt, age 12 (USA, 2018, 5 min.)

Every Nine Minutes DJ O’Neil, Oliver Hamilton DREAMRIDE 3

DreamRide 3 Mike Hopkins In this short, Mike Hopkins rides his bike through incredibly stunning landscapes, taking us on a journey through places he likes to call “beautifully strange.” —Lilah Lerner, age 14 (Canada, 2019, 6 min.)

Chasing 14,000 Colleen Thurston Strong, brave and powerful. Hannah Jordan is all of these things in this inspiring film. —Townes Merritt, age 12

Artists find a unique way to raise awareness about plastic waste. —Henry Martin, age 15 (USA, 2018, 4 min.)

Think Like a Scientist: Renewal Jessica Plumb Think Like a Scientist: Renewal is a breathtaking film about the un-damming of the Elwha River and the impact it had on migrating salmon. This film discusses how humans have manipulated the environment and looks at one scientist who is watching the Elwha River renew to its original state, while also observing the animals around it. —Brooke Shifrin, age 16 (USA, 2018, 8 min.)

(USA, 2018, 7 min.) 60

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


KID Z KIN O | FILMS Melon Kuma

George Knowles, AdventureLocals Melon Kuma is a skiing adventure featuring the Melon Kuma, a popular bear mascot in Japan. Melon Kuma shows some awesome ski shots of the mascot and some funny and cute dance moves as well — featuring his small bear friend. —Brooke Shifrin, age 16 (USA, 2018, 4 min.)

Good Morning Maxime Moulin, Antoine Frioux Richard Permin is skiing on the roofs of buildings, in France! He defies the definition of skiing and turns heads as he shreds through the powder on slanted roofs. Every morning he is motivated to do something he loves, now that is cool! —Arabella Galbo, age 16 (France, 2018, 4 min.)

Slaydies Tara Kerzhner Slaydies is a story about three of the best climbers in the world who travel in Spain to climb together. This film celebrates indomitable spirit, while also shedding light onto the individual characteristics of each woman and her ability to send. Ultimately, it is a film about inspiration and the crushing talent that each climber exhibits. —Wiley Holbrooke, age 17 MELON KUMA

One Small Step

(USA, 2018, 8 min.)

Undiscovered

Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas

Sara Litzenberger

This bittersweet Oscar-nominated film presents a father and a daughter, and shows the sacrifices that a parent has to make for his or her children. Although kids might disregard you and act like they don’t appreciate what you do for them, it’s still important to show them that One Small Step toward fulfilling their dreams. —Sadie Steinberg, age 14

(USA, 2017, 3 min.)

(USA/China, 2018, 8 min.)

Lids on Kids Ken Bailey A film about why kids wear helmets and who they become behind the mask. —Jake Martin, age 13

Have you ever been misunderstood? If you have, then you will make a connection with this film. —Caroline Merritt, age 8

Aji Piper Presentation 18-year-old Aji Piper is one of 21 youths ages 11 to 22 who are suing the federal government for refusing to act on climate change. He will talk about his love of nature, why he decided to devote his life to climate justice and how his generation is motivated to change the world.

(USA, 2019, 2 min.)

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

61


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

PALM

HIGH CAMP

SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

NUGGET

CAPACITY [650]

CAPACITY [500]

CAPACITY [230]

CAPACITY [165]

9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SYMPOSIUM (p. 72)

9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A Grand Journey (p.31) Into the Canyon (p.22)

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. WILD SHORTS

(p.50)

Q&A

Q&A

1:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.

ORIGINALS SHORTS

(p.52)

Q&A

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Changing the Game (p.19)

Q&A

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wave Hands Like Clouds 1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (p.38) When I Look Back (p.39) The River and The Wall Feel of Vision (p.31) (p.23) Ascending Afghanistan (p.18)

Q&A

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sea of Shadows (p.24)

Q&A

6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Mentors: Hilaree Nelson (p.34) Hilaree Nelson & Jim Morrison (p.76) Queen Maud Land (p.36)

Q&A

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Akuna (p.28) Fire on the Hill (p.20)

Q&A

Q&A

9 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Sweetheart Dancers (p.37) Gay Chorus Deep South (p.21)

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

ADVENTURE SHORTS 2

(p.44)

Q&A

Valley of the Moon (p.38) The Movement (p.35) Age of Ondra (p.16)

Q&A

6 FILM

6 EVENT

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

6 PRESENTATION

8:45 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Anbessa (p.17)

Q&A

Q&A

6 BASE CAMP

6 TBA


FRIDAY SC HED ULE MASONS

THE OFF-WIDTH

LIBRARY

BASE CAMP

CAPACITY [145]

CAPACITY [120]

CAPACITY [65]

TOWN PARK MAIN STAGE

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Earth on Fire (p.30) Grit (p.21)

You Can’t Dam...(p.39) Last Green Thread (p.33) The Undamaged (p.25)

Q&A

1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

For Sama (p.20)

BASE CAMP OUTDOOR THEATER IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

1:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Awakening: After Parkland (p.29) Hurdle (p.22)

Q&A WEDNESDAY

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

GALLERY WALK (p. 86)

8:45 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (p.30) Woodstock (p.26)

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

EQUITY SHORTS

(p.48)

Q&A

THURSDAY

6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Moonlight Sonata (p.23)

Q&A

8:45 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. TERRA SHORTS

(p.54)

Q&A

8:45 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

CINE DE LAS MONTAÑAS

(p.41)

Lefty/Righty (p.33) The Railroader (p.36) The Valley (p.25)

Q&A

Q&A

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

8:45 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

All Inclusive (p.29) The Pursuit (p.23)

9 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Life of Pie (p.34) The Weight of Water (p.26)

Q&A

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 S AT U R 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

PALM

HIGH CAMP

SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

NUGGET

CAPACITY [650]

CAPACITY [500]

CAPACITY [230]

CAPACITY [165]

9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Tigerland (p.25)

Q&A

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

ADVENTURE SHORTS 1

(p.42)

Q&A

The Trial (p.38) American Heretics (p.16)

17 Blocks (p.16)

Q&A

Q&A

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Chasing the Sublime (p.30) Diving Deep (p.19)

Q&A

12 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Grizzly Country (p.51) 12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Doug Peacock (p.77) The Chapel (p.29) A Thousand Casts (p.37) Emerging Storytellers (p.78) The Accidental Q&A Environmentalist (p.28) Lazarus (p.33)

12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EQUITY SHORTS

(p.48)

Q&A

Q&A

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sea of Shadows (p.24)

Q&A

3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m.

3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Mi Mamá (p.34) CINE DE LAS MONTAÑAS 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Equitable Access (p.79) Valley of the Moon (p.38) (p.41) The Movement (p.35) Q&A Q&A Age of Ondra (p.16)

Q&A

6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Cheryl Strayed & Very Special Guest (p.80)

Q&A

6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Life of Pie (p.34) The Weight of Water (p.26)

Q&A

8:45 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

The King’s Keeper (p.32) Kifaru (p.22)

Q&A

9:15 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. WILD SHORTS

(p.50)

Q&A

6 FILM

6 EVENT

6 PRESENTATION

6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Surface (p.37) Ice & Palms (p.32) Spectre Expedition (p.24)

9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

CHARACTERS & CULTURES SHORTS

(p.46)

Q&A

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Mi Mamá (p.34) SNEAK PEEK TBA

Purpose Built (p.35) Any One of Us (p.17)

Q&A

Q&A

6 BASE CAMP

6 TBA


S AT URDAY SC HED ULE MASONS

THE OFF-WIDTH

LIBRARY

BASE CAMP

CAPACITY [145]

CAPACITY [120]

CAPACITY [65]

TOWN PARK MAIN STAGE

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

COFFEE TALKS (p. 92) 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Anbessa (p.17)

Q&A

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

9:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Brooklyn Inshallah (p.19)

Q&A

12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.

You Can’t Dam...(p.39) The Shepherdess (p.36) Last Green Thread (p.33) The Blessing (p.18) The Undamaged (p.25)

Q&A

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

PITCH FORUM (p. 100)

Q&A

12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.

VENTURE OUT SHORTS

(p.56)

Q&A

BASE CAMP OUTDOOR THEATER IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL (p. 101) 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. TERRA SHORTS

(p.54)

Q&A

3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Adventuring in the Name of Science (p.28) Youth Unstoppable (p.26)

Q&A

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

King of the Manhattan Lap (p.32) Finding Home in Boomtown (p.20)

Q&A 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Serengeti Rules (p.24)

6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

When I Look Back (p.39) Feel of Vision (p.31) Ascending Afghanistan (p.18)

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF) (p. 100) 6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

For Sama (p.20)

Q&A 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Akuna (p.28) Fire on the Hill (p.20)

Q&A

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Hunting the Helmeted Hornbill (p.31) Artifishal (p.17)

Q&A

TRANSFER WAREHOUSE PARTY (p. 101) 8:45 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. ADRENALINE PROGRAM

(p.58)

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

PALM

HIGH CAMP

SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

NUGGET

CAPACITY [650]

CAPACITY [500]

CAPACITY [230]

CAPACITY [165]

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Purpose Built (p.35) Any One of Us (p.17)

Q&A

9 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Sweetheart Dancers 9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (p.37) Wave Hands Like Clouds Gay Chorus Deep South (p.38) (p.21) The River and The Wall (p.23)

Q&A

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Mrs. Saltzman Goes to Jail (p.35) hillbilly (p.21)

Q&A

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Serengeti Rules (p.24)

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

TBA

Surface (p.37) Ice & Palms (p.32) Spectre Expedition (p.24)

6 FILM

6 EVENT

Moonlight Sonata (p.23)

Q&A

Q&A

12 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

A Grand Journey (p.31) Into the Canyon (p.22)

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Ben Rhodes (p.81) Lazarus (p.33)

ADVENTURE SHORTS 2

Q&A

Q&A

3:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Q&A

Q&A

ADRENALINE PROGRAM

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

ORIGINALS SHORTS

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Changing the Game (p.19)

Q&A

(p.44)

Bonington: Mountaineer Everything You Wanted (p.18) To Know About Sudden Sir Chris Bonington Birth* (p.30) (p.82) Woodstock (p.26)

6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

(p.58)

9 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Hunting the Helmeted Hornbill (p.31) Artifishal (p.17)

Q&A

6 PRESENTATION

17 Blocks (p.16)

9:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Tigerland (p.25)

6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

(p.52)

9:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

ADVENTURE SHORTS 1

(p.42)

Q&A

6 BASE CAMP

Q&A

6 TBA


SUNDAY SC HED ULE MASONS

THE OFF-WIDTH

LIBRARY

BASE CAMP

CAPACITY [145]

CAPACITY [120]

CAPACITY [65]

