Ready to roll

Ready to roll

A scene from”Lhotse"


If you’ve gotten skunked out of Mountainfilm every year, now may be your chance – all without the spendy condo rental. The annual festival of all things adventure is going virtual this year. Sure attendees won’t be able to rub elbows with their outdoor heroes – but then again, they won’t have to rub elbows with anyone else, either.

Typically taking place over the Memorial Day weekend, this year’s festival will span 10 days, May 15–25. Patrons can hunker down with a “Bivvy” pass for $75, which gives them full access to more than 100 films, a symposium and additional presentations. If $75 is too steep for the pandemic family finances, viewers can also buy individual films, shorts programs or presentations for $10 each.

“We’re psyched for the chance to bring great programming to people who’ve been curious about Mountainfilm for all these years, but have never been able to come,” Mountainfilm Festival Director Suzan Beraza said.

According to Beraza, the virtual format allows Mountainfilm to be more accessible to a wider audience, bringing adventure films and inspiring documentaries from around the globe directly to people’s homes. This year’s highlights include “Personhood,” a film about fetal rights and “Public Trust,” a film by a former Telluride local that looks at the loss of public lands. The festival has made an effort, in light of current events, to bring uplifting and lighthearted films as well, Beraza said.

And, of course, for the true binge-watcher, there will be full-length features. This year’s lineup contains more than 25, including “By Hand,” a documentary following the paddling journey of two brothers from Alaska to Mexico, and “Big Fur,” about a devotee of Bigfoot. And for those with a little less time on their hands, the festival offers a bevy of shorts like “Concepcio?n,” on climber Hazel Findlay's attempt at a 70-meter splitter crack route outside Moab, and “Huntsville Station,” which depicts the realities of inmates just released from prison.

Complementing the films is a symposium and presentations featuring directors and other luminaries, including: Director Louie Psihoyos; Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson; youth activists Jamie Margolin and Jonah Gottlieb; and former White House Chief of Staff Jack Watson.

“We’re really excited about this year’s symposium and presentations, plus we’re going to have meet-the-author events, Q&As and filmmaker workshops that will showcase what Mountainfilm does best – bringing connection and conversation to our greater community,” said Beraza.

For more info., go to www.mountainfilm.org.

Top Stories

A DIFF-erent approach
02/25/2021
A DIFF-erent approach
By Missy Votel

Durango Independent Film Festival moves to the small screen for 16th annual

Read More
The spirit of '71
02/25/2021
The spirit of '71

Champion DHS Ski Team of 1971 convenes for commemorative 50-year race this weekend

Read More
Can it happen here?
02/25/2021
Can it happen here?
By Sam Brasch and Miguel Otárola / Colorado Public Radio News

Cold isn’t the biggest threat to Colorado’s grid – other climate disasters might be
 

Read More
Shot in the dark
02/18/2021
Shot in the dark
By by Andrea Dukakis / Colorado Public Radio

What to expect when you’re expecting (your second dose of COVID vaccine)
 

Read More
Read All in Top Stories

The Pole

Here comes the bus
02/25/2021

Durango School District 9-R is getting on the bus – the electric bus, that is. Last week, 9-R announced it won a $328,803 grant for a fully electric school bus and charging infrastructure. The 81-seat bus is expected to be operational by next fall.

Good QRma
02/18/2021

The days of scrawling your name and phone number with a Sharpie on your gear are over. A Boise-based company has come up with a tech-age solution to the age-old problem of lost or yard-saled gear.

For $3.99, Karmik Outdoors will send you a QR code decal for all your most precious toys. The unique code will trace you gear back to you, all with a simple smart phone scan (provided, of course, that whomever finds your flotsam, jetsam and improperly secured roof items is a believer in gear karma in the first place.)

#KBYG
02/11/2021

Adding to an already grim year of statistics, last week was the deadliest week of avalanches in the U.S. in more than a century. At least 15 people were killed in avalanches in six states between Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, including three in the San Juans alone.

To help folks better contend with this season’s treacherous and unprecedented conditions, Friends of the San Juans wants to equip them the best tool possible: knowledge.

Serving up help
02/11/2021

Early in the morning of Feb. 6, local chef Seanan Culloty narrowly escaped an apartment fire with his life and his faithful dog, Bubba. However, Culloty, the head chef at Manna, escaped with little else. To help Culloty get back on his feet, friends and co-workers are hosting a GuFundMe page. The money will be used to help Culloty replace his belonging as well as with a deposit and first month’s rent on a new apartment.

Read All Stories in the Pole