Mountainfilm, which is in full swing in Telluride and Mountain Village this Memorial Day Weekend, is at its foundation a documentary film festival — a platform for cutting-edge films about environments worth protecting, epic adventures, remarkable cultures, complex political issues and indomitable spirit.
But Mountainfilm is more than just a parade of movies on the big screen. There’s a whole other side of the festival that doesn’t involve moving pictures. At Mountainfilm, you will find theater presentations by some of the most impressive humans on the planet, workshops aimed at filmmakers, live music, live art, parties aplenty and a studio that turns film-watching into an immersive experience.
Following is Mountainfilm’s guide to some of its best programs that don’t involve movies on the big screen.
Mountainfilm rolls into Telluride this week, a tidal wave of documentary films, theater speakers, panel discussions, adventure tales, scientific discourse, bold activism and outdoor events.
It’s a lot to digest and a lot to plan for. And what many locals may not realize is that amid the talks, walks, films and presentations, there are many free events — so many that you could string together an entire itinerary without purchasing a pass, getting your yearly dose of inspiration, even if you don’t have a lanyard.
At Mountainfilm, we believe in spreading stories of indomitable spirit far and wide, but we also don’t want to forget the people who live in our backyard. That said, the following guide of free festival events should ensure that you emerge from the festival moved, motivated — or at least with a shift in mindset.
Mountainfilm on Tour was honored to team up with longtime Mountainfilm sponsor Wagner Custom Skis — Telluride's homegrown ski company — for an exclusive giveaway for Mountainfilm on Tour attendees. To enter the contest, we asked people to share their favorite films from the tour and tell us how these films inspired them to take action.
As we close out the 2016-17 Mountainfilm on Tour season, we’re filled with overwhelming gratitude for the filmmakers and guests who made this year’s efforts unforgettable. It was a record-setting year for the tour, reaching over 70,000 people worldwide, including 20,000 students. The tour serves an essential part of Mountainfilm’s mission to inspire audiences to create a better world, and we couldn’t do it without all the filmmakers who share their films on tour.
Mountainfilm is counting down the hours to its 39th annual festival, which will feature a packed schedule of documentary films, presentations, talks, art, ideas and inspiration over this Memorial Day weekend.