In 1979, a group of mountain enthusiasts put together a festival of 25 films in Telluride, Colo., to celebrate mountains and the people who love them. Twenty-four years later, Mountainfilm still focuses on rocks, but has expanded to include cultural and general environmental topics among its more than 40 films and art exhibits, symposia, slide shows and lectures.
This year's festival, May 24-27, features a four-film program about the effects of dams on rivers and the controversial topic of dam decommissioning. The program will premiere Troubled Waters, a film by Telluride locals George and Beth Gage that spotlights the Colorado, the Snake, the Columbia, as well as the Ventura River in California and the Penobscot and Kennebec rivers in Maine. The Gages and former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt will also take part in a panel discussion about rivers and their ecology.
Other film, lecture and gallery programs will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ansel Adams' birth, mark the U.N.-designated International Year of the Mountain, and draw attention to cultures under siege, such as the Navajo Tribe and nomadic tribes in northern Africa.
For more information on Mountainfilm, visit www.mountainfilm.org or call 970/728-4123.