Mountainfilm Festival

The Mountains come to the Sea!  
October 28, 2017
Cook Memorial Theater

Colorado’s Mountainfilm festival, now in its 40th year, is a documentary film festival with the mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. A selection of the best loved shorts goes on tour each year to over 100 locations on 5 continents. This year the tour came to the New Bedford Whaling Museum in October! The mix of documentary shorts included thought-provoking explorations of climate change and the environment, interactions with nature, and daring and inspiring outdoor adventures. A selection of appealing shorts just for kids was also be featured at one of the three programs.

The program included a family program in the morning followed by an afternoon and evening program with an opportunity to choose one or all three!

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Family / Children Festival
10:30–11:30 am

I am not a Mouse” Animation. 2 minutes.
Ascend” A young Vermont man who lost a leg finds inspiration riding a mountain bike. 6 minutes.
The Perfect Flight” An interest in damaged falcons connects a young man to the world. 6 minutes.
Lost in Light” Views of the sky at night show how light pollution changes what you see. 3 minutes.
Zain’s Summer: From Refugee to American Boy” A young boy, refugee from Pakistan, adapts to a new life in America. 13 minutes.
Winter the Grommet” Clean water becomes a goal for an Australian surfer kid 5 minutes.
The Pits” Animation. Finding your soulmate. 6 minutes.
Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out” Delightful bike tricks from the Scottish bike phenom. 7 minutes.
A Small Escape” Animation. 3 minutes.


Afternoon Program, Film Lineup #1 
3:30 – 5:00 pm

Denalis Raven” Spectacular scenery informs the life choices of an Alaskan mother, guide and pilot. 9 minutes.
Being Hear” A man records nature to experience silence. 10 minutes.
Lost in Light” Views of the sky at night show how light pollution changes what you see. 3 minutes.
Ice Call Skiing” Through the Mer de Glace glacier’s surreal caves and ice runs. 4 minutes.
Leche y Miel” The essential water of the Colorado River is over-dammed, over-allocated and diverted. What is the future for immigrant farm worker Jose Gonzalez and his family in Yuma, Arizona, where 90 percent of our winter vegetables are grown? 14 minutes.
One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts” A long-time cattle farmer transforms his farm and himself away from chemically raised beef. 15 minutes.
Mammoth” In the Russian Arctic, an aging permafrost scientist and his son have a plan to repopulate the land with bison, muskox and lab-created mammoths to mitigate the effects of climate change. 26 minutes.


Evening Program, Film Lineup #2
7–9 pm

Johanna Under the Ice” Finnish free-diver is the world record holder of diving under ice. 4 minutes.
Ascend,” “The Perfect Flight” and “Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out,” also played earlier, will follow.
Science in America” Neil deGrasse Tyson gives a heartfelt and compelling defense of science in the context of the history of America. 5 minutes.
Adaptation Bangladesh” A cultural anthropologist documents the resilience and innovation she finds in people dealing with extreme sea level rise. 10 minutes.
The Meander” A former Colorado mining town restores a river to its original course. 7 minutes.
The Seed Vault” The Svalbard Norway Global Seed Vault hopes to preserve crop diversity forever and secure our food future. 17 minutes.
American Psychosis” A journalist shares his view of a confluence of extreme consumerism, commercialism and blind indifference that are devastating today’s America. 15 minutes.
Through the Wall” Undocumented immigrants Abril and her son Julian live on the American side of the border wall in San Diego, while her husband lives in Tijuana Mexico. They and other separated families meet on Sundays on either side of the wall — their only contact. 6 minutes.
Zain’s Summer,” played earlier, will follow.
Waking Dragons” A bird’s-eye ode to the power of the San Juan mountains in winter. 5 minutes.



10:30 am – 11:30 am  
Family Morning Program 

$10 per person (kids 12 and under are free)

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm  
Afternoon Program

$10 per person

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm  
Evening Program

$15 per person

Combo Ticket for both the afternoon and evening programs
$20 per person

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