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2008 Featured Films
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MISSING IN TIBET
1:30pm Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse

While living in the states Ngawang Choephel was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study and record the ethnomusicology of his Tibetan homeland. In the midst of his research he was arrested by the Chinese authorities in Tibet and sentenced to eighteen years in prison for his 'crime'. Interweaving his life story with actual footage shot before his incarceration the film, narrated by Goldie Hawn and Peter Coyote recounts a harrowing tale of political persecution.
Robin Garthwait, USA, 1996, 27 mins.

MUSTANG
4:00pm Sunday October 12th, Old County Courthouse

A beautifully filmed account of a mystical journey into perhaps the last roadless kingdom on earth. Pavol Barabas' excellent film exhibits humor and awe as the travelers venture deeper into terra incognito.
Pavol Barabas, Poland, 2003, 27 mins.

PATH TO MOUNT KAILASH
9:30am Saturday October 11th La Fonda Hotel

Shot over two harrowing visits to Chinese occupied Tibet this film follows two men on separate pilgrimages: the exiled Lama Tenzin's return to his homeland; and veteran flautist Paul Horn's pursuit of a dual dream: to play his flute in the Potala Palace and to see Mt. Kailash, the peak in Western Tibet sacred to four Eastern religions. At once touching and tragic the epic journeys highlight the injustice of the Chinese oppression and the unswerving spirit of two aging gentlemen.
Tom Vendetti, USA, 2006, 86 mins.

PLAY GRAVITY
6:00pm Saturday October 11th, Hotel la Fonda de Taos

One of the most popular pieces at last year's festival was Samuel Gyger's footage of the speedriding (kite/skiing) descent of part of the North Face of the Eiger. The success of that film encouraged Gyger to produce this scintillating compilation of the latest ski, board and wing crazes that are sweeping the European Alps. This incredible array of mountain skills is a tribute to one of the athletes, Mathias Roten, who has died since the completion of this film.
Samuel Gyger, Switzerland, 2007, 52 mins.

PRESENCE: 40 DAYS IN GREENLAND
8:00pm Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse
2:00pm Sunday October 12th, Old County Courthouse

What happens when a group of guys from Japan go to Greenland with their kayaks? They go skiing! Shot entirely in the spectacularly raw mountains of Greenland, these men paddle fjords, scope out the best lines, hike them, and then ski them. Camaraderie and a unique perspective into a seldom seen land that is vastly more white then green.
Masaki Sekiguchi, Japan, 2007, 15 mins.

PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL JUMPER
8:00pm Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse
2:00pm Sunday October 12th, Old County Courthouse

In 2002 in the film First Base Andre Bach amazed the mountainfilm world with his wild base jumps. Now he's back at age 35 and, far from settling down, has combined his gymnastic training with his irresistible urge to leap into the void from the highest fixed points around the planet.
Matthias Thonnissen Germany, 2007, 10 mins.

RAID INTO TIBET
1:30pm Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse
4:00pm Sunday October 12th, Old County Courthouse

Shot in the region of Mustang in 1964 Raid into Tibet chronicles a foray into their own country by a force of Tibetan Khampa guerillas. The crew of three young filmmakers all went on to great success: Adrian Cowell became an outstanding documentary producer (Decade of Destruction, the Opium Wars), Chris Menges won cinematography Oscars for The Killing Fields and The Mission, and George Patterson's extensive travels and writings in the region gained him the title of Patterson of Tibet. The combination of these talents and a thrilling escapade produces a rare and exciting report of one of the few violent reactions by the Tibetans to the oppressive Chinese occupation.
Adrain Cowell, UK, 1964, 30 mins.

RED GOLD
3:45pm Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse

Fishing film specialists Travis Rummel and Ben Knight, (The Hatch, Running Down the Man), turn their cameras and considerable talents to the Kvichak and Nuchagak rivers in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The two largest remaining sockeye salmon runs in the world are threatened by a huge proposed mining operation. Red Gold chronicles the spectacular migration and the conflict between the fishermen and the mine.
Travis Rummel and Ben Knight, USA, 2008, 60 mins.

SPRAY
6:00pm Friday October 10th, Old County Courthouse
3:45pm Saturday October 11th, Hotel la Fonda de Taos

Gorgeously filmed among the swirling mists of the Pacific coast Brian Solano's unusual film shows Chris Lindner, one of the leading young American climbers, enjoying the unique coastal climbing opportunities. His final climb on a spectacular prow demonstrates his prowess on rock, and the prologue allows him a chance to explain the simple philosophy of his chosen lifestyle.
Brian Solano, USA, 2007, 15 mins.




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