Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We’re hoping that you get out and play this weekend and appreciate some of your favorite wild places and the wildlife that live there.
We’re spending our Memorial Day weekend in our beautiful backyard — Telluride for Mountainfilm. Currently in its 32nd year, the Mountainfilm Festival is a four-day, six-senses experience of art, adventure, culture and the environment. It attracts filmmakers, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers and explorers from around the world. The theme for this year’s festival is “Extinction.” It’s amazing to get so many people that are so passionate about important causes together in one place and we’re excited to connect with amazing people and organizations like Chris Jordan, Tim DeChristopher, Timmy O’Neill, Sweetgrass Productions and iLCP
Below, we’ve included a few trailers of films that we’ll be watching at this year’s festival.
In 1968, Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins and Lito Tejada-Flores were part of a group that drove from Ventura, California, to Patagonia to climb a new route on Mt. Fitzroy. The epic trip spawned a great mountaineering film (Fitzroy) and two major outdoor companies (Patagonia and The North Face).
Four decades later, director Chris Malloy followed mountaineer Jeff Johnson as he tried to retrace part of the route and recapture the same spirit on his own trip to South America. Of course you can’t just recreate an epic, but if you bring Timmy O’Neill along, sprinkle in the wisdom of Yvon and Doug and fortuitously pick up a beautiful surfer girl from Easter Island, you can create a lovely and thoughtful film. 180 South is about the true nature of adventure and how it’s changed and how it hasn’t.
In May 2009, a small team of rock climbers, including Osprey athlete Majka Burhardt, departed for Namibia with two goals: to find a way up an unexplored face, and to find a way into a deeper understanding of southern Africa. At the heart of their trip lies the question, can adventure and culture combine to create understanding? “WayPoint Namibia” is the story of their journey.
At the headwaters of the Flathead — America’s most pristine river located in one of the most diverse ecosystems in North America —a mining project is proposed that would destroy an irreplaceable landscape, critical habitat for endangered species. In Flathead Wild, we see how the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) capture the beauty of this wilderness treasure as a step toward protecting it. “If people see these images, they’re going to want to do the right thing.”
The spirit celebrated at the festival may be of a vital eco-system or a fragile one. It may be of an endangered culture or of one courageous soul. It may be of a grassroots sustainability movement or of the struggle of a species on the brink of extinction. In whichever case, it is always a spirit that is unique, important and eminently laudable.
Along with thought-provoking, inspiring conversations, Mountainfilm Festival is packed with some killer events! Head to the Mountainfilm blog for details. And if you’re walking the streets of Telluride, make sure to say howdy to the Osprey crew. You’ll know who they are by their matching packs (see below)!
Even if you’re not in Telluride, you can still check out a lot of the film trailers on the Mountainfilm website, as well as keep up with all of the action through their Blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.