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Mountainfilm On Tour in Steamboat: SATURDAY NIGHT
MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR celebrates the indomitable spirit during three film screenings in Steamboat Springs. Two evenings and a matinee showcase the very best of the annual Mountainfilm in Telluride Festival.
Straight from America’s leading independent documentary film festival...three screenings feature films that are hand-selected from the finalists at Telluride's annual Mountainfilm festival, with themes of adventure, mountaineering, remarkable personalities, and important environmental and social messages.
$10 at the door makes this Steamboat festival tour stop possible at the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Free popcorn, as always.
Saturday Night Film Lineup
Outside the Box
In 2011, Anna Stohr and Juliane Wurm came to the U.S. to prepare for the Boulder World Cup. Part of their training included time with Lynn Hill. While the two young women are at the top of their sport, they realize they still have a lot to learn from Hill, who was the first person to free the Nose in Yosemite (which is considered to be one of the most impressive climbing feats in the twentieth century). Hill introduces Stohr and Wurm to crack climbing in Utah.( 16 min.)
Into the Middle of Nowhere
Children don’t need shiny plastic things, video games or expensive toys to have fun. A pile of logs and sticks can provide an active imagination with plenty of tools for hours of entertainment. This film takes us Into the Middle of Nowhere — an outdoor nursery in the Scottish countryside with a group of children who are just learning about the challenges of growing up. The woods become the place where the normal rules of society come to a halt and where play transforms the surroundings into the children’s wildest imaginations.(15 min.)
“People like having lots of stuff, Americans in particular,” says one of the characters in the charming documentary Living Tiny. In a country obsessed with growth and progress, there is a small, but growing, population of people who are rejecting the axiom that “bigger is better” and are downsizing. Their tiny abodes, no larger than 200 square feet, are not caging them, but liberating them from a culture of consumption. “Ultimately you can only occupy 12 square feet of space at a time. Everything else is just a place to keep your stuff.” (7 min.)
In August 2011, Tahiti was hit with a massive swell that created 20-foot-plus waves and forced the authorities to declare “code red,” which shut down Teahupoo to surfing. Of course, with huge waves thundering, a few brave souls saw not risk, but opportunity. (18 min.)
The Man Who Lived on His Bike
What can you do on a bicycle? For Guillaume Blanchet, the question is what can’t you do? In this two-minute homage to bikes and the bike obsessed, Blanchet eats, sleeps, showers, shaves, works, cooks and even dates — all from atop his man-powered machine. (5 min.)
The scene is set with two young women — Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith — on a casual canoe trip on the River Shannon in Ireland. Under heavy skies, they make their way to a bird-infested island where they witness a gathering of starlings — a “murmuration” — that is so phenomenal and surreal that it's almost poetry in motion. If this story sounds familiar, it might be because their simple, two-minute film — called Murmuration — went viral last year. Island is a longer, yet equally compelling, version of an unforgettable paddling adventure. (8 min.)
Right to Play
2012 Mountainfilm Audience Award Winner!
Were his Olympic speed-skating gold medals in 1994 his only legacy, Norwegian Johann Olav Koss might have just become another athlete living off dusty accomplishments. Instead, Koss used the same singular determination and focus that took him to the top of his sport to make a difference in the lives of some of the planet’s most vulnerable and victimized children. (45 min.)
All I Can
2012 Mountainfilm Cinematography Award Winner!
JP Auclair teams up with Sherpas Cinema in this short, mind-blowing segment from the 2011 Powder Magazine Movie of the Year All.I.Can to tame the mean streets of British Columbia on skis. (5 min.)
Run time: 124 min.
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