MountainFilm in Telluride, list of films announced

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 17, 2010 6:11 am

The MountainFilm Film Fesitval in Telluride goes from May 28th-31st this year. Master documentarian Ken Burns says it best: “Mountainfilm reminds us of the force of filmmaking, about things that matter, worlds worth exploring and conversations worth sustaining”.

Here’s the list of films:

The 10 Conditions of Love

Once the richest woman in China, Rebiya Kadeer is the exiled leader of the Uyghur people who live in her East Turkistan homeland, which is officially China’s Xinjiang Province. This oil-rich area has been referred to as “The Other Tibet” because its people are fighting for autonomy under a repressive Chinese regime. …

11 Degrees

You might not think of Scotland as the place to link turns, but despite a warming climate, a little Scottish ski resort continues spinning the motor on its rope tow. Skiers keep descending on one small swatch of browning snow. …

180° South

In 1968, Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins and Lito Tejada-Flores were part of a group that drove from Ventura, California, to Patagonia to climb a new route on Mt. Fitzroy. The epic trip spawned a great mountaineering film (Fitzroy) and two major outdoor companies (Patagonia and The North Face). …

Africa’s Lost Eden

At the age of 38, Greg Carr had made enough money to last a lifetime and became a philanthropist. As Bob Shacochis wrote in Outside magazine, “…by 2002, Carr was inundated with projects: turning the former headquarters of the Aryan Nations into a peace park; donating $18 million to establish Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights. …

Alone on the Wall

Today, many climbers ascend Yosemite’s famous Half Dome in just a few hours. But how would they fare all alone with no partner, no rope and just a thousand feet of air between them and the ground? Meet Alex Honnold. He’s 23, tall, unassuming and kind of goofy. …

As It Happens

At the beginning of this terrific short, Renan Ozturk (director of the award-winning Samsara at Mountainfilm 2009) addresses how disconnected an expedition and a film can be, which happens simply because of the time that elapses between the two. …

Bag It

Try going a day without plastic. Go ahead. You’d be hard pressed to get out of bed without encountering the substance in one form or another. Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates our lives in unimaginable and alarming ways, according to Suzan Beraza’s documentary, which explores both its pervasive and pernicious nature. …

Barefoot to Timbuktu

In 1989, the Swiss-American artist Ernst Aebi passed through the Araouane oasis in the Sahara as part of a caravan. The few inhabitants were poor, so Aebi spontaneously decided to help these people who had known neither fruit nor vegetables. …

Bearwalker of the Northwoods

Dr. Lynn Rogers is a biologist who began studying black bears in the North Woods of Minnesota in the late ’60s. Early on, he developed an entirely new method for research: He adopted trust, instead of traps, to enter the world of black bears. …

The Blueline

Take a rope, stretch it taut across a yawning gorge and then walk across it while tethered by only a leash and harness. This is the formula for high lining—an intense and highly exposed sport that athlete Robin Avery and friends practice over a precipitous canyon in this short film about heights, exposure and the relationship between man and a thin blue line. …

Brothers Wild

This film about the O’Neill brothers, Timmy and Sean, profiles an unusual pair of siblings. Timmy is, of course, a familiar face to Mountainfilm audiences with his brilliant climbing and comedy. Sean, however, is new to the festival and is equally unforgettable for his own achievements. …

Call of Life

This is the first feature-length film about the unfolding extinction crisis, which famed biologist E.O. Wilson feels is the biggest challenge facing us today. A primer on the Sixth Extinction, we are taken around the world to learn what is happening and why it’s essential we curb the frightening rate of extinctions. …

The Cove

The 2010 Oscar for Best Documentary went to this film, a story that brought me to tears when I saw it at last year’s Mountainfilm, where it showed once in a surprise screening. The Cove investigates dolphin harvesting in Japan and follows animal-rights activist Ric O’Barry …

