Mountainfilm in Telluride – Portland, MEUniversity of Southern Maine
Hannaford Theater at the Abromson Center
88 Bradford St, Portland 04101
7PM:, Saturday, September 27, 2014
EL SENDERO LUMINOSO
2014 USA / Duration: 7 mins; Directed by: Renan Ozturk
World-renowned free solo climber Alex Honnold went to Mexico in January with the talented Camp4 film crew in hopes of capturing what many regard as the most difficult ropeless climb ever attempted in history.
2013 USA / Duration: 6 mins; Directed by: Celin Serbo
In a sport that is not for the weak or easily discouraged, Pamela Shanti Pack excels. One of the most accomplished off-width climbers in the world, male or female, Pack seeks out North America’s most challenging inverted and vertical cracks with what she describes as “masochistic fervor.” Off-Width Outlaw follows her quest to establish new routes in the desert climbing mecca of Indian Creek in southeastern Utah.
THE RECORD BREAKER
2013 USA / Duration: 25 mins; Directed by: Brian McGinn
Ashrita Furman is the greatest record breaker of all time. Underwater bicycling, upside-down juggling, splitting apples with a samurai sword — you name it. Ashrita has done it. And set a record in the process. It’s not a path he followed for fame and glory, but rather to honor his guru, which seems as if it must be some kind of record in itself. Nearly 400 world records later, he is nowhere near finished. This is a delightful film about a delightful character who, among his seemingly limitless other talents, also has the ability to coax a smile.
THE BALLOON HIGHLINE
2014 France / Duration: 5 mins; Directed by: Sébastien Montaz-Rosset
Slacklining no longer seems to need the expanse of trees, crevasses or other earthbound objects — only some kind helium and a cool buzz.
2014 USA / Duration: 4 mins Directed by: Jack Boston
Downhill skateboarder Tyler Howell embraces his surf style in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, stylishly descending at vomit-inducing speeds — wearing nothing more than a pair of shorts and a t-shirt.
DUKE AND THE BUFFALO
2013 USA / Duration: 16 mins Directed by: Alfredo Alcantara, Josh Chertoff
Duke is a cowboy. The buffalo are part of the largest conservation herd of bison in the United States. Every year, Duke organizes a roundup of theses buffalo to inspect the health of the herd and yield income to sustain the Nature Conservancy-owned ranch where the buffalo roam. It turns out that bison aren’t as easily herded as cattle, and a lot of cowboy mettle gets tested every year. Taken right into the action by filmmaker Alfredo Alcántara, we can all be thankful that we’re mounted atop nothing friskier than a theater seat when the thunder of the stampede turns our way.
2014 USA / Duration: 3 mins Directed by: Brett Schreckengost
The San Joaquin Couloir is one of Telluride’s most iconic backcountry lines. Greg Hope is one of the town’s best-known rippers. In 64 mph, the two meet for one slough-dodging, high-velocity descent.
2013 USA / Duration: 4 mins Directed by: Brecht Vanthof
There’s a highly anticipated beast of a winter wave in Newport Beach, California, that rolls in heavy and attracts hordes of brave souls who attempt to drop into its steep face.
MENDING THE LINE
2014 USA / Duration: 48 mins Directed by: Steve Engman , John Waller
In 1944, 20-year-old Frank Moore landed on the beaches of Normandy. Crossing through the occupied French countryside, the young soldier daydreamed about coming back in peacetime to fish the bucolic streams. After the war, he returned to the States, married, had a family and built a life centered around fly fishing. But he never made it back to those streams in France. Until 2014. Now 90 years old, but with the energy of a man 20 years younger, Moore completes the dream with his wife and son by his side.
KELLY MCGARRY RAMPAGE
2013 USA / Duration: 3 mins Directed by: Kelly McGarry
Professional mountain biker Kelly McGarry recorded his run at the 2013 Red Bull Rampage with a helmet-mounted GoPro camera. The simple, unedited footage took the Internet by storm, garnering a mind-blowing 18 million views.