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2008 Featured Films
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THE FATE OF THE LHAPAS
2:00pm Sunday October 12th, Hotel la Fonda de Taos

When the Tibetans were forced to establish a land in exile in Dharamsala, Northern India, many of their ancient traditions came under threat. This fine and thoughtful study follows the trials and frustrations of the older shamans, the lhapas, to hand the old ways down to the next generation. Each of the lhapas had requested their story be told as they realized that the continuation of their heritage was endangered. Intercutting between their flight from Tibet and their establishment in exile the film provides a touching portrayal of a way of life that will, due to the Chinese invasion, soon be lost.
Sara Sifers, USA, 2007, 69 mins.

THE LORD GOD BIRD
9:30am Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse

A considered and sometimes hilarious examination of the search for the presumed extinct Ivory Billed Woodpecker. Cornell University, the accepted ornithological authority in the country, declared the sightings of two expert ornithologists authentic but can hundreds of observers come up with the conclusive evidence in the damp woods of Louisiana?
George Butler, USA, 2007, 90 mins.

THE RED HELMET
8:00pm Friday October 10th, Old County Courthouse
6:00pm Saturday October 11th, Hotel la Fonda de Taos

Highlighting some of the most stunning footage of modern mountain/ aerial sports woven into a simple and effective narrative format Tyler Young's fabulous short film will leave you breathless and charmed.
Tyler Young, USA, 2007, 6 mins. In Person Tyler Young.

THE WORLD ISN'T LISTENING
6.00pm Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse

A brief and disturbing look at the brutal oppression imposed by the Chinese on the Tibetan people intercut with the Dalai Lama's appeal for restraint.
Robin Garthwait, USA, 1994, 4 mins.

TIBET, CRY OF THE SNOW LION
9:30am Sunday October 12th, Old County Courthouse

Ten years in production and shot over nine visits to the 'roof of the world', Tibet, Cry of the Snow Lion provides the most comprehensive account of the recent troubled history of the region. Presenting stunning images from rarely seen traits of Tibetan society: prostitutes and brothels in Llhasa, arcane rituals in remote monasteries, and horse races with Khumbu warriors, this film is a testament to both the irrepressible courage of the Tibetan people and the perseverance of the filmmakers.
Tom Peosay, USA, 2003, 104 mins.

TRAINING DAY
6:00pm Friday October 10th, Old County Courthouse

Last year's Best of Festival film, E11, featured Dave McCleod; he's back with his wife's delightful study of her old man training on, and soloing an extremely hard route.
Claire McLeod, Scotland, 2007, 6 mins

VIA BEARZI
6:00pm Saturday October 11th, Hotel la Fonda de Taos

Alpinist Michael Bearzi was the driving force behind this film before his premature death in the Himalaya. His friends, Jeff Alzner and Brook Kirklin, contnued his dream of the production of a documentary of a pure alpine ascent on a remote peak. Bearzi's many adventurous climbs are recounted here, including several unheralded attempts on the "unclimbable" North West face of the Devil's Thumb in Alaska. A compelling sound track is provided by Tibetan musicians Gompo Dhundup and Yamyang Yeshi.
Jeff Alzner, USA, 2007, 27 mins.

WAPITI
8:00pm Thursday October 9th, Old County Courthouse

Like many northern New Mexicans Kevin Jaramillo has a variety of ways to make a living. In this short we see some remarkable footage of bugling elk as Kevin scouts out trophies for his hunting clients.
Kevin Jaramillo, USA, 2008, 7 mins.
In person: Kevin Jaramillo

WHITE WATER JUNGLE
1:30pm Saturday October 11th, Hotel la Fonda de Taos

A Telluride team, Tom Tatum directing, and Matt Wilson kayaking, deliver the account of the first and second ascents of six wild rivers on the huge and spectacular island of Madagascar. The fascination of the indigenous population, the lovely scenery and the undoubted challenge of the hydraulics will stamp the experience indelibly on the minds of both the paddlers and those who see the film.
Tom Tatum, USA, 2007, 60 mins.

WHY ARE WE SILENT?
6.00pm Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse

Famous faces (Ford, Roberts, Hawn, Sting) read the United Nations declarations of human rights that are being flaunted by the Chinese in Tibet.
Robin Garthwait, USA, 1997, 1 min.




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