May 27, 2011 - 9:00 a.m.

Date: May 27, 2011
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.


Reading Frenzy

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at High Camp (Telluride Conference Center)

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheridan Opera House, Nugget and Masons Theaters

The Moving Mountains Symposium has traditionally focused on a single issue, and over the last four years Mountainfilm has looked at Energy (2007), Water (2008), Food (2009) and Extinction (2010). These issues come with challenges so grave that we decided we need to do more than talk: We need to take action. Thus, this year's theme: Awareness Into Action.

Our hope is that members of the formidable audience–once informed–roll up their sleeves and make an impact. In other words, if you know something, do something.

Mountainfilm's outstanding guests live and work on the frontlines of some of the fiercest battles being waged today for the future of our planet. After framing the problem with which they grapple, they will show us how we, the audience, can be part of the solution. We know you'll be moved by their stories, but hope that you'll take the next step and get involved in such a way that you never have been before.

In the morning at High Camp, we'll have speakers on our recent themes: energy, water, food and extinction. After a lunch break (which is 90 minutes, allowing you to get food in town using coupons that will be given to you at High Camp), we'll reconvene for compelling sessions—at the Sheridan Opera House, the Nugget and the Masons—that will certainly raise your awareness and, hopefully, move you to action.

(The symposium is included with some passes. Tickets will be for sale at the entrance or online for $65.)



Filmmaker Tom Shadyac, director of I Am (Mountainfilm 2010), will open the Symposium with a call to action. He will also emcee the rest of the morning session.

In Person:
  • Tom Shadyac


    A lifelong resident of coal country in West Virginia, Maria Gunnoe has been fighting mountaintop removal, a take-no-prisoners approach to mining coal, ever since the debris from this brutal process landed in her backyard—quite literally. Fierce and unafraid, she has been featured in several documentaries on the topic, including On Coal River. She was also a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2009.

    In Person:
  • Maria Gunnoe


    Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis are filmmakers (King Corn and 2011 selections The City Dark and Truck Farm) who are also launching a new school garden program called FoodCorps, part of AmeriCorp. They are recruiting the founding class for a yearlong term of public service, during which they will establish desperately needed school gardens, farm-to-cafeteria supply chains and provide nutrition education.

    In Person:
  • Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis
  • Extinction - M Sanjayan


    Specializing in conservation and wildlife ecology, M Sanjayan is the lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy. He has been profiled in Outside Magazine and has been a guest on "Late Night" with David Letterman. For his first trip to Mountainfilm Sanjayan will speak at the Symposium about the unfolding nightmare that is the extinction crisis and how we can mobilize a movement to counter it.

    In Person:
  • M Sanjayan