Mountainfilm on Tour
Screening a mix of films, from mountain sports to amazing wild places, WildEarth Guardians’ program selections are bound to appeal to people from all walks of life who enjoy thrilling imagery combined with thoughtful story-telling.
Since 1979, Telluride’s Mountainfilm has been dedicated to educating and inspiring audience about issues that matter, environments worth preserving, and conservation efforts worth sustaining.
1. All In: Alaska Heli Skiing
2018 USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by Scott Gaffney
Tune in for a tutorial on how to absolutely shred Alaskan spines.
2. Brotherhood of Skiing
2018 USA / Duration: 10 mins
Directed by Tyler Wilkinson-Ray and Colin Arisman
The Brotherhood of Skiers has been bringing camaraderie and dance parties to the slopes since 1973. The annual summits, which unite African-American 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.
3. Free Flow
2018 UK / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by 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.
4. Cracking Ice Ceilings
2017 USA / Duration: 3 mins
Directed by 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 high-mountain 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.
5. The Explorers: Casey Brown
2019 USA/Canada / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by Ryan Heffernan and Grayson Schaffer
“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.
6. Sweetheart Dancers
2019 USA / Duration: 13 mins
Directed by Ben-Alex Dupris
Indigenous dancers Sean and Adrian challenge the rulebook of San Manuel’s Native American Sweetheart Special as they attempt to compete in the annual couples 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.
2018 Czech Republic / Duration: 2 mins
Directed by Marek Partys
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.
8. Every Nine Minutes
2018 USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by DJ O’Neil and Oliver Hamilton
Artists find a unique way to raise awareness about plastic waste.
9. Grizzly Country
2018 USA / Duration: 12 mins
Directed by Ben Moon
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.
10. You Can’t Dam Your Way to Paradise
2018 USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by Ben Cowan and Taliesin Black-Brown
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.
11. Creek Sessions
2018 USA / Duration: 7 mins
Directed by Tahria Sheather
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.
12. Queen Maud Land
2018 USA / Duration: 28 mins
Directed by Taylor Keating and Cedar Wright
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, big-wall style objectives, bone-chilling cold and a reminder that even “suffer fests” at the bottom of the world can offer an unforgettable good time.
13. Danny Daycare
2019 Scotland / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by Stu Thomson
So long coloring books and cartoons. Goodbye stuffed animals and nap time. Danny MacAskill is your new favorite babysitter ever.
Tickets go on sale Friday, October 25th at 10 AM.
$17, General Admission