Mountainfilm 2024: Full Festival Lineup!

Mountainfilm 2024: Full Festival Lineup!

Based in Telluride, Mountainfilm 2024 recently announced its full schedule (below), including 24 world premieres.

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Mountainfilm is excited to announce the full lineup for its 46th festival, taking place over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-27, in Telluride. Attendees can look forward to 101 bold, inspiring films, including 18 features and 83 shorts, curated into 15 programs, including award-worthy environmental, Indigenous voices and adventure-themed documentaries.

Twenty-three films in the line-up are world premieres, including three features: “A Good Wolf,” which examines a 40-year conflict over one of North America’s iconic predators; “Between the Mountain and the Sky,” the profound journey of Maggie Doyne, who rebuilds her life after a traumatic loss, then redefines what it means to be a family; and “Public Defender,” a look at two of the January 6 rioters and how one feisty lawyer takes on America’s epidemic of misinformation and division.

World premiere shorts include “Jamie,” the inspiring story of trans alpinist Jamie Logan; “Mallorcan Rhapsody,”which follows legendary climber Chris Sharma on a spectacular paddling and climbing adventure; “Max: One Last Favor,which asks what America’s moral responsibility is to the Afghan interpreters who staked their lives on U.S. promises; “Mr. Cato,” the story of an elementary school teacher and pro-BMX biker who changes students’ lives by teaching them to ride and care for bikes; “This is Where I Find Myself, “a look at the career of psychedelics proponent Dr. Roland Griffiths and how plant-based drugs ease the emotional pain at the end of life; and The Shit-thropocene, a wacky look at how our world came to be flooded with cheaply made products and how we might do things differently.

“We really do have an incredible lineup this year,” said Lucy Lerner, Mountainfilm’s Senior Programmer and Festival Manager. “With compelling stories, thought-provoking films and awe-inspiring narratives, this year’s selection offers an immersive experience that celebrates indomitable spirit and the beauty of our world.”

Mountainfilm is also proud to present the inaugural Indigenous Storytellers shorts program in 2024. Films include ᏗᏂᏠᎯ ᎤᏪᏯ (Meet Me at the Creek),” which follows the efforts of a Cherokee Nation citizen and Waterkeeper Warrior to restore a stream; “Homecoming,” a story of healing by restoring the bison to tribal communities; “We Ride for Her,” which features motorcyclists who ride to honor missing and murdered Indigenous women; “Gath & K’iyh: Listen to Heal,” a look at how a Native community restores its relationship with king salmon and birch; “Indai Apai Darah (Mother, Father, Blood),” the story of how Indigenous people of Borneo fight to preserve their land from deforestation and greed; and “Áhkuin,” about the singular Sami oral storytelling tradition of joik.

In addition to the film programming, the festival weekend will feature the Minds Moving Mountains Speaker Series and DocTalks.

This year’s Speaker Series keynote kicks off the festival on Friday with Guest Director Wade Davis at High Camp. Davis is a Canadian cultural anthropologist, ethnobotanist, photographer and best-selling author who has explored some of the most fascinating places on the planet.’

This year’s DocTalks fulfill the festival’s mission of bringing filmmaker support to the forefront, with five workshop sessions focused on career development. Sessions will be hosted by various organizations, including Exposure Labs, Well-Travelled Collective, The Redford Center and other industry experts.

Other Speaker Series events will feature Utah outdoor athlete, activist and Senate candidate Caroline Gleich; photographer and National Geographic Society Fellow Chris Rainier; National Geographic Explorer focused on environmental justice; and youth Juan D. Martinez Pineda; mountaineer Wasfia Nazreen; and entomologist Dr. Sammy Ramsey.

Mountainfilm’s popular Coffee Talks return Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. at locations throughout Telluride and Mountain Village. These panels are informal discussions with authors, activists, experts and filmmakers featuring engaging Q&A sessions on topics like diversifying traditional outdoor narratives; the beleaguered Colorado River; exploration in the 21st Century; what ancient ice cores can tell us about climate change; art as a means of resistance and more.

Saturday night join environmentalist drag queen Pattie Goniaf or a climate-inspired drag show and dance party at 8 p.m. at High Camp. This event is free and open to the public, but festival passholders receive priority entry. This electrifying show and disco is set to infuse the entire weekend with a burst of inclusivity, diversity and fabulousness.

The Redford Center and Mountainfilm, in partnership with IF/Then Shorts, are proud to present the Nature Connection Pitch at the 2024 festival.

At noon Saturday at the Sheridan Opera House, five filmmaking teams will present their short documentaries-in-progress to a panel of industry luminaries and a chance to win a $30,000 production grant from the Redford Center. The film projects focus on solutions to restoring human’s connection to nature and outdoor access and highlight historically underrepresented communities.

“If you’ve yet to experience a live film pitch event, it’s an absolute must-see. Imagine ‘Shark Tank’ with a unique twist, spotlighting films and issues centered around making an impact,” added Festival Director Suzan Beraza.

Bolstering this year’s program are cash awards given out at the Closing Picnic on Monday in Town Park.

Passholders can cast their votes for Audience Choice Award Feature ($5,000) and Audience Choice Award Short ($1,000). Jury-selected awards include Best Documentary Feature ($5,000); James Balog Creative Vision Award ($5,000); Women in Film Award ($3,500); Moving Mountains Award ($1,500 to the filmmaker and $1,000 to the non-profit featured in the film); Subject Matter Award ($15,000 to filmmaker and $15,000 to an associated non-profit); Charlie Fowler Best Adventure Film ($2,500); Best Short Film ($1,000); and Student Choice Award ($2,000).

About Mountainfilm:

Established in 1979, Mountainfilm is dedicated to using film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

Mountainfilm festival brings together a community of filmmakers and change makers, showcasing documentary films that celebrate adventure, activism, social justice, environment and indomitable spirit.

Mountainfilm also reaches audiences year-round through its worldwide tour and Mountainfilm for Students, an educational outreach initiative for youth.

Mountainfilm has the power to change lives.

To learn more, visit www.mountainfilm.org.

 

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