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TAKE EVERY WAVE

Our January 18th feature length film is Take Every Wave, a film by Rory Kennedy:

TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life of Laird Hamilton tracks the remarkable life and legendary career of big wave surfer Laird Hamilton. Much admired by the public, though often disdained or ignored by the surf industry itself, Laird is a unique sports icon—an athlete who has refused to compete professionally yet has dominated big wave surfing as no other figure in history has ever done.

Laird’s biographical story is told against the backdrop of a winter surf season on Kauai, where El Niño storm systems threaten to bring the biggest surf in decades. Mixing never-before-seen archival footage, with contemporary verité scenes shot in Southern California, Bermuda and Kauai, Take Every Wave weaves the past and present into an intimate and compelling portrait of a superstar athlete at the top of his game. Threaded throughout is a revealing, deeply personal interview with Laird as well conversations with the family members, friends, collaborators and detractors who know him best.

Take Every Wave provides an intimate, uncompromising look at a lifetime devoted to riding giant surf—and the price an athlete pays for greatness.

Friday Night Films

Denalis-Raven2

2016 USA / Duration: 9 mins 
Directed by: Renan Ozturk


Denali’s Raven

Like a raven on an updraft, 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. Born of a desire to see more of the dramatic landscape and a need to supplement her career as a mountain guide, Falley now works as a commercial pilot in Talkeetna, Alaska. She comes from a long line of aviators and finds inspiration working with other women in the high alpine. Denali’s Raven is a glimpse into the life of an Alaskan pilot, skier, alpinist and mother.

Ascend

2017 USA / Duration: 6 mins
Directed by: Simon Perkins


Ascend

After being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Jon Wilson had his left leg fully amputated. The loss of a limb stopped the cancer, but it didn’t stop Wilson from enjoying his favorite pastime of mountain biking. This short film celebrates the indomitable spirit that keeps him zooming through singletrack. “If I don’t ride a bike, I will lose my mind. It’s because I need to find that spiritual place, that spiritual channel on the trail,” Wilson says. “The simple answer is that it brings me joy.”

Ice-Call-Sam-Favret

2016 France / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Antoine Frioux


Ice Call – Sam Favret

At the Mer de Glace glacier on Mont-Blanc, freeskier Sam Favret gets abstract with a surreal landscape of frozen flumes, runnels, caves, features and walls, giving whole new meaning to the notion of skiing in “icy conditions.”

A-Field-Guide-to-Losing-Friends

2017 USA / Duration: 14 mins
Directed by: Chad Clendinen


A Field Guide to Losing Your Friends

Nate Henn was full of humor, generosity and spirit. He was so alive. But then, in 2010, a series of terror-related bombings devastated Kampala, Uganda, leaving 74 people dead, including Henn. The news was a devastating blow for his best friend Tyler Dunning, who plunged into darkness, grief, anger and self-medication. His only solace? Exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, where the cliff faces, pine forests and wildlife softened his raw emotions. It was a failed attempt to climb Longs Peak that really changed him: The humbling experience sent him on a quest to visit all 59 U.S. national parks. From Glacier to Bryce, Saguaro to Kenai, the Everglades to Yellowstone, he roamed. And through the adventures that unfolded, he pieced his life back together. He started to let others in. And, finally, he was able to say goodbye.

2017 USA / Duration: 6 mins
Directed by: Brendan Leonard


Chocolate Spokes

You’re not investing in a bike; you’re investing in a relationship.” So says Gregory Crichlow, the bow-tied owner of Chocolate Spokes, a Denver bike shop he opened in 2011. Making a relationship with neighborhood residents is something that gives Gregory pride. “As soon as you get a bike…your boundary expands a little bit because you can go farther.” From fixing a tire to building custom bikes, Crichlow has helped make Denver’s Five Points neighborhood and his shop go beyond what anyone thought possible.

The-Seed-Vault

2017 USA / Duration: 17 mins
Directed by: Daniel Sherer


The Seed Vault: Preserving Crop Diversity, Forever.

