Telluride MountainFilm on Tour comes to Beaver Creek, screening nearly a dozen films
If you go …
What: Telluride MountainFilm on Tour, with presenter David Holbrooke.
When: Tuesday, March 1; doors open at 6 p.m., and show starts at 7 p.m.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.
Cost: $10 general admission at the door.
More information: Visit www.mountainfilm.org.
BEAVER CREEK — Celebrate the indomitable human spirit when Telluride MountainFilm on Tour comes to the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Tuesday.
Leading documentary filmmakers, artists, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers, scientists and explorers produced the films, and all proceeds will support the dZi Foundation and its programs in remote villages in eastern Nepal.
• “The Coast” (7 minutes) — Just before he turned 30, Hayden Peters was forced into the terrifying position of confronting his own mortality because of a health issue. Trading city life for cold saltwater, Peters finds balance, inspiration and solace in the Oregon coastline — a place of crashing waves, elegant sea stacks and blunt, breathtaking, uncaring beauty.
• “Afterglow: Light Suit Segment” (12 minutes) — Hailed as one of the most cinematically profound ski films ever made, “Afterglow” is a testament to the Sweetgrass legacy of creating bold, uncompromising, creative imagery. Filmed at night in British Columbia and Alaska’s backcountry with powerful lights and ski suits studded with LED lights.
• “The Reinvention of Normal” (8 minutes) — This short film follows London artist, inventor and designer Dominic Wilcox on his quest to come up with something creative every day. The result is a font of productivity as he transforms the mundane and ordinary into surprises, wonders and, sometimes, just plain absurdities.
• “Force” (19 minutes) — Using footage from 17 climbers throughout five years of expeditions — which includes both successes and misadventures — “Force” follows climber and photographer Mikey Schaefer on a quest to put up first ascents on all seven summits of the Fitz Roy Massif: de I’S, Saint Exupery, Fitz Roy, Poincenot, Rafael Juarez, Mermoz and Guillaumet.
• “The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon to Patagonia” (5 minutes) — Jedidiah Jenkins quit a job that he loved to ride his bicycle from Oregon to the southern tip of Patagonia. Friend and filmmaker Kenny Laubbacher joined him for a month and a half to pose the question: Why? Jenkins’ poignant answers are woven together with sun-soaked travel footage and shots of life on the move in this short film about shattering routines, staying open hearted and keeping the flames of inspiration not just burning, but raging.
• “Eddie Masters Gets Fat” (5 minutes) — Pro rider Eddie Masters takes a little time out from his enduro schedule to extol the virtues of fat bikes, crush cheeseburgers and shred downhill on what is considered by many to be the minivan of the mountain-bike world.
• “Nature Rx” (4 minute) — The nature prescription has been shown to relieve the crippling symptoms of modern life — indifference, cynicism, narcissism, even murderous rage — and is healthy for people of all ages and even pets. Side effects may include authenticity, confidence, spontaneous euphoria or being in a good mood for no apparent reason.
• “Rinpoche Speaks” (10 minutes) — Ngawang Tenzin Norbu, who was born in Nepal in 1935, is believed to be the first reincarnation of Lama Gulu, the Tengboche Rinpoche. During the course of his lifetime, he has witnessed a seismic change in his homeland. The Rinpoche speaks about the destruction of beyuls, sacred places high in the mountains, caused by the presence of too many people.
• “The Important Places” (9 minutes) — Together Forest Woodward and his father set off on a 28-day journey down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, where, surrounded by towering canyon walls and powerful whitewater, Forest watches his father “not just alive, but living again.”
• “A Line Across the Sky” (40 minutes) — Patagonia’s iconic toothy skyline traces seven summits, spans four miles and includes 13,000 imposing vertical feet of rime- and snow-covered climbing. Who better to attempt the first-ever successful traverse of the ambitious alpine route than legendary American climbing sensation Tommy Caldwell?
• “Drainage Ditch Kayaking (3 minutes) — In the suspense novel “Gone Girl,” Gillian Flynn writes, “If you’re about to do something, and you want to know if it’s a bad idea, imagine seeing it printed in the paper for all the world to see.” But sometimes, bad ideas become brilliant films.