In 2000, we launched Mountainfilm on Tour, thinking that the magic of the festival might travel well. Much like a circus or carnival, the original concept was to reach a broader audience by visiting communities around the world. We started with shows mostly in the American West, but the tour has expanded in its dozen years. Just last year, Mountainfilm on Tour visited China, Sierra Leone, Scotland, Brazil, Norway, Chile and Canada.
How does it work? Each traveling program is a customized, tailored in collaboration with the hosting organization. Our partners include first-rate theaters, such as the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, or The Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, but we also play at universities, secondary schools, civic and nonprofit organizations. Sometimes our host is simply an individual whose mind was blown by what he or she saw at the festival in Telluride and who believes that the inspiring stories of Mountainfilm would work well in his or her neighborhood.