If you think that bikes can save the world — or at least have a hugely positive impact — then this film is for you. With My Own Two Wheels tells the story of four people whose lives have been deeply changed by bikes. In Africa, we meet a visiting nurse who sees infinitely more patients after he acquires a bike. We also meet a remarkable woman who overcomes serious physical handicaps to become the best bike mechanic in her town. In India, having a bike makes the difference between whether or not a young girl will be able to go to school. And in the United States, the film looks at a bike shop that is started to help troubled kids stay off the streets. Beautifully made by director Jacob Seigel-Boettner, this film is a hopeful portrait of a world where bikes rule.
Filmmakers Trip Jennings & Andy Maser (Mountainfilm 2010, Flathead Wild and others) return to Mountainfilm with Spoil, a film in which they follow the International League of Conservation Photographers and the Gitga'ata First Nation people of British Columbia in their search for the illusive spirit bear. All white, but not albino, and more rare than the panda, the spirit bear lives only in the Great Bear Rainforest on the north coast of British Columbia, a place that is at risk from a proposed oil pipeline. In an effort to oppose the pipeline, the iLCP's mission is to create images of this rare bear and the unique ecosystem upon which it relies. At risk is an intact and rare-in-the-world temperate rain forest that is home not only to the Gitga’ata, but also to a host of animals, from the spirit bear and genetically distinct wolves to an array of marine mammals.