As you all know Telluride, CO is my muse. Winter, spring, summer and fall ~ my majestic home away from home never ceases to delight. This nugget of a town fills the senses with empowerment, lightness and color.
Each Memorial Day weekend the warmer weather is welcomed by the first festival of the season Mountainfilm. This was the festival’s 34th year. I attended #33 and I plan on making the yearly trek from now on.
This is a special time when filmmakers, extreme athletes, photographers, film aficionados and mountain lovers everywhere come together to embrace life. About 90 films are carefully selected and shared with us.
Go ahead and grab a cup of coffee. Maybe a pot. Lots to share here today!
“The event aims to educate and inspire audiences on subjects that range from outdoor adventure and exploration to critical environmental, cultural and social issues.” It does all this and more.
Telluride is in full bloom!
This is a special time of year where cherry blossoms burst open…
And the mountain tops are still decorated in snow…
When you are in the sun you feel warmth, when you are in the shade and as soon as night falls a sweet chill fills the air. People always have light puffer jackets on hand…
Mountain style is my favorite. A little plaid, a little puff, shorts mixed with fleece and down…
Each day I enjoy my daily walk to the old mine. A little bit of exercise and some time to reflect on the films, symposiums and meet-ups.
Down time is a wonderful way to get in a little shopping and take in the stunning surroundings…
See that guy on the bike with the big nubby tires? His name is David Holbrooke. He is a Telluride part timer, a film maker and the festival director. Both him and executive director Peter Kenworthy make this festival what it is….spectacular!
I think these guys are good buddies…
There is a large bunch of dedicated volunteers that also make this festival a well planned and perfectly oiled machine. From early morning coffee talks, to gallery walks to social events and of course making sure we all get to see cutting edge movies.
The Mountain Film team does it all to guarantee we all have a uniquely amazing experience.
I have no idea who this guy is but I need to meet him this summer. Anyone who lives in paint splattered clothes has gotta have some good stories!
Also any guy who rides a giraffe bicycle must have some great tales…
I saw so many films. Full length ones, shorts, funny, sad and everything in between. A good part of the time I grip the sides of my chair watch people do the most extraordinary feats beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.
These guys venture to the deepest slot canyons in the Grand Canyon. They explore crevasses not ever seen before by humans. Check out their movie Last Of The Great Unknown if you can!
I always have a little chuckle ~ I style and photograph food perched on a step ladder…
These guys + gals dangle precariously thousands of feet in the air from mountain edges, helicopters and glaciers to get the shot. What Happened on Pam Island and Chasing Ice are great examples of a people that goes way beyond the fear factor. They make me want to get out there and do more. More adventurous photography assignments. More for my family. More for our planet.
Daily gallery walks are a great way to visit with photographers and artists. I am very intrigued with Tibetan culture.
This particular exhibit by Phil Borges was breathtaking and quite emotional. It captures a country that craves tradition but has been haunted and forced into change.
On a lighter note…no film festival is complete without an ice cream social!
Lots of ice cream…
And a giant BBQ catered by one of my favorite restaurants! We frequent La Cocina de Luz whenever we are in town.
They use plenty of seasonal and sustainable ingredients. The flavors are always fresh and amazing!
Mostly adults attend the screenings, but little ones enjoy the ice cream social and the closing ceremony and awards picnic.
If you want to learn more about Tim’s story visit the Peaceful Uprising website.
Here they are accepting their award.
You might recognize Laura Linney…she is a Mountainfilm judge.
This is a place where educated folks share important aspects that affect our environment ~ and the isues that make our world a great and somewhat compromised space. The festival encourages green living and it prides itself on being a low-impact festival.
Thankfully there is no swag.
Bringing your own plates, utensils and such to events is encouraged throughout the weekend. And beyond of course!
This is also a place where people show true grit, character and effervescent global love. (OK, that sounds a bit hippy, but go with me here)
They are volunteer clowns for the American Red Cross. They make sick little children and veterans smile and laugh. We need more folks like them. You can watch a DC Council Commemoration of this dynamic volunteer duo on this YouTube video.
All of the kids were so excited to visit with them at the picnic!
If you can ever make it to Mountainfilm I suggest you bring the whole family. You can pick and choose what films you want to see and spend the rest of the time frolicking in the high altitude alpine bliss.
What makes Mountainfilm in Telluride unique and life changing is the wonderful community of like minded people.
They sip coffee, stroll the streets, discuss the films, sit in the dark and explore the world together. Surrounded by 12,000 – 14, 000 ft mountains. High altitude heaven!
Have you ever been to Telluride Mountainfilm? How about any other film festival?
Mountain Film Links
I saw many movies at Mountainfilm. Here are a few notables….well worth it if you can hunt them down.
- a complete listing of the films
- Bidder 70 | deep, true and powerful. winner of the moving mountains prize
- Big in Bollywood | silly, fun and light hearted
- Chasing Ice | profound look at our receding glaciers and climate change
- Eco Ninja | hilarious look at “going green” in the corporate setting
- Ethel | amazing look at the Kennedy lifestyle + a gal with 11 kids!
- Kashmir | some of the coolest chick skiers I have ever seen
- Into Thick Air | the 7 summits of the midwest, beyond hilarious
- Last Of The Great Unknown | a look deep within the slots of the grand canyon
- Luminaris | a short with some of the best cinematography I have ever seen
- Not Yet Begun To Fight | fly fishing to sooth the soul. I laughed I cried + cried some more
- Ready To Fly | an amazing young woman brings ski jumping to the winter olympics
- Right To Play | proof that kids have the right to play no matter what their circumstances
- The Tsunami And The Cherry Blossom | the hardest hit area of Japan’s tsunami
- The Way Home: Returning To The National Parks | inspiring Yosemite journeys
- What Happened on Pam Island | will have you gripping your seat