TOWN PARK MAIN STAGE

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 TBA 10:15 10:30 10:45 11:00 AM 11:15 11:30 11:45 12:00 PM 12:15 12:30 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. 12:45 Earth on Fire (p.30) 1:00 PM Grit (p.21) 1:15 1:30 1:45 2:00 PM 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 2:15 READING FRENZY 2:30 (p. 97) 2:45 3:00 PM *Now at Ah Haa School 3:15 3:30 3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 3:45 Brooklyn Inshallah (p.19) 4:00 PM 4:15 Q&A 4:30 4:45 5:00 PM 5:15 5:30 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 5:45 HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF) 6:00 PM (p. 100) 6:15 6:30 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 6:45 TBA 7:00 PM 7:15 7:30 7:45 8:00 PM 8:15 8:30 8:45 8:45 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. 9:00 PM A Thousand Casts (p.37) 9:15 Queen Maud Land (p.36) 9:30 Feel of Vision (p.31) 9:45 10:00 PM 10:15 10:30 10:45 11:00 PM 11:15 11:30 11:45 12:00 AM 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

COFFEE TALKS (p. 92)

9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

CHARACTERS & CULTURES SHORTS

(p.46)

King of the Manhattan Lap (p.32) Finding Home in Boomtown (p.20)

Q&A

Q&A

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

12:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The King’s Keeper (p.32) Kifaru (p.22)

Awakening: After Parkland (p.29) Hurdle (p.22)

Q&A

Q&A

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Adventuring in the Name of Science (p.28) Youth Unstoppable (p.26)

Q&A

6 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

The Trial (p.38) American Heretics (p.16)

Q&A

9 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

The Shepherdess (p.36) The Blessing (p.18)

Q&A

3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

VENTURE OUT SHORTS

(p.56)

Q&A

6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Chasing the Sublime (p.30) Diving Deep (p.19)

Q&A

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

TBA

BASE CAMP OUTDOOR THEATER IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


S C HEDUL E M ON 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

PALM

HIGH CAMP

SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

NUGGET

CAPACITY [650]

CAPACITY [500]

CAPACITY [230]

CAPACITY [165]

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Tom Shadyac & Cheryl Strayed (p.83) 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

TBA

9 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Lefty/Righty (p.33) The Railroader (p.36) The Valley (p.25)

Q&A

9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

TBA

Mrs. Saltzman Goes to Jail (p.35) hillbilly (p.21)

11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. KIDZ KINO

(p.60)

Q&A

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

TBA

12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

TBA

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

2019 AWARD WINNER

6 FILM

6 EVENT

6 PRESENTATION

6 BASE CAMP

6 TBA


MO NDAY SC HED ULE MASONS

THE OFF-WIDTH

LIBRARY

BASE CAMP

CAPACITY [145]

CAPACITY [120]

CAPACITY [65]

TOWN PARK MAIN STAGE

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

COFFEE TALKS (p. 92) 9:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.

All Inclusive (p.29) The Pursuit (p.23)

9:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

TBA

9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

TBA

Q&A

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

TBA

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

CLOSING PICNIC & AWARDS CEREMONY (p. 101)

THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL FESTIVAL!

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


P R E S ENTAT IO NS

PHOTO: MATT KROLL

SYMPOSIUM

THEATER SPEAKERS

72–74 76–83

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

71


P RES ENTAT I O N S | S Y M P O S I U M

EQUITY MOVING MOUNTAINS SYMPOSIUM

THE MOVEMENT

FRIDAY, 9 A.M.–12:30 P.M., HIGH CAMP

Equity. You could call it a buzzword, but that would be a vast oversimplification of a concept that’s nuanced, thorny and growing more crucial by the day. Equity represents a new infrastructure for understanding our world — from boardrooms to universities, prisons to parks, classrooms all the way to the halls of politics. An awakening about the complex way we digest and classify narratives. And, in today’s charged climate, a key element for finding solutions to many systemic problems we are facing as a global society — from the gender pay gap to voting rights, race relations, accessibility to a quality education, healthcare and even nature. Mountainfilm is excited to do a deep dive into the issue of equity during its 2019 Moving Mountains Symposium. To do so, we have invited some of the country’s top authors, scholars, activists and experts on this critical topic, and look forward to an illuminating, 72

fascinating and at times challenging conversation. The symposium will address the topic in both broad strokes and granular detail. Speakers will touch on equity and inclusion in the outdoors, talk about the tools we need to engage more constructively and discuss exciting work in the realms of workers’ rights and prison reform. Moderator Dr. Michael Sawyer, an assistant professor in the race, ethnicity and migration studies program at Colorado College, will shepherd the conversation and give it context. Panel discussions and Q&As will offer the opportunity to go into depth. And rather than purporting to offer solutions, Mountainfilm will approach the symposium from a place of humility, openness and learning. Because at its essence, honoring equity is about being willing to value the power of every story, without privileging one.

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S Y M P O S I UM | PRESENTAT IO NS

EARLY SESSION:THE BROAD VIEW 9–10:45 A.M. Speakers listed in order of appearance.

Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility

Robin DiAngelo grew up poor and white, and has built her life’s work around examining the way race shapes society. After coining the term “white fragility” in an article, she went on to pen a best-selling book of the same name with a subheading Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race. DiAngelo will present on the socialization that inculcates white fragility, the ways it has historically reinstated white equilibrium and skills needed so that white people can engage more constructively across race.

Carolyn Finney: Equity in the Outdoors

Writer, performer, professor and cultural geographer Carolyn Finney has been a leading voice in the conversation that’s addressing the lack of diversity in the outdoors. The author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors will discuss strategies for developing greater cultural competency in the outdoor realm and engaging in relations of reciprocity with diverse communities.

work, which is informed by their social location as a queer person of color, has been featured by NBC, REI and the Race and Pedagogy National Conference. Mendiola will address equity, modeling accountability and the power of ancestral survivance.

John Pavlovitz: Stuff that Needs to Be Said

In his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said, writer, pastor and activist John Pavlovitz offers raw analysis of social and political events as observed through a faith-based lens. By breaking from the molds of traditional left or right viewpoints, Pavlovitz brings a fresh perspective that is largely based on hope, inclusion and positivity. The pastor, who is committed to equality, diversity and justice both inside and outside of faith-based communities, will talk about how to fix the country’s empathy problem.

Equity Roundtable

Dr. Michael Sawyer will invite guests back to the stage for a panel discussion on the morning’s topics.

Bam Mendiola: Modeling Accountability

As the non-binary child of Mexican migrant workers growing up in rural Washington State, Bam Mendiola’s childhood was storied. Later, they found their strength in climbing the volcanic peaks of the Pacific Northwest. Today, the outdoor advocate and diversity consultant’s P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

73


P RES ENTAT I O N S | S Y M P O S I U M

SYMPOSIUM

LATE SESSION: DRILLING DOWN 11 A.M.–12:30 P.M.

Catherine Flowers: Civil Rights and Environmental Justice

Catherine Flowers made a name for herself by shining a spotlight on a lack of sewage infrastructure for poor residents in Lowndes County, Alabama, earning the nickname “the Erin Brockovich of Sewage.” Today, she advocates for sanitation and environmental issues through the organization she founded, the Alabama Center for Rural Community Development Corporation. She’ll talk about the crucial task of bringing civil rights to the realm of environmental justice.

Paola Mendoza: Gender Equity and Immigration

Colombian actor, filmmaker and activist Paola Mendoza’s work is fueled by the hardships she experienced as an immigrant in America who was also abandoned by her father at a young age. As the co-artistic director of the Women’s March on Washington, Mendoza helped bring today’s conversation about gender rights to the forefront. She will talk about gender equity, immigration and activism.

become a leading voice fighting for equity in the food industry. She will unpack the topic of wage equity in the kitchen.

Baz Dreisinger: Innovative Incarceration Reform

In the United States, mass incarceration is synonymous with criminal justice, and imprisonment rates come with shocking racial disparities. Baz Dreisinger, a Fulbright Scholar, professor and author of Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World, travels the globe examining the issue and searching for ways to help fix the system, such as increasing access to higher education for incarcerated individuals. Dreisinger, who serves as executive director of the global think tank Incarceration Nations Network (INN), will talk about innovative incarceration reform.

Final Roundtable

Dr. Michael Sawyer will invite guests back to the stage for a panel discussion on the ground they covered.

Saru Jayaraman: Fighting for Fair Wages For food industry workers, fair wages aren’t always easy to come by. Saru Jayaraman is working to change that. Her creation of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley is the first of its kind to merge both food and labor issues in an academic setting. Her work has been chronicled in the book The Accidental American, and she has 74

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


Osprey is committed to inspiring ever yone, ever y where to get outside—regardless of our dif ferences. For this reason, we are proud to par tner with Mountainfilm and its Moving Mountains S ymposium for 2019 as it examines the theme o f e q u i t y.


P RES ENTAT I O N S | S P EA KER S

HILAREE NELSON & JIM MORRISON: THE ART OF TECHNICAL SKI DESCENTS

FRIDAY, 6 P.M., SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

To say Telluride-based ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson has enjoyed a breakout couple of years is an understatement. That’s because Nelson, a veteran of the mountains who has 40 expeditions under her belt, charged at some long-held objectives with partner Jim Morrison in a renewed — and highly successful — bid of technical ski mountaineering. What they accomplished was astonishing. First, the couple tackled the first ski descent of Papsura, the Peak of Evil, a pyramid of sharp aretes and dizzyingly steep slopes in Northern India that sits at 21,252 feet. Nelson had attempted it in 2013, and was turned around by trying conditions. But when she returned with Morrison and Chris Figenshau in 2017, they made history. Next up, the pair returned to the U.S., where they headed to Denali in Alaska. There, they climbed

76

the Cassin Ridge and skied the impressive Messner face. And they didn’t stop there. In 2018, Nelson and Morrison made international headlines when they made the first ski descent of Lhotse — the fourth highest peak in the world at 27,940 feet. By skiing what has come to be known as the “Dream Line” on the mountain, they accomplished a feat that many had attempted before them. It was made extra remarkable by the fact that it was the first time a woman has been the first person to ski a line on any 8,000-meter peak. Nelson, who was named a 2018 National Geographic Adventure of the Year, is also the new captain of The North Face’s Global Athlete Team. In this presentation, she and Morrison will talk about what drew them to such lofty ambitions and recount their high and low moments amid the world’s tallest mountains.

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S P EA KE RS | PRESENTAT IO NS

PHOTO: TOM ROBERTSON

DOUG PEACOCK: GRIZZLIES, GREEN BERETS AND THE HEALING POWER OF THE WILD

SATURDAY, 12 P.M., HIGH CAMP

Author, naturalist and Vietnam veteran Doug Peacock is probably best known as the man who inspired Edward Abbey’s iconic character George Washington Hayduke — the monkey-wrenching ex-Green Beret with a proclivity for explosives. In reality, though, Peacock is far more complex and, frankly, thoughtful than Hayduke, with a life’s purpose well beyond aspirations to blow up dams. As a young man returning from serving in Vietnam, Peacock was broken. So he went to the wilderness of Wyoming and Montana, the only place he felt comfortable, where he found solace in the humbling company of grizzly bears. “Those bears,” he says, “saved my life.” To return the debt, Peacock has devoted his life to observing, writing about and fighting for the protection of the animals and their habitat. He has authored several books, including

Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness and Walking it Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness. He also co-founded Round River Conservation Studies, which has helped to conserve millions of acres of wilderness around the globe, and he’s worked extensively with veterans' groups to get servicemen into wilderness. He is, after all, living proof that nature heals. “It’s the best cure I know for the metaphysical icky-poos,” he says. In this conversation with longtime NPR contributor and friend Scott Carrier, Peacock — the subject of the 2019 film Grizzly Country (page 51) — will discuss his work with grizzlies, his experience with wilderness and his relationship with Ed Abbey on the 50th anniversary of Abbey’s seminal book, Desert Solitaire.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

77


P RES ENTAT I O N S | S P EA KER S EMERGING STORYTELLERS OF SCIENCE & ACTIVISM

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

The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship supports young and promising scientists, adventurers and journalists as they venture across the globe to document and share some of today’s most pressing stories through multimedia platforms. The Goldman Environmental Prize honors grassroots environmental heroes for significant and sustained efforts to protect and enhance the environment — often at great personal risk. And the Center for Earth Ethics works to cultivate the public consciousness needed to make changes in policy and culture that will establish a world where value is measured according to the sustained wellbeing of all people and our planet. During this presentation, winners and fellows from these prestigious organizations will take the stage to share their work — offering a glimpse into some of the most groundbreaking storytelling and environmental activism of the modern age. Talks will be interspersed with films and other media. Abby McBride Fulbright-Nat Geo Fellow Itinerant sketch biologist Abby McBride explores nature and science through the artform she dubs “sketchbiologizing.” She has drawn nature illustrations in New York City, bird-blogged across the western United States, studied birds on an uninhabited Galapagos island, researched invasive ecology and sketched, among other things, icebergs in Iceland, babblers in Borneo and giraffes in Kenya.

