The number 35 holds a special significance for us this year because 2013 marks our 35th festival, so a film with this title is particularly apt. Of course it takes more than a good title to get into this festival, and this poetic reflection by a man turning 35 qualifies.
Directed by Corey Rich
David Lama is best known as the young competition climber who conquered an 8b+ at the age of 12 and went on to become a junior world championship and twice winner of the European Youth Cup. But these days, Lama is focused on the toothy peaks in the world’s tallest mountain ranges.
Directed by Matt Morris
Tintype was one of the first “instant” forms of photography that allowed images to be developed quickly and inexpensively. The process was popular at fairs around the time of the Civil War, so it preceded the modern-day Instagram by over 150 years.
Filmmakers Beth and George Gage have brought unforgettable characters to Mountainfilm audiences — the men of the Tenth Mountain Division with Fire on the Mountain and Carrie Dann with American Outrage — and they do it again with Bidder 70, which tells the story of Tim
Directed by Jim Demuth
Indie band Django Django became obsessed by the infamous Indian “Well of Death” riders in Allahabad. This music video for their song “Wor” features a bunch of guys with the most rock-solid testicles in India as they outpace gravity to the delight of spectators.
Directed by Daniel Dencik
Expedition to the End of the Worldis both a literal and figurative journey for a group of adventurers identified mysteriously as “A Captain,” “An Artist” and “A Marine Biologist.” Along with several others, they sail a three-masted ship — much like pirates — deep into a fjord in Greenla
Directed by Dara Bratt
John Bedford is a 75-year-old man obsessed with the butterflies. Traveling around the globe — from the jungles of Vietnam to Mayan ruins in Guatemala — to watch and collect the beautiful insects, Bedford’s passion for the extraordinary takes the form of visual poetry in this short documentary.
Directed by Gaby Bastyra
“Once upon a time, a genius of science, a chemist called Leo, stumbled on a substance, a curious gloopy mess, that molded into any shape the genius cared to test.” While his marvelous gloop seemed to have unlimited uses, it also had a darker side that no one could foresee.
Directed by Ross Whitaker
In part because of long, systemic poverty, Ireland has managed to keep alive traditions that might have otherwise gone the way of progress. Home Turf takes us to a bog where a band of old turf cutters have assembled to work and catch up on news and banter.
Directed by Kamryn Blackwell, Chappelle Branch, Danielle Clapperton, Philip Clifford, Gary Harrison, Alan Thomas, Kevin Wingate
What are human rights? This short documentary created by youth producers in Baltimore, Maryland, tells us why they are important for everyone.
Directed by Bryan Smith
“From the youngest age, we are taught to believe that safety is our greatest need. We created Icarus and his dream of flight, and then we walled ourselves in with cubicles tight.” So begins the poem in Joy of Air, which demonstrates that safety does not necessarily mean “no fun.”
Directed by Brett Novak
Kilian Martin has brought his own unique style of skateboarding to the masses through the thoughtful eye of Brett Novak. If you remember the days of Powell Peralta and Rodney Mullen, you’ll appreciate Martin keeping that innovative style of skateboarding alive.
Directed by Niels Windfeldt
If your backyard mountain bike jumps require a five-story drop-in ramp for speed, chances are your name is Andreu Lacondeguy. The Antimedia film crew takes us to Lacondeguy’s training compound in the suburbs of Barcelona, Spain, for a day in the life of one of the best riders in the world.
Directed by Jenny Nichols
“Science is important,” says Bruce Means, whose investigative work into a species of tiny toads in remotest Guyana, South America, is featured in this engaging short. Science is also, by the look of it, exotic, exciting and not without a hint of danger.
Directed by T.C. Johnstone
In a year when cycling has suffered with the disgrace of Lance Armstrong, it’s a relief to see racers who recognize that it’s not all about the bike. This film relates the remarkable story of the Rwandan race team, cyclists who are pedaling away from the horror of genocide.
Directed by Sebastian Doerk
Four decades ago, a couple of young guys hauled a bicycle up Mont Simmerstein in a rugged pocket of the Austrian Alps and attempted to ride down. The mountain — known as the Sea of Rock for its jagged armor of boulders, stones and cliffs — destroyed the bike.
Directed by Joshua Izenberg
How has John Kitchin found a way to connect physically to the center of the world and spiritually to the divine? By rollerblading. Sounds crazy, but before you write Kitchin off as certifiable, you should consider that his actual certifications are in neurology and psychiatry.
Directed by Fitz Cahall
On April 6, 2011, Roger Strong was skinning to one of his favorite backcountry runs on Washington’s Snoqualmie Pass with some friends when he triggered a violent avalanche. The slide tore through the couloir, leaving Strong and the other skiers badly injured.
Many terrific bands have been filmed by La Blogotheque for their Take Away Shows (check it out online, and you might find yourself immersed in this art for hours). Here, they team up with the human rights group Invisible Children in Uganda to capture a band called The Very Best on film.
After four nights and five days, Craig DeMartino, Jarem Frye and Pete Davis scrambled to the top of the 1,800-foot Zodiac Wall on Yosemite’s El Capitan on June 9, 2012. It’s a route that’s been climbed countless times, but not like this: the first all-disabled ascent.
Impeccable rock, one-of-a kind setting, good and trusted friends: the stuff of climbers’ dreams. Real life is rarely so straightforward, though, and this story of a climbing trip in Kyrgyzstan is haunted by the specter of an earlier one that had frightening and dire results.
Directed by Peter Young
Maybe you haven’t heard of the Ross Sea but after watching this film, you won’t forget it. Located in the Southern Ocean, it’s home to an abundant array of aquatic life, including whales, penguins and seals, and is the last pristine marine ecosystem on earth.
Anything can have a personality, including a colored pencil. Created by primary-school students from Portugal, this film is about a family of pencils who come to life through stop-motion animation, and one particular pencil learns how to draw the world
The only problem with this film is that it’s short. The brief glimpse we get of calf roper Kendrick Dominingue’s life, and the introduction to his dream of being the best roper in the land, is like catching the scent of a rich feast and having to settle for just a lick of the gravy.
Here’s a climate solution: Reverse the trend that has doubled the size of the average American home over the last 40 years. This enlightening and fun documentary is about idealists who decide to live in small spaces, some no bigger than a single-car garage.
This film features bloody knuckles, all-out grunt sessions and willful participation in pain. Welcome to the world of off-width crack climbing, a sub-genre that attracts a rare breed willing to jam elbows, knees, torsos — whatever it takes, really — into large cracks for climbing ascents.
Directed by Louis Schwartzberg
This film is a great way for children to learn about the birds and the bees — literally. Wings of Life is the story of pollination, an ongoing dance between flowers and the bees, bats, hummingbirds and butterflies that are essential to life on earth, particularly for humans.
The wolves featured in this short live in a shelter and have never known life in the wild. But you would never know that by looking into their eyes or listening to their howls, which express a connection to a deep, abiding and mysterious place that has no link with captivity.