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2008 Guests


JON BOWERMASTER
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 HAHN
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 DENNY
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.

TSETEN PHANUCHARAS
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
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.

GALEN ROWELL
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.

GERAINT SMITH
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." www.geraintsmith.com

CHRIS DAHL-BREDINE
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.










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