Every year, I find myself feeling a mixture of sadness and relief when I see the Mountainfilm banner taken down after the festival weekend is over. Our guests left town with sails full from the rousing reception they received and our filmmakers have headed to other festivals (and hopefully new projects that they’ll bring back to Telluride), but I wonder about our audience. I want to know what sort of impact the weekend had on them and how it will affect their lives.
This year was particularly compelling in regard to potential impact as we kicked off the festival with the Moving Mountains Symposium on climate solutions, the great challenge of future generations. Our speakers examined the problem, described some solutions and exhorted the audience to action, but the true test of whether it worked is what happens next. What will you, our audience, do as a result?