With our Moving Mountains Symposium on Food, we’ve been reading a lot about the subject this year. This article from the New York Times business section asks if a food revolution is happening, and in a column on the paper’s editorial page, Wendell Berry and Dr. Wes Jackson of the Land Institute write, “Clearly, our present ways of agriculture are not sustainable, and so our food supply is not sustainable.” Berry has written seminal books about food (and also a brilliant essay in Harper’s titled “Faustian Economics”). While Wes Jackson cannot attend Mountainfilm, soil expert Jerry Glover can. He works with the Land Institute and was named by Nature magazine as one of five crop researchers who could change the world.
Another symposium guest is Dan Barber, who was just named by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. Daniel Nocera, a Mountainfilm guest in 2007, was also on that list.
The website www.meatlessmonday.com is starting a movement to encourage people to reduce their meat consumption by offering recipes and other suggestions. If you get your protein from fish, check which seafood is sustainable by texting Fishphone at 306-44. For example, if you type “fish” and a species, say, “salmon,” you’ll receive a text explaining that wild salmon from Alaska is the best choice (something Mountainfilm audiences know from watching Red Gold in 2008).
We are thrilled to premier Ken Burns’ latest: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. This will be the first time an audience can see the entire series, which won’t air on television until fall. On Friday at the Palm, both Burns and special guest Bill McKibben will stay for a Q&A after the screening of episode one.
The National Parks isn’t our only world premiere that evening. We will be the first festival to show Samsara by Renan Ozturk at the Sheridan Opera House, which features Mountainfilm regulars Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin as they attempt to climb a notorious route, the Shark’s Fin, on Meru in India. At the Nugget, we are excited to present the first screening of The Farm: Ten Down by Jonathan Stack, which is about Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison. Several shorts will also premiere: History Making Farmer on the Move, Interviews 50 Cents, and Clearing the Channel.
Sunday will have a world premiere as well, when The Edge of Telluride, directed by James Kleinert and featuring Josh Geeter, Kim Havel, and Scott Kennett screens.
See the entire film list for all selections, as well as show times, synopses and trailers.
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Cover photo by Tim Vierling, Food photo by Nick Wolcott , Symposium photo by Jennifer Koskinen , Premiere photo by Damon Johnston , Pico Iyer photo by