Taos Mountain Film Festival
121 North Plaza
Taos, NM 87571
28 IN 4
8:00pm Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse
2:00pm Sunday October 12th, Old County Courthouse
Often the 'mountainfilm' genre throws up charming 'hand-made'
projects produced by colorful characters shooting their adventures as
best they can on less than professional gear. 28 IN 4 epitomizes this
category as Pietro Simonetti's ragged company attempts to ski the
twenty-eight resorts in California in four days. Foul weather, faulty
equipment, uncooperative resort management, and team defections
highlight the ultimate boy's road trip.
Pietro Simonetti, USA, 2008, 27 mins.
In person: Pietro Simonetti, Rick Compton and Jesse Borrell.
3 WEEKS 3 PEAKS
6:00pm Sunday October 12th, Old County Courthouse
A group of women from diverse countries and backgrounds gather to
attempt to climb three African peaks in three weeks. With very few
experienced climbers on the team the documentary celebrates their
irrepressible spirit and their determination to raise funds and awareness
for the three areas that need addressing on the 'dark' continent:
education, awareness and HIV/Aids. Seasoned filmmaker Michael
Brown brings his consummate skills to this inspiring story.
Michael Brown, USA, 2007, 51 mins.
A GORGEOUS DAY
6:00pm Thursday October 9th, Old County Courthouse
Four Taoseños demonstrate the stark contrast to be found in a day trip
from the town of Taos. A half hour's journey from a hot latte they
soon realize their insignificance in the remote middle box of the Rio
Grande Gorge. Jay Foley, who has presented slide shows at earlier festivals,
makes his first foray into the world of the moving image with
this thrilling account of a river run and a climb out of the canyon on
steep basalt cracks.
Jay Foley and Vali Valus, USA, 2008, 12 mins.
In person: Jay Foley and Vali Valus
ACONCAGUA SPEED RIDING
6:00pm Saturday October 11th, Hotel la Fonda de Taos
Francois Bon has an interesting if rather dangerous profession: testing
new kite and wing designs. His filmed descent of the Eiger Nordwand
is now the stuff of mountainfilm legend. Here he applies those techniques
to the thinner air found at the summit of Aconcagua.
Immediately after the launch he discovered he was going very fast
Francois Bon, France, 2008, 8 mins.
8:00pm Friday October 10th, Old County Courthouse
Jon Bowermaster makes marvelous films for National Geographic.
This is the latest in his Oceans 8 series, a compilation of adventure
films shot throughout the world and shows the glorious sights to be
seen amongst the ice flows and mountains of Antarctica while highlighting
the massive changes to the austral ice pack from climate
Jon Bowermaster, USA, 2007, 27 mins.
In person Jon Bowermaster.
3:45pm Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse
Surfing for most guys is not about hurtling down huge walls of water,
a la Laird Hamilton, or shredding like Kelly Slater. It's about looking
for a clean break and riding some waves with your mates - and that's
what this charming film celebrates - the camaraderie and cheap thrills
we mere mortals experience while feeling like we are quite the opposite.
Gary Irving, USA, 2007, 42 mins.
8:00pm Thursday October 9th, Old County Courthouse
Mountainfilm offers you a second chance to see long time Taos native
Andrea Heckman's film from Peru. Since we premiered it in 2006 it
has shown in numerous festivals and media outlets throughout the
world. It is an engaging story of the lives of Quechua people whose
myths and rituals are dominated by the apu, the mountain, Ausangate,
which looms overhead.
Andrea Heckman, USA, 2006, 61 mins.
In person: Andrea Heckman