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Mountainfilm on Tour

Photograph by Tim Kemple

  • November 03, 2017 - November 04, 2017

  • 7 PM - 10 PM
  • $25.00

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Event

Mountainfilm on Tour returns to D.C.! Over two unique evenings, enjoy a rich selection of films from this year’s annual festival. Started in 1979, Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring. Far more than any other adjective, that’s how festival audiences describe their experience. Enjoy a multidimensional celebration of indomitable spirit and see through the eyes of world-class filmmakers, athletes, changemakers, and visionary artists.

Some films contain mildly graphic language.

November 3rd Film Schedule

Denali’s Raven, 9 min. Directed by Renan Ozturk
Pilot, mountain guide, and skier Leighan Falley, soars above the glaciers and peaks of the Alaska Range, with her daughter Skye strapped into the backseat of her de Havilland Beaver, in this glimpse of life in the high alpine.

Ascend, 6 min. Directed by Simon Perkins
After the amputation of his left leg from a rare form of cancer, Jon Wilson continues to pursue his favorite pastime of mountain biking.

Johanna Under the Ice, 4 min. Directed by Ian Derry
Finnish free diver Johanna Norblad shows why she is the world record holder in the little-known sport of free diving under ice.

Das Fischer, 9 min. Directed by Ben Herndon
This film offers a wry look at the idealization of American masculinity and outdoor pursuits.

HAFE: The Story Behind, 6 min. Directed by Sam Ketay
After experiencing abdominal discomfort, bloating and premonitory belching during a climb, two doctors gave their symptoms a descriptive name and published a surprisingly received article in a medical journal.

Where the Wild Things Play, 4 min. Directed by Krystle Wright
This ode to female athletes finds a rowdy group BASE jumping from high desert cliff, performing tricks on slacklines, climb granite routes, shredding singletrack, sking backcountry lines, and leaving the men behind.

Tatum Monod 2016, 4 min. Directed by Josh Berman
Canadian freeskier Tatum Monod embodies of grace and a distinctive style as she threads down pillowed slopes, steep spines and bold backcountry lines.

Through the Wall, 6 min. Directed by Tim Nackashi
This film shares the heartbreaking story of a family separated by the U.S.-Mexico border, who spend time together the only way they legally can.

Zain’s Summer: From Refugee to American Boy, 13 min. Directed by Joshua Seftel
Zain, a young boy who fled Pakistan with his siblings and mother prepares for a new life in America.

Osama & Ayman’s 4th of July, 3 min. Directed by Ben Mullinkosson
Osama and Ayman—skateboarders and brothers—laugh, pray, and reflect on what it means to be Muslim American in an era of fear and under the specter of presidential edicts such as travel bans. 2016 Mountain Commitment Grant winner.

The Time Travelers, 24 min. Directed by Brendan Leonard and Forest Woodward
Members of the U.S. Men’s Rafting team are the subjects of this incredible 2016 attempt to break the speed record for 277 miles of the Colorado River the Grand Canyon by rowing the entire stretch in only 34 hours.

La Lagosta, 2 min. Directed by Rush Sturges and Ben Marr
A paddler ditches the kayak for a pool toy to challenge a 70-foot waterfall.


November 4th Film Schedule

120 Days: Tarpon Season, 8 min. Directed by Ben Knight and Travis Rummel
This film offers an evocative and artful reflection on the art of saltwater flyfishing as well as the art and craft of filmmaking.

Chocolate Spokes, 6 min. Directed by Brendan Leonard
The dapper owner of a owner of  a pioneering bike shop in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood uses his shop to expand boundaries.

The Perfect Flight, 6 min. Directed by Joshua Isenberg
For falconer Shawn Hayes, the perfect flight shares with others the love and awe he feels from partnering with a wild animal — sharing with kids, especially, to help keep them away from a life of trouble.

Cowtown, 11 min. Directed by Greg Kohs
The oldest weekly professional rodeo in the United States is a place called Cowtown, located in the unexpected eastern state of New Jersey, where the third-generation proprietor—a former bull rider and lifelong cowboy—strives to keep his birthright intact, running horses, producing a weekly show and fending off exorbitant offers to purchase and develop his prime land.

The High Five, 11 min. Directed by Michael Jacobs
On October 2, 1977, Dusty Baker hit his 30th home run of the season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. As he rounded the bases, an excited rookie named Glenn Burke met him at home plate and slapped Baker's hand with the first high five recorded in the history of sports. A year later, Burke was forced out of baseball amid rumors of his sexual orientation.  This uses the gesture of the high five to explore the larger issue of what it means — then and now — to be gay in professional sports.

The Rugby Boys of Memphis, 13 min. Directed by David Darg
The rise of an inner-city Memphis high school's first rugby team shows how the unlikely sport is more than a game for the young players.

GoPro: Record-Breaking Jump with David Wise, 2 min. Directed by Sean Balmer
Kids, don’t try this at home.

John Shocklee: A Fairy Tale, 7 min. Directed by Ryan Heffernan and Grayson Shaeffer
He lived with his parents until he was 26, took a minimum-wage guide position at the age of 39, and at 52 still hasn’t landed what society would deem a real job. But refusing to grow up has worked out well for John Shocklee, who splits his time between ski guiding in Silverton, Colorado, and rowing dories down the Grand Canyon in a still fulfilling life.

Doing it Scared, 12 min. Directed by Matthew Newton
Eighteen years after suffering a life-changing accident on a gravity-defying tower off the coast of Tasmania, a climbers returns to the site to challenge himself in a new way.

My Irnik, 16 min. Directed by Francois Lebeau and Matthew Hood
In the Canadian Arctic, in the remote community of Kuujjuaq, a young father and mother are raising their son with an emphasis on shared adventures, connection to the land, the heritage of dog sledding, learning from the environment, and experiencing all that is the Far North.

Person of the Forest, 17 min., Directed by Tim Laman and Melissa Lesh
In the vanishing lowland rainforests of Borneo, research is underway to uncover and understand the unique cultural behaviors in wild orangutans before it’s too late.

Owl Dancing, 2 min. Directed by Megan Lorenz­­­
Burrowing owls demonstrate their moves in a hilarious dance-off.


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