This is Mountainfilm. It’s thought provoking, gut wrenching, jaw dropping and inspires us to protect the world that we love. Telluride Mountainfilm Festival has been making people feel this way for nearly 40 years. Starting in 1979 in Telluride, CO (where we happen to have roots, too), Mountainfilm has grown from a weekend film festival to a 4-day cultural and environmental symposium that breaks down global issues and offers up solutions. This is storytelling at its finest.
A great story creates compassion and understanding, and that’s where change is born. We’ve been moved by the stories we hear at the Mountainfilm Festival. That’s why we’ve been partnering with Mountainfilm for over 20 years. From feature films about land conservation to short films about quirky thinkers, we’re moved to see the world differently. Even if it’s a 10 minute film, the message can stick with you forever. Now that’s poweful.
Each year Mountainfilm picks a symposium theme and this year’s is National Parks, to coincide with the centennial celebration of the National Park Service. Speakers and films will focus on the substantial challenges facing the parks, ranging from access restrictions to development threats, funding questions, crumbling infrastructure, engagement with younger generations and climate change. And of course, there will be a considerable amount of eye candy too. We’re looking forward to seeing what this year’s festival has in store and which films will make it onto the Mountainfilm world tour.
Mountainfilm Festival will take place 5/25 – 5/30 in Telluride, CO. Beginning in August, Mountainfilmn hits the road with the best of the best on a world tour, committed to inspiring audiences around the globe. Check here to see when Mountainfilm will be coming to your town. Here’s what we’re looking forward to seeing this weekend…
Ace and the Desert Dog
Ace Kvale, a veteran photographer, and Ghengis, a blue heeler “dogger” (that’s canine for “blogger”), live together in the Utah desert. Their backyard: 2 million acres of canyons, redrock cliffs, dry washes, empty landscapes and desert wilderness. For his 60th birthday, Kvale decided to go on a 60-day backpacking trip. Kvale and Genghis are living proof, plodding along to spectacular places only reachable by foot, following the cycles of the season and learning lasting lessons from one another. Namely: Slow down, spend as much time with your best friends as possible and don’t forget to play.
Mark Twain said, “Whiskey is for drinking — water is for fighting.” More than half a century after David Brower, environmentalist and the Sierra Club’s first executive director, traveled down northwest Colorado’s Yampa River with his sons, Twain’s observation still rings true. The same year of the river trip, 1952, Brower led the successful fight against two proposed dams in Dinosaur National Monument by raising awareness and creating a constituency of conservationists. 62 Years follows Brower’s son, Ken, as he recreates the river trip from his childhood and reflects on his father’s legacy, as well as the future of the drought-plagued American West.
Since the inception of the Los Angeles marathon in 1986, 178 runners have completed every race. They’re called “Legacy Runners.” Johnnie Jameson is a member of this special group, but he’s not an elite runner: He’s a working man, a postal employee. But what he lacks in speed, he makes up in creativity. He ran his first marathon backward, finishing in last place. He dribbled a basketball the next year. Each race, wearing his signature Payless shoes, he stops and talks and takes his sweet time. And over the years, the marathon has become a form of therapy for Jameson, who was scarred deeply from serving as an infantryman in Vietnam. This poignant film from Vincent DeLuca conveys a lifetime of lessons in 10 short minutes, spinning a powerful story of resilience, humor and healing.
For many of the elk herds that summer in Yellowstone National Park, home is outside the protected park boundaries the rest of the year, as far as 70 miles away. Scientist Arthur Middleton joins photographer Joe Riis, artist James Prosek and filmmaker Jenny Nichols in this documentary that captures the migration of elk in the Yellowstone area. Mirroring a similar expedition undertaken in 1871 that fused science and the arts, this modern band of explorers trek from Wyoming’s rangeland through snowy mountain passes and treacherous river crossings to the rugged beauty of Yellowstone’s high-alpine meadows. Along the way, they meet backcountry guides and cattle ranchers whose lives are intricately tied with the fate of the elk and other migratory species that call the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem home.