Mountainfilm 2011

Aaron Huey's Most Recent Installation: Pine Ridge Billboard Project

Photographer Aaron Huey is a longtime guest at Mountainfilm in Telluride who was most recently at the festival with his powerful series on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Huey spoke emotionally at the festival in 2011 about his impressions of life there (see a similar talk he did at TED) and has continued to work on the subject, recently installing a striking billboard on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles with a collaborator, the acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey.

Aki Ra Continues To Help Cambodia Recover From The Scourge Of Land Mines

We meet so many inspirational characters through Mountainfilm, yet Aki Ra - the subject of A Perfect Soldier, Mountainfilm in Telluride 2011 - stands out. Now, he is featured in a piece in National Geographic by former Mountainfilm guest Mark Jenkins, along with the challenges and successes of de-mining in Cambodia.

Check Out Wade Davis' New Book "The Sacred Headwaters"

Wade Davis spoke at Mountainfilm 2011 about his work with Mountainfilm Commitment Grantee Paul Colangelo on the Sacred Headwaters of British Columbia. Now his book on the subject is available.

In a rugged knot of mountains in northern British Columbia lies a spectacular valley known to the First Nations as the Sacred Headwaters. There, three of Canada's most important salmon rivers -- the Stikine, the Skeena, and the Nass -- are born in close proximity. Now, against the wishes of all First Nations, the British Columbia government has opened the Sacred Headwaters to industrial development. Imperial Metals proposes an open-pit copper and gold mine, called the Red Chris mine, and Royal Dutch Shell wants to extract coal bed methane gas across a tenure of close to a million acres.

To Watch: Danny Macaskill's "Industrial Revolutions"

Mountainfilm screened Danny Macaskill's Way Back Home in 2011. Now, he has another amazing bike film worth watching called Industrial Revolutions.

Industrial Revolutions is the amazing new film from street trials riding star Danny Macaskill. Filmed and edited for Channel 4 's documentary Concrete Circus.

Floods, Fire & Tornadoes - A Result Of Global Climate Change?

Mountainfilm 2009 and 2011 guest Bill McKibben has become one of the leading environmental writers and activists, organizing the recent Keystone XL protest at the White House. He recently published an op-ed in The Washington Post about the connection between climate change and extreme weather events. Now filmmaker Stephen Thomson has combined McKibben's words with striking footage of the events he writes about. The result is powerful.

Tornadoes, fires, floods, crop failures—they’re all isolated events, right? This powerful video from Bill McKibben and Stephen Thomson helps connect the dots of the climate catastrophe.

To Watch: Everything You Need To Know About Electric Cars

Chris Paine's film Revenge of the Electric Car showed Mountainfilm 2011 audiences how the Electric Car transformation was inevitable. If you were inspired by the film and thinking about an electric car for yourself, here is a short video primer on Electric Cars from GOOD Magazine.

"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."

Filmmaker Greg Barker Explores Islam As A Force In The World

Filmmaker Greg Barker has had two films at Mountainfilm recently: Sergio (2009) and Koran by Heart (2011). This New York Times piece profiles him and his work.

"On his way home from covering the Persian Gulf war, the filmmaker Greg Barker stayed overnight in a small Egyptian village. Early the next morning, an undulating sound awakened him. For someone raised in Southern California, where predawn interruptions usually come from car alarms, it took some time to realize he was hearing the muezzin’s call to prayer.

In that moment, Mr. Barker sensed both epiphany and rebuke. Something about the summons to worship clearly mattered enormously to the people now heading toward the mosque. Yet even after working for months as a journalist in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, reporting on a war in the midst of the Muslim world, Mr. Barker had to admit that he knew virtually nothing about Islam."

Horny Toad CEO Gordon Seabury Weighs in on Mountainfilm

Gordon Seabury, CEO of Mountainfilm sponsor Horny Toad, took some time over on the Tao of Toad blog to provide some thoughts on this year's festival

I always look forward to my annual Memorial Day weekend pilgrimage to Telluride. It’s a chance to breathe in the fresh air of my favorite mountain town and be renewed by the art, culture and stories that are Mountainfilm. This year did not fail to inspire all who went, so I thought I owed it to the great people behind the festival to share just a few of the many highlights from this year’s line-up.

While NPR beat me to reviewing the amazing documentary Buck, it deserves another mention. This film about Buck Brannaman, the true horse whisperer, is not what it appears. I arrived expecting a story about a man’s unique relationship with horses and came away with an evolved perspective on being a good husband, father and adult. He is an amazing person with a captivating story that (lucky for all) will soon be released in theaters on a limited basis – definitely catch it if you have the chance!


Mountainfilm 2011 Intros

To take you back to this year's festival, check out some of this Mountainfilm 2011 intros.

Telluride Mountainfilm Intro | 2011 from felt soul media on Vimeo.