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Under the Open Sky

By on July 18, 2018 in Events

Last day to buy tickets to Under the Open Sky

Sunday, September 16

Friday, September 21
Ventura River Steelhead Preserve
5:30 – 9:30 pm

The historic Ventura River Steelhead Preserve will serve as the backdrop for our private screening of a special selection of Mountainfilm films. This will be a different program from Saturday night’s event.

Join us for a locally sourced farm-to-table dinner by Lorraine Lim Catering. When the sun sets we will enjoy a collection of films selected for this special event. We will be joined by filmmakers Tyler Wilkinson-Ray (Vasu Sojitra: Out on a Limb) and Jayson Sime (How to Run 100 miles) for Q&A and a deeper look into the making of the films.

All food and drinks are included. Beer donated by Topa Topa Brewing and drinks from Ventura Spirits.

  • Locally sourced farm-to-table dinner by Lorraine Lim Catering
  • Beer donated by Topa Topa Brewing
  • Spirits donated by Ventura Spirits
  • All food, drinks, and wine are included
  • A ticket to Saturday night’s Mountainfilm on Tour is included with every Under the Open Sky ticket purchased
  • This is a different program from Saturday night’s event.

Purchase a Table

Purchase a table for 10 for a discounted price of $1,600 to Under the Open Sky and bring your friends.

All ten attendees will also receive:

  • a free ticket to Mountainfilm
  • 2 drink tickets Saturday night
  • 1 raffle ticket for Saturday night
  • a $400 value for items listed above

Under the Open Sky Sponsors


Interested in sponsoring the event? We have great perks for both Friday and Saturday evening! Read more »

Sponsor the Events

Interested in being an event sponsor? Or donating to the raffle?

All sponsorships come with event tickets and perks for both night’s events!

See our sponsors and learn more about the perks here »

2018 Films


2017 Canada / Duration: 14 mins
Directed by: Eric Crosland

“I wouldn’t wish this for anyone,” says Apa Sherpa, who summited Everest 21 times, having started as a porter at the age of 12 following the death of his father. Eric Crosland’s Loved By All leaves no doubt that for many Sherpa, the hard, dangerous work of hauling gear and guiding westerners on Everest is undertaken not for glory, but to provide for their families. Apa Sherpa is now devoted to providing educational opportunities to children of the Khumbu Valley, hoping to spare them his fate. “The true beauty of Nepal is not the mountains, but the people who live in their shadow,” he says, calling into question the Everest industry, fueled by Sherpa labor.


2018 Nepal / Duration: 16 mins
Directed by: Joey SchuslerAidan Haley

Rajesh Magar has been obsessed with bikes since he was a small child growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal. When the other kids were studying, he’d be dreaming about, designing and drawing bikes. As the son of a construction worker and housemaid, however, a bike wasn’t easy to come by. Undeterred, he built one, a clunky Frankenstein, but a mountain bike nonetheless. He started racing, and his drive and raw talent got noticed, leading to a job as a mountain bike guide and a path to professional racing. Today, Nepal’s National Champion is living proof that it pays to stick to your passion, no matter how implausible it seems.


2017 USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Scott Gaffney

Fast, fearless, steep and deep. That about sums up Michelle Parker as she carves graceful lines into the spines of Alaska.


2014 USA / Canada / Duration: 7 mins
Directed by: Tyler Wilkinson-Ray

After developing a blood infection at 9 months of age, Vasu Sojitra lost his right leg in an amputation. That didn’t stop him from discovering — and pursuing whole heartedly — an unbounded love of skiing that shaped his life. Today, Sojitra shreds bumps, hucks rocks, plunders powder and, with the help of outriggers and incredible will, accesses backcountry lines. Out on a Limb is a short profile of an individual proving that disability can be a mere hiccup instead of an impediment to your dreams.


2018 USA / Duration: 7 mins
Directed by: Simon PerkinsKirk Horton

The first time 97-year-old runner George Etzweiler completed the race up the northeast’s tallest peak, Mount Washington, he was 69 years old. Despite having a pacemaker, the State College, Pennsylvania resident continues to compete in the grueling 7.6-mile race up nearly 4,700 feet of paved road, breaking his own record each year for oldest finisher. In addition to his ancient, lucky, green running shorts, Etzweiler carries something else special with him: The memory of his late wife of 68 years, Mary.


2018 USA / Duration: 28 mins
Directed by: Brendan LeonardAidan Haley

In 2017, Brendan Leonard signed up to run a 100-mile race, despite not being much of a runner. Why? Because his longtime friend and hero, Jayson Sime, convinced him to. And part of him wanted to test out Sime’s life philosophy, which is that you can do anything you dream up, so long as you put in the work and refuse to quit. It had worked so far for Sime, who grew up impoverished, one of six children without a father, and dyslexic. Together, they trained for endless hours, through tedium, exhaustion, joy and gluttony. And when they arrived at the starting line of the race — the notoriously challenging Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado — what unfolded was about more than just a crazy dream. It was about one extraordinary friendship.


2018 USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Wylie Overstreet

Wylie Overstreet was hanging out in his L.A. apartment one night and, out of boredom, decided to take his high-powered telescope out to the street to peer at the moon. Pretty soon people began wandering up and asking him what he was up to. When he showed them, they nearly fell over in awe. A New View of the Moon is just the reminder we need to keep looking up. Because as Galileo said, back in 1610, “it’s a beautiful and wondrous sight to behold the body of the moon.”


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