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Club Proudly Sponsors Mountainfilm in Telluride

Posted on: May 21st, 2012 by Abbey Smith

During Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, 2012, Mountainfilm will debut its 34th annual festival in Telluride, Colorado. Within this isolated box canyon, enclosed by steep forested mountains and granite cliffs, film festival attendees will roam by foot, bike, and gondola to various locations around Telluride and Mountain Village to watch compelling independent documentary films from around the world, listen to presentations by filmmakers, photographers, writers, scholars, professional athletes and environmental activists, and then engage in intimate conversations on the grassy lawns outside of the theaters. This four-day event includes 75 films, 10 world premieres, thought-provoking panel discussions and presentations, cocktail-hour gallery walk, ice scream social, late night dance parties, and much more.

The American Alpine Club is proud to sponsor the Mountainfilm Commitment Grant dedicated to filmmakers, photographers, artists, and adventurers whose projects tell the story of climbing, mountain adventure, and/or mountain culture.

“The stories climbers tell influence safety, open new terrain, and inspire us all,” said Alpine Club Executive Director Phil Powers. “The American Alpine Club is proud to support excellence in telling the climber’s story through a Mountainfilm Commitment Grant.”

This $5,000 grant will be awarded to Allison Otto and Carole Snow’s documentary film Keeper of the Mountains about the legendary Everest historian Elizabeth Hawley. The filmmakers are in the process of filming and interviewing the Grande Dame of the Himalayas about her unique vantage on mountaineering history—she has
helped resolve many controversies and often decided who has earned a summit in the Himalaya.

House of Cards to Premiere at MountainfilmOn Friday, May 25 at 8:45 p.m. at the Sheridan Opera House, Phil Powers and Jimmy Chin will present the Rowell Award for The Art of Adventure to photographer and alpinist Cory Richards, who was featured in the 2011 award-winning film Cold. The award honors an adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the people who inhabit these lands and regions.

AAC members Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk will then premiere House of Cards (still a work in progress), a triumphant film about the Piolet d’Or nominated ascent of the highly technical, challenging, and dangerous granite buttress: the Shark’s Fin on the northeast side of the 6,310-meter peak Meru Central in India that they climbed with Conrad Anker. Be sure to
swing by the Last Dollar Saloon for the after-party hosted by the AAC and Revo Sunglasses.

Take a free ride gondola ride to the High Camp at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village to see The Old Breed, a film about AAC members Mark Richey, Steve Swenson and Freddie Wilkinson’s monumental ascent of Saser Kangri II (7,518 m). Q&A afterward includes team member and former AAC President Steve Swenson. Check out more on this film on

AAC  Past President Jim McCarthy will serve as a judge for the Charlie Fowler Award to determine which climbing film Charlie would have liked for this $1,000 prize. The AAC will also have a table at the Sunday Reading Frenzy, Saturday Ice Cream Social, and the Closing Picnic and Awards Ceremony on Monday in Town Park.

Don’t miss this exceptional event. Get your tickets now. AAC members receive discounted rates on Wilson and Sunshine level passes. Call or email the Club for details: 303.384.0110.


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