78

Kevin McLean Fulbright-Nat Geo Fellow As a graduate student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Kevin McLean is particularly interested in expanding human knowledge of hard-to-reach species and ecosystems, as well as making science communication more palatable to public audiences. He is currently studying canopy wildlife in Malaysia and the Ecuadorian Amazon. Linda Garcia Goldman Prize Winner Linda Garcia organized residents of Washington to stop the construction of what would have been North America’s largest oil terminal, the Tesoro Savage port terminal in Vancouver. By doing so, she stopped the flow of 11 million gallons of crude oil each day from North Dakota to her home state, protecting the environment of the Columbia River Gorge. She is the subject of the film The Chapel (page 29). Catherine Flowers Center for Earth Ethics Fellow When Catherine Flowers found her calling working to address the root causes of poverty in her native Alabama by seeking sustainable solutions, she found herself at the intersection of civil rights and environmental justice. Today, she is a senior fellow of Environmental Justice & Civic Engagement at the Center for Earth Ethics and advocate for the right to clean water and sanitation who has been internationally recognized. She is the subject of the film The Accidental Environmentalist: Catherine Flowers (page 28).

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S P EA KE RS | PRESENTAT IO NS

AKUNA

EQUITABLE ACCESS: PATHWAYS TOWARD DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN OUTDOOR RECREATION

SATURDAY, 3 P.M., HIGH CAMP

The outdoor realm has a diversity problem. Look at the populations of people recreating in America’s wild spaces and working in the outdoor industry, and you’ll find minimal representation by African Americans, Latinx, LGBTQ and other groups. The most recent survey commissioned by the Park Service showed that 78 percent of people visiting federal parks were white. Meanwhile, minority groups often report feeling unsafe in outdoor spaces. The consequences posed by this situation can be severe, as an entire generation risks missing out on the benefits of spending time in parks, gaining outdoor skills or learning about nature. In this presentation, James Edward Mills, an African-American journalist who has worked in the outdoor industry for 30 years as a guide, sales

rep, writer and photographer, will lead a panel discussion that aims to unpack this issue. Panelists include: Carolyn Finney, a professor, cultural geographer and author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors; Teresa Baker, founder of the CEO Diversity Pledge; Jenny Bruso, creator of Unlikely Hikers, a blog and Instagram account dedicated to the underrepresented outdoorsperson; José González, the founder and director emeritus of Latino Outdoors; Erin Parisi, a pioneer for transgender mountaineers and creator of TranSending and Amil Reddy, community investment manager and chair, diversity and inclusion, with Canada-based Mountain Equipment Co-op.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

79


P RES ENTAT I O N S | S P EA KER S

PHOTO: JONI KABANA

CHERYL STRAYED: A CONVERSATION WITH A VERY SPECIAL GUEST

SATURDAY, 6 P.M., PALM

Mountainfilm’s 2019 Guest Director Cheryl Strayed (page 5) is known for her ability to write, think and talk about the issues that are core to the human experience — love, loss, addiction, identity and relationships — in a way that cuts straight to the bone and resonates widely. Strayed has proven this ability across media platforms — her insightful, empathetic and relatable views can be heard in her popular podcast “Dear Sugar Radio,” read in the pages of best-sellers such as Wild and even seen in the form of films like We Are Forbidden (page 48). Strayed has been a part of the Mountainfilm family since 2014, when she came to the festival as a Moving

80

Mountains Symposium presenter. In the interim years, she has returned with her family to serve as a theater presenter, host, judge and author. Along with being a perennial favorite of the festival audience, Strayed loves to be part of that audience. “All of us leave Mountainfilm every year feeling expanded, altered, and inspired. It’s our favorite family tradition,” she says. As Mountainfilm’s 2019 guest director, Strayed has helped steer programming, contribute to events and shape the symposium. And in this not-to-be-missed event, she will be joined by a very special guest for a conversation about equity, race, art and creating a better world through action.

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S P EA KE RS | PRESENTAT IO NS

BEN RHODES: PERSPECTIVES OF A BELTWAY INSIDER

SUNDAY, 12:30 P.M., SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

Ben Rhodes was an aspiring novelist with dreams of book deals until he witnessed the 9/11 attack on New York City. That event altered his trajectory irrevocably, sending him instead into the world of foreign politics. Because, as he puts it, “You can’t change things unless you change the people making the decisions.” A talented writer but unlikely political aide, he nevertheless showed a gift for gleaning clarity, organization and compelling narrative from tangled ideas, and worked his way into the administration of Barack Obama, where he occupied a critical role. As a speechwriter and later a deputy national security advisor to Obama, Rhodes acted as a close and influential confidant to the president during his tenure. He wrote the president’s speeches, planned his trips abroad and ran communications strategy — traveling the world

with Obama, keeping in constant communication with the president and playing a powerful role in the administration. He was called “the boy wonder of the White House,” and journalists speculated that he was the single most influential voice shaping American policy aside from Obama himself. In his new memoir, The World As It Is, Rhodes pulls back the curtain on his time spent working under Obama — from responding to the Arab Spring to confronting the resurgence of nationalism that led to Donald Trump’s election. In this discussion, Rhodes will sit down with Brady Walkinshaw, CEO of Grist, to talk about his days in the White House and his unique perspective on the current state of American foreign policy.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

81


P RES ENTAT I O N S | S P EA KER S

SIR CHRIS BONINGTON: A LIFE OF GREAT HEIGHTS

SUNDAY, 3:15 P.M., SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

Born in 1934 in Hampstead, England, Sir Chris Bonington began scaling the walls of Scotland and Wales at the age of 16. He was instantly hooked. “I loved it passionately from that very first moment,” he says. After climbing avidly in the British Isles as a young man, he began venturing into the Alps and soon, the Himalaya. His passion for climbing went on to shape his life. Today, the mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer continues to enjoy one of the most enduring and illustrious careers climbing has ever seen. His lofty accomplishments include the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger, leading the team that made the first ascent of The South Face of Annapurna and

82

leading the expedition that notched the first ascent of the Southwest Face of Everest. He has written about his exploits in some 17 books, has lectured worldwide and in 1996, was knighted for services to mountaineering. And some 69 years after he was first introduced to the sport, he still climbs walls with the same drive and enthusiasm that has long fueled him. Bonington — the subject of Bonington: Mountaineer (page 18) — will join veteran climbing writer Bernadette McDonald for this conversation about a life spent in the mountains, which will be paired with a screening of the film.

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


S P EA KE RS | PRESENTAT IO NS

TOM SHADYAC & CHERYL STRAYED: WHAT NOW?

MONDAY, 8 A.M., SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

After three days of immersion in incredible documentaries, uplifting stories and remarkable individuals, you are feeling electrified, abuzz with possibility and motivated to create a better world. But how do you take that inspiration and incorporate it into your real life in ways that are meaningful and impactful? Hollywood filmmaker, director of I Am (Mountainfilm's 2010 Audience

Award winner) and longtime friend of the festival Tom Shadyac will join Mountainfilm Guest Director Cheryl Strayed (page 5) to tackle that question in this festivalwrap conversation about turning motivation into action. Free and open to the public.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

83


84

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


EVENT S

PHOTO: MATT KROLL

86–89 92–96 97 98–99 100–101

GALLERY WALK

COFFEE TALKS

READING FRENZY

FREE-RANGE PROGRAMS

PARTIES & MORE

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

85


EV ENT S | G AL L E RY WA L K

FAVIANNA RODRIGUEZ

GALLERY WALK

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

Mountainfilm’s Gallery Walk showcases the work of top adventure photographers, muralists, street artists, painters and other artists in various venues and galleries in downtown Telluride. Artists will be on hand to speak about their exhibits, food and beverages will be served and the work will remain on display throughout the weekend (or longer if noted).

81435

AH HAA EAST

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M.– 5:30 P.M.; MONDAY 9:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M.– 5:30 P.M.; MONDAY, 9:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M.

Through bold colors and vibrant images, Oakland-based artist and social justice activist Favianna Rodriguez reshapes the myths, ideas and norms of the present while acknowledging the wounds of the past. Her work — which addresses issues like migration, economic inequality, gender justice and ecology — confronts bias, embraces joy and harnesses freedom and complexity as antidotes to systemic inequality. This new body of work will be up through June 29.

Artist, designer, photographer, filmmaker, muralist and public speaker Douglas Miles Sr. is the founder of Apache Skateboards on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. His work draws from both modern street art and traditional Apache art, fusing the traumas of the past, the resilience of the present and the hope of the future. The resulting images are striking expressions of creativity and pride.

FAVIANNA RODRIGUEZ

86

DOUGLAS MILES SR.

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


G A LLERY WALK | EV ENT S

ELLIOT ROSS

AH HAA WES T SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M.– 5:30 P.M.; MONDAY, 9:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M.

WINFRED REMBERT, DR. SHIRLEY JACKSON WHITAKER

Winfred Rembert, who picked cotton as a child, joined the civil rights movement as a teen and was put to work on a chain gang in prison, is a rare survivor of a lynching attempt. The subject of Ashes to Ashes (page 49) funnels the pain of his past into intricate leather carvings that are as finely detailed as they are emotionally potent. Dr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker is an accomplished community health provider, educator, visual artist and performance artist. The subject of Ashes to Ashes (page 49) creates art that honors the strength and beauty of African-American women through history.

THE B UT C HER & TH E BAKE R SATURDAY, 7 A.M.–9 P.M.; SUNDAY, 8 A.M.–2 P.M.; MONDAY, 7 A.M.–4 P.M.

ASHLEY WERTHEIMER

Ashley Wertheimer is a visual artist who lives and works on a fifth-generation ranch in Cascade,

Montana. She is the creator of A.I.R. Seven, an artist residency program that serves as a platform for conceptual artists and rural ranchers to engage through mutually beneficial exposure to art and land stewardship. Her abstract work explores the interplay between shape and color, repetition and distortion with the goal of revealing and simultaneously eliminating information. In creating these fragmented narratives, her hope is to elicit a sense of wonder and spark curiosity.

