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The film Mustang: A Journey of Transformation, which screened at Mountainfilm in 2009, is now available for download on iTunes.

Restoring a mandala ©J Sanday

If you missed this beautiful film about the rich culture of a minority region of India, or if you want to see it again, click on this link to download the 30-minute film.


Congratulations to all the Banff Mountain Film Festival award winners!

Grand Prize: Mi Chacra
Directed and produced by Jason Burlage

Best Film on Exploration and Adventure: Crossing the Ditch
Produced by Greg Quail and Douglas Howard

Best Film on Mountain Culture: A Life Ascending
Directed and produced by Stephen Grynberg

Best Film on Mountain Environment: L’Eau Qui Fait Tourner La Roue
Directed and produced by Jean-François Amiguet

Best Film on Climbing: The Asgard Project
Directed and produced by Alastair Lee

Best Film on Mountain Sports: Eastern Rises
Directed by Ben Knight and produced by Travis Rummel

Best Short Mountain Film: The Longest Way
Directed and produced by Christoph Rehage

Best Feature Length Mountain Film: Summer Pasture
Directed and produced by Lynn True and Nelson Walker

People’s Choice Award: A Life Ascending
Directed and produced by Stephen Grynberg

Radical Reels People’s Choice Award: Dream Result
Directed and produced by Rush Sturges and Tyler Bradt

Special Jury Award: Fly or Die
Produced by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen

Special Jury Award: Cross Country Snowboarding
Directed by Adam Brodie and produced by Geoff McLean

Award for Creative Excellence: Salt
Directed and produced by Michael Angus and Murray Fredericks

Audio Post-Production Award: A Life Ascending
Directed and produced by Stephen Grynberg

I just found out today that the kids in the Movies That Matter student program were blogging during the festival this year. Check out the archives here.

The students in the Movies That Matter program: Edgar, Alexi, Geo, Sunny and Shannon from DC with Ana, Ashley and Zach from Colorado.

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, an award winner at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and an official selection at Mountainfilm this year, has its American broadcast premiere tonight, Tuesday, June 22, at 10 PM  on PBS, kicking off POV’s 2010 season.

Visit the POV website to learn more about this film, click through a multimedia timeline of Kunstler’s career, watch an exclusive extended interview with the filmmakers, check local listings and the 2010 TV schedule. William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe will also be streaming online on the POV website in its entirety from Wednesday, June 23 through September 21, 2010.

Restrepo will be opening in theaters across the country this Friday, June 25th.

As you may know, the film business is precarious and the movie now needs your support at this critical time to reach as many people as possible.

Join their Facebook page, or check out the Restrepo web site.

We just got a note from Josh Fox, the director of Gasland. If you didn’t get a chance to see the film at the festival, it will be premiering on HBO next week.

From Josh:


Dear friends,

In one week, America will tune in to HBO to see what happens when we allow gas drilling companies to run rampant in our towns.  Gasland premires on HBO at 9:00 P.M. EDT on June 21st. Host a house party that night! We’ve got a toolkit for you, a new ultra-phenomenal website (going live this week), a “spark” (an embeddable mini-website), and this fantastic new trailer.

Please join us on Facebook and Twitter and tell your friends to sign up for our monthly e-mails here; we promise not to spam or sell addresses.

Stop the insanity,

Josh Fox
Director, GASLAND


Here’s an additional 16-second teaser from the film:

Looking for ways to learn more about the films in the 2010 festival? Here is a list of links for festival selections, including: official web sites, filmmaker blogs, links to non-profits, info about screenings, DVD sales information and more! If you find links we haven’t found, post them to the comments section.

The 10 Conditions of Love

180° South

Africa’s Lost Eden

Alone on the Wall

As It Happens

Bag It

Barefoot to Timbuktu

Bearwalker of the Northwoods

The Blueline

Brother’s Wild

Call of Life

The Cove

Dirty Pictures

Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No

Eastern Rises (and the filmmakers’ web site, Felt Soul Media)

The Edge of Never

Ella es el matador

The Fence

Fish Out of Water

Fishman (and the homepage for Mike Kasic, featured in the film)

Flathead Wild (the filmmakers’ Rivers in Demand project)

Forgotten on the Roof of the World


Freedom Riders


Global Focus

Going Green


Hawaii Wave Ski

Interviews, 50 Cents


Khumbu Climbing Class 2010

Last Paradise

Last Train Home

Living the Dream

Madagascar, a journey diary

Man vs. Eiger

Mount St. Elias

Music by Prudence

Plastic Bag

Point of No Return

The Queen of Trees


Shining Spirit

Shooting With Mursi


Sluice Box and a Rocker

Somewhere Near Tapachula

Sons of Perdition

Soundtracker (and the site for Gordon Hempton, featured in the film)

Sun Come Up

Trouble the Water

Waste Land

WayPoint Namibia

We Love You

The Wildest Dream

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

Woodsy and the trailer here


Electric Car: watch it on YouTube

The Happy Duckling

Lost and Found

The Mouse That Soared

Seven Days a Week (I Never Go to Work): watch it on YouTube

Thanks to our presenting sponsor First Ascent (that’s their good looking Airstream above) for putting together this great recap video.

Photo by The Joy Trip Project

We wrapped up Mountainfilm 2010 with a huge picnic and our awards ceremony yesterday afternoon. With so many great films we knew it would be hard to nail just a few down to hand out awards to. It’s important to recognize all the excellent films that were shown throughout the weekend, as well as the support of all of our festival goers. This festival certainly wouldn’t be the same without the energy and emotion of all of our attendees. So a big thank you to everyone who came out!

Now for our winners:

Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Sunday afternoon and by now you have watched some incredible films, listened to inspiring people talk and taken in powerful images. Just walking down the Main Street, it’s impossible to not feel the buzz of energy, the slight unrest and the overwhelming inspiration.

So, now with all of that inspiration, what will you do to create positive change? How will you turn that inspiration into action?

© Joe Riis, iLCP

Last night, the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) kicked off 12SHOTS at Mountainfilm. iLCP is also in the running for Mountainfilm’s Moving Mountains Award. So, what is 12SHOTS all about?

Stories are powerful because they become experiences shared. Images, though motionless, move; though silent, they speak, and we are all gifted with a larger vision of the world. Storytelling is an art and an ever more important part of conservation photography. Being able to introduce an issue, set the scene, bring ideas to light and inspire people to effect change in 12 shots is not an easy feat.

With Mountainfilm’s theme being “Extinction” last night’s visual stories were poignant, striking and motivating. So, what do you take from it? We hope everyone takes their inspiration from the festival and turns it into action.

Here are some of our favorite quotes from yesterday:

We want our kids to understand their capacity as philanthropists. — Christiane Leitinger of Pennies for Peace at Saturday’s breakfast talk.

If people see these images, they’re going to want to do the right thing. — iLCP in Flathead Wild

Do you have a favorite quote, or film, or maybe a favorite conversation that you’ll take with you from Mountainfilm? And what will you do with that inspiration? How will you turn it into action?

We want to know! Tell us over on our Twitter feed and our Facebook page!

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