Mountainfilm 11

MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR in Steamboat Springs

Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Library Hall

MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR in Steamboat Springs celebrates the indomitable spirit.
Two nights (Jan. 20 & 21) showcasing the very best of the annual Mountainfilm in Telluride Festival


Straight from America’s leading independent documentary film festival...two nights featuring films that are hand-selected from the finalists at Telluride Mountainfilm with themes of adventure, mountaineering, remarkable personalities, and important environmental and social messages.

Mountain Film 2011 - Intro from Aaron Kehoe on Vimeo.

Your $10 donation at the door benefits the nonprofit Colorado-based dZi Foundation's work to build sustainable schools, sanitation projects and healthy water systems in remote Himalayan communities of Nepal. Bud Werner Memorial Library extends our gratitude to the dZi Foundation for making the Steamboat festival tour stop possible!!

The film lineup for Saturday, Jan. 21:

“Yelp (With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”) ”
This short film’s full title is Yelp. Directed by Tiffany Shlain and narrated by Peter Coyote, it is a brief essay (really a rant) about technology and how we need to–as Peter Coyote shouts to the world–“unplug, unplug, unplug and revisit the present tense.”
Run time: 4 min.

“One Plastic Beach”
For 12 years, Judith Selby and Richard Lang have collected plastic trash along a one-kilometer stretch of beach near their home in Northern California. At a rate of 35 pounds per hour, it isn’t surprising that they have accumulated tons of debris. What may be surprising is the art they produce with it—sculptures and abstract prints reminiscent of Paul Klee and Henri Matisse that feature 1949-vintage toys, Korean lighters, Astroturf (a common find), bubble blowers and hair curlers that may have last adorned a human head thirty or forty years ago.
Run time: 8 min.

“Fall Line”
Heath Calhoun would never wish his experience on anyone but somehow, he considers his experience a blessing—which is not what you would expect from someone who lost both legs from a rocket attack in Iraq. The lesson Calhoun has taken from his disability is that the human body can go a lot farther than we imagine. On a Wounded Warriors-sponsored trip to Aspen, Calhoun discovered mono-skiing. Within four years, he was competing for the U.S. in the Paralympics. Along the way he learned that his spirit had gained far more than his body had lost.
Run time: 14 min.

“Waiting for a Train”
Waiting for a Train is the lovely story of Japanese-born Toshio Hirano, who took the road less traveled by following a unique and encompassing passion for the music of Jimmie Rodgers. The moment he discovered Rodgers was a transcendent epiphany that inspired him to immigrate to the United States through Appalachia and Texas, after which he finally landed in San Francisco. As a man who is truly following his bliss, Hirano chases a passionate dream for over 40 years and is rewarded with a life well lived, one that is filled with music, song and dance.
Run time: 20 min.

“Yosemite Falls Highline”
Filmmaker Renan Ozturk shows us a new angle on slack lining as Dean Potter attempts a perilous crossing at Upper Yosemite Falls.
Run time: 4 min.

"Kadoma" was a nickname for Hendri Coetzee, a legendary South African kayaker who had explored some of Africa’s wildest rivers. In December of 2010, American pro kayakers Chris Korbulic and Ben Stookesbury followed Coetzee into the Democratic Republic of Congo for a first descent of the dangerous Lukuga River. Seven weeks into the expedition, tragedy struck. Coetzee was paddling tip to tail in between the other two men when a fifteen-foot crocodile surfaced silently and swiftly pulled him underwater. He was never seen again.
Run time: 44 min.

“Way Back Home”
With trial bike in hand, Danny MacAskill returns to the old country to try a few new school tricks. Filmmaker Dave Sowerby captured MacAskill at play in his hometown of Dunvegan, Scotland.
Run time: 7 min.