GH O S T T O W N - O U T D O O R M U R A L SATURDAY–MONDAY, 7 A.M.–6 P.M.

GREGG DEAL

Gregg Deal is a husband, father, activist, painter, muralist, performance artist and member of the Paiute Tribe of Pyramid Lake. Much of his work deals with indigenous identity and pop culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical considerations and stereotypes. Through his art, Deal advances issues within Indian country such as decolonization, mascots and appropriation.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

87


EV ENT S | G AL L E RY WA L K

GALLERY WALK G HOS T T OWN - IN S IDE SATURDAY–MONDAY, 7 A.M.–6 P.M.

ABBY MCBRIDE

Artist and biologist Abby McBride captures candid moments of nature through what she has dubbed “sketchbiologizing.” From Northern Harriers in flight to gulls alighting on rocks and horseshoe crabs crawling on the beach, her art conveys the remarkable and magical qualities of nature and science.

ON MAIN SATURDAY–MONDAY, 11 A.M.–6 P.M.

ELLIOT ROSS, GENEVIEVE ALLISON

“American Backyard” is an exhibit by artists Elliot Ross and Genevieve Allison that examines the reality of American lives on the border through portraiture and topographical studies. Though the wall grabs the headlines, the region is home to a much larger and more complex story informed by surveillance, diversity, fragmentation, acculturation and compassion. This show chronicles a region where questions of social justice and discrimination are of resounding consequence. Up through June 10.

L A C OC IN A DE L UZ SATURDAY–MONDAY, 7:30 A.M.–9 P.M.

MERRICK CHASE

On a seven-week journey to India in 2018, Boulder-based photographer Merrick Chase traveled through tiny villages in the Himalayan foothills, sprawling cities and arid deserts. Along the way, he experienced humanity through a deepening understanding of how alike we all are. He chronicled the trip in a body of work titled “Human Being,” which 88

features portraits of people united through their shared experience on Earth.

M I XX SATURDAY–MONDAY, 11 A.M.–6 P.M.

FOR FREEDOMS

For Freedoms is a national collective of artists, institutions and people experimenting with innovative pathways to civic participation. This exhibit, built around the idea of “Freedom from Fear,” was curated from over 100 submissions received in a two-week open call. The show, “It Is a Miracle That We Are Standing Here,” is a visual compilation of work by emerging artists celebrating the resilience of their communities, broadening the notions of contemporary identity and examining power systems that steer our lives. With For Freedoms Project Coordinator Evan Blaise Walsh.

SH E R I DA N O P E R A H O U S E P O C KE T PA R K FRIDAY, 3:30–6:30 P.M.

SARAH UHL, ANNA BRONES

“In Our Hands” is an interactive exhibit by artists Sarah Uhl and Anna Brones that explores curiosity and the ripple effect of our actions. Participants are invited to step inside a colorful pop-up fabric sculpture and leave a contribution to a thought experiment meant to spark conversation through the festival.

TELLURIDE GALLERY OF FINE AR T SATURDAY–MONDAY 10 A.M.–6 P.M.

R. NELSON PARRISH, DAVID BENJAMIN SHERRY R. Nelson Parrish is an Alaskan-born sculptor who approaches his art as a means of exploring the subtle contrasts between the natural

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


G A LLERY WALK | EV ENT S

OSKAR ENANDER

and man-made worlds. His tactile, dynamic pieces — which are made with materials like resin, fiberglass and wood — represent a fusion of natural and synthetic, sculpture and painting. They aim to disengage the viewer from the peripheral and focus on the present moment, eliciting a calm among the chaos that is rare in today’s world. David Benjamin Sherry is an artist and photographer who is helping viewers see the American West in a new way. He is known for his analog techniques, color-drenched depictions of familiar landmarks and “queer revision” of traditional, hypermasculine Western photography — qualities that are helping to reshape the narrative around our public lands. Up until June 10.

TELL URIDE AR T S H Q SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M.– 5:30 P.M.; MONDAY 9:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M.

JIM HERRINGTON

Renowned commercial photographer Jim Herrington spent two decades traveling around the world to capture portraits of 20th century climbing legends. The

resulting book and exhibit, The Climbers, features 60 black and white images of the likes of Royal Robbins, Reinhold Messner and Yvon Chouinard. The portraits, raw and intimate, capture the humanity, frailty and drive behind these remarkable individuals. Up until July 2.

SL ATE GR AY SATURDAY–MONDAY, 10 A.M.–6 P.M.

OSKAR ENANDER

Oskar Enander’s ski photography is marked by its stark contrasts, deep blues and distinct use of light and shadows. It’s a unique aesthetic that could be the result of the photographer’s colorblindness. Or it could be a keen eye, sense for lines and obsession with getting the shot. Enander, the subject of Ski Photographer (page 42), has scored numerous magazine covers and garnered top accolades like Powder Magazine’s Photo of the Year award.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

89


Collecting Antique & Contemporary Navajo Weavings and Southwestern Native American Jewelry for 45 Years

90

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

91


EV ENT S | C O FFE E TA L K S

PHOTO: KITTY HOLBROOKE

COFFEE TALKS

Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 8–9 A.M.

Coffee will be provided; please bring your own mug. Talks at Christ Church are hosted by Outside Magazine, and will be recorded for use in Outside's podcast.

LOCATIONS/HOSTS #1 AH HAA WEST/ TOM SHADYAC

#5 LIBRARY/ LAURA COLBERT

#2 AH HAA EAST/ AMIL REDDY #3 CHRIST CHURCH/ ABBY WISE & MICHAEL ROBERTS #4 HOTEL TELLURIDE/ EMILY OSAN

#1

#7 M LOUNGE AT MADELINE HOTEL/ PATTI BONNET

SATURDAY

EQUITY WORK IN NEPAL

In Nepal, NGOs flock to villages, cities and the countryside with wellintentioned plans to aid communities. But how do you approach charity work with cultural awareness? Filmmakers Cheryl Strayed and Brian Lindstrom (We are Forbidden, page 48); dZi Executive Director Ben Ayers, whose organization creates long-term partnerships designed for Nepalese communities that others cannot reach; and BlinkNow founder Maggie Doyne, whose organization aims to change the world through empowering Nepal’s children, will discuss ways to go against the grain of the traditional charity narrative. 92

#6 MOUNTAIN LODGE TELLURIDE / ALEC JACOBSON

#2

JEDI WARRIORS

The outdoor realm has a diversity problem — and it’s one that a growing movement of activists, athletes and industry leaders is working to change. Teresa Baker (page 79), creator of the CEO Diversity Pledge; José González (page 79), founder and director emeritus of Latino Outdoors; Azzah Ahmed, adventurer and subject of Facing Sunrise (page 48); and Kriste Peoples, founder of Black Women’s Alliance of Denver and co-leader for Outdoor Afro Colorado, will discuss the role of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) in the outdoor world.

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


C O FFEE TALK S | EV ENT S #3 CLIMBING TWO MOUNTAINS: EQUITY

IN MOUNTAINEERING

Mountaineering has long been dominated by white, cisgender men, but two activists and athletes are working toward a more inclusive sport by climbing two mountains — literal peaks and the metaphorical mountain of systemic oppression. Erin Parisi (page 79), the first publicly trans person to attempt the Seven Summits, and Bam Mendiola (page 73), a speaker, writer, mountaineer and JEDI consultant, will explore the lifelong trail to equity in mountaineering and other outdoor sports. #4

UNDERSTANDING WHITE FRAGILITY

In North America, scholar Robin DiAngelo (page 73) observes, white people live in a social environment that insulates them from race-based stress. This builds expectations for racial comfort and lowers the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to a concept that DiAngelo calls “White Fragility.” In this talk, she and artist and social justice activist Favianna Rodriguez (page 86) will take a deeper dive into DiAngelo’s best-selling book, White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Race. With a book signing to follow. #5

NATIVE ART AND ACTIVISM

In Native American cultures, traditions of fine art as a means of communication, expression of creativity and vessel for storytelling are as old as millenia. Today, art is as crucial as ever as Native peoples tackle issues of decolonization, identity, pride and stereotypes through bold activism. Film subject Jim Enote (Counter Mapping, page 47), who is helping to reimagine mapping through his Zuni Map Art Project in New Mexico; and film subject Douglas Miles Sr. (The Mystery of Now, page 46), a filmmaker,

designer and founder of Apache Skateboards on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona, will talk about the role of art in activism. #6

EQUITY FROM THREE PERSPECTIVES

Fulbright Scholar and professor Baz Dreisinger (page 74) is the author of Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World. Writer, pastor and activist John Pavlovitz (page 73) offers a faith-based perspective of social and political events that is based on hope, inclusion and positivity. And Dr. Michael Sawyer (page 72) is an assistant professor in the race, ethnicity and migration studies program at Colorado College. They’ll talk about equity from the perspectives of prison reform, the pulpit and academia.

PHOTO: SARAH SCHWAB

#7

EFFECTING CHANGE THROUGH FILM

Documentary filmmaking has a long and storied history of sparking cultural, political and social change. Filmmakers Paola Mendoza (page 74), Michael Barnett and Alex Schmider (Changing the Game, page 19), Slater Jewell-Kemker (Youth Unstoppable, page 26) and Sofian Khan (Do We Belong?, page 48) will discuss how film can be a powerful tool in advancing movements.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

93


EV ENT S | C O FFE E TA L K S

COFFEE TALKS

SUNDAY

CREATIVE EXPRESSION AND DEMOCRACY

#1

Connie Lim, who performs as Milck, wrote the song “Quiet” — which became a global hit and ballad of the #metoo movement. Evan Blaise Walsh (page 88) is a project coordinator for For Freedoms, a national collective of artists, institutions and organizations experimenting with innovative pathways to civic participation. David Benjamin Sherry (page 88) is a visual artist whose depictions of the American West are shaping the way we think about these iconic landscapes. They will talk about the role of creative expression in today’s fractured democracy.

PHOTO: MATT KROLL

#2

THE NEW ROLE MODELS

As gender identity has expanded through the generations, older trans people such as mountaineer Erin Parisi (page 79) and filmmaker Kimberly Reed (page 106) are finding inspiration from the youth who inhabit a more dynamic and hopeful world. Youth like Sarah Rose Huckman and Andraya Yearwood, subjects of Changing the Game (page 19). In this talk, they’ll discuss gains that have been made and challenges that remain. 94

#3 THE UNEXPECTED ACTIVISTS

When it comes to galvanizing action on climate change, the most potent activists might not come from mainstream environmental groups. Aji Piper is one of 21 American youth, ages 11 to 23, suing the government for not taking action to save the planet. Catherine Flowers (page 74), a senior fellow at the Center for Earth Ethics, has brought significant resources to address sanitation issues in Alabama’s rural Black Belt. These two dynamic activists will discuss their journeys, the challenges to enacting meaningful change and where we all go from here. #4

RESETTING EXPECTATIONS

#5

NATIVE VOICES IN CONSERVATION

When life changes in an instant through an accident, injury or illness, what follows is a singular test of human spirit. Paul Basagoitia and Nichole Munk, subjects of Any One of Us (page 17), experienced that when Basagoitia sustained a life-changing spinal cord injury. Joey Maxim (Mend, page 42) survived a horrific car accident only to face a whole new set of challenges with a traumatic brain injury. They will talk about the slow and patience-testing process of making unexpected adaptations, relying on the strength of caregivers and resetting expectations. Founder of NativesOutdoors Len Necefer, who directed Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee (page 55); Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, councilwoman of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe; Lawrence Gilmore, subject of The Blessing (page 18) and Dustin Martin, subject of Sacred Strides (page 55), will discuss why it’s vital to incorporate the Native perspective in issues of land management, environmental policy and conservation.

