Our Mission

Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah educates and inspires local audiences to create a better world through the power of film, people, stories and conversation in partnership with Telluride Mountainfilm.

History of Mountainfilm on Tour in Savannah

Zelda Tenenbaum brought the Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour to Savannah in 2009. She wanted to share this wonderful festival with Savannah that she had been attending in Telluride for several years. The first year of the festival in Savannah was held at the Jepson Center for the Arts. In 2011, the festival found its current home at the beautiful Trustees Theatre in downtown Savannah.

Festival Growth


Zelda talks about Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah

Mountainfilm Festival History

Telluride Mountainfilm is a 36-year-old documentary film festival that takes place every Memorial Day Weekend in Telluride, Colorado. Its fame has spread worldwide, and consequently it has developed a Mountainfilm on Tour which has reached over 20,000 people in 70 locations, on 5 continents. “Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, adventures worth pursuing and conversations worth sustaining.” Mountainfilm is also explained by its motto, “Celebrating Indomitable Spirit,” which could be paraphrased as celebrating unimaginable triumphs in human society and in nature. The stories told through film involve the human spirit showing actions people take to overcome barriers or make a difference for others. “Tashi and the Monk,” a former monk struggles under the weight of his calling – to create a community for orphaned and neglected children in a remote community in the foothills of the Himalaya.  Directed by Johnny BurkeAndrew Hinton, this beautiful film reminds us that while there is a lot of darkness in the world, there are also beautiful shining points of light.  “Who Owns Water” reveals how Georgia, Alabama and Florida are locked in a battle over water from their once-bountiful rivers. Directed by David HansonMichael Hanson, and Andrew Kornylak, this film hits home as we watch two young brothers decide to paddle the three rivers in the Appalachiacola–Chattahoochee–Flint River Basin to tell the story of a system that still flows, though it’s threatened from all sides. Who Owns Water received a Mountainfilm Commitment Grant in 2013.   Films are diverse in nature , and take us from seeing doctors cure the blind in Africa to watching a biker sail through the air on tracks we might never follow. Always , there is adventure and inspiration for each of us to do more. Mountainfilm’s most treasured adjective is “inspiring.” An old definition of inspire was “to blow life into”—this festival is at its finest when it succeeds in blowing into you more life than you can imagine.