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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.


The Transcendent Mosh Pit Of The Sufis ~

~ A Survival Guide aaron_kabul.jpg by guest blogger Aaron Huey, who reported from Mopti, Mali West Africa Discussed: The annihilation of all worldly things, Jay-Z, Chechnya, snake licking, Imam Hussein’s Birthday, smelly dreadlocks, love poems, the sky god, embarrassment, injury, and death.

A Change of Perspective

by David Holbrooke, festival director I am back in Brooklyn for the weekend before a final push to Mountainfilm. Given that the festival takes place over Memorial Day weekend which I consider to be the start of summer—and it is only two weeks away, it was a little odd to drive through snow to get to the Durango airport.
Between various airport trips and the jaunt to Fruita recently (see previous post) I have been driving around the Southwest quite a bit. I have to say I look at it differently since seeing Laurel Garrett's film, A Land Out of Time, at MF last year. That film focused specifically on all of the natural gas that is being taken out of this area.

Roads, Rides and Rivers

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