Dirty Pictures

Early in his career, the brilliant chemist Alexander Shulgin worked for Dow Chemical. As long as he delivered commercial products, such as pesticides, he could work on whatever he wished with the rest of his time, so he synthesized different variations of the drug Ecstasy (MDMA) until Dow grew concerned with the potential risks and let Shulgin go. …

Dock Ellis and the LSD no-no

This animated short tells the story of Dock Ellis, a major league pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1970. One day, he thought he wasn’t on the pitching schedule, so he decided to take acid. It turned out, however, that he was in the starting lineup, so he went into the ballpark, fully tripping, and managed to throw a no-hitter. …

Eastern Rises

The Kamchatka peninsula in the Russian Far East may as well be at the end of the earth. Its enormous, wild landscape is threaded with rivers, swimming with massive mouse-eating trout and swarming with bugs and bears. In other words, this place is the Holy Grail for truly obsessed, halfway insane fly fishermen. …

The Edge of Never

“What would Trevor ski?” That was the question on bumper stickers around the world after ski legend Trevor Peterson died in Chamonix in 1996. Nine years later, his 15-year-old son, Kye, is brought to Chamonix to tempt fate by skiing the same couloir that killed his father. …

Electric Car

In this They Might Be Giants video, a magical animated electric car goes everywhere, picking up animal friends along the way. …

Ella Es El Matador

Upon entering the ring, both the matador and bull are performing a ritualistic dance that is ultimately seen as an expression of man’s mastery and prowess. Unless, of course, the bullfighter is a woman. This film follows two women matadoras, who are breaking into a sport dominated by men that is, in many ways, still an exclusive realm of machismo and masculinity. …

Facing the Waves

Bobby Vaughn is one of those characters who could originate from central casting in Los Angeles. Tough and charismatic, he’s a former gang member who has gotten into some trouble in the hood. Simultaneously, he’s an entrepreneur and helped build the cap company Von Dutch into a national brand and, of course, a surfer. …

The Fence

This important film by acclaimed documentarian Rory Kennedy looks at a 700-mile fence that was built in 2006 and runs along the northern border of Mexico. It’s meant to keep illegal immigrants out of the U.S., but the problem is that it cost $3.1 billion to build, still isn’t finished and doesn’t fulfill its purpose. …

Fish Out of Water

Most fly fishermen say that being out on the water is therapeutic in some ways. The good people of Sun Valley Adaptive Sports would certainly agree: They use the experience to help veterans of the Iraq War who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and fly fishing seems to be a highly effective treatment. …

Fishman

For Mike Kasic, the Yellowstone River represents the West as it’s meant to be—wild, fast and free flowing. Mike should know: He spends a lot of time swimming the Yellowstone, looking for fish and almost becoming one himself. In particular, he looks for the native Yellowstone cutthroat trout that represents, for him, the soul of the river. …

Flathead Wild

At the headwaters of the Flathead—America’s most pristine river located in one of the most diverse ecosystems in North America—a mining project is proposed that involves mountaintop removal and coal bed methane drilling. The project would destroy an irreplaceable landscape, critical habitat for both rare and endangered species. …

Forgotten on the Roof of the World

The Wakhan Corridor, a thin finger of land in northeast Afghanistan, is an incredibly tough place to live. North of Pakistan, bordering China and the contested Kashmir state of India, the people here are statistically high in poverty and hunger, low in health and education. …

Found

Found is an artistic representation of the poetry of Souvankham Thammavongsa, a Laotian woman born in a refugee camp in northeastern Thailand who immigrated to Toronto. Her dramatic birth and uncertain early life—without a land to call home and without a passport— …

Freedom Riders

In 1960, the Supreme Court decided that people did not need to observe local segregation laws at bus stations when they were traveling from state to state. In 1961, an intrepid group of men and women, white and black, set out from Washington D.C. to test the Jim Crow laws in states throughout the South by traveling and eating together. …

