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WELCOME TO THE TAOS MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
The United Nations has named 2002 the International year of the
Mountains in recognition of wild places as their significance increases in
inverse proportion to their preservation. In its second year Taos Mountain
Film Festival will do its small part to preserve mountain ranges through a
celebration of their value and through increasing awareness of the threats
to the people, ecology and resources found there.
Mountainfilm though is about the enjoyment of wild places and we
have brought to Taos a wide range of characters who have taken the
challenge of the outdoors and who will tell their stories in many forms.
Frost and Robbins, their names inextricably linked, will present a program
on Yosemite; Middendorf, Luebben, and Beth Wald on the distant ranges;
Ransom and Hahn on the Endurance story; Katie Lee and Don Briggs on the
water of the west; and the two Tims, O'Neill and Fairfield, on the modern
Our Youth Endurance Challenge will expand this year and increase
the mental and physical abilities of the participants. Our intention to aim
this event toward 'at-risk' kids has met with unqualified approval and all
teams this year come from homes for troubled youngsters.
We are also examining the drug trade worldwide and how the rights
of people in mountainous regions are affected by the 'war on drugs'. We
would like to thank Governor Gary Johnson, one of the few elected officials
in the country to speak out against the status quo on this issue, for
coming to express his opinion.
Taos Mountain Film Festival is delighted to announce that this year
our venues are vastly improved. The Taos Center for the Arts has the TCA
back on line. The staff and volunteers of Mountainfilm have also worked
long and hard to restore the old Plaza Theater. Taos Mountain Film Festival
will incorporate the re-opening of the Plaza Theater.
I hope the second Taos Mountain Film Festival will not be as
prescient as the first. Last year our human rights section sought to raise
awareness of the abuse of the Afghan people by the Taliban. A week before
our festival Al Qaeda destroyed the World Trade Center and much of the
This year, as the saber rattling over Iraq intensifies, our human
rights department takes a brief look at the effect of the West's
involvement in the affairs of the gulf. I sincerely hope that this fall
common sense will prevail and madmen will not once again plunge the world
into turmoil in the pursuit of vain political ends.
Enjoy the Festival,
Jonathan Slator, Festival Director
About the Festival
Taos Mountain Film Festival features films of adventure, culture and wildlife of the world's remote regions. We also examine threats to the environment and human rights.
Mountaineering films and personalities will highlight the Festival. Other events will include symposia, photography exhibits, and readings from mountaineering literature.
Taos Mountain Film Festival is committed to conveying, through the moving and still image and through raw experience, the inspiration to be found in wild places.
There may be no better town on Earth to hold this festival than Taos, New Mexico. Taos has a special blend of landscape... everything from high Alpine peaks to upper Sonoran desert. The terrain affords the outdoors enthusiasts world-class skiing, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, rafting and kayaking.
Through its remote location, pristine air quality and low-impact development, Taos has earned the reputation of an environmentally aware community. Taos also has deservedly gained a name for having a 'spiritual awareness.' This facet of the community, and the world at large, will be reflected in festival programming.