Amid a snow-covered Nordic landscape, a portal on the side of a frosty mountain leads to a long, dark tunnel and then a frozen door. Behind that door: the history of agriculture — of cultivation, selection and environmental symbioses — as told by more than 880,000 seeds. This is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, the largest collection of seeds in the world and a safeguard against loss of diversity, insurance that human agriculture can adapt and continue to feed the world. This film follows world-renowned scientist Cary Fowler as he delves into the state of agriculture, co-evolution, extinction and the future of our food supply.

Ditch-the-Van2

2017 USA / Duration: 10 mins
Directed by: Mallory Cunningham, Kyle Romanek


Ditch the Van

Cellist, singer-songwriter and political activist Ben Sollee spent a lot of time on whirlwind tours, flying over and driving through America’s towns and cities. He was becoming burnt out, and his health was suffering. So he bought an Xtracycle cargo bike, strapped his cello to it and set off on a five-year, 5,000-mile journey. His Ditch the Van Tour brings hardships, like broken wheels, tornadoes, unfriendly motorists, and takes twice as long for half the money as a traditional tour. But it also offers meaningful experiences and a more human pace of life in a frantic world, allowing Sollee time to ponder the big questions, such as: What is worth sacrificing? And what story is he trying to tell?

Zain's-Summer-From-Refugee-to-American-Boy

2016 USA / Duration: 13 mins
Directed by: Joshua Seftel


Zain’s Summer: From Refugee to American

Zain’s Summer depicts the sunny side of the refugee experience. Zain and his siblings and mother fled Pakistan 11 months before the period the film covers, a six-week summer language program to prepare young, new immigrants for the start of school. The possibility of a new life in America, relatively free from fear of violence and persecution, represents the very best of America in director Joshua Seftel’s telling. Zain’s openness to what the U.S. offers is old-fashioned and inspiring.

Lost-in-Light4

2016 USA / Duration: 3 mins
Directed by:  Sriram Murali


Lost in Light

This film is about how light pollution changes what you see. — Henry, age 13

Adaptation-Bangladesh-Sea-Level-Rise

2017 USA/Bangladesh / Duration: 12 mins 
Directed by: Justin DeShields


Adaptation Bangladesh: Sea Level Rise

The “new normal” of global climate change is, generally, a harrowing reality to contemplate. Cultural anthropologist (and Moving Mountains Symposium speaker) Alizé Carrére helps us see, however, that it does not need to be a reality devoid of hope. In Bangladesh — the most densely populated country in the world and one that will bear a disproportionate share of the impact of global climate change — Carrere shows us the kind of resilience, flexibility and innovation that will be requisite for the survival of our species.

One-Hundred-Thousand-Beating-Hearts

2016 USA / Duration: 15 mins 
Directed by: Peter Byck


One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts

Will Harris is not a typical back-to-the-earth organic farming advocate: He’s a hard-bitten, fourth-generation, good ol’ boy, commodity cowboy who raised cattle in strictest post WWII industrial fashion. Addicted to ammonium nitrate fertilizer, hormones and antibiotics, Harris squeezed every penny out of every cow pound. Until he didn’t. In 1995, Harris began to change how he farmed. He began to pay more attention to the microbes in his soil than to his chemically sponsored beef yields. In the process, he went from liking what he was doing “every year a little bit less” to feeling good about everything his transformed farm had to show him — including things he never expected to see.

Dawn-to-Dusk

2017 USA / Duration: 2 mins 
Directed by: Scott Hardesty


Dawn to Dusk

Any film that can combine an ode to The Big Lebowski with some fast longboarding is good by us. Far out, man.