Gasland

The U.S. sits on a huge concentration of natural gas, making it the Saudi Arabia of this critical energy source. The good news is that we don’t have to depend on foreign countries for this resource, but the bad news is that natural gas is difficult to extract from the ground. …

Global Focus

The Global Focus films profile the annual recipients of The Goldman Prize, which honors grassroots environmental heroes from around the world. Randall Arauz, from Costa Rica, is the subject of one film as he leads the fight against shark finning. …

Going Green

Filmmaker Jonathan Browning, who turned the labor market inside out with his clever and funny film The Job (Mountainfilm 2007), is back with another short about one corporation’s understanding—or, rather, misunderstanding—of the term “going green.” …

Green

Green speaks volumes about the extinction crisis as we see a monkey suffer, but the story of this ailing orangutan in Indonesia has no narration, no dialogue, no words of any kind—apart from the occasional fragmentary lyrics of songs. …

The Happy Duckling

In an animated pop-up book world, a boy comes across a pesky duck on his way home from school. The duck just won’t leave him alone. What happens next in this page-turner of a tale is anyone’s guess. …

Hawaii Wave Ski

Pro freeskier Cody Townsend grew up surfing in Santa Cruz and skiing in Lake Tahoe, and ever since he was a kid, he’s been harboring a crazy dream to combine the two sports. In Hawaii Wave Skiing, he does just that. …

I Am

Tom Shadyac—director of huge blockbuster comedies, such as Ace Ventura, The Nutty Professor and Bruce Almighty, and a longtime friend to Mountainfilm—presents an autobiographical documentary that addresses how, despite his professional achievements and financial success, he felt unfulfilled. …

I Dreamed About Pol Pot

In 1978, Gunnar Bergstrom was part of a small Swedish diplomatic delegation that received rare permission to visit Cambodia and meet its notorious leader, Pol Pot. When Bergstrom returned to Sweden, he publicly defended the Khmer Rouge regime, despite the terrifying reports from Cambodian refugees. …

Interviews 50 Cents

Alex Chadwick returns to Telluride with the Interviews, 50 Cents series. Short conversations with this year’s festival folk will be filmed, quickly edited by director Ethan Boeme and his team, and shown on the big screen. …

Kavi

India is home to more slaves than any other country on earth. Kavi is the fictional, but very real, story of a young Indian boy who is enslaved at a brick factory. The film, which director Gregg Helvey began as a student project, was nominated for a 2010 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. …

Khumbu Climbing Class 2010

In a pocket of the blustery, lofty region of Nepal sits the Khumbu Climbing School, where Nepali climbers, sherpas and high-altitude workers are trained in safe climbing practices and protocols. Students—many of whom have already reached the summits of Everest and K2 and worked in the Himalayas for years …

Last Paradise

Director Clive Neeson, armed with footage from 45 years of extreme sports pioneers in the wilds of New Zealand, has made a film about the unique time when such outdoor sports as bungee jumping were created. We’re showing just one of these amazing stories from the film: It involves Telluride local Jeff Campell, skiing, glaciers and Levi’s jeans. …

Last Train Home

Last Train Home examines the demographic bind that the Chinese are currently experiencing because of massive migration to cities. This visually rich film’s macro themes are told in a micro way by following one family, the Zhangs. …

Living the Dream

This clever short film by Renan Ozturk (the climber and director of Mountainfilm’s 2009 Charlie Fowler winner Samsara) is a video journal of a day from his life in Boulder, Colorado. …

Lost and Found

What would you do if a penguin knocked on your front door? The little boy in Lost and Found decides to return the penguin to its rightful home at the South Pole, but the journey is not an easy one. …

Lost Tribes of New York City

New York City is known as the multicultural epicenter of the world, a place where colors and languages mix and mingle. This short film playfully animates the unnoticed cityscapes of New York with quirky voices of multifarious characters. …

