❝ Mountainfilm travels year-round and worldwide with a selection of current and best-loved short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart – HEART. These films feature a mix of adventure, environment and celebration of the human spirit.
Mountainfilm toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017 to rave reviews. People come together from all walks to life to to enjoy a night of adventure, excitement and adrenaline, now we are back with our third tour from March 2019. ❞
INTERSECTION: MICAYLA GATTO
Directed by: Lacy Kemp
CAN, 4 min
Professional mountain biker and artist Micayla Gatto recreates in her paintings the sweeping vistas of ridgelines she rides on her bike. Both cornering berms and putting paintbrush to canvas allow Gatto to achieve that magical flow state where she exists completely and happily in the present moment. Intersection takes us inside the vibrant space where artist and athlete collide, as Gatto pedals through her artwork with a splash of color.
Some awesome artwork here. On Facebook as Micayla Gatto: Split/Life Designs
Directed by: Josep Serra
ESP, 17 min
Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg are ski mountaineers and skyrunners. They are elite athletes with limits far above average. Undertaking an unsupported summit attempt of an 8,000-meter peak in the Himalaya, without oxygen, and accelerating the timeline of their climb in order to squeeze it into the briefest possible window before their ski and running seasons start, will seriously test those limits.
Very interesting watching the difference in reactions between couples and non-couples during this film.
FRONTIER OF FIRSTS
Directed by: Tyler Allyn
USA, 12 min
True wilderness is hard found in an era of social media and geotagging. These kayakers won’t settle for second descents, and with enough effort and determination, they’re able to find a Frontier of Firsts.
DROP EVERYTHING: MICHELLE PARKER SEGMENT
Directed by: Scott Gaffney
USA, 3 min
Fast, fearless, steep and deep. That about sums up Michelle Parker as she carves graceful lines into the spines of Alaska.
I thought this was Angel Collinson – I was wrong.
Directed by: Renan Ozturk, Taylor Rees
USA, 13 min
Climber and filmmaker Renan Ozturk makes the pilgrimage to the toothy and harsh landscape of Alaska’s Ruth Glacier every year. This time around, he and fellow climber Alex Honnold have their sights set on a beautiful route up Mount Dickey. But the weather is horrendous. So instead, they end up sitting in tents talking about their feelings. What unfolds is not your typical climbing film, but rather a touching examination into life’s big questions.
ROGUE ELEMENTS: CORBET’S COULOIR SEGMENT
Directed by: Todd Jones, Steve Jones
USA, 4 min
A right of passage for any Jackson Hole skier, Corbet’s Couloir is conquered here not on two planks, but two wheels.
Directed by: Anjali Nayar
CAN, 8 min
There is something gloriously incongruous — and almost incomprehensible — about a risk-averse, non-athletic, native Rwandan DJ finding the real meaning in his life by pedaling across Canada to its frozen Arctic Ocean shore in an attempt to break the record for the longest, continuous, fixed- gear bike ride. Through the course of this unlikely adventure, the protagonist, Jean-Aime Bigirimana, also finds that the truth about escaping is not as black and white as, say, his spandex silhouette against the cold Canadian snowscape.
THE WOLF PACK
Directed by: Nick Waggoner, Zac Ramras
USA, 13 min
High in the San Juan Mountains above Silverton, Colorado, a pack of runners roams, jogging through meadows, hiking over mineral-stained peaks, ducking through forests and exploring the rugged landscape of their backyard. It’s the Braford-Lefebvre family — mom, dad and three kids — who have used running both as a healing mechanism and a tool to help them experience life together. The Wolf Pack chronicles a family raised the right way — on fresh air, high peaks and the wonder of the outdoors.
Directed by: Jordan Halland
USA, 5 min
A dash of spelunking. A pinch of ice climbing. A sprinkle of semi-psychedelic light show. This brief recipe is just right for a short feast.
Directed by: Cameron Maier
USA, 25 min
In 2002, Craig DeMartino was climbing with a friend in Rocky Mountain National Park when a terrible miscommunication occurred; DeMartino fell nearly 100 feet onto the rocks below. He survived, but his injuries were devastating — ruptured lung, fractured spine, pulverized feet, among others — and the accident forever altered his life. He could have retreated into his injuries and given up on climbing. Instead, DeMartino, who had one leg amputated under the knee, got back into his harness. Today, he has climbed grades as hard as 5.12, led an all-disabled ascent of El Capitan and introduced scores of fellow disabled athletes to the joy of climbing.
I thought I recognised Craig from previous movies, and it works out this is from “The Gimp Monkeys” (Banff Mountain Film Festival 2013) with the ascent of El Capitan.
A NEW VIEW OF THE MOON
Directed By: Wylie Overstreet
USA, 4 min
Wylie Overstreet was hanging out in his L.A. apartment one night and, out of boredom, decided to take his high-powered telescope out to the street to peer at the moon. Pretty soon people began wandering up and asking him what he was up to. When he showed them, they nearly fell over in awe. A New View of the Moon is just the reminder we need to keep looking up. Because as Galileo said, back in 1610, “it’s a beautiful and wondrous sight to behold the body of the moon.”