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2006 Featured Films
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THE WAR TAPES
8:00pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Taos Community Auditorium

This is the first war movie filmed by soldiers on the front lines in Iraq. The "filmmakers" were not picked by casting agents or movie producers, these National Guardsmen carried cameras on booby-trapped roads and into combat, and into their own internal conversations. The unit was based at LSA Anaconda in the deadly Sunni Triangle, where they were under constant threat of ambush and IED attacks. Under Deborah Scranton's detached guidance the soldier brought back an utterly compelling vision of the stress and danger that the men of our armed forces are forced to confront. The soldiers' unfailing candor and honesty defines the heart of this film. "The War Tapes" is not afraid to show soldiers as fully complicated human beings. This is not reality TV, nor is it mainstream media coverage of the war. This is Real War. These civilian soldiers got the story the 2,700 embedded reporters failed to deliver. www.thewartapes.com
Best Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival. Deborah Scranton, USA, 97mins, 2006.

TMFF AWARDS CEREMONY
8:00pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

As a member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film, Taos Mountain Film Festival will announce the 2006 award winners for Best Climbing/Mountaineering Film, Best Mountain Culture Film, Best Environment Film, Best Human Rights Film, Best Adventure Sports Film, Best Short Film, and the Best of Festival Jury's Choice Award.
In person: Presented by Festival Jury and Jonathan Slator, members of the TMFF Staff.

TOUCHING THE VOID
8:00pm, Friday, Oct. 6th, Taos Community Auditorium

The classic climbing film. Director Kevin MacDonald's riveting depiction of the grueling ordeal of Simon Yates and Joe Simpson on Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. After a freak accident shatters one of the climber's legs they make an epic storm-dogged descent that ends for one of them in the bottom of a crevasse. How he got there and his amazing escape have become legendary and not uncontroversial in climbing lore.
Kevin Macdonald, United Kingdom, 106mins, 2003. In person: Simon Yates.

TRANSFORMING ENERGY
5:45pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

In contrast to the usual doom saying documentrys about climate change, this exhaustive documentary focuses on solutions. Meet the people behind the ideas: William McDonough, revolutionary architect, author Cradle to Cradle; Jeremy Rifkin, author The Hydrogen Economy; Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism, Inc & cofounder Rocky Mountain Institute; Daniel Shugar, President of Powerlight and more. Transforming Energy presents those answering the call from generations to come.
Chuck Davis, USA, 58mins, 2006.

TWEAKING THE NOSE OF TERROR
11:45am, Sunday, Oct. 8th, Old County Courthouse

Alex Nicks has produced boating films on the great rivers of the world: the Orinoco, the Mekong, the Nile and the Futaleufu in Peru. His clients include National Geographic for whom he has worked extensively with Jon Bowermaster. He presents his picks from his body of work. www.fourpynesfilms.com
Alex Nicks, United Kingdom, 30mins, 2005. In Person: Alex Nicks.

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

Pilots notice strange lights in the night sky. The preposterous suggestion that it could be "a flying guy with some kind of flares" turns out to be......true! BASE jumping/skydiving short set to original music.
Stephen Burgess, USA, 6mins, 2005.

ULTIMATE SESSIONS
9:30am, Sunday, Oct. 8th, Old County Courthouse

A rare nexus of optimal swell, marquee surfers and skilled, dedicated surf cinematographers created a vast library of surfing's greatest moments over the last three decades. Director Ira Opper and writer Matt Warshaw have painstakingly sifted the best of the best surf classics -- from 'Cosmic Children' to 'September Sessions' - and chosen eight sessions to feature some of the most profoundly exciting surfing ever burned to film. Supplemented with recent interviews of the featured surfers- this film celebrates the essence of surfing's soul. A special apperance by musician Jack Johnson. www.ultimatesessions.com
Ira Opper, USA, 45mins, 2006.

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

This charming and poignant short film shows that there are ways to combat violence other than resorting to an eye for an eye. www.unitedmusicvideo.org
Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film, New York Independent Film Festival Taron Lexton, USA, 5mins, 2005

VEN-A-KITE
1:30pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Old County Courthouse

What's going on in the world of kitesurfing? Take a look at this brief high-energy synopsis of a kite surfing competition in Venezuela. Originally an eight-episode South American television show, this competition incorporates some innovative concepts; like audience participation via on-line voting and text messaging. www.venakite.com
Javier Mujila, Venezuela, 26mins, 2006. World Premiere. In Person: Lissette Rojas, Spanish, English subtitles.

WILD HORSE SPIRIT
9:30am, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Taos Community Auditorium

This short presents a brief history of "The Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act," and a current update exposing the recently passed "Burns Bill" which gutted the protection these animals were granted in 1971. Enlightening the historical perspective offered by Viggo Mortensen, filmmaker James Kleinert provides stunning footage of these animals in the wild, followed by footage of the Bureau of Land Management rounding up wild horses as part of their current systematic removal policy. www.spiritridersmovie.com
James Kleinert, USA, 8mins, 2006. In Person: Nickolas Mendoza.

ZEN AND ZERO
3:45pm, Saturday, Oct. 7th, Taos Community Auditorium

The classic surf trip in the Americas is down the Pacific coast in search of the perfect break. Austrian surfer, Michael Ginthoer, replicates that odyssey but with a purpose: he's read Allan Weisbecker's seminal account of the journey, "In Search of Captain Zero," and pursues the same quest to produce a fascinating and absorbing story. "Endless Summer" meets "Step into Liquid". www.zenandzero.com
Winner: Best Director, Best Story - Nominee: Best Picture, Best Original Score, X-Dance. Michael Ginthoer, Austria, 61mins, 2006.




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