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


C O FFEE TALK S | EV ENT S

SUNDAY (CONT.) #6

FOREIGN RELATIONS IN THE TRUMP ERA

Novelist turned political aide Ben Rhodes (page 81) occupied a critical role in Barack Obama’s administration, where he worked as a speechwriter and deputy national security advisor and was an influential confidant to the president. Rhodes, who is the author of the new memoir The World As It Is, will examine the current state of American foreign relations.

MONDAY #1

A LIFE SHAPED BY MOUNTAINS

Alpinist, writer, photographer and lecturer Sir Chris Bonington has led one of the most enduring and illustrious careers climbing has ever seen. In this talk, he and his wife, Loreto Bonington, will recount a life shaped by adventures in the world’s tallest peaks.

IT STARTS WITH U: UNCOVER – UNDERSTAND – UNLEARN #2

As change makers and rule breakers, we often shine a light on others. In this activity-based session, participants will have the opportunity to turn the light onto themselves. Amil Reddy, who is the community investment manager and chair, diversity and inclusion for Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-op, along with guests Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd, co-founders of Queer Nature, will lead this talk, which will help participants unlearn some old ways in order to build connections and learn new ways of being better together. PHOTO: SIMON CORDOVA

#7

MAKING WAY AND WAYMAKING

In modern life, it’s hard not to be affected by history's heteronormative, linear narratives that push towards an ending, rather than staying in the now. But connection to nature can provoke a disruption of that narrative, leading us toward truth, intuition and presence. Claire Carter and Paula Flach created the Waymaking Anthology to open up the definition of how women inhabit the outdoors. They’ll talk about how diversifying voices can lead to new ways of looking, seeing and making in this world.

SKATEBOARDING AND NATIVE AMERICAN IDENTITY #3

On Arizona’s San Carlos Apache Reservation, also known as Hell’s Forty Acres, nationally recognized fine artist Douglas Miles Sr. is empowering youth challenged by a legacy of genocide and an uncertain future with skateboarding. In this conversation with Audrey Buchanan, director of The Mystery of Now (page 46), Miles will discuss how the surprising mashup of Native American art and actions sports offer his community a uniquely powerful tool for self expression and cultural evolution.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

95


EV ENT S | C O FFE E TA L K S

PHOTO: SIMON CORDOVA

COFFEE TALKS

MONDAY (CONT.)

#4

GETTING YOUR EXPEDITION OFF THE GROUND

#5

INTO SLOT CANYON COUNTRY

When it comes to launching an expedition, deciding on the objective is only the first step in a challenging process of navigating logistics, establishing a team and securing funding. Ski mountaineer and captain of the North Face athlete team Hilaree Nelson; record-breaking alpinist and GRIT+ROCK founder Masha Gordon; veteran mountain-culture writer Bernadette McDonald and expedition fund expert Rebecca Martin will discuss the process of turning idea into reality. More than 40 years ago, photographer Art Twomey stumbled across a crack in the desert floor in northern Arizona that led to an otherworldly, wild and breathtakingly beautiful slot canyon system. That was the beginning of a decade-long project he undertook with friends Pat Morrow and Jeremy Schmidt, long before guidebooks, Google maps or online directions were even a thing. In this presentation, Morrow and Schmidt, longtime collaborators and authors of Searching for Tao Canyon, will recount a time of incredible discovery and remember Twomey, who died in 1997. 96

#6

CONSERVATION BRIGHT SPOTS

Tropical rainforests are declining, coral reefs are bleaching and extreme weather wreaks havoc as the planet warms. Despite that, there are uplifting conservation success stories that tell us something at least as important: we can bring species and ecosystems back from the brink. Harmony Patricio and Bernie Tershy from Freshwater Life, which protects the most endangered freshwater species from extinction; Erika Zavaleta, an ecologist and professor at UC Santa Cruz and Max Holmes, deputy director and senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, will talk about conservation bright spots.

ENGAGING RESPECTFULLY WITH YOUR SUBJECTS #7

Telling someone’s story properly requires a careful mix of respect, cultural competence and emotional intelligence. Andrew Harrison Brown, director of Kifaru (page 22); Jeanine Butler, director of American Heretics (page 16) and Hunter Robert Baker, director of The Blessing (page 18), will explore what it takes to strike that balance.

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


R EA D IN G FRENZY | EV ENT S PHOTO: MATT KROLL

READING FRENZY Sunday, 2–4 p.m. Ah Haa School

Telluride’s Between the Covers Bookstore moves into the Ah Haa School for this popular book fair. Mountainfilm authors will be at their signing tables from 2–3 p.m.; signed books will be available from 3–4 p.m. and at Between the Covers on Monday morning. The following authors will be featured: Sir Chris Bonington Arthur C. Brooks Claire Carter Greg Child Robin DiAngelo* Maggie Doyne Baz Dreisinger Kevin Fedarko Carolyn Finney

Jim Herrington Amy Irvine Saru Jayaraman Jedidiah Jenkins Pete McBride Bernadette McDonald Paola Mendoza James Edward Mills Pat Morrow

John Pavlovitz Doug Peacock Ben Rhodes Elliot Ross Jeremy Schmidt Tom Shadyac David Benjamin Sherry Dierdre Wolownick*

*Robin DiAngelo’s book signing will take place Saturday morning following her Coffee Talk. *Dierdre Wolownick will also present a reading and signing of her book Saturday from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at The North Face store in the Mountain Village core. P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

97


EV ENT S | FR E E - R AN GE P R O GR A M S PHOTO: MELISSA PLANTZ

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 and landscapes of Telluride. This year, The North Face is hosting our Free-Range headquarters. Sign up at their tents in Elks Park starting Friday from 12–4 p.m. Passholders and the general public are welcome to sign up for these free events but there is limited space, so do so early. All programs meet in Elks Park unless otherwise noted.

VENTURE OUT WITH THE NORTH FACE – CLIMB, BIKE, HIKE AND VIA FERRATA SATURDAY, 9:30 A.M.–NOON AND 2–4:30 P.M., ELKS PARK

The North Face team, featuring world-class athletes including Dave Allfrey, Savannah Cummins, Ian McIntosh and Andres Marin, will lead two outings (of up to eight people) to climb, bike, hike or do a via ferrata. Stop by the tent for more information and to sign up. FreeRange participants are welcome to take part in a happy hour from 3–6 p.m. at The North Face tents with Telluride Brewing Company beer and appetizers.

THE ART OF MISOGI SATURDAY, 11 A.M.–1 P.M., ELKS PARK

Derived from an ancient Japanese religious ritual, misogi describes an intense feat of physical and mental strength undertaken as a spiritual 98

exercise. The goal is to push the body past its limit in a prolonged, extreme physical challenge in order to achieve a new level of clarity, a deep sense of peace and an expanded understanding of one’s capabilities. Artist R. Nelson Parrish (page 88), a practitioner of misogi, will introduce the concept during this outing; explaining its fundamentals and offering some (very) beginner misogi activities such as breathwork.

COWBOY CHA-CHA SATURDAY, 12–1:30 P.M., AH HAA WEST

Montrose instructor Ron Black and other dancers from The San Juan Dance Club (page 46) will demonstrate a variety of dances — such as Country Two-step, Country Waltz, the Salsa, East Coast Swing and line dances — at this event at the Ah Haa School. Bring those dancing shoes.

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


F R EE- R A N GE PR O GRAMS | EV ENT S SKETCHBIOLOGIZING SATURDAY, 3–4:30 P.M., ELKS PARK

Fulbright Fellow and itinerant sketch biologist Abby McBride (page 78, 88) has traveled from New Zealand and Borneo to Iceland sketching nature. She’ll lead this outing, where she’ll give tips on capturing the wild through art. Materials will be provided, 12 people max.

VENTURE OUT WITH THE NORTH FACE – CLIMB, BIKE, HIKE AND VIA FERRATA SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M.–NOON AND 2–4:30 P.M., ELKS PARK

The North Face team, featuring world-class athletes including Dave Allfrey, Savannah Cummins, Ian McIntosh and Andres Marin, will lead two outings (of up to eight people) to climb, bike, hike or do a via ferrata. Stop by the tent for more information and to sign up. FreeRange participants are welcome to take part in a happy hour from 3–6 p.m. at The North Face tents with Telluride Brewing Company beer and appetizers.

TELLURIDE’S RICH HISTORY OF RAILS SUNDAY, 11 A.M.–1 P.M., ELKS PARK

John Bush, the subject of The Railroader (page 36), grew up in Telluride, where he spent much of his childhood playing in the town’s former trainyards. On this walking tour, he will take participants on a journey through the town’s rich history of rails.

PHOTO: MELISSA PLANTZ

APACHE SKATE SESSION SUNDAY, 12–2 P.M., SKATEPARK IN TELLURIDE TOWN PARK

Apache Skate founder, artist and subject of The Mystery of Now (page 46) Douglas Miles Sr., along with skaters from the film, will hit the skatepark to do what they do best. Drop by and join them for a session.

NATURE WALK SUNDAY, 2–3:30 P.M., ELKS PARK

Mountainfilm Guest Director Cheryl Strayed (page 5) will join Jenny Bruso (page 79), founder of The Unlikely Hikers blog, to host this walk and discussion about the importance of getting out in nature, no matter what form that takes. Open to all levels and abilities.

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

Join the Telluride Elks Lodge, American Legion and local veterans for this annual Memorial Day ceremony to honor the soldiers who have served and fallen for our country.

PHOTO: MELISSA PLANTZ

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

99


EV ENT S | PAR T I E S & M O R E PHOTO: SARAH SCHWAB

PARTIES & MORE

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 noted.

DZI PARTY THURSDAY, 8 P.M. SMUGGLER’S BREW PUB

Join Mountainfilm’s nonprofit partner, dZi, to celebrate two decades of transformational work in Nepal with an evening of live music from The Raillery. The Ridgwaybased nonprofit helps over 40,000 people in some of Nepal’s most remote villages live healthier and more prosperous lives through grassroots community projects.

TOPO DESIGNS PARTY FRIDAY, 8 P.M. NEW SHERIDAN HISTORIC BAR

TOPO Designs and the Access Fund will host this Friday night party. Catch up with friends, meet some new ones and enjoy plenty of opportunities to win free TOPO Designs gear throughout the night. Open to passholders.

MOUNTAINFILM PITCH FORUM

SATURDAY, 10 A.M., LIBRARY

Mountainfilm has selected a batch of up-and-coming filmmakers who will get the chance to pitch their short film projects to a panel of content leaders in the outdoor industry or film world. Representatives from brands like The North Face, Vimeo, Jansport and Patagonia will entertain these pitches — offering a major opportunity for emerging filmmakers to find an audience. Free to the public after passholders have been seated.

