I Want to Live in the Zoo
Did you ever want to live in the zoo? This is a really colorful movie that shows what it is like to live in the zoo. — Zoe Cooper, age 6
10 Year Old Kai Jones' Mind-Blowing Season Edit
This father-son journey was filmed by Kai’s dad, Todd Jones, during his breakout 2016/2017 ski season. Watch as Kai discovers new tricks and levels of skiing as a 10 year old.
"10-year-old Kai says it just right: “Ski all day, and all night, live the dream, and have a good time.” — Jake Martin, age 13
Intersection: Micayla Gatto
Professional mountain biker and artist Micayla Gatto recreates in her paintings the sweeping vistas of ridgelines she rides on her bike. Both cornering berms and putting paintbrush to canvas allow Gatto to achieve that magical flow state where she exists completely and happily in the present moment. Intersection takes us inside the vibrant space where artist and athlete collide, as Gatto pedals through her artwork with a splash of color.
Imagination: Tom Wallisch
From the boredom of the backseat of his parents’ station wagon, a young skier imagines the passing front-yard snow piles and sloping roofs as suburban ski terrain. His daydream suddenly springs to life as freeskier Tom Wallisch flies over Airstreams and garbage cans, and down the steps and rails of Nelson, British Columbia, sparks flying when his skis meet pavement. Imagination is an homage to the late Canadian freeskier J.P. Auclair’s iconic street segment from the film All.I.Can. (Mountainfilm 2011), which proves with a little snow and creativity anything is possible.
My Mom Vala
Rivers run through Vala Árnadóttir’s blood; she was raised by fishing guides. She lives in the city of Reykjavík, Iceland, with her 10-year-old daughter Mathilda, and teaches Mathilda the art of casting, the tricks of fish, the peace of standing on the banks watching the water flow by. But when Vala travels to Greenland for guiding work, immersing herself in a landscape that’s as beautiful and fertile as it is barren and unforgiving, Mathilda doesn’t come along. Not yet. This short film paints the fantastical and mysterious country of Greenland through Mathilda’s fantasies and Vala’s eyes.
Up All Night
The nighttime reveries we call dreams fascinate us from a young age. Dorothy Jean Ross recounts a fanciful dream she had in Up All Night. Get ready for Peter Pan, Sylvester Stallone and Reno in a fantastical and imaginative short film that captures the whimsical nature of dreams. — Kitty Holbrooke, age 18
This film shows you that there are some things out there that are cooler than looking at your phone. — Joe Galbo, age 12
Dear Mr. President
Remember when adults were, like, really smart? Here’s one, talking about climate change: “I believe there is weather, I believe there is change and I believe it goes up and it goes down and it goes up again and it changes depending on the years and centuries.” But wiser voices are weighing in. “Burning all these fossil fuels creates carbon dioxide into our atmosphere and gets stuck,” That’s Diego, 12, reading from his letter, one of thousands collected by Protect Our Winters as part of its effort to mobilize the outdoor sports community against climate change. Who’s the grown-up now?
This Telluride-made film details how humans and the surrounding environment can benefit from using less plastic water bottles and more tap water. You will learn the source of tap water, how to filter it and how it gets to our houses. I enjoyed the quirky animation with fish eating the pollution. — Brooke Shifrin, age 15
The Day I Beat the Sky
Music overcomes fear in this cute film. — Maia Coe, age 13
The Piñata King
In Mexico, no child’s birthday party is complete without a piñata. Piñatas made by the Piñata King, along with his family, friends and most of his fellow townspeople, are unique pieces of crafted artisanship. For some kids, the beauty of the piñata is worth more than the sweet goodies hidden inside. For others, it’s still all about the goodies.
A New View of the Moon
Wylie Overstreet was hanging out in his L.A. apartment one night and, out of boredom, decided to take his high-powered telescope out to the street to peer at the moon. Pretty soon people began wandering up and asking him what he was up to. When he showed them, they nearly fell over in awe. A New View of the Moon is just the reminder we need to keep looking up. Because as Galileo said, back in 1610, “it’s a beautiful and wondrous sight to behold the body of the moon.”
40th Anniversary Retrospective: From the Vault Program
In this animated delight, a lone sea turtle travels through space, creating a magical world of forests, rivers, mountains and monkeys with her breath.
Meet the Real Wolf
Throughout history, myths about the “big bad wolf” generated scary stereotypes of the animal that crept out of fairy tales and into human consciousness. By the 1950s, wolves were pushed to the brink of extinction in the lower 48. In this short film, predator becomes protagonist as we learn what happens when the wolf is no longer antagonized, but recognized as the missing link in a healthy ecosystem.
Telluride local, championship runner and 2017 Wendy's High School Heisman Award winner, Soleil Gaylord will speak on the power of hard work, commitment and the inspiration she gains from running in the mountains.
In Person: Soleil Gaylord