A weekend of Mountainfilm in Telluride

Telluride Mountainfilm Live Coverage
by Rachel Nussbaum for Elephant Journal 

“All you really need is a pass (or a handful of tickets), the schedule and an adventurous heart. Here are a few details, however, that could make the experience even more enjoyable.” 

Live Updates: 

May 24, 2015
10:22 am

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve seen more movies in the last 48 hours than I’ve seen in the past year. I am taking full advantage of my Mountainfilm pass and loving every minute of it—even though my eyes have started twitching a bit from all of the flickering screens.

I’ve always enjoyed watching an occasional documentary, but after the past two days I’ve developed a new obsession with them. Some of my favorite films from yesterday were 1,000 Cuts, AfterglowGnarly in Pink,Sufferfest 2View From a Pedal Buggy and What’s Motivating Hayes. Topics ranging from fracking to little girls on skateboards to pesticides to glowing neon light suits while skiing. It was a sensory overload and I couldn’t get enough. 

In the middle of the day I decided to take a break and walked around town checking out the different shops. It was nice to take a pause from everything I was learning and to process the new information. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the activities going on, but I think it’s important for festival attendees to take some time to breathe and understand what they are experiencing. 

Although I’ve enjoyed most of the films I’ve seen, I wasn’t a huge fan of Bikes vs Cars. I saw this one mid-day yesterday and it seemed really long and a bit all over the place. I agreed with the overall message, but thought it needed to have more focus. I’m noticing the editing and fluidity of the films I’m seeing more than usual because I’m seeing them back to back. I feel like a movie critic or something!

As for today, I’m looking forward to seeing DrawnLandfill Harmonic and Racing Extinction. I’m gearing up for another full day but will make sure to take breaks, and maybe check out a presentation or go for a hike or jog—if it doesn’t snow! Speaking of snow, the weather here is nuts. One minute it’s sunny, the next it’s raining, the next it’s snowing. Luckily I brought all of the jackets I own—I’ve never been an efficient packer.

My goal for the next two days is to focus in on the causes that I connect with most and to figure out a way to incorporate them in my life after this weekend. More to come soon!

For the full article "How to Mountainfilm" by Rachel Nussbaum, please click here.

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