Madagascar: a Journey Diary

A travel diary may include all sorts of mementos, such as sketches, bus tickets, exotic currency and watercolor portraits. In this animated short, the journey diary’s scope is broadened with music and moving pictures. The pages of this vibrant diary tell the story of a European visitor’s trip to a Malagasy ceremony called Famadihana (“the turning of the dead”). …

Man vs. Eiger

The famous North Face of the Eiger is revered among climbers, not only for the quality of its rock but also for its intimidating dimensions and technical challenges. This lethal exposure has tested the limits of climbing for the past century. …

Mount St. Elias

The distance from Mount Saint Elias’ summit (18,009 feet) to sea is only 10 miles, a rare and steep vertical descent. In 2007, a group of men tackle this Alaskan peak, intending to climb and ski it, an attempt at what may be the longest vertical descent in ski history. …

The Mouse that Soared

Step right up and see the hair-raising adventures of a flying circus mouse! Witness the story of how an orphan foundling learns lessons in life and flight from his adoptive songbird parents. Come one, come all to this high-flying tale of beating the odds! …

Music by Prudence

This short, moving documentary is about a memorable character named Prudence Mabhena who was born severely disabled in Zimbabwe, a country where many believe that the handicapped are cursed by witchcraft. Her grandmother refused to believe that pernicious stereotype and saved Prudence from a life on the streets. …

Nico’s Challenge

Nico Calabria was born with only one leg, but his disability does not define him. As he says, “Even though I have one leg, I can still do what anyone else can.” In this short documentary, he takes on the highest peak in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, with his father, Carl, and shares his success with those less fortunate than him. …

Plastic Bag

One of the most humble, yet immortal, characters to ever grace the screen is the star of this poignant and original short film. We are introduced to Plastic Bag on a nameless beach, where he is trying to end it all by joining the rumored Pacific Vortex. …

Point of No Return

Only 24 people have reached the summit of Mt. Edgar in China’s Sichuan Province, but none approached via the east side of the 22,368-foot mountain. Top-flight alpinists Jonny Copp and Micah Dash, followed by cameraman Wade Johnson for the Sender Films First Ascent series, were attempting a new route. …

The Queen of Trees

This is the extraordinary story of a relationship between two unlikely creatures: a regal African fig tree and a nearly microscopic wasp. The Queen of Trees shared a Best of Festival award at Mountainfilm in 2006, and we bring it back because few films demonstrate the intricate and essential relationships of a specific ecosystem as well or as beautifully. …

Restrepo

“War is hell.” The adage is certainly confirmed by this remarkable documentary about the American forward operating base Restrepo, which is named for a fallen comrade. The film takes place in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, widely considered the most dangerous place in the world for an American soldier to be stationed. …

Seven Days a Week

They Might Be Giants sing about their least favorite thing to do: go to work. That’s why they never do it. What do they do instead? …

Shining Spirit

In Shining Spirit, a family separated by exile is brought back together through music. Jamyang Yeshi is a Tibetan musician who first escaped Tibet for Dharamsala, India, in 1998 and now lives in Canada. With the help of multi-track recording technology, Jamyang (in Canada) and his brother Tsundue (in the U.S.) …

Shooting with Mursi

Olisarali Olibui is a member of the pastoralist Mursi tribe, one of the most isolated in Ethiopia. Shooting with Mursi is aptly named because Olisarali carries a Kalashnikov rifle in one hand, ready for potential threats from the 14 other tribes that surround the Mursi. …

Sign Language

The protagonist of this charming short narrative is an outgoing and talkative sign carrier on a busy street corner. It’s a seemingly dead-end job, and he appears a little delusional as he talks with pride about his long-held position. …

Signatures

Nick Waggoner, a talented young filmmaker, captures the essence of deep powder skiing in Hokkaido, Japan. …

Sluice Box & Rocker

Dawson, in Canada’s Yukon Territory, was once a thriving mining outpost with three competing steamship companies, prospecting miners in search of wealth, and dancehall girls collecting their share of the earnings. …

