After two years of successfully hosting online and hybrid festivals, Mountainfilm, the longest-running documentary film festival, will celebrate its 44th year of indomitable spirit in the heart of the San Juan Mountains May 26-30 by returning to a full , in- party of the person.
“We’re back! This is a very special year for Mountainfilm,” executive director Sage Martin said in a recent press release. local to join us and share a weekend full of adventure, inspiration, passion and activism. Mountainfilm promises to provide that much-needed dose of post-pandemic inspiration and excitement.
Mountainfilm has already lined up over 130 films to screen over the four days of the festival. In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival returns to hosting a series of multi-day lectures on contemporary issues facing our world and society, art exhibitions and of photography, morning coffees, outdoor programs, book signings, an ice cream social, student programs and the closing picnic awards ceremony. Presentations and panels are scheduled throughout the Memorial Day weekend event with a wide diversity of special guests, ranging from artists and adventurers to journalists and activists.
This year’s program will also include the Minds Moving Mountains lecture series with renowned filmmakers, activists, artists and visionaries, including this year’s guest director Jeff Orlowski-Yang, Rick Ridgeway, James Balog, Nalini Nadkarni, scientists at the Woodwell Climate Research Center, a special Grist Conversation from Fixer and more.
Orlowski-Yang is no stranger to the world of documentary film with two Sundance-winning films, “Chasing Ice” (Mountainfilm 2012) and “Chasing Coral” (Mountainfilm 2017), and two Emmys on his resume. He is also the director of “The Social Dilemma” (2020), a film announced to sound the alarm about the dangerous impact of social networks.
“The themes of Jeff’s films are closely aligned with Mountainfilm’s philosophy. We are thrilled to showcase her work to complete our lineup for this upcoming festival,” said festival director Suzan Beraza, who noted that Orlowski-Yang will also help set the tone for the festival with special program choices. and presentations, previously shared.
The 2022 Mountainfilm festival will showcase films that address both environmental and social issues, two themes Orlowski-Yang is familiar with. His films ‘Chasing Ice’ and ‘Chasing Coral’ address the alarming disappearance of some of Earth’s most precious ecosystems – glaciers and coral reefs – while ‘The Social Dilemma’ focuses on the reprogramming of civilization through social media.
“One of the things I’ve always loved about the film documentary community is that it’s filled with people who care. And Mountainfilm brings together a space and a community that lets you go deeper and explore the issues that matter,” said Orlowski-Yang, who first attended Mountainfilm in 2012 and has returned several times since. “There is something special about the place and the people that makes me want to come back for more.”
Festival passes are available online at mountainfilm.org; however, for those unable to purchase a pass this year, don’t despair. Mountainfilm is thrilled to continue offering free events throughout the weekend, including four nights of free movies at Base Camp, Telluride City Park’s state-of-the-art outdoor theater. All movies start at 8:30 p.m. and audiences are encouraged to bring warm layers and low-backed chairs. Additionally, Mountainfilm After the Fest provides online access to most of the films shown during the festival weekend. Passes for the online offering are also now available on the Mountainfilm website.
Beraza added to be sure and check out the many free events happening during Mountainfilm.
“It’s a way of thanking the community that has given so much to the festival over its 44-year history,” Beraza said. “Mountainfilm wouldn’t exist without Telluride. We will always keep this local spirit alive.