Interviews, 50 Cents
This marks the third year that Interviews 50 Cents, the quirky series of conversations with Alex Chadwick, will screen at Mountainfilm. Unfortunately, Chadwick can’t be in Telluride this year, as he is on assignment in Poland. Nevertheless, we will show four of his 2010 pieces, all filmed by Ethan and Erin Boehme at last year’s Festival. In this year’s film Chadwick chats with several feature guests: climate activist Tim DeChristopher talks about the mall cop who threatened to administer the ultimate punishment; artist Erica Nelson discusses the beauty of Kansas and the virtues of that state’s art scene; Andy Keller of Chico Bag looks at plastic; and climber Alex Honnold (Mountainfilm 2010, Alone on the Wall) explains how climbing films are made.
Yosemite Falls High-Line
Filmmaker Renan Ozturk (Towers of Ennedi and On Assignment) shows us a new angle on slack lining as Dean Potter attempts a perilous crossing at Upper Yosemite Falls.
Amazing what wonders can lead from an unassuming hole in the ground: crystal spires, cathedrals of calcite, gypsum cascades. To access this magical cave, however, a certain suffering must be endured and one must overcome more than a little fear. For the cavers of Into Darkness, this means squeezing through impossibly constricted spaces, exhaling everything in their lungs to make their bodies improbably flat, feeling their heartbeats thud into intractable rock, or holding themselves up by nothing more than their armpits. The contortion and pain is worth it, though, as they emerge into a dazzling underworld chamber of secrets and experience one of our world’s few final frontiers.
So right as we were finalizing this program you are now reading, we received an email from longtime Mountainfilm guest Timmy O’Neill who wanted to offer his own theatrical take on Greg Mortenson:
“I want to do a piece called,‘Three Cups of Coffee — Jacked on Activism.’ It will be fast and fun, sincere and effective. Trust me — I have not failed, misled or lied to you, and I truly feel this will be powerful. It's not about taking down or destroying but bolstering and empowering. Humor, Love and Trust get together for a few cups of coffee and to find a lust for life.
You get the idea.”
What could we do but say “yes?”
In Person: Timmy O’Neill
With this film, Life Cycles co-creators Derek Frankowski and Ryan Gibb have changed the visual aesthetic of mountain biking forever.