Currently in its 31st year, the Mountainfilm Festival is a four-day, six-senses experience of art, adventure, culture and the environment. It attracts filmmakers, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers and explorers from around the world. Our audiences also come from around the world to gather in theaters that range from historical to state-of-the-art in the box canyon of Telluride, Colorado and the gondola-linked town of Mountain Village.Our motto is “Celebrating Indomitable Spirit.”The spirit we celebrate may be of a vital eco-system or a fragile one. It may be of an endangered culture or of one courageous soul. It may be of a grassroots sustainability movement or of the struggle of a species on the brink of extinction. In whichever case, it is always a spirit that is unique, important and eminently laudable. CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR PASSES!
The Festival WeekendThe festival begins each year with its Moving Mountains Symposium. This full-day event has a different topical theme each year that is explored, discussed and debated by a panel of world class experts drawn from many and varied disciplines. In 2008 the theme was Water, for 2009 we will feature Food.Special Events throughout the weekend provide a chance to mingle with other festival guests, bask in the beauty of Telluride, and stimulate all 6 senses. The Gallery Walk following our Symposium affords a chance to meet and greet while strolling from one Telluride art gallery to the next to view original paintings, sculpture, photography and multi-media works of wonder.Films begin Friday evening and run through mid-Monday. Each year we have a special focus for our film programming. In 2009 that focus will be on Food.Throughout the weekend you will also be treated to Q&A's with your favorite filmmakers, and presentations by our Special Guests who round out the Mountainfilm experience with colorful tales of adventures and eye-opening talks of current events.Breakfast Talks each morning offer a bite to eat while listening to casual presentations from the Minds of Mountainfilm.Saturday afternoon we gather on Main Street to celebrate the mountains with our annual Ice Cream Social, where the frozen treats are on us!On Sunday we get a little crazy with The Reading Frenzy, an opportunity to talk with authors and get signed copies of their books.The Closing Picnic on Monday rounds out our weekend. Set in Telluride’s Town Park, surrounded by the soaring drama of San Juan peaks, the picnic serves as our Awards Ceremony and offers a last chance for free beer and great food, and to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.The Mountainfilm Festival is a Telluride locals’ favorite – come and see why and let it be your favorite too!
Here's A peek at some of the exciting programming we have in store:World Premiere — The National Parks: America's Best IdeaDirected by Ken BurnsFilmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales - from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska - The National Parks: America's Best Idea is nonetheless a story of people: people from every conceivable background - rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy. It is a story full of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration - set against the most breathtaking backdrops imaginable. As Ken has said, the idea of creating the National Parks "is as uniquely American as the Declaration of Indpendence and just as radical."CLICK HERE to preview the series.ReporterDirected by Eric Daniel MetzgarReporter is a feature documentary about Nicholas Kristof, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times, who almost single-handedly put the crisis in Darfur on the world map. The film puts the viewer in Kristof's pocket, revealing the man and his methods, and just how and why real reporting is vital to our democracy, for world-awareness, and our capacity to be a force for good. To get the world to care, he goes in search of individuals whose stories will reflect the country's desperate crisis and mobilize readers worldwide. He journeys through ravaged villages and displacement camps, and makes a harrowing visit to Congo's reigning rebel warlord, General Nkunda, at his jungle hideout.Ghengis bluesDirected by roko belicKongar-Ol Ondar, master throat singer from the land of Tuva, will be returning to Telluride for the 10th anniversary of the Academy Award nominated film Ghengis Blues. This film documents the extraordinary odyssey of blues musician Paul Pena, blind and recently widowed, who taught himself throat singing and was invited to the 1995 throat-singing symposium in KIyzyl. Singing in the deep, rumbling kargyraa style, Pena gives inspired performances at the festival and makes a human connection with everyone he meets.The GardenDirected by Scott Hamilton KennedyThe Garden is the Academy Award nominated film about the fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles - the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country's most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community. But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis. The Garden follows the plight of the farmers.Burma VJDirected by Anders OstergaardArmed with small handycams, undercover Video Journalists in Burma keep up the flow of news from their closed country despite risking torture and life in jail. Their material is smuggled out of Burma and broadcast back via satellite. Joshua, age 27, becomes tactical leader of a group of reporters as Buddhist monks in September 2007 lead a massive uprising. Foreign TV crews are banned from the country, so it's left to Joshua and his crew to keep the revolution alive on TV screens across the world. As government intelligence understands the power of the camera, the VJs become their prime target.World Premiere — SamsaraSamsara is an athlete produced film about Mt. Meru, one of the most iconic and sacred peaks on the planet. Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk had one of the greatest adventures of their lives!Food, Inc.Directed By Robert KennerHow much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.Know Your MushroomsDirected By Ron MannFrom the award-winning director of Comic Book Confidential, Grass, Go Further and a host of paradigm-shifting films reappraising the backwaters of popular culture. Rom Mann investigates the miraculous, near-secret world of fungi with his newest piece of cinema. Filmed in Telluride during Mushroom Festival, Know Your Mushrooms follows uber myco visionaries Gary Lincoff and Larry Evans (two of the more expert and unforgettably mercurial characters in the community) as they lead us on a hunt for the wild mushroom and the deeper cultural experience attached to the mysterious fungi. *All Films, Schedules, Events, and Presenter Participation are subject to change. CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR PASSES!