TINCUP MOUNTAIN WHISKEY PRESENTS: HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF) SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 5:30–7 P.M. LIBERTY BAR

Host Timmy O’Neill will invite an assortment of special guests to join him on stage for two nights of impromptu entertainment at The Liberty. Saturday will feature a lineup

100 WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


PA R TIES & MO RE | EV ENT S of musical guests including buskers, film subjects, members of The Raillery and more. Sunday night will feature mountain guide, Moth GrandSLAM champion and comedian Monte Montepare as well as local comedian Marissa Mattys.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL SATURDAY, 2–3:30 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 mind. Featuring homemade ice cream from local restaurant La Cocina. The Farmers Market runs from 1–4:30 p.m. PHOTO: MERRICK CHASE

THE VALLEY FLOOR: A CONSERVATION TRIUMPH SUNDAY, 4–6 P.M. HERITAGE PLAZA IN MOUNTAIN VILLAGE

It took years of work, a divisive court battle and a heroic fundraising campaign, but in 2007, Telluride’s Valley Floor was preserved as open space into perpetuity. Now, the story of the Valley Floor has also been preserved — it’s the subject of the documentary The Valley (page 25). Film director Bryan Reinhart, producer Ron Melmon, as well as film subjects Jane Hickcox, Gary Hickcox, Kevin Geiger, Hilary Cooper and Art Goodtimes will talk about the history and future of this crucial piece of land.

CLOSING PICNIC & AWARDS CEREMONY MONDAY, 1–4 P.M. AWARDS CEREMONY STARTS AT 2:30 P.M. TELLURIDE TOWN PARK

Wrap up the festival with a delicious vegetarian lunch from La Cocina de Luz and the festival awards in the park, and don’t forget to cast your vote for Audience Choice Award. You can vote in the app using the code on your pass, or at voting stations located at Hospitality and the Closing Picnic. The picnic is free with Fitzroy, Palmyra, Ama Dablam and Patron passes.

MOUNTAINFILM DOWNLOW YETI & THE NORTH FACE PRESENT: MOUNTAINFILM’S SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY SATURDAY, 8–11 P.M. TRANSFER WAREHOUSE

Mountainfilm invites the community to gather in this historic venue for a night of music, celebration and dancing. DJ Kat V will return to the festival to spin the tunes and there will be a cash bar. Free to passholders, $25 for non passholders. An after party will take place at The Liberty.

MONDAY, 7 P.M. SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE

This live storytelling event organized through Telluride Theatre features ingenious, hilarious, outrageous and moving tales by Mountainfilm guests and local performers. This special festival edition is themed “Meeting in the Middle.” Free, donations accepted.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

101


NTELLURIDE’S N

MOST FAMOUS HOTEL

N Fully remodeled and restored 4–Diamond Historic Hotel N The Parlor serving amazing fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner N Chop House voted best steakhouse in North America by Skiing Magazine N Historic Bar voted one of the top 100 bars in the U.S. 1.800.200.1891

231 W. Colorado Ave, Telluride CO 81435

FIND OUT MORE AT NEWSHERIDAN.COM

PROUD SPONSOR OF MOUNTAINFILM

It’s another beautiful day in Mountain Village!

Live your BEST LIFE here.

Print Easy.

Contact Your Telluride & Outdoor Recreation Sales Representative

Brandy McNeice | 928.600.9167 brandy.mcneice@cpcneutek.com 102

TMVOA is the funding source of the gondola, Dial-A-Ride, Sunset Concert Series and other events that help make Mountain Village the special place that it is.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

www.tmvoa.org

Photos © Matt Kroll, Life Feeling Photography

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

103


A H E A R T F E LT

THANK YOU TO OUR TOUR HOSTS We would like to thank our hosts who bring MountainďŹ lm on Tour into their communities around the globe — sharing our mission to inspire audiences to create a better world.


AWARD S

PHOTO: SIMON CORDOVA

AWARDS

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

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: $1,000

All passholders can vote for their favorite festival film using the Mountainfilm app, or at voting stations located in Hospitality (112 E. Colorado Ave.) and at the Closing Picnic. Audience members must have their vote code (found on passes) with them to vote. CHARLIE FOWLER BEST ADVENTURE FILM AWARD: $1,000

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 juried award that goes to a climbing or adventure film.

VIMEO STAFF PICK AWARD FOR BEST SHORT: $2,500 + VIMEO STAFF PICK

Mountainfilm’s inaugural Vimeo Staff Pick Award, which includes a coveted Vimeo Staff Pick designation, will be given to the festival’s most exceptional short film. BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE : $1,000

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

MOVING MOUNTAINS AWARD: $3,000

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: $1,000

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 CHOICE AWARD: $600

High-school students from the immersive Mountainfilm for Students festival program select the film they think will most inspire their generation. Sponsored by Telluride Academy. 2019 AWARDS ARTIST: R. NELSON PARRISH

Sculptor R. Nelson Parrish's tactile and dynamic pieces, which are made from materials such as resin, wood and fiberglass, beg to be touched. Parrish, whose work is featured in Mountainfilm's Gallery Walk (page 86), has had notable solo exhibitions in places like Munich, L.A. and Oslo.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

105


JUDGES

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE MICHAEL COLLINS

Michael Collins is an Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker and the founder of Thoughtful Robot, a New York City-based production company committed to crafting documentaries that galvanize change. His feature Almost Sunrise, which followed two veterans as they walked across America to find healing from war, won Mountainfilm’s 2016 Moving Mountains Award. CRISTINA COSTANTINI

Emmy-nominated reporter and producer Cristina Costantini has reported for ABC News, Univision, The Huffington Post and Fusion. She won a duPont Award and has been nominated for two Emmys as a TV producer and journalist. Science Fair (Mountainfilm 2018), co-directed by Darren Foster, was her first feature documentary. KIMBERLY REED

Kimberly Reed uses her position as the first commercially released transgender filmmaker to tell compelling and unheard stories. Her work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR and the Moth Radio Hour. Reed’s film Dark Money (Mountainfilm 2018), was shortlisted for an Oscar.

PHOTO: MERRICK CHASE

VIMEO STAFF PICK AWARD FOR BEST SHORT Mountainfilm is thrilled to welcome Vimeo to the festival with this brand-new award. A curation team from Vimeo — the world’s largest ad-free video platform — will select the most outstanding film under 40 minutes. The winner will receive $2,500 as well as an online launch as a Vimeo Staff Pick — a coveted designation that ensures the film will be widely viewed by a global audience.

106 WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


J UD GES

PHOTO: MERLISSA PLANTZ

CHARLIE FOWLER BEST ADVENTURE FILM MAUREEN BECK

Maureen “Mo” Beck grew up in the Maine woods playing in the dirt. Despite being born without her lower left arm, she roped up for the first time at age 12 and hasn’t stopped since. These days Beck scales overhanging boulders, takes whippers off of 5.12s, climbs routes throughout the American West and wins competitions. She also devotes much of her life to introducing differently abled people to climbing. She is the subject of Stumped (Mountainfilm 2018). RICCARDA DE ECCHER

Riccarda de Eccher grew up amid the rugged peaks of Italy, and turned her lifelong love of mountains into the subject of her watercolor paintings. Now a resident of New York, she has published several books of short stories featuring her art. She is the subject of the film Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna (Mountainfilm 2018). JIM MORRISON

Jim Morrison is a California-based ski mountaineer. Alongside partner Hilaree Nelson, he has skied many of the technical descents in southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, along with notable international descents. In 2017, he and Nelson made a ski descent of India’s Papsura, the Peak of Evil. They followed that in 2018 with the first ski descent of Lhotse, the world’s fourth tallest peak. Special thanks to Artistic Systems for Mountainfilm’s jury screening room.

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

107


108 WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


B OARD S & D O N O RS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Steve Cieciuch, President Kimberly Williams, Vice President Nancy Donohue, Treasurer Lindsay Hower, Secretary Sheryl Tishman, At-Large Katherine Borsecnik, At-Large David Byars Erik Dalton Brooks Entwistle Dylan Hoos Rebecca Martin Lance Waring

ADVISORY BOARD

Conrad Anker James Balog Arlene Burns Jimmy Chin Wade Davis Lynn Hill Aaron Huey Pico Iyer Chris Jordan Ben Knight

Ace Kvale Frans Lanting Maya Lin Hilaree Nelson Jeff Orlowski Doug Peacock Louie Psihoyos Chris Rainier Beth Wald Paul Watson

EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS Susan Dalton Beth Gage Mike Shimkonis Rick Silverman

HONORARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dick & Susan Saint James Ebersol Tully & Elise Friedman Ann & Rich Teerlink

LEGACY CIRCLE We thank our most generous donors who have included Mountainfilm in their estate plans to provide future support for Mountainfilm. Anonymous • Ruth E. Bender • Cathe & Chip Dyer • Dr. Hill & Bettie Hastings • Sage & Alex Martin

DONORS

EVEREST Anonymous • Katherine Borsecnik & Gene Weil • Stuart & Joanna Brown • The Dalton Family Foundation • The De Ramel Foundation • Nancy Donohue & Diane Elam • Tully & Elise Friedman, Honorary Trustees • High Meadows Group • Elizabeth R. Patterson • The Phelan Family • Debbie & Jeff Resnick • Dick & Susan Saint James Ebersol, Honorary Trustees • Jim & Joanne Steinback • Ann & Rich Teerlink, Honorary Trustees • Sheryl & Daniel Tishman • Kimberly Williams

K2 Michael Goldberg & Ashley Hayward • Johnson Family Foundation • The Kelly Family • Casey & Megan McManemin DENALI Anonymous • Ruth Bender & Dan Sheline • Shushana & Jack Castle • Dan & Liz Caton • Steve & Kendall Cieciuch • Chip & Cathe Dyer • The Entwistle Family • Bruce & Bridgitt Evans • The Fifteen Group Foundation • Judy & Steven Gluckstern • Bill Goldston & Riccarda de Eccher • Dr. Hill & Bettie Hastings • Joseph & Lynne Horning • Richard & Charlotte Jorgensen • Jeffrey Katz • John & Peiper Kirkendoll • Micheline Klagsbrun & Ken Grossinger • Jim & Kay Mabie • John & Bridget Macaskill • John & Margaret Matthews • Diane & Adam Max • Casey & Margaret Olson • Nicholas Pardon • Anu & Michelle Parekh • The Rankin Family • Bama Rucker & Scott Bergren • Dinny Sherman • Anita & Prabha Sinha • The Spitzer Family • Tom & Donna Stone • The Tecumseh Foundation • The Miller Waldor Family • Shannon & Kimberly Wynne • Missy & Mike Young • Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation

EIGER Anonymous (2) • Rhonda Allison • John & Elizabeth Cleveland • Bonnie & Louis Cohen • Day Family Foundation •

Janet & Doug Hardy • Jim Johnson & Paul Hokemeyer • Yale & Shanti Jones • The Mannion Family • The Markley Family • Barry & Carmen Nordstrand • Donald Novak • Tess Peters • Peter Tarca • Terry & Susan Tice • In Honor of Catherine Yrisarri