Somewhere Near Tapachula

Jonno Durant and Stefan Hunt (the duo behind Surfing 50 States, which won the Student Award last year at Mountainfilm) are back with another surfing film. This year’s effort is decidedly different than their madcap 2009 romp across the U.S. Somewhere Near Tapachula is about Mission Mexico …

Sons of Perdition

The Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS) are an offshoot sect of the Mormon Church who practice polygamy. Aside from the moral issues, polygamy has a simple mathematical flaw: There are not enough females for the males. …

SoundTracker

John Muir once said, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” This quote ends Nick Sherman’s film about Gordon Hempton, a.k.a The Sound Tracker. Gordon drives around the country recording the sounds of nature and is obsessed with clean sound without interference from civilization, …

Stone River

With his thick glasses, duct-taped gloves, worn-out boot toes and ursine bearing, Jon Piasecki may not immediately impress you as someone who can change the world. But watch as he waltzes hefty slabs of flagstone through the woods and connects them meticulously into a pathway that melds seamlessly with its surroundings …

Sun Come Up

If you follow the heated blowback on climate change roiling the airwaves, you’d think this is an issue with some uncertainty involved. Sure, you could allay those doubts with actual science, or you could listen to the Carteret Islanders of the South Pacific …

Tattoo Odyssey

Photographer Chris Rainier is familiar to Mountainfilm audiences who have appreciated his exploration of the human condition across the globe. Part anthropologist, much of his work targets disappearing worlds. He has documented the last speakers of dying languages …

Time for a New God

Irwin Kula is an eighth-generation rabbi who teaches that every religion that thinks it has it all right, is surely all wrong. In this moving monologue along the beaches, wharves, hot dog stands and roller coasters of Coney Island, Irwin spins a web of wisdom in a time when nothing is simply what it is. …

Trouble the Water

Trouble the Water is the story of Kimberly Roberts and her husband Scott, two self-described street hustlers who don’t have a way out of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina comes to town. Kimberly—an aspiring rap artist—has a video camera and decides to film herself and her neighbors in the ninth ward, many of whom also have to stay behind. …

Waste Land

This film is a testament to creativity and the human spirit. The creativity comes from Vik Muniz, the brilliant Brazilian artist. The spirit stems from his subjects—“recyclers,” as they call themselves—who work at the Jardim Gramacho landfill, one of the largest dumps in the world …

Waypoint Namibia

The goal of this climbing expedition to Namibia was not only to find a way up an explored face, but also to delve deeper into the culture of southern Africa. Climbers Majka Burhardt, Peter Doucette and Kate Rutherford attempt a trip that is as much about experiencing a way of life as it is about feeling the adrenaline rush of adventure. …

We Love You

We Love You is about an annual coming together of like-minded people who believe they can change the world. No, it isn’t the story of Mountainfilm, but rather a different tribe: the Rainbow Gathering. …

The Wildest Dream

In 1999, Conrad Anker was part of an expedition to the Northeast Ridge of Mt. Everest to search for the remains of George Mallory, the great British mountaineer known as the source of three famous words in mountaineering: “Because it’s there.” …

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

From the Chicago Seven activists to inmates at Attica prison to the American Indians at Wounded Knee, lawyer William Kunstler fought fierce battles for people who had little voice in our legal system. His core belief was that everyone—no matter the charge—should receive quality legal counsel. …

Wipe Out

In many sports, athletes are pushing to achieve bigger jumps and harder tricks. The emphasis is on glory, but the underlying danger is the risk of major accidents. Wipe Out tells the stories of three young men whose lives are changed forever when they suffer brain injuries in severe accidents while snowboarding, skateboarding and dirt biking. …

Woodsey

Living fully off the grid (and partially outside the law) is a rewarding way of life for two characters in this homegrown film. Telluride director Alicia Nogueira profiles Angela Mallard and David Brankley, locals who are fully engaged in this community, yet they choose to live in the woods, where they feel more aligned with the natural world. …

 

 

 

 

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