Mountainfilm Festival Changes Telluride, May 22-25

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 11, 2009 5:31 pm


If you can’t join ‘em, watch ‘em. At least, that’s what you can do from May 22nd to 25th, at the annual Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, CO. Fasten your seatbelt, though, as this event isn’t your ordinary celebutante film fete.

Instead, Mountainfim shines its focus on current global issues and needs, with the aim to change lives and the world. It’s all about creating better lives, and more sustainable modus apparati on earth.

Each year, the festival centers around one important theme—an issue or crisis in certain parts of the world. This year, it’s food, and all of the films, symposiums and presentations will target ‘food’ in some way.

The full film roster has yet to be released, but current highlights include: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, directed by Ken Burns, and Reporter, by Eric Daniel Metzgar, which documents the work of Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times columnist who put the Darfur crisis on the map. Mountaineer and Telluride local Hilaree O’Neill will also present a slideshow of her famous first descents, and center the discussion around food.

If all of the good-doing is lighting a fire in your pants, you can also volunteer at the festival. For more information on this, ticketing—even lodging and travel arrangements, visit

Photos: Big: Play Gravity, this page: Gus Gusciora