“Depression is the surest way to evil” is a truism uttered by Rabbi Nachman and yet another reason to be happy. Who better to get happy with than Roko Belic, director of Happy, Speed Levitch (Live from Shiva’s Dance Floor) and Tom Shadyac, director of I Am, all in conversation with Festival Director David Holbrooke.
In Person: Roko BelicSpeed LevitchTom ShadyacDavid Holbrooke
As the Arab Spring moves into summer (and does so without Osama Bin Laden), Roger Cohen of the New York Times and Vali Nasr, an author and advisor to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, along with Koran By Heart director Greg Barker, try their best to figure out what this means for the New Middle East.
In Person: Roger CohenVali NasrGreg Barker
At Mountainfilm 2010, Suzan Beraza premiered her film, Bag It, the easygoing expose on our plastic world. David deRothschild, Andy Keller of Chico Bags and artist Judith Selby Lang (One Plastic Beach) join Beraza to talk about the perils of plastic.
In Person: Suzan BerazaDavid de RothschildAndy KellerJudith Selby Lang
Last year Mountainfilm exhibited Wes Skiles’ breath taking photographs of Blue Holes in the Bahamas. Sadly, two months after the festival, Skiles was killed in a diving accident. A month later, his luminescent photos graced the August cover of National Geographic. Photographers Jim Balog, Antrim Caskey, Chris Rainier and George Steinmetz talk about the risks they take to make the photos that move us–and at what cost.
In Person: James BalogAntrim CaskeyChris RainierGeorge Steinmetz
For some it is a way of life; for others it is a four-letter word. Emma Bee of the Beehive Design Collective; Maria Gunnoe; and teen activist Alec Loorz talk about the human cost of this energy source.
In Person: Emma BeeMaria GunnoeAlec Loorz
Rob Faris, who is in charge of programming at Outside TV, Chris Keyes, editor of Outside magazine, and Joe Spring who runs Outside online, will talk about how these connected, but also distinct, entities work together. Then, these brave men will take pitches for story and show ideas from the audience.
In Person: Rob FarisChris KeyesJoe Spring