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Mountainfilm on Tour 2016

By on July 12, 2016 in Events, Featured

This is last years event. Click here for Mountainfilm 2017



A Fundraiser for the OVLC

Friday, September 23, 2016

Gates open at 5:00 pm – Films start at 7:15 pm
At Ojai Valley School (Lower Campus) Sports Field

Tickets: $18 current OVLC members – $22 non-members – $25 at the door – $10 children under 12
2 free tickets with a new membership of $35 or above – see below for details!
Online ticket sales end Friday, September 23rd at 11 a.m.

Get ready for a night of fun and food, friends and family, adventure inspired shorts, Telluride Mountainfilm style. On September 23, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is teaming up with Mountainfilm on Tour to bring the original films and the experience of the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival to Ojai.

Bring your blankets and low-back chairs and stake out your spot on the lawn. There will be live music by Little Big Here, food trucks (Scratch, Rice Balls of Fire, Bollywood Bites and Desserts to Die For), and a beer garden sponsored by Ojai Community Bank and provided by Topa Topa Brewing Company and the Ojai Beverage Company. Patagonia, REI and others have donated to an awesome raffle. The evening is sponsored by Patagonia. Wild About Ojai partners and business sponsors, including Char Man Brand Hot Sauce, Susan K. Guy Art, Axxess Ventura, BeCalm of Ojai, Sol Haus Design, Ojai Food Taxi, A Taste of Ojai, California Solar Electric, and more will also have booths.

Alcohol is not permitted outside of the beer garden. No pets. No smoking of any kind. Overflow parking will be generously provided across the street by the Ojai Valley Inn. Parental Advisory: Some of these films contain adult language.


This is last years event. Click here for Mountainfilm 2017

Are you a current OVLC member and can’t find your coupon code? Contact Tania ( or Xena ( at (805) 649-6852 and we will be happy to help you!

Thinking about joining the OVLC?
Join today and receive two free tickets! Visit our giving page and type “Mountainfilm Tickets” in the comments section of the donation form and we will send you two tickets when you join with a first time donation of $35 or more.

A special thank you to our tour sponsor Patagonia


2016 Films



She survived being thrown through her windshield in a car crash at the age of 80 and then a major stroke at the age of 85. And still, at the age of 90 years young, Yvonne Dowlen continues to ice skate almost every day. Dowlen insists it’s easier to skate than walk at her age. Her elegance on ice reflects the decades she spent traveling the world as a performer in the Ice Capades and sharing her love of dancing on ice as a teacher. Indeed, skating has helped her recover and rehabilitate from the most challenging times in her life. She spends every day pursuing what makes her happy — and that is the true wisdom in her story.

2016 USA / Duration: 9 mins
Directed by: Katie Stjernholm, Jonathan Hiller

Mile 19


Since the inception of the Los Angeles marathon in 1986, 178 runners have completed every race. They’re called “Legacy Runners.” Johnnie Jameson is a member of this special group, but he’s not an elite runner: He’s a working man, a postal employee. But what he lacks in speed, he makes up in creativity. He ran his first marathon backward, finishing in last place. He dribbled a basketball the next year. Each race, wearing his signature Payless shoes, he stops and talks and takes his sweet time.

And over the years, the marathon has become a form of therapy for Jameson, who was scarred deeply from serving as an infantryman in Vietnam. The annual challenge of running 26.2 miles has helped him cope, grow and recover from those traumatic experiences. “It’s not about how long you out there, it’s about completing the race,” he says. “You gotta grind it out, because life ain’t nothing but a grind.”

This poignant film from Vincent DeLuca conveys a lifetime of lessons in 10 short minutes, spinning a powerful story of resilience, humor and healing.

2016 USA / Duration: 10 mins
Directed by: Vincent DeLuca



Growing up in East Baltimore surrounded by poverty and violence is hard enough, and Coffin Nachtmahr had the added challenge of being different. He stutters. He never quite fit in, and he was picked on. Then he discovered a lifeline in the unlikeliest of pursuits: yo-yoing. In the subculture of “throwers,” he found purpose, acceptance and community. Today, Coffin is the city’s best, transforming the simple activity of yo-yoing into a transfixing dance of creativity, innovation and connection.