Saturday Matinee

A-Small-Escape

2016 Sweden / Duration: 3 mins
Directed by: David Sandell


A Small Escape

This is such a sweet movie that it makes me want to watch more movies! — Zoe, age 5

I-am-not-a-mouse

2016 UK / Duration: 2 mins
Directed by: Evgenia Golubeva


I Am Not a Mouse

It’s about a mom telling someone she is a mouse and then her turning into a mouse. That’s really all I understand about the movie, but I really liked it. — Cyrus, age 6

Hey-Deer

2016 Hungary / Duration: 7 mins 
Directed by: Örs Bárczy


Hey Deer

Deer thinks he has all that he needs. And then he discovers himself, and everything changes. — Maia, age 13

Danny-Macaskills-Wee-Day-Out

2016 Scotland / Duration: 7 mins


Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out

Train whistles, farm animals, rolling green hills, hay bales and the most audacious bike tricks you’ve ever seen. Just another wee day out with physics-defying bike phenom Danny MacAskill.

The-Pits

2016 USA / Duration: 4 mins 
Directed by:  Mike Hayhurst


The Pits

Love and companionship is what everybody is truly looking for in life, even avocados. The Pits follows two avocado halves as they roam the lonely city streets looking for love. This film e(pit)omizes what it means to find your other half. —Kitty, age 17

My-Irnik4

 
Directed by: François Lebeau , Matthew Hood


My Irnik

In the Canadian Arctic, in the remote community of Kuujjuaq, a young father and mother are raising their irnik(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 — the dark rawness of the winter, the thaws of springtime, the seal soup of summer and the caribou hunting of the fall. My Irnik is about familial lines, ancestral culture, the generational transference of knowledge and the individual’s path to seek his or her own dreamscapes.

Ice-Call-Sam-Favret

2016 France / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Antoine Frioux


Ice Call – Sam Favret

At the Mer de Glace glacier on Mont-Blanc, freeskier Sam Favret gets abstract with a surreal landscape of frozen flumes, runnels, caves, features and walls, giving whole new meaning to the notion of skiing in “icy conditions.”

Winter-the-Grommet

2017 USA / Duration: 5 mins 
Directed by: Stefan Hunt


Winter the Grommet

A young surfer helps kids get clean water. — Jake, age 12

Whitefish-Proven-Here

2017 USA / Duration: 5 mins 
Directed by:  Joey Schusler


Whitefish. Proven Here.

Ah, the intoxicating smells of RAW 6K, burning cable cams and earthy, high-alpine dust in the morning.  Joey Schusler and  Craig Grant bring us the latest installment of Yeti Cycle’s “Proven Here” series, following riders Shawn Neer and Jubal Davis around Whitefish, Montana’s best singletrack.

Tatum-Monod

2016 USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Josh Berman


Tatum Monod 2016

Tatum Monod is the embodiment of grace and steeze as she threads down pillowed slopes, steep spines and bold backcountry lines in this 2016 season edit.

Dawn-to-Dusk

2017 USA / Duration: 2 mins 
Directed by: Scott Hardesty


Dawn to Dusk

Any film that can combine an ode to The Big Lebowski with some fast longboarding is good by us. Far out, man.

Lost-in-Light4

2016 USA / Duration: 3 mins
Directed by:  Sriram Murali


Lost in Light

This film is about how light pollution changes what you see. — Henry, age 13

Owl-Dance-Off-Part-2

2017 / Duration: 2 mins 
Directed by: Megan Lorenz


Owl Dance-Off: Part II

Owl Dance-Off Part II is the much-anticipated follow-up to wildlife photographer Megan Lorenz’s award-winning internet sensation Owl Dance-Off.

Saturday Evening

Waking-Dragons4

2017 USA / Duration: 5 mins
Directed by: Brett Schreckengost


Waking Dragons

In January of 2017, Telluride Helitrax was hired to do avalanche control work by dropping bombs on Ajax Peak, the iconic mountain that overlooks downtown Telluride, Colorado. Lucky for us, local filmmaker Brett Schreckengost was there to capture it from an airborne vantage. This short film is an ode to the beauty and power of the San Juan Mountains in winter.

Johanna-Under-the-ICE

2016 Finland / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Ian Derry


Johanna Under the Ice

Finnish free diver Johanna Norblad is the world record holder in the little-known sport of free diving under ice. British director Ian Derry captures one of Norblad’s dives in this chilling visual poem that’ll leave you wishing you were wearing an extra layer.

