2011 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant Recipients

The five winning 2011 grantees are:


Suzan Beraza: Uranium Drive In
Beraza’s feature-length documentary film, Uranium Drive In, is about a boom-bust uranium mining community in rural, southwestern Colorado and the heated battle there over a new proposed uranium mill – the first, if approved, to be built in the United States in over 25 years. Read more...

Hal Clifford and Jason Houston: Picture the Leviathan
Clifford and Houston have collaborated on short documentaries that have screened at Mountainfilm such as Stone River and Eel/Water/Rock/Man. Their next project is Picture the Leviathan, a short documentary film about James Prosek, the author of eleven books, winner of a Peabody Award, and well established as an artist by the time he finished college. Prosek paints in the tradition of nineteenth-century naturalists who catalogued the world as it was discovered. But he paints creatures that are vanishing. Read more...

Ben Knight and Travis Rummel: DamNation
Mountainfilm helped inspire the award-winning Felt Soul Media team to make documentaries such as Running Down the Man, Red Gold, and Eastern Rises. This grant will go towards their next film,  DamNation, which is about a national movement to bring down dams across North America. Read more...

Drew Ludwig: Japan Tsunami
Photographer Ludwig will travel the northeast coast of Japan by foot to explore the intersection between art and activism in the debris of this year’s tsunami. At Mountainfilm 2011, Ludwig’s exhibited his memorable photography exhibit of gloves that he found as he walked through Louisiana after the Gulf Oil spill. Ludwig will shoot portraits of those who lived through the tsunami’s devastation and hopes to capture both the enormity of the wave and the vulnerability of the subjects. Read more...

Allison Otto and Carole Snow: Keeper of the Mountains
Otto’s and Snow’s documentary film, Keeper of the Mountains, is about the legendary Everest historian, Elizabeth Hawley, now in her late 80’s. The filmmakers have been filming and interviewing the Grande Dame of the Himalayas about her unique vantage on mountaineering history. Read more...

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