MountainFilm On Tour comes to Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction Saturday |

MountainFilm On Tour comes to Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction Saturday

A still image from Keith Ladzinski's 12-minute film, "Desert Ice" — it will be shown as part of MountainFilm On Tour, planned for Saturday, Nov. 15, at Grand Junction's Avalon Theatre.
Keith Ladzinski |


WHAT: MountainFilm On Tour

WHERE: Avalon Theatre, downtown Grand Junction

WHEN: Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15

COST: Tickets cost $12 per person, or $5 for students.



“Duke and the Buffalo”

“Project Boom”

“Desert Ice”



“Catch It”

“Kelly McGarry Rampage”

“Fracking 101”

“Marshland Dreams”

“Mending the Line”

“64 mph”


Billed as the Western Colorado Congress 6th Annual Film Festival, MountainFilm On Tour returns to Grand Junction on Saturday, Nov. 15. Hosted in downtown’s recently renovated Avalon Theatre, doors open at 6 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $12 per person or $5 for students. They can be purchased at Whitewater West, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, online (, or at the door.

Prizes and free giveaways are planned throughout the event as well, including Loki outerwear, Powderhorn Mountain Resort ski passes, and a river-rafting trip from a local outfitter.

According to Donna Page, the Western Colorado Congress development and operations manager, Saturday’s event will showcase short films with “a positive environmental message.”

“We are hoping everyone comes,” she said. “It’s a really nice selection.”

Steve Allerton, a Western Colorado Congress Mesa County board member, also noted that MountainFilm On Tour is a good fit for the mission of the group, which “works to create a healthy, wholesome community.” Plus, each film chosen for Saturday’s presentation is both “informative and adventurous.”

Western Colorado Congress, a regional nonprofit “has been a leading voice for rural western Coloradans since 1980 and was founded on the belief that long-term change comes through organized and strategic citizen action,” a news release stated.

Western Colorado Congress programming often showcases topics spanning oil and gas, local foods and agriculture, as well as public land conservation.


Telluride’s annual MountainFilm celebration, which began in 1979 and is held every year in May over Memorial Day Weekend, presents independent films that are both informative and rugged — featuring topics like adventure sports, culture and environmental issues. To share MoumntainFilm’s message, each year organizers launch a film tour that reaches 100 locations across five continents.

“The tour itself is a way to extend the reach of our film festival,” said Jessica Galbo, MountainFilm On Tour’s assistant director. “Through the tour, we’re reaching more than 40,000 people” outside of the main event. “There is a broad cross-section of people reached, and it’s open to anyone.”

MountainFilm On Tour is often used as a fundraising mechanism for groups and nonprofits as well; case in point, Grand Junction’s event on Saturday will benefit Western Colorado Congress.

Henry Lystad, the tour’s presenter, will be on site Saturday to present each film and the event as a whole.

“He lends the flavor of the festival,” Galbo said. “He knows these films inside and out.”

For more information about MountainFilm On Tour, visit To learn more about Western Colorado Congress, visit or call 970-256-7650.

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