Mountainfilm has come and gone, and with its passing comes the start of the summer season – so sayeth the Telluride locals. But, while most mountain-town film festivals feel slightly surreal, with all of the celebrities and Hollywood big shots that you’d normally find housed in an issue of People instead of waiting in line at your favorite coffee shop, Mountainfilm brings something new to the table.
Inspiration, awareness, environmental activism, knowledge, these are the things that the 32nd Mountainfilm Festival stood for and promoted to the thousands of out-of-town attendees as well as the slew of locals fortunate enough to get a pass for the weekend, or at least a sweet spot in town park to chill out under the stars and watch some awesome, free flicks. Which reminds me, a big, big thanks to the Telluride Tourism Board for providing me with an all-access pass.
Filled with documentaries – both long and short – on electric cars, the effects of mountain top removal operations, truck farms and what it means to be happy, the festival revealed to its audience not only what is wrong with the world, but what can be done to aid the issue. Plus, with the symposium, early morning coffee talks, numerous free food events – ice cream social, oh yeah – and epically filmed mountain biking, kayaking, skiing and slack lining films, Mountainfilm truly stands out as one of the best festivals in Telluride (and it’s only the first one I’ve attended!).
Song: “Golden Age” by TV on the Radio