Mountainfilm Blog

Mountainfilm's blog has evolved quickly and steadily to become the engine that drives This steady current of images, words and action carry global news about Mountainfilm themes, issues and personalities. Please join in the conversation, and let us know what you think about the cultural, environmental and socio-political issues and  heroes of adventure and activism that we highlight.

An Interview with Daniel Nocera

October 30, 2008 nocera.jpg Daniel Nocera—a guest at Mountainfilm's 29th annual festival in 2007—is the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and Professor of Chemistry at MIT. His group at MIT focuses on the basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry. Earlier this year, Nocera helped develop a potentially revolutionary catalyst that can use solar power to generate hydrogen from water. His discovery may be the long-elusive answer to efficient solar power and the leading breakthrough scientific discovery of the century. Here is the latest article about Dr. Nocera, and a list of related articles. Following are excerpts of an interview he held with executive director Peter Kenworthy during the 2007 festival. PK: In layman’s terms, what is your energy conversion work all about?

Wanna make a positive impact? Dance!

October 27, 2008 David came across this article last week about a sustainable dance club, where every electric slide, moonwalk and tango creates energy that lights up the floor. Thanks to the piezoelectric effect—in which materials create energy by being squeezed—the new dance club in Rotterdam called Watt is entertaining people in a sustainable way. The technology isn't perfect yet, but think of the possibilities! Check out the full details about the club here.

MF Fest Films & Guests in the News

October 24, 2008 This week the New York Times featured two articles about films screened at Mountainfilm 2008 last May. Here's an article about Sarah Palin and the Pebble Mine issue, featured in the film Red Gold.
What is at stake: Lake Iliamna, near the site of the proposed
Pebble Mine. Film still courtesy Felt Soul Media ©Ben Knight
Ben and Travis (the directors of the film) had no idea, when they featured Sarah Palin's voice in the opening scene of their film, that she would become a household name in a few short months.

Mountainfilm 2008 Festival Photos

October 16, 2008 I thought I would share some of the great photographs that our staff photographers took during the festival last May. This first batch is by Jennifer Koskinen.


Waiting in queue for the Sheridan


Checking out the festival program in front of the Nugget


The Big Snow local's show at the Bean

Generous MF Donor Fights Poverty in Brazil

August 26, 2008 The 2008 festival was particular Domino-liscious. This story is the first of several examples of Mountainfilm's direct positive impact on the world, stemming from the 2008 festival, that I will be posting on the blog in the coming weeks. For more Mountainfilm Domino Effect stories click on the Domino Effect category to the right.

A Discussion on Slavery with Ben Skinner

August 12, 2008 Today we're adding a new feature to the blog: guest interviews. Our first interviewee is Ben Skinner, author of A Crime So Monstrous and a guest presenter at Mountainfilm 2008. Going undercover when necessary, Skinner infiltrated trafficking networks and slave quarries, urban child markets and illegal brothels. In the process, he became the first person in history to observe the sales of human beings on four continents. ben-headshot.jpg Ben Skinner Emily Long: Ben, how did you become interested in the topic of slavery?

Urban Agriculture

Editor's note: We've been taking a brief siesta from the blog, but we're back now. Thanks everyone for reading, and welcome back to the Conversation! In the coming weeks, we'll be adding new posts with post-fest updates, office antics and just plain fun stuff. July 28, 2008 Posted by David Holbrooke, Festival Director My Mountainfilm Commitment was to start a vegetable garden in our backyard in Brooklyn and as you can see from the picture below, it turns out that growing food is not so easy.


We have a couple of cucumbers and some tomatoes but a lot more weeds and brown dirt—and of course, holes that our crazy dog Lola has dug. The real problem with our yard is that half of it gets great sun while the other half is shaded all day.