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.

In the Home Stretch

May 5, 2008 mf_holbrooke_headshot.jpg Posted by Festival Director David Holbrooke "Let go" they tell me ... We had a staff meeting earlier this week and everyone on the MF staff told me it was now time for me to let go. After taking in a whole LOT of films/books/articles/conversations we have finally got the matrix as they call it around here locked. It has been quite a wild process to see - particularly as a filmmaker myself. I have to say the programming came about through a strange elixir of fortunate happenstance, late night hunches, and listening to as many, many, many wise people as I could. It also came about from a whole lot of time thinking about this.

Last Week for Early Bird Pass Prices


Sure, it's a shameless plug; but hey, it's for the benefit of everyone. Early bird prices for the 30th annual Mountainfilm in Telluride festival are in effect until May 1, 2008. That's next Thursday. The Wilson Pass, which provides admission to all festival programs, is over 15% off. You can't beat $250.00 for a weekend of inspiration, education, laughs and entertainment. The festival will be held May 23-26, 2008.


Beyond Ethiopian Sand

April 18, 2008 majkafinal3x5.jpg  by guest blogger Majka Burhardt, climber and author of the new book Vertical Ethiopa (All photos courtesy of Gabe Rogel)

photo courtesy Gabe Rogel

On Understanding the Lighter Side of Injury

April 7, 2008 annejpeg.jpg Our guest blogger this week is Anne Keller, an extremely talented photographer, whose work will be showing at this year's festival. Keller had the honor of accompanying and photographing world-class mountain biker, Tara Llanes, after an accident left Llanes paralyzed.


Holding to the Vision

March 28, 2008 katie-in-cap.jpg Special thanks to guest blogger, Katie Lee - one of the few people to travel Glen Canyon prior to the Glen Canyon Dam. It pours over my flushed, hot face-- a chilling, cold gift that flows from a breathtaking place in that hot and burnished desert. Even though my eyes and the bridge of my nose are numb and aching with the cold, my cheeks and lips burning under this icy fountain, I do not pull away. I’m locked in a painful kind of ecstasy. Random drops sprinkle my hair. I feel the soft tickle of moss against my cheek--its caress like loving fingers.


World Water Day is March 22, 2008

March 21, 2008
Did you know that the average African family uses about five gallons of water per day? The average American individual uses approximately 100-176 gallons per day. (Statistics are according to U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet "Water Q&A: Water Use at Home" and the World Resources Institute, 1998-99 and 1996-97. "A Guide to the Global Environment.) March 22 is World Water Day. The U.N. General Assembly dedicated this day in 1992 to raising awareness of the lack of clean, safe drinking water around the world. Events are planned in several countries. In the United States, 69 cities officially recognize World Water Day. For a list of events near you, visit this link at

Think Link: On Tour With Daiva

Posted March 19, 2007 As a Mountainfilm Tour presenter out on the road, I introduce myself to the audience du jour as their “guide for tonight’s cinematic journey around the world” and then proceed to tick off the locales we’ll collectively visit through the eyes of filmmakers, do-gooders, animals and heroes. Sometimes it’s a fleece-n-birks crowd, other times it’s a formal affair or sleepy eyed college kids taking a break from learning or partying. It’s a two-way experience as I get just as much out of it as they do. I return to the hotel or home of a host absolutely wired from the rush of sharing seldom seen labors of love with a roomful of folks hungry for inspiration, education and just darn tootin’ fun. It’s a tough job but somebody has to show it.