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2009 Guests


SIR CHRIS BONINGTON
Sir Chris hardly needs an introduction to those with a remote interest in the mountaineering world. Starting long before it was fashionable, he has, for half a century, forged a career in the uncertain medium of the mountain world. His climbs are legendary and, in some cases, epic; his films have won accolades; and any collection of mountain literature would not be complete without copies of his books. Sir Chris will present his lecture "Boundless Horizons", a chronicle of his life's adventures including the ill-fated Ogre expedition and a sailing trip with Robin Knox-Johnston to Greenland.

GREG STUMP
Greg's first competition on skis, a win no less, was in 1970; in 1979 he was named the first ever International Amateur Freestyle Champion. Greg cut his teeth in the ski biz as one of the ski industries golden boys, skiing in films by the late Dick Barrymore and Warren Miller. His timeless classic, "Blizzard of Aahhhs,", 1988, is the most commercially successful ski film ever made. Helmet cam: Greg started it. The word "extreme," Greg Stump added it to the American lexicon. On Willie Nelson's speed dial, Greg is. Mr. Stump is without a doubt one of the most recognized and influential filmmakers in his genre and out. Greg's commitment to skiing and its culture resulted in his being named One of the 25 Most Influential People in Skiing of All Time, by Skiing Magazine. Greg will present three films over the weekend.

LIZ BURNS
Liz describes herself as a traveler disguised as a mild-mannered receptionist. Her most recent trip was inspired by the journey of Ella Maillart who traveled through Central Asia in 1932. Liz will present a slide show of her adventure's in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, about which she has written a book.

LITO TEJADA-FLORES
Tejada-Flores was born at 13,000 feet in Bolivia and has spent much of his life in high places. His passion for mountain adventure is shown in a series of books on wilderness skiing, kayaking, downhill skiing, and documentary film. Lito is a mountain sports and travel writer by profession, a poet by avocation, a graphic designer and photo editor for the hell of it and a publisher by accident. He has collaborated with his wife and partner Linde Waidhofer, in designing and publishing a series of award-winning books of western landscape photography, under their Western Eye imprint.

TOM FAIRFIELD
Tom Fairfield is the director of the film production company Hook'Em Productions of Albuquerque. A native of New Mexico, he has been filmmaking for the last five years when he is not at his desk at his "real job" as an investment banker. Along with producer Chris Boyden, another New Mexican, Hook'Em is currently working on several docu-action projects including rock climbing, skiing and surfing. The short feature "Jean Mayer, Hotel St. Bernard," began as short documentary for Jean Mayer's induction into the New Mexico Skiers Hall of Fame.

KATHY FITZGERALD
Raised in Italy, schooled in England, Kathy came to the US for college and ran a film society there with her future husband. After a stint with PBS in Boston, she teamed up with her husband to form an independent film production company, producing John Huston's "Wise Blood," followed by his "Under the Volcano." Other films through the years have included "Mister Johnson," shot in Nigeria with Bruce Beresford, "The Pledge," directed by Sean Penn and "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones.

FRED PADULA
After a classical education in music and fine art Padula has diversified into the areas of photography and film. The combination of Glen Denny's brilliant photography on the wall and Padula's inspiration in the cutting room have produced a film which has given El Capitan legendary status in the mountainfilm world. This will be the first ever public screening of the brand new digitized version of the classic. 2009 Jury Member.

GEORGE GAGE
Having forged an enormously successful career as a director in both the commercial and feature film worlds, George turned his talents to the documentary field. Tackling diverse issues such as world water shortage and land rights, George, along with wife and partner Beth, have produced many excellent films, several of which he has brought to Taos Mountain Film Festival. George will present his films, "American Outrage" and "Bidder 70", and has graciously agreed to sit on the jury.

DAVEY LUBIN OF THE ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE
Davey Lubin is a boat captain and avid outdoorsman from Southeastern Alaska. He will be giving a presentation about the Tongass Forest in Alaska and why it's so important to protect it for environmental, economic, and recreational reasons - not just in Alaska, but in the lower 48 states as well.










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