Mountainfilm Blog

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The Tiger Published TODAY - Exclusive Reading in Aspen

If you haven't read The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant, rush out the door today and get a copy. It's amazing. And while you're at it, you might as well grab his new book, The Tiger, which hits book stores TODAY. And while you're at it, you should come and see John Vaillant read sections from the gripping non-fiction account of an enormous bloodthirsty tiger that stalked a man IN PERSON. John will be joining us for Mountainfilm in Aspen on Friday evening. Buy tickets here.

Update on Recent Pitch Story

In the recent edition of Pitch, we mentioned John Harlin's expedition. As it turns out, John was evacuated about a month ago. Arlene Burns sent us the following note: john harlin fell 9 days into his swiss borderline hike/climb, was very lucky to live but broke both feet and was helicopter evacuated from the face (about a month ago) he intends to continue the journey next year (if his wife lets him!)

Mountainfilm in Aspen Opening Night Film

Join Mountainfilm in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House next week for Mountain Summit! We've got a weekend full of programs and events, a distillation of the annual festival in Telluride. The opening film is Gasland, with director Josh Fox in person. Buy tickets for Gasland here or link to the entire program here.

Outside's Awesome Schlock

When Outside Magazine was putting together a list of the top 25 documentary films for their upcoming September issue, they couldn't help but select a sidebar of the most awesome schlock films of all time, as well. You can probably guess the top of the list.

Check out the entire list, complete with trailers, here. While the sidebar only made it into their blog, the full list of Outside's greatest docs -- which Mountainfilm helped edit -- will be published soon, and available to grab early at Mountain Summit: Mountainfilm in Aspen.

Pakistan: How to Help

Here is a note we received from the director of the Acumen Fund in Pakistan: We are deeply concerned about the devastation caused by the recent flooding in Pakistan and wanted to share ways in which you can help support response efforts in this grave and urgent situation. Pakistan has been affected by the worst floods in living memory. 13.8 million people have been displaced by the floods in Pakistan and 6 million of these require immediate help according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The floods have severely affected all of the provinces of the country and the magnitude of the devastation dwarfs other recent natural disasters. The millions who have been displaced were living at or below the poverty line and whatever little possessions and assets they had have been washed away, and their crops destroyed by the flood. The public infrastructure in the region - including access roads and bridges - have been badly damaged or have collapsed. There is a desperate need for temporary shelter, clean drinking water and toilets to avert a public health catastrophe. People also need basic goods and essential medical care.

Photographer Wes Skiles Dies

Mountainfilm is saddened to announce the death of Wes Skiles, the enormously talented underwater photographer whose luminous photographs of Blue Holes graced the Silver Bell Gallery in 2010. Working with scientist Kenny Broad, Wes saw a world we could only imagine and only when he brought us his stellar photographs did we begin to understand what he had seen. We were lucky to have him in Telluride for the festival this year and very much hoped he'd be back again and again.

Wes Skiles

Please honor his work by getting this month's National Geographic, which has his photos on the cover, like the one below.

Stephen H. Schneider

The influential climatologist Stephen H. Schneider--husband of Mountainfilm 2010 Symposium speaker Terry Root--passed away on Monday. The New York Times has written a touching obituary.