Take Away Film: Uganda

This long-form music video features talent from three continents: Africa, Europe and North America. Swedish, Texan, Ugandan, Malawaian and British musicians collaborated with American and French filmmakers, including the French music gurus La Blogotheque, to create this celebratory cross-cultural mosaic. Take Away Film: Uganda was also a crowd-funded side project of Invisible Children's former director of artist relations, Kenny Laubbacher.

SuperMom

With a graceful style and aggressive lines, Wendy Fisher ruled the women’s big mountain freeskiing scene from 1996 to 2004. She skied Alaskan spines, hucked cliffs, starred in movie segments, won many championships, kept up with male cohorts and inspired a new generation of female badasses. Then she had kids and traded in the life of a professional skier for being a mom to two red-headed boys. This Solomon film checks in with Fisher, who gets the opportunity to see if she’s still got it on the steeps of B.C. and Chile.

Super Size Me

In 2004, the food movement was still gathering momentum when Morgan Spurlock’s groundbreaking documentary Super Size Me arrived in theaters. For the film, Spurlock ate only at McDonald’s for one month to see what would happen. He experienced a precipitous decline in health and generated an exposé about fast food chains and the American way of eating. Ten years after the its premiere, Spurlock shares the film at Mountainfilm and will discuss what’s changed during the intervening decade.

Summer Light

Skipping stones and plunging into the river from a bridge.The laughter of a pretty girl. Songbirds and the thick gold light of a summer evening and moments unbound. This short film is both an ode to summer and a reminder to hold on to the magical and sun-drenched memories of youth.

Sufferfest

With breathtaking free solo feats, blistering speed records and ascents of rock faces around the planet, Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright are at the top of their game in the world of professional climbing. But when they decide to link all of California’s 14,000-foot peaks via an ambitious human-powered bike tour, they find themselves out of their element.

Stumped

“The situation is so horrible, one way to grapple with it is by laughing at it,” says Will Lautzenheiser, a filmmaker who found himself infected mysteriously by a deadly bacteria. He survived with his life, but not his limbs. Now a quadrilateral amputee, Lautzenheiser lightens his situation by performing stand-up comedy.

Sticky

Long thought to be extinct, the Lord Howe Island stick insect was rediscovered under a bush on a desolate craggy island peak far off the coast of Australia. This lushly animated documentary tells the story about a remarkable creature — the Dryococelusaustralis is so large that it was nicknamed the “tree lobster” — thought to have gone the way of the dodo nearly a hundred years ago.

Stars Above Lofoten

A group of Norwegian students on a star-gazing field trip learn about astronomy and astrophysics and also get philosophical about their place in the universe.

Sound of the Void

When he was young, Sébastien de Sainte Marie saw a picture of Sylvain Saudan, “Skier of the Impossible,” and knew what he wanted to do with his life. Today, the Swiss skier picks extreme lines that few dare to try. In a sport where one slip or misjudged turn could mean death, de Sainte Marie is cool and collected. Sound of the Void follows him as he attempts a first descent of the 55-degree north face of Gspaltenhorn in the Bernese Alps and artfully captures his almost Zen-like calm.

Song of the Cicadas

This artful and evocative short film juxtaposes the solitude, loneliness and transformation of a prisoner with the cicada, an insect who spends 17 years of life isolated underground. Through interviews with American political prisoner Timothy Blunk, and inspired by the bug music of composer David Rothenberg, director Richard Knox Robinson finds beauty and poetry in isolation and emergence.

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