Full Mountainfilm Lineup Announced | Culture & Leisure

One of North America’s oldest film festivals, Mountainfilm, which has also been dubbed one of the “coolest” festivals in the world, recently announced the full lineup for its 44th edition and the first event entirely in person since 2019. weekend, May 26-30, throughout Telluride attendees can expect 131 bold and inspiring films, including 31 feature films (19 of which are produced or directed by women) and 97 short films (43 of which are produced or directed by women) organized into 11 programs, including award-winning films on the environment, social justice and adventure, according to a press release.

“We are thrilled to present over 80 international, US and Colorado premieres, including a strong lineup of films featuring underrepresented voices,” said festival director Suzan Beraza. “Mountainfilm continues its strong tradition of programming the best in the genres of environment and sustainability, social justice, culture, activism and, of course, outdoor adventure programming and on the periphery of your seat, with a particular focus on films and topics that celebrate the indomitable spirit.

Among the incredible lineup of films are 23 world premieres, including the feature “Surf Nation,” directed by Jeremiah M. Bogert, Jr. and Jessica Q. Chen, and produced by Diane Quon and Nevo Shinaar (all of whom will be at the festival ). The film dives deep into the world of Chinese competitive sport as the country trains and prepares promising surfers to bid for the first Olympic surfing competition.

“It’s great to be back at Mountainfilm,” Quon said. “‘Minding the Gap’ was screened here in 2018, and it was truly one of the highlights of the year. Our team knew that Mountainfilm would also be the perfect location for the premiere of ‘Surf Nation’. We can’t wait. for the public to see and experience on opening night.

Other world premieres include ‘Chasing’, the epic adventure of a rowing team racing across the Atlantic; and “The Neighborhood Storyteller”, the touching story of an impromptu class for girls in a Syrian refugee camp. Beyond the world premiere features, Mountainfilm is thrilled to share the US premiere of “Sam Now” with audiences. The film tells the intimate story of two half-brothers, director Reed Harkness and film subject Sam Harkness, as they embark on a life-changing journey to find answers, understand and heal the unexpected demise of Sam’s mother (the filmmaker and the subject will be present). Shorts world premiering at the festival and expected to make waves this year include ‘Dani’s Twins’, ‘Janwaar’, ‘Wood Hood’, ‘Eco-Hack!’ “, “Free to Care”, “Ibach”, “Skin Nageur”, “Fight or Flight”, “Sheri”, “Elevated” and “Rural Runners”.

This year’s lineup will also highlight important local Colorado stories, such as “The Holly” (executive producers include Adam McKay and Todd Schulman), examining gentrification and violence in downtown Denver’s Holly neighborhood. ; “Anonymous Sister,” an intimate portrayal of the opioid epidemic within a tight-knit Denver family; the world premiere of “Fight of Flight”, chronicling the journey of the only female pilot employed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife; the world premiere of “Sheri,” featuring the legendary adventurer and designer who revolutionized the outdoor industry with the creation of Colorado’s Alpacka rafts; and “Jacket,” which transports viewers to a sheep ranch in Moffat County, Colorado, revealing centuries-old (and surprising) traditions during lambing season.

In addition to the festival’s film lineup, Mountainfilm’s beloved Coffee Talks will return, along with the new Minds Moving Mountains speaker series and DocTalks. The talk series kicks off Friday morning at High Camp and features adventure greats Rick Ridgeway in conversation with Conrad Anker and James Balog in conversation with 2022 festival guest director Jeff Orlowski-Yang. The series will continue throughout the weekend with a special tribute to the late and beloved Mountainfilm co-founder Bill Kees; Journalists from The New York Times, The New Yorker and Vox discussing threats to American democracy; “Spirit of the Peaks” producer Dr. Len Necefer will be joined by film subject and co-director Connor Ryan to discuss Indigenous perspectives in filmmaking and ski mountaineering; and a closing festival conversation with 2019 guest director Cheryl Strayed and acclaimed filmmaker Tom Shadyac.

This year’s DocTalks fulfill the festival’s mission to put support for filmmakers at the forefront with five workshops focused on developing careers in the film industry by offering authentic support for what creatives are looking for in today’s environment. a hyperconnected world. DocTalks will be moderated by Caitlin Mae Burke and Merrill Sterritt of IF/THEN Shorts, with an array of panelists including Orlowski-Yang, festival jury members, industry and filmmakers Kathryn Everett (XTR), Eric d’Arbeloff ( Roadside Attractions), Stacy Peralta (“The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez,” Mountainfilm 2022), and Skye Fitzgerald (Oscar-nominated filmmaker), as well as representatives from Netflix, Vimeo, and Kickstarter, among others.

“Audiences can expect to be moved by this remarkable roster of filmmakers telling stories full of adventure, activism and the strength of the human spirit,” said executive director Sage Martin. “As Mountainfilm aims to do every year, attendees will leave inspired to take action.”

This year’s cash prizes bolster the festival’s already packed schedule. Passholders can vote for their favorite feature films throughout the weekend to reward a filmmaker with the People’s Choice $5,000 – awarded at the closing picnic on Monday afternoon in Town Park . Other awards selected by the jury include Best Documentary Feature ($5,000), Best Short ($1,000), Best Charlie Fowler Adventure ($2,500), Moving Mountains ($2,500) , Women in Film ($2,500) and the Student Choice Award ($1,000).

Festival passes are still available at mountainfilm.org. Palmyra, Ama Dablam and Patron passes include After the Fest Online access. For those unable to attend this year’s festival in person, $99 After the Fest passes are available online, giving moviegoers access to online screening of nearly every film from May 31 through May 7. June.

For the full lineup and schedule, visit mountainfilm.org or download the festival app.

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