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Telluride Sparks Creativity for Artists and Filmmakers

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Our mountain paradise attracts exceptional and talented people –amazing athletes, highly educated graduates with multiple degrees, extremely successful entrepeneurs and of course the amazing artists drawn to Telluride for its inspirational setting.

Artists in Telluride showcase their talents in a variety of mediums. Chefs create edible art to be savored bite by bite; photographers capture the stunning beauty of our favorite super model, Mother Nature; painters take to the streets to paint landscapes; sculptors mold their work into a beautiful form; and film makers look through the lense to bring an untold story to life.

Telluride is a mecca for talented film makers like Ben Knight and Travis Rumel of Felt Soul Media.  The team’s newest project, DamNation, premiered in March 2014 at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas to rave reviews and has already won several awards. The documentary, produced in conjunction with Patagonia and Stoecker Ecological, explores dam removal and restoring free-flowing American rivers.

DamNation is part of the stellar line up at Mountainfilm, which kicks off this Memorial Day Weekend. Mountainfilm began in 1979, a time when Telluride was completing its transition from a hard-rock gold and silver mining community to a destination resort and ski town. Through the years it has grown to become one of America’s longest running film festivals that attracts inspiring thinkers and doers.

In addition to showcasing leading independent films and filmmakers, the festival now includes symposia and panels, gallery exhibits of art and photography, book-signings, breakfast talks, student programs, music and street parties. The essential combination that first set the festival apart,—friends, adventure, passion and powerful ideas—remains firmly intact. Attendees always walk away inspired, changed and wanting to make a difference.  

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