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Mountainfilm Announces Full Line Up of 35th Annual Festival Films

Telluride, Colorado (May 14, 2013)- Mountainfilm in Telluride’s 35th annual festival celebrations will be boosted by what festival director David Holbrooke describes as an extraordinarily diverse and high quality line up.

"Our films are really strong this year across the board,” he said. “Whether they are climbing, environmental or just general interest films, we have been struck by how well-made they are. While there are always lots of compelling subjects for us to choose from, it’s very unusual to see such consistent high quality up and down the playlist."

At the heart of Mountainfilm’s mission, and reflected clearly throughout the final list of some 90 films that will screen at this year’s festival, are “issues that matter.” Holbrooke says there will be plenty of fun films, and thrilling adventure and adrenaline ones, but films that take a penetrating look at critical contemporary matters are at the forefront of his programming.

"I feel that our lineup encompasses a lot of what is happening right now around the world,” he said. “For instance, there is a strong group of films about the environment, particularly about how we get our energy. Then, we have three films that look at combat in Dirty Wars, Manhunt and Which Way is the Front Line from Here? Together they are a commentary on America's perpetual state of war.”

Holbrooke offered the following further examples of this year’s powerful and varied line up:

The Crash Reel– An unflinching film by Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker that chronicles the traumatic brain injury suffered by Olympics-bound snowboarder Kevin Pearce and his arduous road to recovery. Mountainfilm Commitment Grant recipient.

Dirty Wars- A disturbing story about American military might gone bad that weaves together the tragic effects of a drone strike intended for a cabal of terrorists that ended up hitting a Yemeni wedding party instead.

Gasland 2– Director Josh Fox takes us all around the world to show what is happening to the vast landscapes that are being fracked for natural gas. And he introduces us to the people – many of them reluctant environmentalists – who are organizing and fighting against fracking.

God Loves Uganda- After introducing the memorable Music by Prudence to Mountainfilm in 2009, Director Roger Ross Williams returns with a different look at Africa – virulent anti-gay legislation in Uganda that is systemically supported by American Christian missionaries.

High and Hallowed- In May of 1963, a team of brave Americans assembled on Mt. Everest in an effort to be the first from the U.S. to stand atop the world’s tallest mountain. This is primarily the story of those first Americans on Everest 50 years ago, but it also incorporates a modern-day attempt on the West Ridge in 2012. World Premiere.

Life According to Sam– Sixteen year-old Sam Berns is older than his years because he has progeria, a rare disease that ages the heart rapidly and kills most by age 13. Despite the challenges, he doesn’t stop trying to live the life of a normal teenager and, in the process, achieves extraordinary success.

Lunarcy- This film follows several characters who have gone completely bonkers for the moon: Alan Bean is one of the 12 men who have walked on the moon and is now creating moon art; Dennis Hope discovered a loophole in the 1967 U.N. Outer Space Treaty that would seem to allow individual ownership of extra-terrestrial bodies; and, Christopher Carson aims to be the first citizen of a colonized moon.

Maidentrip– The story of Laura Decker who, at age 14, after a long legal battle with the Dutch government over her right to do so, cast off to become the youngest person ever to sail alone around the world.

Pandora's Promise- A film that questions much of what we accept as fact about the negative side of nuclear as an alternative to fossil fuels. Surprising, given that the director’s first film was an anti-nuclear weapons documentary called Radio Bikini, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1988

Rising from Ashes- In a year when cycling has suffered with the disgrace of Lance Armstrong, it’s a relief to see racers who recognize that it’s not all about the bike. This film relates the remarkable story of the Rwandan race team, cyclists who are pedaling away from the horror of genocide.

Uranium Drive-In– Some 50 miles northwest of Telluride is a cluster of dusty, hardscrabble towns where many locals hope a proposed uranium mill will bring back economic vitality. Given its potential health and environmental risks, however, the mill is controversial. Uranium Drive-In looks at this conundrum from both sides. World Premiere. Mountainfilm Commitment Grant recipient.

Please click here for a complete look at Mountainfilm in Telluride’s 2013 festival line up. And here for special guest profiles.

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About Mountainfilm: Established in 1979, Mountainfilm in Telluride is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about environments, cultures, issues and adventures. Working at the nexus of filmmaking and action, its flagship program is the legendary Mountainfilm Festival— a one-of-a-kind combination of films, conversations and inspiration. Mountainfilm also reaches audiences year round through its worldwide tour, on Outside Television, with its online Minds of Mountainfilm interviews and in classrooms through its educational outreach initiative, Making Movies that Matter. Mountainfilm has the power to change lives. To learn more, visit To join the conversation, please visit the Mountainfilm in Telluride blog, follow us on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

Be a Straight Hitter! Tips for Golfing in Telluride at High Altitude.

Golfing in Telluride at High Altitudes

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Golf at high altitude is a scenic and exhilarating challenge. If you are golfing in the mountains, here are a few things to think about to get the most out of your game. The thin air, dry conditions and variable weather are just a few of the elements to consider. Attention to these details can all but ensure a great golfing experience in the mountains.

The air is thinner and the ball spins less. If your driver has a lower launch angle, the ball won’t climb as high into the air off the clubface. The ball then falls out of the sky more quickly. Consider using a driver with more loft and/or a shaft with a low kick point to maximize the carry on your drives.

If you typically play a ‘low-spin’ ball, play a ball that spins more for your rounds at high elevations. Keep in mind a ball that spins less, also curves less. That means hooks and slices are minimized compared to similar shots on low-land golf courses.

Be aware that mountain golf can be very different from the golf you regularly play closer to sea level. High altitude golf can be extremely hot and dry. Be sure to hydrate significantly prior to your trip, while traveling and during your stay in the mountains. Your body works harder at higher altitudes. Be sure to eat small frequent meals to stay sharp during your round. Avoid the hottest part of the day and alcohol until you become acclimated to your surroundings. All these precautions can help ward off altitude sickness and fatigue.

Due to the thin air, the intensity of the sun’s rays is greater in the mountains than in other parts of the country. Sunburns at high altitude can be significant and can really put a damper on the rest of your visit. Frequent application of a heavy duty sunblock will serve you well, even on a cloudy day. You may also consider sunglasses with polarized lenses to protect your eyes.

Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Storm clouds can build right before your eyes. There is often lightening associated with these storms. Check the weather forecast before your tee time, familiarize yourself of storm procedures at the facility you are playing and plan for a few contingencies. Packing an extra towel, umbrella, a fleece top and a rain jacket in your bag are all advisable. Just as quickly as these storms build, the skies can become clear and sunny. Consider synthetic shirts as they tend to dry faster than cotton.

Technically, experimenting with a driver with more loft and a ball with more spin, you can maximize the advantage of playing at a high altitude. Understanding the dynamics of how differently the ball flies at elevation can help you manage your game better. Anticipating the sun’s powerful effects can help you avoid overexposure and fatigue. Planning for weather contingencies can also give you a good chance to play your best golf. Add all these elements together to more thoroughly enjoy your mountain golf experience.

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