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Mountainfilm on Tour 2017

By on July 6, 2017 in Events

Mountainfilm tickets are no longer for sale online. There are plenty of tickets available at the door! $25 for adults / $10 for kids New Member discount no longer applies.

A Fundraiser for the OVLC

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Gates open at 5:00 pm – Films start at 7:15 pm

At Ojai Valley School (Lower Campus) Sports Field

$25 at the door
$10 children under 12


Sponsored by

This year we have a bigger (and better) screen, a better sound system, and more food trucks!

Get ready for a night of fun and food, friends and family, adventure inspired shorts, 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 annual festival in Telluride to Ojai.

Bring your blankets and low-back chairs and stake out your spot on the lawn. There will be live music by Vaughn Montgomery and the chillz, food trucks (Scratch, Rice Balls of Fire, Middle Feast, Okamato Kitchen, Deer X-ing, Me Gusta Tamales, SoCal Comfort Food, Mr. Softee, and Bollywood Bowl), organic yerba mate provided by Guayaki, and a beer garden donated by Topa Topa Brewing Company and the OBC. This Mountainfilm on Tour stop is sponsored by Patagonia.

Alcohol is not permitted outside of the beer garden. No pets. No smoking of any kind.

Parking is available across the street from the venue in the dirt lot by the Ojai Valley Inn sign.  Bike racks available! 

Parental Advisory: Some of these films contain adult language and content, we will put the more family-friendly films in the first half.


A special thank you to our tour sponsor Patagonia



2017 Films

2017 USA / Duration: 6 mins
Directed by: Simon Perkins

After being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Jon Wilson had his left leg fully amputated. The loss of a limb stopped the cancer, but it didn’t stop Wilson from enjoying his favorite pastime of mountain biking. This short film celebrates the indomitable spirit that keeps him zooming through singletrack. “If I don’t ride a bike, I will lose my mind. It’s because I need to find that spiritual place, that spiritual channel on the trail,” Wilson says. “The simple answer is that it brings me joy.”

2016 USA / Duration: 6 mins
Directed by: Sam Ketay
Dr. Paul Auerbach, a professor of emergency medicine at Stanford University, and Dr. York Miller, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, were recent medical school grads when they decided to take a backpacking trip high into the San Juan Mountains. Above 11,000 feet, they experienced abdominal discomfort, bloating and premonitory belching. Wilderness medicine had no term for these combined symptoms. They dubbed it high-altitude flatus expulsion (HAFE), and their findings were published in The Western Journal of Medicine, evoking a surprising response. This film is for anyone who has ever gone camping and eaten too many beans.

2016 Austrailia / Duration: 12 mins
Directed by: Matthew Newton

Eighteen years ago, Paul Pritchard was abseiling from the top of the Totem Pole, a gravity-defying tower that juts out from the sea off the coast of Tasmania, when he dislodged a boulder that hit him on the head. In an instant, his life changed: The accident left Paul with hemiplegia, a condition that severely limits movement and feeling on the right side of his body. But it didn’t shut him down. In Doing it Scared, Pritchard, with the help of his friends and fellow climbers, returns to the Totem Pole to challenge himself in an entirely new way.

2016 USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Josh Berman

Tatum Monod is the embodiment of grace and steeze as she threads down pillowed slopes, steep spines and bold backcountry lines in this 2016 season edit.

2016 USA / Duration: 3 mins
Directed by: Sriram Murali

This film is about how light pollution changes what you see. —Henry, age 13

2016 France / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Antoine Frioux

At the Mer de Glace glacier on Mont-Blanc, freeskier Sam Favret gets abstract with a surreal landscape of frozen flumes, runnels, caves, features and walls, giving whole new meaning to the notion of skiing in “icy conditions.”

2016 Scotland / Duration: 7 mins

Train whistles, farm animals, rolling green hills, hay bales and the most audacious bike tricks you’ve ever seen. Just another wee day out with physics-defying bike phenom Danny MacAskill.

2017 USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Krystle Wright

Friday night at the local watering hole and … where the ladies at? Answer: BASE jumping from high desert cliffs, performing tricks on slacklines, climbing granite routes, shredding singletrack, skiing backcountry lines and generally leaving you fellas behind. This rowdy ode to female athletes by Krystle Wright leaves no doubt about the state of women in today’s outdoor world: badass.

2017 / Duration: 2 mins
Directed by: Megan Lorenz

Owl Dance-Off Part II is the much-anticipated follow-up to wildlife photographer Megan Lorenz’s award-winning internet sensation Owl Dance-Off.

2016 USA / Duration: 8 mins
Directed by: Ben Knight, Travis Rummel

Even if you know nothing about fishing, and couldn’t care less about it, you should still watch every fishing film ever made by the Felt Soul Media team. Why? Because they exemplify the art and craft of filmmaking. This latest short about saltwater flyfishing for tarpon is no exception. Using super high-resolution, black and white and their trademark, slow-motion punctuation, Ben Knight and Travis Rummel have created a piece that is dreamy and wide awake all at once. The effect is harmonized by Knight’s agile editing that gives the pace both punchiness and lyricism. And, in classic Felt Soul style, the most beautiful and arresting images of the film are peripheral to the story: In this fish film, it’s all about the birds.

2017 USA / Duration: 5 mins
Directed by: Joey Schusler

Ah, the intoxicating smells of RAW 6K, burning cable cams and earthy, high-alpine dust in the morning. Joey Schusler and Craig Grant bring us the latest installment of Yeti Cycle’s “Proven Here” series, following riders Shawn Neer and Jubal Davis around Whitefish, Montana’s best singletrack.

2017 USA / Duration: 24 mins
Directed by: Brendan Leonard, Forest Woodward

In 2016, members of the U.S. Men’s Rafting team hatched an incredible challenge for themselves: to attempt to break the speed record for 277 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon by rowing the entire stretch in only 34 hours. The Time Travelers follows their extraordinary mission, which entailed designing and building a 48-foot-long Millenial Falcon of rivercrafts, swapping out customary paddles for oars and training intensely for eight months until launch day in January 2017. What could have been a purely physical challenge turned into something much more: a lesson in camaraderie, perspective and the power of a wild river. In the hands of the team that made The Important Places (Mountainfilm 2015), it becomes an unforgettable story of adventure.

2017 USA / Duration: 2 mins

Most people would consider sending a 70-foot waterfall pretty epic. Not Rafa Ortiz, who decides to ditch the kayak for a pool toy.

2017 USA / Duration: 14 mins
Directed by: Chad Clendinen

Nate Henn was full of humor, generosity and spirit. He was so alive. But then, in 2010, a series of terror-related bombings devastated Kampala, Uganda, leaving 74 people dead, including Henn. The news was a devastating blow for his best friend Tyler Dunning, who plunged into darkness, grief, anger and self-medication. His only solace? Exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, where the cliff faces, pine forests and wildlife softened his raw emotions. It was a failed attempt to climb Longs Peak that really changed him: The humbling experience sent him on a quest to visit all 59 U.S. national parks. From Glacier to Bryce, Saguaro to Kenai, the Everglades to Yellowstone, he roamed. And through the adventures that unfolded, he pieced his life back together. He started to let others in. And, finally, he was able to say goodbye.

2017 Canada / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Rush Sturges, Ben Marr

Remember when kayakers Rush Sturges and Ben Marr took their boats down that crazy concrete ditch, flying like banshees into the sea? In this film, they return to the scene, only with a higher entry point and a new weapon of choice: the tandem kayak.

Check out our photos from last year’s event by Rob Forshay at Project C Photography:

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