John-Shocklee-A-Fairy-Tale2

2017 USA / Duration: 7 mins 
Directed by: Ryan Heffernan, Grayson Schaffer


John Shocklee: A Fairy Tale

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 life between ski guiding at America’s rowdiest ski mountain, in Silverton, Colorado, and rowing dories down the ultimate river, The Grand Canyon. He lives in an alley shack, wears Teva sandals like they’re going out of style and doesn’t make much money. But he doesn’t want to. John Shocklee, A Fairy Tale taps into Shocklee’s fountain of youth. Hint: It involves mountains, snow and ’90s hip-hop.

Where-the-Wild-Things-Play2

2017 USA / Duration: 4 mins 
Directed by: Krystle Wright


Where the Wild Things Play

Friday night at the local watering hole and … where the ladies at? Answer: BASE jumping from high desert cliffs, performing tricks on slacklines, climbing granite routes, shredding singletrack, skiing backcountry lines and generally leaving you fellas behind. This rowdy ode to female athletes by Krystle Wright leaves no doubt about the state of women in today’s outdoor world: badass.

Cowtown

2017 USA / Duration: 11 mins 
Directed by: Greg Kohs


Cowtown

The oldest weekly professional rodeo in the United States is a place called Cowtown, located in the unexpected eastern state of New Jersey. Here, third-generation proprietor Howard “Grant” Harris, 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. He could cash out, but in his mind he’s already got all the treasures he needs. “What we do is what we are,” he says. “We don’t know how to do anything else.”

For-Flint5

2017 USA / Duration: 18 mins
Directed by: Brian Schulz


For Flint

We’ve all heard of Flint, Michigan. Stricken by poverty, crime and tainted water, Flint has made headlines across the globe. For Flint, a short film by Brian Schulz, is making a new headline. Meet Valorie Horton, a potter introducing art to a youth culture otherwise devoid of such craft; Ryan Gregory, an artist who makes awesomely bizarre musical instruments and “fish bikes” out of discarded material; and Leon El-Alamin, a former criminal now teaching at-risk youth how to avoid the perilous path he once tread. These three, and others like them, are telling a new story of Flint, one of redemption and regeneration.

Doing-it-Scared4

2016 Austrailia / Duration: 12 mins
Directed by: Matthew Newton


Doing it Scared

Eighteen years ago, Paul Pritchard was abseiling from the top of the Totem Pole, a gravity-defying tower that juts out from the sea off the coast of Tasmania, when he dislodged a boulder that hit him on the head. In an instant, his life changed: The accident left Paul with hemiplegia, a condition that severely limits movement and feeling on the right side of his body. But it didn’t shut him down. In Doing it Scared, Pritchard, with the help of his friends and fellow climbers, returns to the Totem Pole to challenge himself in an entirely new way.

Tatum-Monod

2016 USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Josh Berman


Tatum Monod 2016

Tatum Monod is the embodiment of grace and steeze as she threads down pillowed slopes, steep spines and bold backcountry lines in this 2016 season edit.

The-Time-Travelers

2017 USA / Duration: 24 mins
Directed by: Brendan Leonard, Forest Woodward


The Time Travelers

In 2016, members of the U.S. Men’s Rafting team hatched an incredible challenge for themselves: to attempt to break the speed record for 277 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon by rowing the entire stretch in only 34 hours. The Time Travelers follows their extraordinary mission, which entailed designing and building a 48-foot-long Millenial Falcon of rivercrafts, swapping out customary paddles for oars and training intensely for eight months until launch day in January 2017. What could have been a purely physical challenge turned into something much more: a lesson in camaraderie, perspective and the power of a wild river. In the hands of the team that made The Important Places (Mountainfilm 2015), it becomes an unforgettable story of adventure.

LaLangosta

2017 USA / Duration: 2 mins


La Langosta

Most people would consider sending a 70-foot waterfall pretty epic. Not Rafa Ortiz, who decides to ditch the kayak for a pool toy.