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Mountainfilm on Tour: Film Program

By on September 9, 2021 in Events, Featured, News

The following film program will be shown on September 23, 25, 26 and virtually October 1-3 for OVLC’s Mountainfilm on Tour. The Under the Open Sky program is a different set of films being shown on September 24.

One Star Reviews: National Parks

Alex Massey

Classic American stereotypes come to life in one star reviews. For real. In a world where everyone’s a critic, the magic of our national parks is downplayed by couch potato tourists turned outdoor aficionados. Brief, beautiful and truly comical, award-winning director Alex Massey brings to light cringeworthy Yelp reactions to some of the most stunning natural wonders in America.

(USA, 2020, 2 min.)

Tim Kressin

Outdoor recreation is not a privilege, but a cornerstone of mental health, joy and resilience. Lesford Duncan of the San Diego-based nonprofit Outdoor Outreach, whose mission is to “connect youth to the transformative power of the outdoors,” offers himself as a case study in the healing that comes from being outside.

(USA, 2020, 12 min.)

Golden Age Karate
Sindha Agha

Karate is an interesting sport that combines physical and mental toughness. This short film illustrates how passion can bring someone into a leadership position. Jeff Wall Jr. becomes a teacher at a nursing home and gains respect and love from the elders he teaches. —Arabella Galbo, age 18

(USA, 2021, 5 min.)

Why I Ride
Catherine Aeppel

Jenny Phillips is new to dirt biking. According to her, she “absolutely sucks.” She also says, “but I don’t care. I’m having fun, and that’s all that matters.” In this stunning desert-y film, Jenny proves that there’s no reason to be afraid of learning new things, developing new skills and most importantly, having fun. —Lilah Lerner, age 16

(USA, 2021, 2 min.)

A Very Short Guide to Union Glacier Camp
Temujin Doran

If you’re considering an expedition to Antarctica, here is a jaunty preview of your likely base camp. Looks like fun! Not to mention beautiful and energetically staffed.

(UK, 2020, 5 min.)

24 Leeches
Aaron Peterson

24 Leeches is a heart-warming and relatable story that not only describes the struggles and intensity of camping, but the joys and lifelong experiences and memories that come with it. This film spreads hope and is inspiring to people of all ages. —Ruby Cieciuch, age 11

(USA, 202, 10 min.)

Available in Mountainfilm for Students programs

Sämi Ortlieb

This film features exciting animations with skiing that will keep you on the edge of your seat. —Townes Merritt, age 14

(Switzerland, USA, 2019, 5 min.)

Available in Mountainfilm for Students programs

Charge 2
Anthony Bonello

In British Columbia’s Monashee Mountains the powder is consistent and sought after. Five freeskiers — Stan Rey, Leah Evans, Alexi Godbout, Josh Daiek, Drew Petersen and Jordan Temkin — head to book cat skiing with only one operative: charge as hard as you can every day. The result is the pure joy and exaltation found in powder.

(Canada, 2020, 4 min.)

A Concerto Is a Conversation
Ben Proudfoot, Kris Bowers

Tackling themes of race, family and belonging, A Concerto Is a Conversation is a poetic conversation between Emmy-winning composer Kris Bowers and his 91-year-old grandfather. The emotional and touching connection between the two bridges a generational divide, and tracks their family’s lineage from Jim Crow-era Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

(USA, 2020, 14 min.)

Mike Quigley

What does it take for a female athlete to reach their sport’s highest level? Luck, timing, persistence and skill are part of the mix — but, as we follow The North Face’s professional snowboarding team we see that camaraderie and learning from those who paved the way might be the most rewarding path of all.

(USA, 2020, 11 min.)

Sibling Rivalry
Aurélie Slegers

Sparks fly and a showdown unfolds between siblings and professional mountain bikers Becky and Ryan Gardner on the trails of Telluride. This film reminds us that any victory, no matter how minor, is that much sweeter when your opponent is your brother or sister.

(USA, 2020, 5 min.)

The Captain
Greg Kohs

At 27 years old, Sadie Samuels is the youngest and only female lobster boat captain in the Rockport, Maine harbor. Despite the long hours and manual labor of hauling traps, Samuels is in love — obsessed even — with what she calls the most beautiful, magical place on the planet. Her love for lobster fishing was imparted early in her childhood by her dad Matt, who has been her mentor and inspiration since she was a little girl in yellow fishing boots. (USA, 2020, 7 mins.)

Lock Down Rock Up
Nico Hambleton

Jerome Mowat is a paramedic during a global pandemic and has not seen his family in over five months. In the gruesome mundanity of working in an emergency vehicle, Mowat finds solace in the fundamental and elemental characteristics of rock climbing. When his mind can become so occupied by something as irrelevant as a piece of rock, that is when he is able to completely remove himself, not only physically, but mentally, from the heartbreak of his work. In the juxtaposition of climbing and being a paramedic, we are able to catch a glimpse of coping at its finest.

(UK, 2020, 10 mins.)

MTB Bridge Stunt Ride
Antoni Villoni

Professional mountain biker Antoni Villoni elevates the bike lane to new, dizzying heights in this daring clip.

(USA, 2021, 1 min.)

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