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Started in 1979 by rock climbers who wanted to watch documentaries about their chosen sport, Mountainfilm in Telluride has evolved into a forum for documentaries of all stripes: dazzling adventure films, compelling environmental films, and a wide range of documentaries that examine current cultural as well as political issues as well as individuals who inspire us with their work and their lives. For the third year, Mountainfilm comes to New York, bringing with it the energy of the outdoors and the power of movies that matter, plus live appearances, conversations and special performances. Come to the Film Society and celebrate the spirit of persistence that is Mountainfilm!
More information on Mountainfilm in Telluride and their touring festival can be found at mountainfilm.org.
Omi Vaidya, a struggling actor in L.A. getting by mostly on commercials, lands a small role in a Bollywood film and becomes an overnight household name.
Photographer James Balog documents the disappearance of glaciers in extraordinary time-lapse images while wrestling with a bad knee, faulty equipment and existential questions about our own uncertain future.
It’s not easy to address the issue of human overpopulation, so filmmaker Mike Freedman did something clever: He tells the story with mice, using a science experiment by research psychologist John B. Calhoun to show what happens when rodents are crowded together. It’s not a pretty sight.
Special Live Event!
Explorer and author Jon Turk will talk about the 1,500-mile kayak journey that nearly killed him, and other (mis)adventures, in this can’t-miss live event. Followed by Shorts Program: Moonwalk (Mikey Schaefer, 4m); The Freedom Chair (Mike Douglas, 15m); Not Yet Begun to Fight (Shasta Grenier & Sabrina Lee, 40m).
Diagnosed with cancer at 20, biologist Sandra Steingraber grew up surrounded by toxic chemical discharge from industrial agriculture and now sets out to bridge the gap between what scientists and the medical community regard as the causes of the disease.
Filmmaker Judith de Leeuw decides to count up all of her possessions in this quirky and stylish documentary about our possibly unhealthy relationship to the things we own. Screening with: Man Who Lived on His Bike (Guillaime Blanchet, 5m) and Living Tiny (Paul Donatelli & Paul Meyers, 6m).
E-waste is the fastest-growing stream of waste in the world. Filmmakers Isaac Brown and Eric Flagg have turned statistics into a human story of many people affected by this new environmental plague. Screening with: Island (Liberty Smith & Sophie Windsor Clive, 8m); Eco Ninja (Jonathan Browning, 6m); Meet Mr. Toilet (Jessica Yu, 3m).
Legendary Bluesman Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry and his Family will perform a short set after the screening, and will perform a longer set Friday night at Macaulay College, 35 W. 67th St.
Focusing on the Mississippi blues, directors Lee Quinby and Daniel Cowen interview historians who explain the culture that has created this essential American music, and showcase musicians who attest to its importance.
French wildlife cinematographers Anne and Erik Lapied spend a poetic, humbling and at times dangerous winter high in the Italian Alps photographing chamois, ibexes, foxes and more.