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Another year of eye-opening, life changing and breathtaking films.


Last year we showcased a diverse mix of films from world class mountain climbers and adrenalin junkies – from animation to humor, inspirational to shocking.  Filmmakers showcase “for the world to change for the better, everyone must get engaged and shoulder the burden” to preserve our environment, to turn around global warming and help social justice around the world.

The carefully selected 2015 slate of films are outstanding! We will show different films over the two day film festival. Scroll down to read a synopsis of the 2015 films. To see the actual schedule of films for Friday and Saturday please click on the 2015 Film Schedule button.

Into the Mind — Bella Coola Gnar
Directed by: JP Auclair , Eric Crosland, Dave Mossop
Perhaps the best seven minutes ever in a ski film: Sherpas Cinema spares no expense to film some of the most amazing ski footage on the planet.
Tyler Howell
Directed by: Jack Boston
Downhill skateboarder Tyler Howell embraces his surf style in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, stylishly descending at vomit-inducing speeds — wearing nothing more than a pair of shorts and a t-shirt.
Tashi and the Monk
Directed by: Johnny Burke, Andrew Hinton
In a remote community in the foothills of the Himalaya, a former monk struggles under the weight of his calling. Once a spiritual teacher in the U.S., Lobsang returned to India to create a community for orphaned and neglected children. Tashi — the newest arrival and youngest child with a troubled past and alcoholic father — acts out and challenges her elders every step of the way. But there is a spark in her that Lobsang sees clearly: a person inside the hurt, abandoned child with the potential to blossom and grow. His patience and compassion for Tashi comes from a deeper place than mere sympathy; he was a wild and troubled orphan himself. This portrait of Lobsang and his family of 84 children is a short and lovely reminder that while there is a lot of darkness in the world, there are also beautiful shining points of light.
Bryan and Kaia
Directed by: Jonathan Kang
Mountain biker Bryan Gregory attempts to keep up with his dog, Kaia, on a piece of Pacific Northwest single track. This film might not appeal to cat people, but if you’re a dog person, your little heart may just burst with joy.
Directed by: Brecht Vanthof
There's a highly anticipated beast of a winter wave in Newport Beach, California, that rolls in heavy and attracts hordes of brave souls who attempt to drop into its steep face.
Forest Scene From Valhalla
Tree skiing without snow!
Directed by: Ben Knight, Travis Rummel
When Floyd Dominy, the longtime commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, died in 2010, The Washington Post referred to him as a “Big Dam Builder and Public Servant.” After watching DamNation, the first assessment is clear, but the second is questionable. Dominy is the clearest villain in this tale that explains how so many of America’s free-flowing rivers were dammed. Luckily, the story has many heroes as well, including Mikal Jakubal, who stealthily painted massive cracks on dams. His bold acts of “artivism” helped kickstart a national movement to end the bottling up of rivers. The film captures this narrative, along with astonishing footage from its intrepid co-director, Telluride’s Ben Knight (Red Gold and Eastern Rises, Mountainfilm 2008 and 2010), who camouflaged himself to get extremely close — the law would definitely say too close — in order to film the explosive demolition of Condit Dam in Washington state. Getting up close is what the best documentaries do, and Knight and his team took that risk — and many others — to make this dazzling documentary.
64 mph
Directed by: Brett Schreckengost
The San Joaquin Couloir is one of Telluride’s most iconic backcountry lines. Greg Hope is one of the town’s best-known rippers. In 64 mph, the two meet for one slough-dodging, high-velocity descent.
Xmas Without China
Directed by: Alicia Dwyer
What would it be like to spend a month without the ubiquitous “Made in China” label? What if that month was December? One all-American family accepts this challenge from Chinese immigrant Tom Xia, who moved with his family to the U.S. when he was a child and wanted to explore the relationship of his adopted homeland to the goods coming from his native one. The rules: One lucky (?) American family must remove everything made in China from their home temporarily and cannot purchase any new products with a Chinese label for an entire holiday season. Eliciting the help of filmmaking neighbors and a naively optimistic family, Xia — whose life teeters between Chinese and American worlds and identities — is a conflicted and kind guide through Xmas Without China. The challenge is not without both comedy and tragedy, and like any good story, this one resonates with those of us trying to live a happy and conscientious life. Questions of family, success and consumerism swirl into an entertaining soup of personal identity, and while the answers aren’t easy, it’s fun trying to figure them out.
Kelly McGarry Rampage
Directed by: Kelly McGarry
Professional mountain biker Kelly McGarry recorded his run at the 2013 Red Bull Rampage with a helmet-mounted GoPro camera. The simple, unedited footage took the Internet by storm, garnering a mind-blowing 18 million views.
The Karsts of China
Directed by: Keith Ladzinski
Sprinkled across the vast country of China are pockets of geologic wonder: surreal forests of limestone fins, monumental arches and slender towers that reach into the sky. In The Karsts of China, climbers Cedar Wright, Emily Harrington and Matt Segal and National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter spend a month roaming the country, seeking otherworldly formations and unclimbed routes in an exploration of wild and incredible landscapes.
Directed by: Mike Douglas
With a graceful style and aggressive lines, Wendy Fisher ruled the women’s big mountain freeskiing scene from 1996 to 2004. She skied Alaskan spines, hucked cliffs, starred in movie segments, won many championships, kept up with male cohorts and inspired a new generation of female badasses. Then she had kids and traded in the life of a professional skier for being a mom to two red-headed boys. This Solomon film checks in with Fisher, who gets the opportunity to see if she’s still got it on the steeps of B.C. and Chile
Marshland Dreams
Directed by: John Antonelli
Once the largest ecosystem in the Middle East, and the rich homeland of Sumerians for millennia, the Mesopotamian Marshes were destroyed systematically by Saddam Hussein so that they couldn’t shelter rebel forces. Drained and burned, the vital wetland habitat seemed lost forever. Iraqi exile Azzam Alwash, who spoke about his work at Mountainfilm in 2004 and 2008, never accepted that this magical place of his childhood could simply cease to exist. For the past 10 years, he has wheedled, cajoled, encouraged and coerced his countrymen to help restore the marshes sustainably.
Mending the Line
Directed by: Steve Engman, John Waller
In 1944, 20-year-old Frank Moore landed on the beaches of Normandy. Crossing through the occupied French countryside, the young soldier daydreamed about coming back in peacetime to fish the bucolic streams. After the war, he returned to the States, married, had a family and built a life centered around fly fishing. But he never made it back to those streams in France. Until 2014. Now 90 years old, but with the energy of a man 20 years younger, Moore completes the dream with his wife and son by his side. This extraordinary story of a dream deferred, and ultimately fulfilled, proves that the scars of the past can be healed. Mending the Line was a 2013 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant recipient.
The Balloon Highline
Directed by: Sébastien Montaz-Rosset
Slacklining no longer seems to need the expanse of  trees, crevasses or other earthbound objects — only some kind helium and a cool buzz