EL CAPITAN Anonymous • The Bradley Family • Nancy & Duncan Burke • Deanna & Dann Byck • Georgiann Carroll & Lori

Schock • Scott Chambers • Marcia & John Cohen • Lynn Brubaker & Richard Cornelius • Mark Contreras • Mallory Dimmitt & Bert Martin • Vevie & Lawrence Dimmitt • Jennie Franks & Jeffrey Price • Jeff & Allison Goldberg • Kenneth Goldman & Jodi Jacobs • Garrett Gruener & Amy Slater • Clare Hart & Greg Baer • Richard Hughes • Intermodal Interventions • Elyn & Jeffrey Kronemeyer • Joe & Suzy LaRue • The Lehman-Stamm Family Fund • Brian Lindstrom & Cheryl Strayed • Audrey Marnoy • Jerry & Merle Measer • Yolande Miracle-Colburn & Rod Colburn • Matt & Cristine Mitchell • Jenna & Jake O’Brien • Kelli Petersen & Ken Bouley • Laura & Chris Pucillo • Margaret & Dave Rose • Beth-Ann Schwabacher-Wenger & Marvin Wenger • Barry & Barbara Shaffer • Chris & Judy Stjernholm • Jessica Sullivan & Shasheen Shah • Steve & Carli Szymanski • Zelda & Sheldon Tenenbaum • Stephanie Tomasky & Mitch Cohen • Kati & Venkat Tummala • Vicki & Rick Vlasic • The Wagner Family

AJAX Anonymous • Helen Ballard • Karla Brown • George & Lydia Bubolo • Elizabeth Farrar & Craig Echols • Laura Heery • Dylan Hoos • Just For Kids Foundation • Rebecca Martin • John McCall • Stephen McCurry • Brenda Van Der Mije • Penelope L. Peterson • Rick Silverman • Suzanne Dyer Wise • Ellen Yarrell

EL DIENTE Anonymous (3) • Joel & Betty Bechtel • Judy & Paul Beckett • Suzan Beraza & Doug Fergus • Wendy Brooks •

Anne & Tobin Brown • Dean Bubolo • Ronnie Bunch • Mavin R. Cohen & Jane E. Richman • Laura Colbert & Lance Waring • Amy Conger • Amy & Mark Dobbins • Dwight Martin Team • Ms. Virginia Eggers & Mr. Andre Schwartz • Rube Felicelli • William & Katrine Formby • Dave & Lael Fruen • Kevin Geiger & Keri Yoder • Kathy Green • Reese Henry & Company • P.J. Younglove Hovey • Lindsay K. Hower • Susan & Wendell Iverson • Jim & Sue Lincoln • Sage & Alex Martin • Betsy & Wight Martindale • Adam & Diane Max, In Honor of Debbie Resnick • Brett McKenzie & Suzanne Pfister • Jeffrey N. Nelson • Lisa & Victor Nemeroff Foundation • Dr. & Mrs. Rehnborg • Margi White

SNEFFELS Anonymous (4) • Alfredo Alcántara • Amanda Baltzley • Heather Baltzley • Lynne Beck • Jim Bedford & Luci

Reeve • Sally & Walter Bradley • Cara Bunch & Kevin Wilder • Kim Bunch • David Byars & Stephanie Nicora • The Chaffin Family • Jenna Cichanski & Tim Lafferty • Jason Corzine • Emily Cruse • Celia Dunn • Martha & Jon Dwight • Mary Lue Frank • Michael & Risa Freedman • Jessica & Mark Galbo • Lory & John Herndon • Carlotta & John Horn • Emma Isaacs • Bob Justis • Joel Kaufman • Caroline Kirkendoll • J.D. Kirkendoll • Marki Knopp • Olivia & Daniela Kronemeyer • Landon, Kai & Kobe dePagter Kusuno • Bruce Lambert • Lucy Lerner • Wendy Levitz • Denise Ludwig • Janice & Steve Martin • Marissa Mattys • Brett McKenzie • Crystal & Andrew Merrill • Jason & Kathleen Merritt • Naani Sheva • Pamela & Scott Shifrin • Sam & Marilyn Siegel • Anna & Chris Simpson • Gail & David Teton-Landis • Nan White Theberge • Bill Wells

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA FF | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

109


S TAF F STAFF Sage Martin | Executive Director

Suzan Beraza | Festival Director Pamela Shifrin | Operations Director Crystal Merrill | Tour Director Amanda Baltzley | Festival Producer Mark Burrows | Technical Producer Lucy Lerner | Program Manager Cara Bunch | Marketing Manager Jason Merritt | Development & Student Programs Manager Naani Sheva | Tour Program Manager Robin Robinson | Festival Programming Coordinator Marissa Mattys | Lead Tour Presenter & Passes Manager Will Falltrick | Tour Producer Stephen Burns | Tour Assistant Esme Fahnestock | Programming Intern

FESTIVAL MANAGERS Tim Territo | Production Manager

Brady Richards | Communications Manager Mary Molloy-Rios | Assistant Communications Manager Nora Bernard | Assistant Communications Manager Jessica Galbo | Hospitality Manager Megan Heller | Assistant Hospitality Manager Meehan Fee | Events Manager Alysha Patterson | Assistant Events Manager Emily Ballou | Volunteer Coordinator Jesse Palmer | Media Manager Katie Klingsporn | Content Manager Drew Ludwig | Gallery Manager Patti Duax | Special Guests Coordinator Greg Babush | Film Inspection Ian Manson | Master Rigger Erik “Viking” Cooper | Rigger Scott Upshur | Rigger Tim Vierling | Rigger Joe Lepp | Rigger Tree Priest | Lighting Designer Heather Baltzley | Festival Signage John Young | Free-Range Program Manager

MEDIA Cara Bunch | Festival Creative Manager Jade Purple Brown | Poster Design Tor Anderson | Map Design Brooke Shifrin | Graphic Design Intern VentureWeb | Web Design & Development Aloompa | App Design & Development

• Jessie Fairbanks • Brad Forder • Jessica Galbo • Claudia Garcia • Art Goodtimes • Max Holmes • Cooper Lambla • Emily Long • Ahmed Mansour • Matt Maxwell • Monte Montepare • Emily Osan • Hilary Peddicord • Jake Reuter • Michael Roberts • Joanna Spindler • Katie Stjernholm • Colin Sullivan • Abby Wise

PROGRAM CONSULTANTS Claudia Garcia • James

Edward Mills • Emily Osan • Favianna Rodriguez Michael Sawyer • Cheryl Strayed

PROGRAMMERS Jessie Fairbanks • Jane Julian WEBSITE & PROGRAM WRITERS Anna Brones • Seth

Cagin • Sabrina Davis • Peter Kenworthy • Erin Klenow • Katie Klingsporn • Corinne Platt • Heather Sackett • Marta Tarbell

ADRENALINE PROGRAMMERS Katie Klingsporn • Ben Knight • Naani Sheva • Stash Wislocki

KIDZ KINO PROGRAMMERS Robin Robinson • Arabella

Galbo • Joseph Galbo • Wiley Holbrooke • Lilah Lerner • Henry Martin • Jake Martin • Caroline Merritt • Townes Merritt • Brooke Shifrin • Sadie Steinberg

COFFEE TALK EMCEES Tom Shadyac • Ben Ayers •

Amil Reddy • Cameron Brooks • Laura Colbert Emily Osan • Alec Jacobson • Patti Bonnet • Abby Wise • Michael Roberts

HAPPY HOUR EMCEE Timmy O’Neill FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHERS Merrick Chase • Ben Eng Melissa Plantz • Sarah Schwab • Aurélie Slegers

GUEST & JUDGE WRANGLERS Candice Good • Gus

Gusciora • Brianne Hovey • Jen Knopp • Patrick Laguens • Heidi Lauterbach • Angela Mallard Christin Marcos • Sarah Powers • Kristen Redd Emily Scott • Jennifer Winter

MOUNTAINFILM HOUSE BAND Heather Flaker • John

Fitzgerald • Patrick Hiester • Douglas Chard • Nancy Hiester

Q BUSKERS Steve Green • Alex Paul TECHNICAL PRODUCTION DJ Babb • Cassy Babb • Mike Babb 2019 FESTIVAL AWARDS R. Nelson Parrish Tom Wardaszka • Gypsie Frank • Dita Frank • Wanashe INTRO EDITORS Justin Clifton • Esme Fahnestock Frank • Bill Gillette • Karl Mehrer • Dean Rolley • Vicki Phelps

THEATER MANAGERS John Rosenberg • Casey Graves

Jan Graves • Kathrine Warren • Erika Bush • Julie McNair Ron Borrego • Dean Bubolo • Ian McMullen • Dave Hutchinson • Ben Kerr • Cat Lee-Covert • Scott Rahilly Chris Warren • G Douglas Seitsinger • April Bindock Josie Kovash • Daniela Weinreich • Rob Huber • Kathleen Morgan • Sherry Brieske • Natalie Price • Peter Lundeen Desiree Cain • Jim Intili • Miles Galbo • Taylor Landry Ben Marshall • Pepper Raper • Landon Feller • Grace Mayer • Jameson Ritter

PROJECTIONISTS Greg Babush • Chas Phillips • Peter Halter

Kirk Futrell • Aimee Schaefer • Travis Bird • Sergio Laureano • Luci Reeve • Nate Balding • Chris Miller Derrick Casto • Patty Lecht • Jay Pregent • Matt Jones Talia Kopecki • Jennifer Jenkins • Brandon Theige Jeremy Spracklen • Chris Bredenberg • Michael Edwards

THEATER EMCEES Jim Aikman • Ben Ayers • Jaime Becktel Seth Berg • Ashley Boling • Cameron Brooks • Stephen Burns • Gloria Chavira • Daiva Chesonis • Rory Cowie 110

Raven Hopgood • Robin Robinson • Aurélie Slegers

LIVE INTRO PERFORMER Milck SCREENING COMMITTEE Heather Baltzley • Jaime

Becktel • Nora Bernard • Alice Bouvrie • Jenna Cichanski • Bianca Darby-Matteoda • Amy DeLuca Chase Dyer • Andrea Estevam • Clay Farland • Brad Forder • Beth Gage • Ellen Geldbaugh • Beth Gibson Gracie Gilbert • Janice Gerona • Lindsay Hower Barbara Hunt • Davene Kaplan • Ben Kerr • Marki Knopp • Judy Kohin • Kris Kwasniewski • Tim Lafferty Grace Larsen • Michelle Minyon • Corey Ohama Mark Plantz • Melissa Plantz • Terri Sofarelli • Rob Shultheis • Lexi Tuddenham • Jim Womeldorf

MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR PRESENTERS Suzan Beraza

Ashley Boling • Cara Bunch • Stephen Burns • Hilary Cooper • Elissa Dickson • Jessica Galbo • Marissa Mattys • Crystal Merrill • Jason Merritt • Kristen Milord • Jim Riley • Jacob Reuter • Naani Sheva Ashley Smith • Joanna Spindler • Katie Stjernholm Colin Sullivan

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


TURALS NA

SA

LV E

TIM

S

IE

F

CB

D PA I N R E L

All natural CBD products made with in Telluride Proud sponsor of Mountainfilm

Purchase our products online at timsnaturals.com | We ship to all 50 states!

