AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
ABOUT OUR 2022 FESTIVAL
Given the current spread of the Omicron variant and its impact on our community, we have decided to postpone our January 28-29 festival. The health and safety of you, our patrons, is of the utmost importance to us. We sincerely regret that we won’t be together at Trustees Theater in a few weeks, but we look forward to gathering soon and sharing an amazing lineup of adventure-packed, inspiring documentary films with you!
Rest assured, all ticket purchases to date will be honored; if you have any questions about tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are grateful to you for your ongoing support of Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah. We look forward to seeing you very soon.
Leslie Carey and the Board of Directors
Save the new dates for our festival, now in Spring 2022!
April 29-30, 2022
The combination of steep terrain, fluctuating temperatures and howling winds make Alpine Meadows one of the most avalanche prone ski resorts in the U.S. By March 1982, the resort had developed a rigorous avalanche safety protocol that was in many ways ahead of its time. But then a monster storm moved in, bringing relentless snow and fierce winds and creating conditions ripe for disaster. In this film, a taut autopsy of that fateful event, key players dig through the painful memories to relive what happens when nature overwhelms.
2020 USA | Duration: 10 mins
Directed by: Aaron Peterson
24 Leeches is a heart-warming and relatable story that not only describes the struggles and intensity of camping, but the joys and lifelong experiences and memories that come with it. This film spreads hope and is inspiring to people of all ages. —Ruby Cieciuch, age 11
Exercise is essential, especially exercising outside. Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim: Quarantine Ultra Run provides the perfect example of how exhilarating and fun running outside can be, but remember, always stay safe! —Arabella Galbo, age 18
2021 USA | Duration: 2 mins
Directed by: Catherine Aeppel
Jenny Phillips is new to dirt biking. According to her, she “absolutely sucks.” She also says, “but I don’t care. I’m having fun, and that’s all that matters.” In this stunning desert-y film, Jenny proves that there’s no reason to be afraid of learning new things, developing new skills and most importantly, having fun. —Lilah Lerner, age 16
Saturday Night Shorts
In the ‘90s, there existed this very nerdy, goofy and cool subset of kayaking called “squirt boating.” At the time, thousands called it their hobby, but now, there are less than 200. In squirt boating, boats are custom-sized, like getting fit for a tuxedo and “the mystery move” was the claim to fame. These days, the hobby itself has pulled a mystery move — disappearing from the kayaking sect, leaving everyone wondering, what happened to those sparkly squirt boats of yore?
Perhaps it is unsurprising that the sport, industry and obsession of mountain biking was at least partially invented by mountain town pioneers riding “klunker” bikes down mountain passes between Crested Butte and Aspen. The sports’ inventors had no clue — they were, one recalls, “just a bunch of outlaws with too much time on our hands and a couple million acres of wild country to explore.” Tinkering with klunkers led to bike innovations; impromptu partying turned into organized events; cow paths were linked together into single track networks. Filmmakers Mike Horn and Galin Foley intercut archival footage, interviews with Crested Butte old-timers and reenactments to tell the story of the Butte’s Grubstake Gang and the outdoor adventure sport they helped launch.
2020 USA | Duration: 7 mins
Directed by: Zeppelin Zeerip
While it’s most often thought of as a mountain sport, modern-day snowboarding began on the shores of Lake Michigan. Housebound in a snowstorm, and in need of an activity to get his kids outside, Sherman Poppn fastened two of his daughter’s skis together and stood sideways on the hill in his backyard. And with that, the snurfer was born, creating a magical way to surf the snow. The snowboard industry has come a long way since then, but Made in the Mitten is an homage to the sport’s original roots: the pure joy of riding a skinny piece of wood in the snowy backyards of the Midwest.
Monitoring wolf populations to determine the extent that they are repopulating places where they have been long absent is no easy feat and entails risks to both wildlife biologists who do the counting and to the wolves they try to count. But, perhaps the survival of the wildest of species depends on human management.
Tackling themes of race, family and belonging, A Concerto Is a Conversation is a poetic conversation between Emmy-winning composer Kris Bowers and his 91-year-old grandfather. The emotional and touching connection between the two bridges a generational divide, and tracks their family’s lineage from Jim Crow-era Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
2020 USA | Duration: 2 mins
Directed by: Alex Massey
Classic American stereotypes come to life in one star reviews. For real. In a world where everyone’s a critic, the magic of our national parks is downplayed by couch potato tourists turned outdoor aficionados. Brief, beautiful and truly comical, award-winning director Alex Massey brings to light cringeworthy Yelp reactions to some of the most stunning natural wonders in America.
2020 Canada | Duration: 14 mins
Directed by: Zoya Lynch
Here’s a loving tribute to all of the indefatigable ski moms who somehow manage gear and tears, not to mention the stresses of survival and the high toll exacted on marriages in ski country. It all pays off when skis are finally attached to little feet and the family achieves grace, gliding together downhill.
2021 Bahamas | Duration: 17 mins
Directed by: Shannon Vandivier
Bahamian sport fishing legend Ansil Saunders guided Martin Luther King, Jr. through the mangroves on a fishing trip just days before King was assassinated in 1968. Even though King went to the Bahamas to relax and write, he left an indelible mark on the country and Saunders. Now 88 years old, Saunders reflects on how King inspired his interest in politics as he helped lead the island nation’s subsequent fight for independence and desegregation.
2020 Canada | Duration: 4 mins In British Columbia’s Monashee Mountains the powder is consistent and sought after. Five freeskiers — Stan Rey, Leah Evans, Alexi Godbout, Josh Daiek, Drew Petersen and Jordan Temkin — head to book cat skiing with only one operative: charge as hard as you can every day. The result is the pure joy and exaltation found in powder.
Directed by: Anthony Bonello
2020 Canada | Duration: 4 mins
In British Columbia’s Monashee Mountains the powder is consistent and sought after. Five freeskiers — Stan Rey, Leah Evans, Alexi Godbout, Josh Daiek, Drew Petersen and Jordan Temkin — head to book cat skiing with only one operative: charge as hard as you can every day. The result is the pure joy and exaltation found in powder.