Last year, Mountainfilm screened Dear Governor Cuomo about New York state’s bitter battle over lifting the moratorium on fracking, which inspired this year’s festival film Dear Governor Hickenlooper about fracking in Colorado. Dear President Obama is in the works, so Shane Davis, a.k.a. The Fractivist; Jesse Moss, director of The Overnighters; and David Sassoon, founder and publisher of Inside Climate News, gather to discuss this fractious and complicated issue.
In Person: Shane DavisJesse MossDavid Sassoon
Want to Be a Photographer?
Using their words and no pictures, three photographers talk about why they entered their challenging profession and where they see its future: ethnographic photographer Nevada Wier; photojournalist Matt Black; and Steve Winter, whose images of big cats are hanging from various trees in Telluride.
In Person: Nevada WierSteve WinterMatt Black
Making Music in the Morning
Had enough with all this talking? Come and join Peter Yarrow and friends for a spirited singalong.
In Person: Peter Yarrow
Some people like to have their feet on the ground; others prefer to be airborne. Extreme base jumper DEAN POTTER (When Dogs Fly) and ELIZABETH STREB, founder of the Streb Extreme Action dance company (Born to Fly), discuss the art of flight.
In Person: Dean PotterElizabeth Streb
James “The Amazing” Randi with Tom Shadyac
James Randi started out in show business in 1946 as “The Amazing Randi,” a magician and escapologist. This fascinating title character of An Honest Liar joins director/producer Tom Shadyac to talk about his singular career and life.
In Person: Tom ShadyacJames Randi
American Rivers Running Free
After more than a century of damming rivers in the U.S., a strong movement has surfaced to let these waterways run free. Speaking about the impact of this encouraging trend are Sinjin Eberle with American Rivers; Pete McBride, director of Chasing Water (Mountainfilm 2011) and Matt Stoecker, producer of DamNation.
In Person: Sinjin Eberle Pete McBrideMatt Stoecker
What do these wise women have to teach us about fighting the good fight — and winning? Katie Lee is, well, the impassioned Katie Lee; and Shelly Silbert is the executive director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness.
In Person: Katie LeeShelley Silbert