Rainier’s “Tattoo Odyssey” featured at Mountainfilm in Telluride

Rainier’s “Tattoo Odyssey” featured at Mountainfilm in Telluride

[click “Play” to listen to Chris Rainier’s conversation with Susan]

Troja Written and directed by Andrew Gregg, “Tattoo Odyssey,” follows Mountainfilm in Telluride regular,  photojournalist/author Chris Rainier, as he travels the world to connects the dots, if you will, from past to present –  from the tribes of the ancient world to the newly-tattooed aficionados of the West – to reveal the hidden symbolism of marks on the body as ways to express identity.

“Tattoo Odyssey” is one of the 75 or so featured films at the 32nd annual Mountainfilm in Telluride, May 28 – May 31. Screenings are scheduled for Saturday afternoon at The Masons and Sunday evening at the five-star Wilkinson Public Library. (But check the link to the film schedule below in case of changes.)

Chris Rainier describes himself as a visual storyteller whose primary medium is the camera. His spare, elegant images of sacred places and indigenous peoples has been reproduced for leading newspapers and magazines over the past 25 years, The New York Times, Time, Life, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Outside, Conde Nast Traveler among them.

Rainier’s work hangs in major permanent collections around the world including that of The International Center of Photography in New York City, The George Eastman International House in Rochester, New York, The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., La Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, and The National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.

Rainier is also a National Geographic Society Fellow. In that capacity, he co-directs several programs focused on helping to preserve indigenous cultures and empower First Nations peoples to tell their own stories through photography, film, and the Internet. 

All three of Chris Rainier’s books, including “Keepers of the Spirit,” “Where Masks Still Dance” and “Ancient Marks,” reflect the author’s life mission: to document disappearing cultures and tribes before these people and their traditional ways change forever.

Find Mountainfilm film selections at: http://www.mountainfilm.org/festival/2010/films.asp

All details of Mountainfilm’s 32nd annual Festival schedule here: http://www.mountainfilm.org/festival/2010/online-schedule/index.html

To learn more about “Tattoo Odyssey,” the importance of Mountainfilm and Rainier’s life and work, click the “play” button and listen to his podcast.

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