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2008 Featured Films
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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 indeed! 150kph.
Francois Bon, France, 2008, 8 mins.

ANTARCTICA
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 change.
Jon Bowermaster, USA, 2007, 27 mins.
In person Jon Bowermaster.

ANTICS
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.

AUSANGATE
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




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