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2006 Featured Films
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BUFFALO FIELD CAMPAIGN
1:30pm, Sunday, Oct. 8th, Taos Community Auditorium

Wild bison herds that leave the Yellowstone National Park and cross onto U.S. Forest Service and public lands are being captured, quarantined and killed by the National Park Service and the Montana Department of Livestock for the threat of transmitting brucellosis to cattle. There has never been a single documented case of a buffalo transmitting brucellosis to cattle, yet the killing goes on, funded by tax dollars and occurring on public land. www.channelg.tv
Channel G TV, USA, 7mins, 2006. In person: Michael Schoenfeld.

BURNING TIME 2
11:45am, Sunday, Oct. 8th, Old County Courthouse

Two years in the making, "Burning Time 2" starts on the Upper Salween River, in China's Yunnan Province. Opposition from local government forced the team over the border into Tibet where they pulled off a first descent through one of the most spectacular river gorges any of these whitewater veterans had seen. Director Scott Lindgren (Into the Tsango, TMFF 2002) brings an outstanding film featuring extremely big, technical whitewater. www.slproductions.tv
Scott Lindgren, USA, 56mins, 2006.

CAYESH: THE CALLING
11:30am, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

Steve House and Marko Prezelj, two of the world's leading alpinists, give us a climber's eye view of the method and madness behind a modern extreme. The film and the climbing are completely unscripted and as raw and engaging as the alpine experience itself.
Steve House, USA, 18mins, 2006. Premiere.

DON'T FENCE ME IN
4:00pm, Friday, Oct. 6th, Old County Courthouse

The generals who run Burma (Myanmar) with an iron fist are responsible for some draconian suppression of their people, however no tribe in this beautiful country has seen harsher treatment then the Karen. This documentary, finely shot and thoughtfully edited, brings this unheralded issue to light, and reinforces the power of film to bring otherwise forgotten crises to public attention.
Best Documentary- Grand Jury Award, Washington DC Independent Film Festival. Ruth Gumnit, USA, 30mins, 2005.

ECO DHARMA
9:15am, Sunday, Oct. 8th, Taos Community Auditorium

This story is of the Bishnoi community, the oldest practicing environmentalists of India, to whom the preservation of wildlife and forest is a religion. Bishnoi faith is built on the desert eco-system, proclaimed by Hindu visionary Guru Jambeshwarji who established a creed by which the people could assimilate with nature. Bishnois live in the Great Indian Desert of Rajasthan the communities are renowned for sacrificing their wealth and life to guard their oases.
Merit Award for Cinematography & Merit Award for Cultural Information, International Wildlife Film Festival. Malgorzata Skiba, India, 28mins, 2006.

EVERYDAY EXTREME
1:30pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Taos Community Auditorium

David Kvart made this hilarious short film during a 72-hour Whistler Filmmaker Showdown: Julien is sick of all the mountain hype. He wants to reinvent the extreme, so he starts with everyday things. He makes his every day extreme. www.kvart.com
Best Short Mountain Film, Banff Mountain Film Festival. David Kvart, Sweden, 4mins, 2004.

FATIMA'S HAND
1:30pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

Two friends travel to Mali, West Africa with plans to climb 2,000 feet up a finger of The Hand of Fatima and then BASE-jump off the top. The project, a risky adventure from the outset, is bedeviled by bad weather, poverty, fetish myths and fatal danger in isolation. A fascinating account of two brave women's quest that almost ends in disaster. www.f24film.com
Special Mention of the Jury, Cervino Film Festival. Jens Hoffmann, Germany, 38mins, 2006.

GRANDPA
1:30pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

Janusz Orlowski is a 79-year-old Polish Grandpa who still has energy and zeal. In spring and fall he lives in a hillside trailer in Italy and learns to fly a parapente. His style may leave much to be desired but his perseverance does not.
Best Film on Mountain Sports, Banff Mountain Film Festival. Mirosaw Dembiski, Poland, 26mins, 2005. Polish with English subtitles.

GREG MORTENSON
6:00pm, Friday, Oct. 6th, Old County Courthouse

"Three Cups of Tea," Greg Mortenson makes a presentation on his educational project in the Himalaya.

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

Jackson Skids shows the unique living situations that dedicated ski bums endure in order to live cheaply and pursue the dream of skiing everyday. More the opposite of MTV Cribs. www.kgb-productions.com
Chris Kitchen, USA, 14mins, 2005, Premiere. In Person: Chris Kitchen, Sam Pope.

KEKEXILI: MOUNTAIN PATROL
9:30am, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Taos Community Auditorium

In the desolate, mountainous region of western China called Kekexili, the only inhabitants who seem suited to the bitter cold are the indigenous antelope. But in the mid-90s, the herds faced extinction at the hands of poachers who slaughtered the animals, hundreds at a time, for their pelts. The government responded by forming a legendary team of local Tibetan men to patrol the mountains; Lu Chuan's brilliant account of this band, who were ill-equipped, underpaid and out-gunned by their adversaries, has won rapturous receptions wherever it has played. A rare treat worth getting up early for!!!
Best Feature-Length Mountain Film, Banff; Grand Jury Prize nominee, Sundance. Lu Chuan, China, 89mins, 2004. Chinese with English subtitles.

L' ABISSO: THE ABYSS
6:00pm, Friday, Oct. 6th, Taos Community Auditorium

The Spluga della Preta in the Lessini mountains of northern Italy is to the caver what K2 is to the mountaineer. However, unlike a mountain, there is no true summit and new depths are discovered with each determined exploration. This thoroughly engaging documentary combines gorgeous cinematography with sophisticated graphics to assemble a gripping chronicle of the history of this remarkable "abisso."
Jury Prize, 54 Trento Film Festival. Italian with English subtitles. Alessandro Anderloni, Italy, 75mins, 2005.

LAND OUT OF TIME
5:45pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

The depredation of the earth's surface through the extraction of the black gold, oil, is now being rivaled in the American West by the vast increase in the tapping of another resource, natural gas. The administration's cavalier disregard for the rights of the people and the use of taxpayer's land has, in this case, achieved the impossible: it has united the diverse political factions of the west. Harvey's film describes the efforts of a unique alliance of ranchers, hunters and environmentalists to stymie the government's desire to grant the energy lobby carte blanche in places such as Otero Mesa, the Valle Vidal and Roan Plateau. www.alandoutoftime.com
Mark Harvey, USA, 56mins, 2006.

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

Ian Scully has an obsession: the Austrian influence on the development of skiing in America. This short excerpt from his epic series of fine films will serve as an aperitif for the main course. www.culturefilms.com
Ian Scully, USA, 10mins, 2006. In Person: Ian Scully.




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