2016 USA / Duration: 10 mins
Directed by: Darren Durlach, Dave Larson

Kamchatka Steelhead Project


Located between the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula is home to some of the world’s most abundant steelhead runs. Under Russian law, the thick-bodied fish are protected as an endangered species, and it’s illegal to catch them — unless the fishing is done by anglers collecting biological data. The Kamchatka Steelhead Project is a U.S.-Russia partnership that monitors the steelhead population through catch and release, and over the course of 20 years it’s produced an extensive body of data about the fish in their wild and native habitat.

2016 USA / Duration: 7 mins
Directed by: Travis Rummel, Grayson Schaffer

Running Wild


The wolverine is a rugged and resourceful animal that lives in isolated arctic and alpine regions of North America. When a wolverine was photographed in Utah’s Uinta Mountains, scientists installed remote-baited camera stations across 80 miles to learn whether the notoriously ferocious carnivores are expanding their range. Who better to tend the cameras than ultra runners? Able to travel great distances through the mountains quickly and lightly, runners check the cameras, change the batteries and refill the bait in the hopes that they can be part of a scientific discovery.

2016 USA / Duration: 7 mins
Directed by: Danny Schmidt

To Scale: The Solar System



Look at any picture of the solar system, and it seems that everything is relatively close together — the moon an inch or two away from Earth, Mars a little over an inch away from the moon and so on. But posters and websites betray the truth: Things are much, much farther apart.

In an attempt to give Earthlings a new perspective of the universe, filmmakers Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh head to the Black Rock Desert to build the first to-scale model of the solar system. With an Earth the size of a marble and seven miles of open space with which to work, Overstreet, Gorosh and a few friends embark on a unique scientific endeavor, creating something that only 24 people in the history of mankind have actually seen: a perspective of the solar system, to scale.

2015 USA / Duration: 7 mins
Directed by: Alex Gorosh, Wylie Overstreet

Angel Collinson Annihilates Alaska


In 2015, Angel Collinson won the award for the Best Female Freeride Performance at the Intern­ational Freeskiing Film Festival. It’s not hard to see why: She’s fast, fierce and can send it with the best of them. The spines of Alaska don’t stand a chance against her.

2015 USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Teton Gravity Research

The Accord


Iceland is an island in the very north Atlantic where the wind is unpredictable at best, where perfect waves are almost as rare as albino elephants and where frigid temps require a full wetsuit arsenal.

In other words, being a surfer in Iceland requires a particular mix of hardiness, patience, passion and insanity. And more than anything, it requires befriending that mercurial, capricious, wildly drunken and occasionally benevolent wind.

2016 Iceland / Duration: 18 mins
Directed by: RC Cone

When We Were Knights


Understanding that his life was threaded with risk, climber and BASE jumper Matt Blank embarked on a project: writing letters to his closest friends and family to let them know how much they meant to him. That way, he figured, if his life were cut short he’d leave something behind to express his affection.

What he didn’t expect was that one of the recipients — his best friend and longtime climbing partner Ian Flanders — would go first.

When We Were Knights, an elegiac film by Anson Fogel, explores friendship, partnership, adventure and the many iterations of love that give meaning to our lives.

2016 USA / Duration: 12 mins
Directed by: Anson Fogel

Showdown at Horseshoe Hell


Horseshoe Canyon Ranch is a sleepy patch of rural Arkansas where nothing much happens. Except for once a year, when hundreds of climbers descend on the place for 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell, a climbing competition that’s a bizarre mix of Burning Man and Climbing magazine. When elite climber Alex Honnold shows up, he brings his A game. But he might not be prepared for two things: the level of rowdiness and a pair of underdog climbers.

2015 USA / Duration: 20 mins
Directed by: Zachary Barr, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen

One of Those Days 3


A manhunt is underway in the Alps to arrest French skier Candide Thovex. His crime? Where do we start? Dude skis over a helicopter, into camera vans, hits trees, interrupts races and busts through barns. In One of those Days 3, he takes his POV delinquency to new limits.

2016 France / Duration: 5 mins
Directed by: Candide Thovex

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