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Mountainfilm in Telluride

Mountainfilm in Telluride

Memorial Day Weekend means that filmmakers, athletes, and artists congregate in Telluride for the Mountainfilm festival. These are the movies, skiing-related and otherwise, that ywe're most ...
posted: 05/27/2011

Every Memorial Day weekend, some of the best outdoor filmmakers, athletes, environmentalists, and artists gather for the annual Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, Colorado. This year, movie highlights will include The Cove, the 2010 Oscar winner for Best Documentary, which is about dolphin harvesting in Japan; 180 South, a film about retracing a 1968 rock-climbing roadtrip from California to Patagonia; and The Wildest Dream, about finding the remains of Everest climber George Mallory. [May 28-31; Telluride, Colorado;]

Mountainfilm, which started in Telluride in 1979, is on of the longest standing film festivals in the country. Since the '70s, it’s become a platform for some truly badass action sports, environmental, and cultural films. Yes, I said badass environmental films. Here are this year's skiing flicks, as well as some eye opening surf, skate, and bike films.


Berber Turns: Dave Mossop, of the Rocky Mountain Sherpas shot skiers, like Telluride local Kim Havell, making turns on the high peaks of Morocco. There’s no teaser, but given Mossop’s propensity for getting creative shots, Havell’s shred skills and the backdrop of Marrakesh, I’m going to bet that it’s going to be good.


Desert River: A look at late season skiing in Haines, Alaska, from Sweetgrass Productions.

Fall Line Heath Calhoun, who lost both of his legs in Iraq went from losing evry race he entered to becoming a Paralympics contender. The film won most inspiring story at the Five Points film festival.


Dark Side of the Lens A truly beautiful look at soul surfing on the coast of Ireland.


Life Cycles: This is a movie about a bike.


Skateistan: Directed by former professional snowboarder Orlando von Einsiedel, Skateistan looks at skater groms are changing the landscape of Kabul.


If you can’t make it to T-ride this weekend, Mountainfilm is going on tour, and it’ll be traveling as far as New York.


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