Mountainfilm Festival at Salida High

Some of the best adventure films in the world will be shown in Salida on Thurs., Jan. 17,  7 p.m .in the Salida High School auditorium. These films are selections from the famous Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, plus two local films made by Sam Bricker and Nathan Ward.

This show was postponed in December for a school-safety meeting, but will go on this time, snow or shine. Brave the dark winter night for an evening of adventure, intrigue and inspiration. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the two-hour show.

Among a variety of adventure and environmental films from around the world, the film “Ernest” touches on the winter escapades of San Luis Valley legend Ernie Wilkinson. Wilkinson has lived a storied life in the outdoors and shot one of the last-known grizzly bears in Colorado.

People who missed the packed show in November, get a second chance to see “The Spirit of Browns Canyon,” an environmental film that explores the beauty of our backyard within the Browns Canyon Proposed Wilderness Area. Ward, Bricker and the Friends of Browns Canyon teamed up on the project this fall.

A wild, must-see film in the lineup is “Race for the Nose” by Colorado Front Range Filmmaker Peter Mortimer. This film covers the challenge of climbing the Nose in Yosemite Valley in record-setting time.  Mortimer is also one of the only people to film base-jumping off the smokestack in Smeltertown outside of Salida, a clip that appeared in one of his earliest films,  “Front Range Freaks.”

The eight other short films include “Moonwalk” with Dean Potter, “Shattered” with Steve House, and “Paraiso,” featuring immigrant urban window washers, and more exciting films.

Mountainfilm in Salida has been co-sponsored by Outside TV and Brick+Mortar Productions, and will benefit the Salida Mountain Bike Team and LiveWell Chaffee County.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. You can purchase tickets at Salida Mountain Sports (110 N. F St.), The Trailhead in Buena Vista (707 US24 North) or at the door the night of the show.

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One Response to “Mountainfilm Festival at Salida High”

  1. Paige Judd

    What an awesome event. Thanks for bringing this to Salida! It was great to see a sold out auditorium.

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