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2006 Featured Films
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RUNNING DOWN THE MAN
9:30am, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

The team that brought us the brilliant fishing film "The Hatch" proves their command of the medium with this hilarious short on the arcane pursuit of beach fishing for roosterfish in Baja. www.Feltsoulmedia.com
Ben Knight and Travis Rummel, 8mins, USA, 2005. World Premiere.
In person: Ben Knight.


SEA SHEPHERD - WHALE PROJECT
3:45pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Taos Community Auditorium

Every year in defiance of international laws and regulations the Japanese whaling fleet illegally slaughters approximately one thousand whales in the Antarctic whale sanctuary. They also target the endangered humpback and fin whales. Sea Shepherd is the only organization in the world with the will to directly intervene in order to enforce international conservation laws and regulations already on the book and the footage of their encounters on the high seas is spectacular. www.channelg.tv
Channel G TV, USA, 5mins, 2006. In person; Michael Schoenfeld.

SHISHA IN WINTER
3:45pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

The Poles specialize in suffering: climbing the 8,000ers in winter. Only Polish teams have managed to put up first winter ascents on these highest peaks and this film is an enthralling account of a recent attempt on the last 8,000er to be summited in winter: Shishapangma. Zaluski's film relates the rigors of high-altitude winter alpinism and the toll it takes on body and soul. www.zaluskifilm.com
Dariusz Zaluski, Poland, 28mins, 2006. World Premiere.

SIACHEN: A WAR FOR ICE
4:00pm, Sunday, Oct. 8th, Old County Courthouse

In what must rank as the most absurd war of all time, and there's plenty of competition for that accolade, Pakistani and Indian troops lob ordnance at one another at altitudes in excess of 23,000 feet. Fulvio Mariaini's "A War for Ice" takes a light approach to a grave subject in chronicling the history of the dispute and the day-to-day life of the soldiers involved the world's highest, least-known and most fruitless conflict: the 20-year battle for control of the Siachen glacier located at the extreme northern edge of the Indian-Pakistan border. www.siachen.ch
Special Mention, Kendall Mountain Film Festival. Fulvio Mariani, Switzerland, 60mins, 2005.

SIMON YATES
8:00pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

The flame of adventure, Simon Yates presents a lecture, "Beyond the Void," on his incredible climbing career.

SOLO CIRCUIT
11:30am, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

Michael Reardon makes a living as a producer in Hollywood but finds solace in soloing hard rock. He recently stunned the entire climbing community with his on-sight free-solo of a multi-pitch 5.12 in the Sierras. Nothing if not controversial, Reardon explains his motives for this rare pursuit. John Bachar, the first serious soloist, also pitches in his ten cents. www.thomaskranzle.com
Thomas Kranzle, USA, 13mins, 2006, World Premiere.

SURVIVING EXTREMES
11:30am, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Taos Community Auditorium

In 1912 the Mawson expedition in Antarctica suffered tremendous setbacks, isolation, physical and mental rigors, which resulted in death for some. In the 1990's Western astronauts lived aboard Russia's MIR space station and in addition to dealing with the isolation of space, they endured the worst fire in space history (caused during the best Russian party in space history?) and a collision with a re-supply ship. Nearly 100 years apart, the two journeys reveal much about what sort of people tend to survive extremes and what may be needed to cope with a mission to Mars.
David Parer and Elizabeth Parer-Cook, Australia, 53mins, 2005.

TAYLOR STREIT
9:30am, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

Instinctive Fly Fishing, Taylor Streit tells us why he's still fly-fishing after all these years.

TAOS SKI ACADEMY
1:30pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Taos Community Auditorium

A look at future champions as Taos teens and local youngsters run the gates on the racecourse, presented by coach Alain Veth.
USA, 5mins, 2005. In person: Alain Veth.

THE CAVE OF THE YELLOW DOG
1:30pm, Sunday, Oct. 8th, Taos Community Auditorium

Is the life of the nomad incompatible with the modern world? This is the underlying question in "The Cave of the Yellow Dog," a dramatized story of life on the Mongolian steppe. By drawing remarkable performances from her cast, particularly from the very young children, and illustrated with glorious cinematography, Director Byambasuren Davaa, "The Story of the Weeping Camel," weaves a fascinating but sad allegory of a fast disappearing lifestyle under threat from modern times. A gorgeous, haunting film.
Best Cinematography, Best Narrative Feature, Best Score, Hamptons International Film Festival. Byambasuren Davaa, Mongolia/Germany, 93mins, 2005. Mongolian with subtitles.

THE DIST URBAN BEHAVIOR
11:30am, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

Montreal climbers create there our own inner city experience. Sky scrapers and buildings offer not just infinite climbing possibilities but opportunities for athletic and potentially neck-breaking break-dancing.
Antoine Seguin, Canada, 10mins, 2005.

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

Once a year, an epic stone-fly hatch engulfs the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. This used to be a fantastic secret kept by a few locals but the threats to this pristine river (upstream dams to satisfy farming and development's water demands) were too serious for inaction. Ben Knight and Travis Rummel made this remarkable film of the feeding frenzy to raise awareness of the threats to the river. www.Feltsoulmedia.com
Ben Knight and Travis Rummel, 18mins, USA, 2005. In person: Ben Knight.

THE LINE: A JOURNEY TO THE FAR FRINGE OF SKIING
11:30am, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

An adventure biography of Mark Newcomb, one of the world's most accomplished and unassuming outdoor athletes, who made some notorious first descents in the Tetons and the Himalaya. The film follows his personal journey culminating in a third and final attempt to ski an unconquered line on one of the world's highest and deadliest mountains, Shishapangma (26,500 feet).
Brandon Kiernan, Director; Frank Pickell, Cinematographer, USA, 55mins, 2006.

THE WAITING GAME
1:30pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Taos Community Auditorium

"Our goal was to tell the story of a ski season from the perspective of a quintessential Jackson ski bum to guys like Kent Kreitler and Dan Treadway. As skiers, we all live cool lifestyles, from traveling to different locations on these trips to chasing big storms. "The Waiting Game" captures the appreciation for the ski lifestyle." This is the first true high-definition big mountain ski movie. We are projecting it in HI-Def and it will be HUGE!!! www.waitinggamethemovie.com
Jon Klaczkiewicz, Arden Oksanen, Jason Winkler & Trask McFarland, USA, 74mins, 2006.




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