Taos Mountain Film Festival
121 North Plaza
Taos, NM 87571
In keeping with Taos Mountainfilm's interest in the literary side of
mountaineering and adventure, the festival has invited an expert in this
field, Jon Bowermaster. With over twenty years of adventure writing, fifteen
for National Geographic, eight books and countless international
publications, plus many documentary films of his expeditions including
the 2004 success, A Slow Boat to Nowhere, Bowermaster will return to
Taos to present his newest docudramas, from places as diverse as the
Altiplano, Gabon, Tasmania and French Polynesia. Bowermaster will
also show selections from his Oceans 8 series of films.
Dave needs no introduction to either the people of Taos nor
those who follow the news of the mountains. Ten times he's guided parties
successfully to the summit of Everest, for which he was nominated
for an ESPY. In winter he chills out in Taos Ski Valley as its most reluctantly
well-known ski patrolman! A specialist in the steady approach to the
highest peaks on earth Dave will recount what promises to be a hilarious
adventure: his first ascent of the vertical granite wall of El Capitan.
Glen was involved in many first ascents in Yosemite in the sixties
including the Dihedral Wall on El Capitan. While on the walls and
around the camps his camera was always to hand and as a result he
has the most comprehensive portfolio of that era that has now become
famous. He also showed a consummate grasp of the moving image by
shooting the footage for the classic climbing film El Capitan. Glen will
present his slideshow Yosemite in the Sixties and hang some of his photos
at the Fenix Gallery.
Tsetenwas born in Llhasa, the capital of Tibet. In 1958 she was
sent by her parents to boarding school in India. In 1964 she came to
America and earned a B.S. in biology from Marquette and now works
as Administrative Director of the Pathology Department at Saint John's
Health Center in Santa Monica. Since 1999 she has served as the media
coordinator for all the Dalai Lama's trips to Southern California. She is
one of the founding members of both the International Tibet Support
Group and Los Angeles Friends of Tibet and has spoken frequently
about the plight of her country.
Ben Carrdus is senior researcher on International Campaign
for Tibet's Communications Team, and has been working on issues of
human rights in the People's Republic China for almost 10 years. He
worked for the now-defunct Tibet Information Network and was one of
two China researchers at Amnesty International in London before coming
to work at ICT in March 2007. Ben has a degree in Modern Chinese
Studies from the University of Leeds in the UK, and has translated poetry
and prose by dissident Chinese writers, including a full-length novel.
Through his gorgeous photos from around the world Galen established
himself as the most successful of the early adventure photographers
before his untimely death in a plane crash. We will be displaying some
of his photos from Tibet in keeping with this year's theme.
Raised in South Wales, Geraint Smith moved to Los Angeles in
1978 at the age of 22, where he embarked on a career as a freelance
photographer . After visiting Taos he made it his home in 1988. For Smith
the Sangre de Cristos are as familiar to him as the mountains of Wales
where he grew up. Awed by the vastness of the landscape, Smith says:
"What I discovered, living in the Southwest, is just how much room there
is in me to remember and rediscover the peace and center of my soul."
A Taos local for the last 20 years, Chris Dahl-Bredine was drawn
to Taos from Silver city, NM by a love for the mountains and his passion
for skiing. In 2002 he decided to pursue his childhood dream of flying
and began learning to fly an ultralight trike. After seven years of flying
and photographing Chris feels like he is just getting the hang of shooting
images from the sky. His stunning aerial shots can be seen as prints
and in the form of a slideshow.