Mountainfilm Blogs: October 2011

Telluride Isn't Bad, But According To Outside, Where Are The Best Places To Live?

We are lucky to live in Telluride, Colorado but here is Outside Magazine's list of "Best Places to Live in the United States".

Discover your own perfect adventure burg. Use the sliding scales on the categories below to get a customized ranking of this year's 19 Best Towns.

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Bristol Bay Still Under Threat From Mining Development

Ben Knight and Travis Rummel of Felt Soul Media brought the story of Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay to Mountainfilm audiences in 2008 with their film, Red Gold. The issue of whether a copper and gold mine will wreck this pristine salmon run is still up in the air with many groups trying to prevent it, including a major push by the NRDC. Even though they have enlisted Robert Redford in this battle, it's an issue that could still use help.

Mountainfilm Announces Population as Symposium Theme for 2012

Guests include Paul Ehrlich and Dave Foreman

Telluride, Colorado (September 13, 2011) – The total number of people on the planet is expected to cross the 7 Billion mark on October 31, 2011 according to the U.N. and with that milestone, Mountainfilm’s Moving Mountains Symposium will focus on the key issue of population in 2012. “We think this is the right theme for our next symposium because it synthesizes so much of what the festival has covered the last several years with energy, water, food and extinction,” said Festival Director David Holbrooke. “The simple numbers are staggering – especially when you realize we were at 4 Billion in 1974 and the U.N. believes that by 2050, the population will most likely double to 9 Billion with some estimates as high as 11 Billion. That’s a huge jump in 75 years and we want to understand what this will mean for this planet, its people and other living creatures.”

To Watch: Mountainfilm Festival Favorite "Pickin' & Trimmin'"

Filmmaker Matt Morris has brought a few of his short docs to Mountainfilm: History Making Farmer Author on the Move in 2009 and Mr. Happy Man in 2011. Now his first one - Pickin' and Trimmin' from 2008 - can be seen online here.

Pickin' & Trimmin' from Matt Morris on Vimeo.

How Can You Be Sure Your Documentary Will Have The Greatest Impact?

At Mountainfilm, we look for films that have impact and now, there is a new study by the Center for Social Media about just that. This is a five year evaluation, funded in part by the Ford Foundation, of the best ways to make sure social issues documentaries reach and impact an audience.

"People come in as participants in a media project and leave recognizing themselves as members of a public—a group of people commonly affected by an issue. They have found each other and exchanged information on an issue in which they all see themselves as having a stake. In some cases, they take action based on this transformative act of communication.

This is the core function of public media 2.0 for a very simple reason: Publics are the element that keeps democracies democratic."

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"Revenge of the Electric Car" Director Chris Paine Speaks Out

Revenge of the Electric Car, which opened Mountainfilm 2011, comes to theaters across the country this weekend. Director Chris Paine shared his thoughts about the challenges of making this film in an interview with the design site, Inhabitat.

"The new film Revenge of the Electric Car debuts in just a few days and we were recently lucky enough to catch up with director Chris Paine to get the inside scoop on this sequel to his popular film Who Killed the Electric Car? The film brings awareness to how electric vehicles were able to break through an incredible number of obstacles to get to where they are today. We sat down with Chris Paine to ask him all about the new film, how he felt when he suddenly found himself to be a part of his own movie, and what he sees in the future of green transportation."

Announcing the 2011 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant Recipients

Representing a highly diverse scope of projects – from a biographical film about a living legend of Himalayan mountaineering to a photographic exploration of art and activism in the aftermath of Japan’s recent tsunami – five Mountainfilm Commitment grantees will receive $5,000, each, as well as a new Mac Book Pro. The winning applicants were chosen from a field of over one hundred contenders. Mountainfilm introduced its granting initiative last year as a means to help ensure that important stories are told – and heard.

“This was an enormously tough decision for the judges,” said Festival Director David Holbrooke. “It was even tougher than last year as there were so many compelling projects that we had to look closely at multiple factors, including artistic ability, budget, vision and not unimportantly, feasibility. It was a challenging process but we are thrilled with the projects that we are granting.”

“We were deeply impressed by the quality of this year’s submissions,” said Mountainfilm Program Director Emily Long who manages the granting initiative.