Here is the 2018 set.
directed By: Brett Schreckengost
In January of 2017, Telluride Helitrax was hired to do avalanche control work by dropping bombs on Ajax Peak, the iconic mountain that overlooks downtown Telluride, Colorado. Lucky for us, local filmmaker Brett Schreckengost was there to capture it from an airborne vantage. This short film is an ode to the beauty and power of the San Juan Mountains in winter.
John Shocklee: A Fairy Tale
Directed by: Ryan Heffernan, Grayson Schaffer
He lived with his parents until he was 26, took a minimum-wage guide position at the age of 39, and at 52 still hasn’t landed what society would deem a real job. But refusing to grow up has worked out well for John Shocklee, who splits life between ski guiding at America’s rowdiest ski mountain, in Silverton, Colorado, and rowing dories down the ultimate river, The Grand Canyon. He lives in an alley shack, wears Teva sandals like they’re going out of style and doesn’t make much money. But he doesn’t want to. John Shocklee, A Fairy Tale taps into Shocklee’s fountain of youth. Hint: It involves mountains, snow and ’90s hip-hop.
Directed by: Simon Perkins
After being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Jon Wilson had his left leg fully amputated. The loss of a limb stopped the cancer, but it didn’t stop Wilson from enjoying his favorite pastime of mountain biking. This short film celebrates the indomitable spirit that keeps him zooming through singletrack. “If I don’t ride a bike, I will lose my mind. It’s because I need to find that spiritual place, that spiritual channel on the trail,” Wilson says. “The simple answer is that it brings me joy.”
The Time Travelers
Directed by: Brendan Leonard, Forest Woodward
In 2016, members of the U.S. Men’s Rafting team hatched an incredible challenge for themselves: to attempt to break the speed record for 277 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon by rowing the entire stretch in only 34 hours. The Time Travelers follows their extraordinary mission, which entailed designing and building a 48-foot-long Millenial Falcon of rivercrafts, swapping out customary paddles for oars and training intensely for eight months until launch day in January 2017. What could have been a purely physical challenge turned into something much more: a lesson in camaraderie, perspective and the power of a wild river. In the hands of the team that made The Important Places (Mountainfilm 2015), it becomes an unforgettable story of adventure.
Directed by: Rush Sturges, Ben Marr
Most people would consider sending a 70-foot waterfall pretty epic. Not Rafa Ortiz, who decides to ditch the kayak for a pool toy.
The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon to Patagonia
Directed by: Kenny Laubbacher
Jedidiah Jenkins quit a job that he loved to ride his bicycle from Oregon to the southern tip of Patagonia. Friend and filmmaker Kenny Laubbacher joined him for a month and a half to pose the question: Why? Jenkins’ poignant answers are woven together with sun-soaked travel footage and shots of life on the move in this short film about shattering routines, staying open hearted and keeping the flames of inspiration not just burning, but raging. The Thousand Year Journey is a paean to travel, adventure and, as Jenkins puts it, “turning your 100 years on this planet into 1,000.”
Directed by: Anthony Bonello, Mike Douglas
If you’re determined to summit and ski remote Mont Forel, the second-highest peak in Greenland, knowing that the aircraft-fueled expedition will pump carbon into the atmosphere, you might mitigate the guilty pleasure by bringing along a climate scientist. This renders Guilt Trip into a perfect Mountainfilm package, offering a dose of adrenaline and wonder at the staggering beauty of the natural world, but not without with the science of climate change, seasoned with guilt over our own contribution to making April in Greenland downright hot. That the balmy weather and rapidly melting ice partially thwart both scientific research and adventure travel is a bitter irony lost on no one.
Danny MacAskill's Wee Day Out
Directed by: Stu Thomson
Train whistles, farm animals, rolling green hills, hay bales and the most audacious bike tricks you’ve ever seen. Just another wee day out with physics-defying bike phenom Danny MacAskill.
Dawn to Dusk
Directed by: Scott Hardesty
Any film that can combine an ode to The Big Lebowski with some goddamn fast longboarding is good by us. Far out, man.
Owl Dance-Off: Part II
Directed by: Megan Lorenz
Owl Dance-Off Part II is the much-anticipated follow-up to wildlife photographer Megan Lorenz’s award-winning internet sensation Owl Dance-Off.
As per direction from the Australian Government Classification Board, Mountainfilm on Tour - Aus & NZ is Exempt from Classification: Some films contain moderate language and adult themes, parental guidance is recommended for children under the age of 15. Parents and guardians’ discretion is recommended before deciding whether the material is suitable for the child.
Banner Film Still: The Accord