About the Film
Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Held every Memorial Day weekend, Mountainfilm is a multi-dimensional documentary film festival that celebrates adventure, activism, social justice, culture, environment and indomitable spirit.
Mountainfilm on Tour’s Big Green World playlist celebrates the wild places, spaces, people and animals that inhabit this big green world. Please note that films are not rated.
Big Green World Tour films:
I Am Salmon Directed by Whit Hassett (USA, 2022, 3 min.)
Connecting humanity with salmon and the sea through the subtle art of poetry and Gyotaku (fish rubbing), Duncan Berry shares his experience as a longtime environmentalist and former captain of a salmon troller. In adopting the perspective of this transcendent fish, the beauty and power of the Oregon coast becomes the canvas through which the evolution of the salmon is illustrated.
American Scar Directed by Daniel Lombroso (USA, 2022, 13 min.)
When wedding photographer John Kurc decided to spend a few days between assignments exploring the borderlands of southwest Arizona, he had no idea he would spend the next eight months documenting the devastation of the desert ecosystem created by the construction of Trump’s border wall. In the blitz to build the barrier as fast as possible, the administration ignored 47 laws that protect bears, deer, jaguars and javelina roaming the mountains in both the U.S. and Mexico. In addition to being a failed re-election campaign prop and racist monument, the wall also inhibits wildlife migration, putting 70 vulnerable plant and animal species at risk.
Finding Hetch Hetchy Directed by James Q Martin, Chris Burkard (USA, 2021, 9 min.)
When the O’Shaughnessy Dam was constructed in 1923, the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park became nearly inaccessible to visitors. It has since become the subject of great environmental controversy. Eager to explore this wild and largely unvisited corner of Yosemite, veteran climbers Timmy O’Neill and Lucho Rivera set out to experience Hetch Hetchy firsthand, scaling its granite walls and advocating for its restoration.
Wood Hood Directed by Alexander Cullen (USA, 2022, 16 min.)
From the hood of Rockaway, Queens, 15-year-old Devon finds a safe place and brotherhood in the woods along the Appalachian Trail, thanks to the Camping to Connect mentorship program. For urban kids of color historically unable to access natural places, we witness the joy and growth that is possible when kids have an opportunity to find that “quiet place.”
Flow (with Sam Favret) Directed by Maxime Moulin (France, 2021, 5 min.)
Skier Sam Favret embarks on an adventure of epic proportions, traversing the slopes of a closed ski resort on a majestic bluebird day. Moulin takes us on a cinematic aerial and symphonic journey as we are enveloped in powerful skiing and the complete unreality of such a serene landscape.
Loon Directed by Jason Whalen, Chris Zuker (USA, 2021, 10 min.)
When hiking the Appalachian Trail, thru-hikers often choose a trail name that says something about their home or their history. Mike Freed, now in his 80s, chose the name Loon as a symbol of the spirit of the wild, interconnected lakes of his Minnesota homeland. The Appalachian Trail is also where Loon had a revelation about what course of action to take with his 2,000-acre expanse of unfragmented land in the pristine Boundary Waters region.
Eco-Hack! Directed by Josh Izenberg, Brett Marty (USA, 2022, 16 min.)
Due to increased human activity, desert biologist Tim Shields has been watching the tortoise population of the Mojave desert decline since the 1990s. Rather than continue to sit back and let nature take its course, Shields combats the depressing nature of conservation biology by accessing its antithesis, modern engineering. Through the usage of specialized drones, desert rovers, laser cannons and fake exploding tortoise shells,Shields and his colleagues take what control they can over the ecological levers in play to save the tortoise population. Akin to a cathedral builder laying bricks, Shields may never get to see the true effects of his work, but he does not let that deter him in his endeavors.
The Ocean Solution Directed by Darcy Hennessey Turenne (USA, Canada, 2021, 15 min.)
Bren Smith isn’t just redefining ocean farming, he’s literally turning it upside down. After experiencing a string of pitfalls in conventional fishing, Smith decided to reimagine the future of aquatic farming by asking the ocean, “what should our relationship be?” He found his answer and returned to the sea with a new method of restorative ocean farming that produces a sustainable food source, restores the ocean, fights the climate crisis and mimics nature’s penchant for biodiversity.
Stories of You and I Directed by John Davies (UK, 2021, 19 min.)
Starring Academy Award-nominated Jonathan Pryce, “Stories of You and I” is a series of love letters to the Earth and a plea for environmental justice. What feels like universal memories of moments with the natural world, are director John Davies’ recollections of a lifetime spent in love with nature. Alongside Davies’ true accounts and personal anguish over the environmental crisis are striking images of the wild that emphasize what is at stake.
Powder Snow Hokkaido Directed by, Jake Cohn, Charlie Cohn, George Knowles (Japan, 2021, 3 min.)
The essence of Hokkaido skiing is as pure and unique as each snowflake that falls on this Japanese Island.
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– Cars will be assigned specific spots based on height at the entrance gate, with larger/taller cars in the back.
– All patrons must arrive in a vehicle as no walk-up spots will be available.
– Please arrive at least 30min before the film starts to ensure that we can load all the cars in before showtime.
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In order to insure the safety and well-being of our community. the following rules must be followed. Non-compliance will result in immediate expulsion from the event. Vehicles spots have been spaced to allow for social distancing between cars and groups. Attendees are requested to stay within their designated space. Please adhere to the rules we know: maintain a distance of 6 feet from others not in your immediate friend/family group, use a face mask in group settings and when you are visiting the concessions stand or restrooms, wash hands using soap and/or use hand sanitizer. Above all else, we ask that you use common sense and respect the well-being of those around you.
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The Utah Olympic Park lot will open 30 min before the scheduled start time for the film.
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