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2009 Featured Films
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MOUNT ST. ELIAS
8:00pm - Saturday, October 10th, Taos Community Auditorium

A dramatic and awe-inspiring feature documentary following three of the world's greatest ski mountaineers to Mount St. Elias in their attempt to realize the longest ski descent of the world: 18,000 feet. Axel Naglich, Peter Ressmann and Jon Johnston are facing this breathtaking challenge! www.mountstelias.com Gerald Salmina, Germany, 100 min, 2009, USA Premier

MUSTANG
6:00pm - Thursday, October 8th, Taos Community Auditorium

This short preview of a full project follows a journey into this remote, rugged, and roadless Kingdom nestled between Nepal and Tibet. Mustang has been a cross roads for eastern trade for centuries. Accompanying the filmmaker and Taos Ski Valley local Andrea Heckman, are George Basch, Yale Jones and The Crowned Prince of Mustang. Andrea Heckman USA 20 mins 2009

MUSTANG: JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION
11:30am - Saturday, October 10th, The Taos Gallery

This documentary tells the remarkable story of a Tibetan culture pulled back from near extinction through the restoration of its most sacred sites. Narrated by Richard Gere, the film features interviews with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the King of Mustang, and Luigi Fieni, the chief art conservator of Mustang's ancient Buddhist masterpieces. www.mvfg.com Will Parrinello, USA, 29 mins, 2009

PROGRESSION
11:30am - Saturday, October 10th, Taos Community Auditorium

Behind every breakthrough in the progression of climbing, there's a true story of doubt and determination, perseverance in the face of failure. From boulders, to big walls, to competition podiums, the climbers at the top of the game share a commitment to do whatever it takes to achieve their vision. Featuring Chris Sharma,Tommy Caldwell, Daniel Woods, Adam Ondra, Kevin Jorgeson, Patxi Usobiaga, Johanna Ernst, Alex Honnold, Paul Robinson, Matt Segal, and more. www.bigupproductions.com Josh Lowell, USA, 82 mins, 2009, World Festival Premier

PUSH PLAY
9:30am - Saturday, October 10th, The Taos Gallery
9:30am - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

A touching romantic encounter bookends some superb snow kiting footage to form an unusual film of the mountainfilm genre. Lisa Darsonava, USA, 9 mins 23 sec, 2008

RED LADY: THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MOUNTAINS
1:30pm - Saturday, October 10th, The Taos Gallery

In 1977 geologists from the AMAX mining company discovered a deposit of Molybdenum within Mt. Emmons (also known as Red Lady) just two miles from the small mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado. Three decades later, the fight to preserve the area continues. Poignant interviews with Little Joe Cisneros of Questa and other Questanos. Jeremy Rubingh, USA, 13 mins 21 sec, 2009, World Premier

RETURN TO PENGUIN CITY
3:30pm - Saturday, October 10th, The Taos Gallery

Recent films have confirmed their celebrity status, but Antarctic penguins face more than Leopard seals and harsh weather. In this film narrated and partly filmed by a team of ecologists, we see how Adelie penguins are now coping with rapid and unprecedented climate change. www.penguinscience.com Lloyd Fales, USA, 48 mins, 2007

SAMSARA
11:30am - Sunday, October 11th, The Taos Gallery

Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk attempt a first ascent on a 6,500-foot rock face in the Vindhya Mountains in India. The route is double the length of anything on El Capitan and easily as steep. Beautifully shot on the sacred peak Meru, which is considered the center of the universe in Hindu mythology. Renan Ozturk, USA, 22 mins, 2009




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