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Film Line Up

By on August 28, 2019 in News

Under the Open Sky
Friday, September 20


Jon Wilson lost a leg to cancer at 23. He found joy some years later by developing a solitary routine of skinning and climbing up a ski mountain on his remaining leg, at night, and skiing back down. Wilson wrote and narrates this tone poem about perseverance and the unexpected gift that came from having been “broken.”

Mentors: Hilaree Nelson

Grizzly Country

During his time as a Green Beret medic in the Vietnam War, eco-warrior and author Doug Peacock looked at a map of the Montana and Wyoming wilderness for comfort. He vowed that if he got out alive, he would go see those wild places for himself. Peacock not only visited, but spent years in solitude there, filming his only companions — grizzly bears. The man who inspired The Monkey Wrench Gang’s iconic character George Washington Hayduke has made it his life’s work to save the habitat of these majestic animals, who remind us that humans’ place is not at the top of the food chain.

Cracking Ice Ceilings

The cholita climbers of Bolivia have been subverting the culture of machismo since 2015 by climbing mountains. Not content to stay in their traditional roles as high-mountain cooks, these 11 escaladoras wanted to see for themselves what it felt like to go to the top. Pairing the traditional cholita garb of colorful skirts, shawls, bowler hats and brooches with ice axes and crampons, these women climb for the same reason many others do: that feeling of freedom that comes with standing on the summit.

Sweetheart Dancers

Indigenous dancers Sean and Adrian challenge the rulebook of San Manuel’s Native American Sweetheart Special as they attempt to compete in the annual couple’s competition. Dancing not only against the other dancers, but against the drums of oppression and closed-mindedness, this Two-Spirit couple is determined to rewrite the rules of “one man, one woman” with their resplendent charisma, character and resilience.

R.A.W. Tuba

“I like the tuba because it reminds me of my life, it’s the underdog.” That’s Dr. Richard Antoine White, whose biography reads like a manual in how to overcome odds. White grew up intermittently homeless on the streets of Baltimore, and went on to become a world-class symphony musician, professor and the first African American in the world to receive a Doctorate in Music for Tuba Performance. He’s got music in him, yes. But he’s also got a drive rarely seen, even in the most competitive artistic circles. As he puts it, “the only thing that will stop me from being successful is death.”

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Mountainfilm on Tour
Saturday, September 21

Mission Dolomites

French freerider Kilian Bron takes his mountain bike on a via ferrata in the Dolomites, where he faces impossibly tight turns, hair-raising exposure and massive consequences for the smallest error in line choice. No you didn’t, Kilian Bron. Yes, he did.

Far Out

Do you know what it feels like to ski awesome powder? Then you know how Kai feels. This film shows the best parts of being in the snow. You might know how it feels to ski, but if not, watch this film and you will!
—Joe Galbo, age 13


Do you like to ride your bike even when it is winter? If so, then you’ll love this film about a little girl and her bike.
—Caroline Merritt, age 8


In the high steppe of Little Tibet, a young boy develops an unlikely obsession: ice hockey. He fashions pucks out of stones, trains on homemade skates and worships Czech hockey icon Jaromír Jágr. And he has his heart set on an outsized dream.

Adventuring in the Name of Science

Ricky Jones lives in a van with his wife, spends his days roaming the woods and makes a living making a difference — collecting genetic data of big-leafed maples as part of an effort to cut down on illegal logging. “Why wouldn’t you want to do your part to give back to the community?” he asks. “And the community being the entire world.”

Women in Fire

The physical challenges and risks associated with certain jobs have, historically, skewed them almost exclusively toward men. Example A: firefighting. As this short film ably shows, however, there is nothing about the job that women can’t handle. And no reason to keep it off little girls’ “when-I-grow-up” wish lists.

Detroit Hives

Honeybees lead the charge in Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey’s fight against urban blight in Detroit. Their fast-growing Detroit Hives has resurrected seven of the city’s approximately 90,000 abandoned lots by setting up flourishing beehives. With Detroit’s more than 2,000 registered hives, the couple are part of a growing community movement. They built their first apiary on a lot purchased for $340 in partnership with Detroit Land Banks. As Nicole says, “you don’t have to have a million dollars in your bank account to start an idea.”

Every Nine Minutes

Artists find a unique way to raise awareness about plastic waste. —Henry Martin, age 15

Danny Daycare

So long coloring books and cartoons. Goodbye stuffed animals and nap time. Danny MacAskill is your new favorite babysitter ever.

The Explorers: Casey Brown

“Am I a crazy person?” downhill mountain biker Casey Brown asks in this short film. Decide for yourself as you watch her negotiate the massive drops, huge gaps and puckering lines of southern Utah.

Free Flow

“I like to run out the door and see where my legs take me,” Hazel Findlay says. This film follows the professional climber as she lets those legs venture into the Welsh mountains of Snowdownia, where she scales cliffs and retreats into the landscape of her mind.

All In: Alaska Heli Skiing

Tune in for a tutorial on how to absolutely shred Alaskan spines.

Safe Haven

Inner-city Memphis is not the likeliest setting for an enormous rock climbing gym. But since it opened in March 2018, Memphis Rox, the nation’s only nonprofit climbing gym — open to all, regardless of ability to pay — has proven that the challenges of technical climbing have strong appeal, and can provide benefits well beyond the traditional outdoor-recreation community.

Up To Speed

Climbing — the fringy, grungy sport of dirtbags — is headed to the biggest athletic stage on Earth: the 2010 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Disciplines will include lead climbing, bouldering and … speed climbing? Yes, it’s a thing. This new film by Sender introduces us to the blistering subdiscipline, a much-scoffed at world of interesting warm-up dances, powerful vertical sprinting and competition that’s nothing to joke about.

Tanaya Creek Kayak Run

Yosemite isn’t just for climbing anymore. Consider this a world-class kayaking destination for outrageous creeks and water freaks.

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