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

111


VOL U NT E E R S PHOTO: MERRICK CHASE

Pattie Adler Arlen Albert Steven Albert Florence Alcaide Robert Allen Brenda Andrade Dennis Andrejko Nancy Andrew Susan Anthony Hailey Arnold David Art Brynn Artley Laura Kate Assenmacher Julia Barello Sam Barney Alex Basaraba Jillian Basil Rachel Bellamy Jim Berkowitz Brittney Bluhm Katie Bolin Charlotte Bradford Jill Brooke Larkin Brodie Scott Brodie Karen Brown Robert Brown Stuart Brown Karina Brum Jake Burchmore Megan Burke Mikaela Burns Christina Callicott Mary Campbell Amy Cannon Michael Carr Michelle Cellitti Adam Chambers Katherine Charbonneau Cyrus Chernenkoff Emily Choinski Adrienne Christy Spencer Chu Matt Cinelli Liza Cooney John Crabtree Claire Cripps Anjuli Crocker Joe Czajka Kendra Dalley Erin Dashner Jerry Davidian Jamie Davidow Kristin Davis Max Davis Wade Davis 112

Mary Derose Jacob Devaney Emma Dickerson Brad Donaldson Andrew Dougherty William Dowler Lacey Downing Shari Due Marisol Duran Kimberly Dyer Calob Ebright Skip Edwards Dave Eiermann Bennett Einbender Allison Elliot Kirk Enzenauer Julia Fallman Lesia Farrar Colleen Farrell Lyn Faulkner Rube Felicelli Aubrey Fite Meredith Fox William Frazee Eva Fredericks Sara Freeman Bruce French Isaiah Galante Molly Galetto Christine Gamage Sean Garrett Francis Gregory Gause Elisabeth Gaz Caleigh Gearheart Tom Gearheart Trey Gearheart Benjamin Glomski Griffin Goldstein Candice Good Lindsey Gopinath Vidur Gopinath Mackenzie Gorman Larisa Graham George Greenbank Marcia Greene Tara Greggains Gary Gross Debby Guarino Wolf (George) Gumerman Braden Gunem Sydney Guthrie Mary Hagan Kelly Hagberg Katie Hake Tim Halbesma Patricia Hans

Robert Hans Gordon McPhee Fran Sterling Leona Harper Kolten Merk Erik Stockler Cole Harvey Stephanie Mikuls Nat Stone Jeff Hauser Ashley Miller Amy Stoulil Carter Hawkins Brittany Miller Christine Strasser Bart Hero Kate Miller Courtney Stuecheli Kristine Hilbert Lynne Monahan Mara Sturans Karen Hillson Dana Morawitz Heather Swallow Kirsten Hjelmstad Grace Moreland Bernadette Swanson Robert Kevin Horan Kendra Morgan Chambri Swartz/ Tracye Houston Tyler Morgan Gaylord Charlene Hovey Kim Moriyama David Taft Colin Hubbard Noah Mruz Lee Taylor Edward IrelandLauren Mullins Ashley Thomas Jones Laurel Myers Skye Thompson Elodie Jacobson Riley Myers Ross Toben Alison James Samuel Myers Douglas Tooley Kurt Johnson Danielle Nguyen Britney Traucht Veronica Johnson Emily Nguyen Colleen A. Trout Bradley Jones Artem Nikulkov Robyn Van Gelder William Jordan Dorothy Norbie Joseph Van Ryn Kyler Jourdan Mel Norton John Verbeck Robert Justman Martha Ohlson Lori Vincent Rachel Kading Patricia Overton Camila Vizzoco Davene Kaplan Soraya Padilla Joy Waldman Brady Karlin Chelsea Paschall Peter Walker Maggie Kelly Clifford Pastor Ruhamah Weil Alexis Klein Gabriella Paterson John White Marki Knopp Alia Payne Landry White Kimberly Koenig Madeline Peterson Chandler Wigton Jo Kopke Emma Phillips Kendra A. Wilcox David Kuntz Morgan Pihl Jennifer Winter Stephanie Lachman Peter Pilafian Fritz Woehle Elaine Lai Kori Price Noah Yacko Erich Lange M. Kristin Price Carol Lee Lauren Purdy Paul LeGrand Shirley Purdy Amy Levek Melinda Quick Mora Levis Peggy Redford Julie Lilly Luc Antipasto Revel Robert Lilly Shawnna Rice Ruby Linkhart Mark Rigler Hope Logan Shelly Rollison Kaite Lower Betsy Royal Thea Lucarelli Jan Runge Natia Luck Robert Sanders Ryan Lundbohm Nicole Santer Nicole Malay Sally Savage Adelyn Mandeville Robert Schaller Alex Martin Amy Schilling Ann Mason Kaiulani Schuler Emily Mattioli Morgan Seymour Joan May Meg Simone Sandy Mazzocchi Cynthia Sliker Harrison McCormick Chambers Squier Mari McCoy Ellen Stein Timothy McGovern Kiersten Stephens Sandy McLaughlin Nicole Stephenson

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


IN MEMO RIAM PHOTO MERRICK CHASE

IN MEMORIAM HANSJÖRG AUER

ELIZABETH HAWLEY

JEFF LOWE

TIM CANNON

JIM HOLLRAH

MELISSA MARGETTS

FILIP CELANDER

HUNTLEY INGALLS

MARY OLIVER

CHARLES DAVID COLE

CATHY JAMES

JESS ROSKELLEY

DEBBIE DINKINS

RYAN JOHNSON

MICHAEL RUTERBORIES

CHARLOTTE FOX

LANI JONES

“DR.” DAVID SMITH

TOM FROST

JEFF JURECKI

SCOTT STEVEN SPENCER

SALVADORE GARCIA-ATANCE

TIM KLEIN

DAVE TREADWAY

RUTH GATES

DAVID LAMA

MARK URMAN

ALEX GREGORY

STEVE LARIVEE

JASON WELLS

THOMAS “BEAR” GUENTHER

JEFFREY LEONARD

JAMES “GUS” GUEST

BRUCE LEWIS

P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

113


P

MAPS BY TOR ANDERSON TRUE NORTH DESIGNWORKS

O

TOMB OY ST.

CARHENGE FREE PARKING

4

L Liberty Bar

f Ah Haa School

River Trail

1f 2

L

a

h

r ai l er T

Bear Creek Trail

Riv

b

c

Beaver Pond

M

e kj

POST OFFICE

d i

BC

BASE CAMP

FREE OUTDOOR VENUE

TOWN PA R K

MEDICAL CENTER

Transfer Warehouse

Elks Park

FREE-RANGE TENT:

NORTH FACE

g Ghost Town k Telluride h Arts HQ i On Main kj Slate Gray

COURTHOUSE CLOCKTOWER

EVENTS:

Palm & Elks Park

5L SAN JUAN AVE.

VISITOR CENTER

g

N

GONDOLA S TAT I O N TELLURIDE

ELKS PARK

S

GENDER-NEUTRAL BATHROOMS: S Sheridan Opera House N Nugget M Masons O Off-Width

MUSEUM

112 E. Colorado

YETI WATER STATIONS: RD .

TO M BOY

e The Butcher & The Baker f Ah Haa West/ East

HOSPITALITY & RECHARGE LOUNGE:

AV E N U E

N AI NT E O U AG M LL TO VI

HC

PACIFIC AVE.

COLORADO

3

COLUMBIA AVE.

GALENA AVE.

RE ADI N G F RE N Z Y

CORNET ST.

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL

DAVIS ST.

DAKOTA AVE.

HAPPY HOURS (and a Half)

Ah Haa School: WEST WING Ah Haa School: EAST WING Christ Church: UPSTAIRS The Hotel Telluride Library

OAK ST.

1 2 3 4 5

TOWNSEND ST.

G ALLE RI E S

FIR ST.

PALM BASE CAMP SHERIDAN NUGGET MASONS OFF-WIDTH LIBRARY

ASPEN ST.

a 81435 Telluride b Gallery of Fine Art c La Cocina d Mixx

PINE ST.

COFFE E TALK S

SPRUCE ST.

P BC S N M O L

D RI VE

M AH O N EY

WILLOW ST.

THE ATE R S

MAP | T E L L U R I DE


HIGH CAMP

HIGH CAMP

MAPS BY TOR ANDERSON TRUE NORTH DESIGNWORKS

GROCERY STORE

PARKING

GONDOLA STATION VILLAGE PARKING

M O U N TA I N LODGE 1

M Lounge

1 Mountain Lodge 2 M Lounge at Madeline Hotel

COFFE E TALK S

RECHARGE LOUNGE

HC

SYMP OSI U M

HC

THE ATE RS

TO

N

ZA

LA

LA

O

LP

D ON

W

G

TO

L HA

IN

N TA M OU

V

IL

LA

GE

TOWN SQUARE

MADELINE HOTEL

THE PEAKS RESORT

D LV B

MOUNTAIN VILL AGE VENUES

2

HC

TO

GONDOLA STATION MOUNTAIN VILLAGE

H E R I TA G E PLAZA TE

TELLURIDE CONFERENCE CENTER

VILLAGE PA R K

LL

UR

ID

E

M O U NTAIN V ILL AGE | MAP

115


116

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F ILMS | S C HED ULE


Dr. Steven R. Smolen, DVM (970)728-1082 678 South Park Road

Telluride’s Pet Store for Food, Supplies, Accessories and More! (970)728-2095 150 West Pacific Avenue

Schedule Today! (970)708-8283 P R E SE NTATI O NS | E V E N T S | AWA R D S & J U D G E S | B OA R D & D O N O R S | S TA F F | VO L UNTEERS | IN MEMO RIA M | MA PS

117


L ODGIN G SP O N SO R S SUMMIT SPONSOR

CA M P I I I S P O N S O R S

CA M P I I S P O N S O R S

CA M P I S P O N S O R S AC C O M M O DAT I O N S I N T E L L UR I D E FA I RMO N T H E R I TAGE P L AC E F R AN Z KL AM M E R L O D GE N E W S H E R I DAN H O T E L

BA S E CA M P S P O N S O R S L AT I T UD E 3 8 L UX W E S T V I C T O R I AN I N N

118

WEL C OME | GUE S T D I R E CT O R | SP O NS O R S | C O N T E N T S | FE S T I VA L T I P S | O U R M I S S I O N | F IL MS | S C HED ULE


WE KNOW TELLURIDE REAL ESTATE.

Simply put, we know Telluride. Whether it’s the HARC approval process, zoning & planning, historical surveys, commercial development, water rights, farm permits, or assessments, we have the knowledge and first-hand experience to get the job done and do it right. We are backed by a business team that supplies the most current market information in local, luxury, national and global markets. Your purchase or sale of property is our priority.

CALL OR EMAIL TO SEE WHAT WE KNOW!

gotelluride.com JON DWIGHT MANAGING DIRECTOR 970.708.0691 JON@GOTELLURIDE.COM

ALEX MARTIN BROKER ASSOCIATE 970.729.1691 ALEX@GOTELLURIDE.COM

MARCIN OSTROMECKI BROKER ASSOCIATE 970.708.4119 MARCIN@GOTELLURIDE.COM


Profile for Mountainfilm

2019 Mountainfilm Festival Proram  

2019 Mountainfilm Festival Proram  

Advertisement