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Mountainfilm: The Perfect Start to Festival Season


Posted by on 21 May 2015

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It’s been quiet in Telluride since the mountain closed in early April. The recent snow and chilly temps make the warm days of biking, hiking and deck lounging seem like a distant dream.  But Mountainfilm is this weekend and that signifies the official start of the summer festival season. From here on out, weekends will be action- packed with great music to hear, art to be seen, peaks to hike or flavorful microbrews to sample.

Mountainfilm is the perfect kick off to a rich line-up of summer festivals because it really is a festival like no other.  It is not your typical film festival that draws celebrities posing on the red carpet with premieres of action adventure  films that become Hollywood blockbusters. You will not see Tom Cruise jumping out of burning buildings or Halle Berry as a Bond girl but you will see incredible documentary-style films that are thought provoking, inspirational and catalysts for change.  You will walk away from the festival with an expanded mind and heart. 

Cheryl Strayed, best selling author of Wild, first came to Mountainfilm in 2014 to speak at the symposium, and will return to this year’s festival as a judge. She sums up Mountainfilm perfectly:

“I think many of the films shown at Mountainfilm have that same sort of social impact. They tell stories that need to be told and reveal truths we must know. The films I saw at last year’s festival are all beautiful examples of the way that documentaries can occupy that space where art meets advocacy. Mountainfilm, by its very existence, celebrates the social power of art in a world that seeks to commodify it. Though I had so much fun spending those four days going from one film to the next, I always felt like something important was a stake. It’s not just a festival. It’s a movement. I’m grateful to be part of it.”

From environmental and cultural films that touch on climate change, war, ocean health, preservation of wild places and human resilience to heart thumping climbing films, this years line-up is diverse and inspiring. ”The films will provoke discussion and inspire audiences to engage in the world like they never have before,” said Festival Director David Holbrooke. 

Cheryl Strayed's quote was pulled from a Mountainfilm blog. 


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