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2006 Featured Films
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100% WOMAN
11:30am, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Taos Community Auditorium

The woman's mountain bike scene in Canada has been thrown into turmoil by the domination of Michelle Dumaresq, who has undergone a sex change. A group of other women competitors protests her license to ride. Karen Duthie's film takes an impartial yet thoroughly absorbing look at an issue that asks uncomfortable questions that will surely recur in our confused times- among them: can a transsexual be 100% woman? www.100percentwoman.com
Audience Favorite Documentary Feature, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Best Film on Mountain Biking, Vancouver Int'l Mountain Film Festival. Karen Duthie, Canada, 51mins, 2004.

ACROSS THE ATLAS
3:45pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

A humorous take on the Hero's Journey: an expedition to Morocco in search of the ultimate adventure. This Boulder, CO, based team aims to ski northern Africa's highest peak, but misadventures waylay them along the way. Timmy O'Neil narrates (in inimitable fashion) Michael Brown's intelligent filmmaking. www.seracfilms.com
Michael Brown, USA, 25mins, 2006, World Premiere. In Person: Michael Brown, Pietro Simonetti.

ANOMALY
3:45pm, Sunday, Oct. 8th, Taos Community Auditorium

TGR's newest release showcases the freakish and abnormal skiing abilities of today's top athletes as they push the boundary of what is humanly possible. The anomaly unfolds as Jeremy Jones continues to touch the void in Alaska, Erik Roner completes his disturbing two-year vision, Jamie Pierre survives a world-record 25-story free fall, legends Seth Morrison and Jeremy Nobis trade lines on a boat trip in Canada and Candide takes his unique style to AK. www.tetongravity.com
Todd Jones, Steve Jones, Corey Gavitt & Dirk Collins, USA, 60mins, 2006.

AUSANGATE
4:00pm, Friday, Oct. 6th, Old County Courthouse

The Quechua people of Southern Peru refer to the mountain, Ausangate, as an "apu". It dominates their lives as both a provider and a focus of their spiritual rites. Taos filmmaker Andrea Heckman has spent many years among these charming people and brings a delightful and engaging chronicle of their lives and their connection with the mountain.
Andrea Heckman, USA, 60mins, 2006. English/Spanish with subtitles, World Premiere. In Person: Andrea Heckman.

BALANCE OF RISK
2:00pm, Sunday, Oct. 8th, Old County Courthouse

Jamie Andrews was caught in the Alps in a terrible storm, which caused the death of his partner and the loss of his extremities, yet he still climbs. This poignant film is a testament to the man's spirit and perseverance and should be used to curtail any future complaining on the crag.
Brian Hall, United Kingdom, 9mins, 2004.

BALANCING POINT 1
1:30pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Taos Community Auditorium

As with many brilliant ideas, the concept of Balancing Point is remarkably straightforward. Filmmaker Danny Brown combines mysticism and fun with the elements of nature as his muse. Brown's "reverse destruction" of balanced rock sculptures, and his apparent mastery of time and gravity, are a tribute to the one-man film crew and the simplicity of an idea. We will be showcasing all 3 parts throughout the festival. www.senseistudios.com
Danny Brown, USA, 5mins, 2005. In person: Danny Brown.

BALANCING POINT 2
8:00pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Taos Community Auditorium

Another brilliant idea from the concept of Balancing Point.
Danny Brown, USA, 2mins, 2005. In person: Danny Brown.

BALANCING POINT 3
11:30am, Sunday, Oct. 8th, Taos Community Auditorium

The title short film from the Balancing Point trilogy, Filmmaker Danny Brown combines mysticism and fun with the elements of nature as his muse. Brown's "reverse destruction" of balanced rock sculptures, and his apparent mastery of time and gravity, are a tribute to the one-man film crew and the simplicity of an idea. www.senseistudios.com
Danny Brown, USA, 3mins, 2005. In person: Danny Brown.

BEYOND THE CALL
11:30am, Sunday, Oct. 8th, Taos Community Auditorium

NGOs and charities the worlds over are saddled with red tape and often criticized for their high administrative costs. Academy Award nominee Adrian Belic's film features a maverick team of American Veterens that delivers 100% of its funding (mostly their personal funds) to the intended recipients who are trapped in such dangerous situations that no traditional aid organizations can reach them. These three brave and some might say foolish men are on the ground with satchels of medicine and cash long before the bullets stop flying. This riveting film is a tribute to this charismatic trio who motto is: "We're not there to change anybody's politics, we're not in the God business, and we pay our own way." www.wadirum.com
Grand Jury Prize, Mountainfilm in Telluride. Adrian Belic, USA, 82mins, 2006. In person: Adrian Belic.

BEYOND THE HORIZON
9:30am, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

Experience the adventure of tackling a hurricane in a rowboat, cycling across vast continents and trekking through the world's coldest inhabited place in this recently completed documentary by award winning filmmaker and author Colin Angus. On May 20th 2006, after 720 days, Colin Angus completed an incredible feat - the first human powered circumnavigation of our planet. Colin traveled 43,000 km by rowboat, bicycle, canoe, ski, and foot - a journey that voyaged across 3 continents, 2 oceans and 17 countries. www.expeditionplanetearth.com
Colin Angus, Canada, 52 mins, 2006

BEYOND THE NEXT HORIZON
3:45pm, Sunday, Oct. 8th, Taos Community Auditorium

Danny Brown premieres the follow up to his Zen special effect hit, "Balancing Point." This short follows a magical ninja monk during his amazing meditations and visions and tele-ski breaks. Inspiring and relaxing to watch. www.senseistudios.com
Danny Brown, USA, 15mins, 2006, World Premiere. In person: Danny Brown.

BINTA AND THE GREAT IDEA
6:00pm, Friday, Oct. 6th, Old County Courthouse

Javier Fasser's carefully crafted drama documents the lives and challenges facing a family in Southern Senegal. Incorporating a Shakespearian element of a play within a play the film examines the value of education and the pitfalls of the lack of it. Lovely photography and the charm of the people and place combine to make this a delightful tale.
Best Short Film- Palm Beach International Film Festival Javier Fesser, Spain, 30mins, 2004. Subtitled.

BIRTHPLACE OF THE WINDS
3:45pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Taos Community Auditorium

Jon Bowermaster brings the first screening of another superb documentary of a brilliant adventure. A team of four set out in 21-foot kayaks to explore the Aleutian Islands where the winds can reach one-hundred knots: thus the Aleut name "the birthplace of the winds." Stunning cinematography of this remarkable volcano studded remoteness, colored by Jon's laconic commentary, combine to make this a pick of the festival. www.jonbowermaster.com
Jon Bowermaster, USA, 27mins, 2006. World Premiere.

BORDERLAND
11:45am, Sunday, Oct. 8th, Old County Courthouse

Croatia is a borderland between central Europe and the Balkans, between the Adriatic and the Continent. Croatia's 1,246 islands are atop what astronauts claim to be the bluest sea on the planet. Only 67 of them are inhabited. Jon's team kayaked the length of this archipelago and captured beautiful images of a barer, wonderfully shattered, more sun-drenched Maine. www.jonbowermaster.com
Jon Bowermaster, USA, 26mins, 2006.




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