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MountainFilm on Tour educates and inspires

Gina GuarascioCarbondale CorrespondentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Maybe you couldn’t make it to the stunning mountain town of Telluride for the U.S.’s most renowned adventure-film festival last spring. But you can see the Telluride MountainFilm on Tour in Carbondale this weekend.For the seventh year now, the Colorado Rocky Mountain School presents MountainFilm on Tour today and Saturday as a fundraiser for the school’s active curriculum.MountainFilm is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining, according to http://www.mountainfilm.org.The annual festival in Telluride takes place May 25-28.CRMS will showcase 13 select films from the festival. Each night features an entirely different slate of films and programs which start at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the CRMS Barn.MountainFilm on Tour stops at more than 100 different places around the world every year inspiring audiences, according to the festival’s Web site. “It’s the Sundance of adventure film. It’s the biggest adventure film happening in the valley, and it’s a great fundraiser for the school,” CRMS communications director Jeremy Simon said. “It really mirrors the marriage with the arts and adventures that the school promotes. And Carbondale being an extreme kind of town, it’s been successful through the years.”Simon said people have come to expect the MountainFilm on Tour, and the shows have sold out in the past.”It’s at the point now that if we didn’t do MountainFilm I’m sure we’d hear about it,” Simon said.Advance tickets are $12 ($6 for younger than 12) at Sounds Easy, Glenwood Music, and at CRMS. Tickets are $15 ($8 for younger than 12) at the door.This year’s featured selections include, today: “Ode to Avalanche,” by Ken Bailey and Michael Friedman; “First Ascent: The Obscurist,” by Peter Mortimer; “Invisible Children,” by Bobby Bailey, Lauren Poole and Jason Russell; “Boodog,” by Deborah Schildt; “Paving Shangril-la,” by Andrew Stevenson; and “Trout Grass,” by Ed George;And, on Saturday: “High Fly Summits,” by Dominique Janiszewski; “Seeds in the City,” by Richard Phinney; “A Life of Death,” by Dawn Westlake; “The Good Fight,” by Mark Fraser and James Fox; “Zoltan,” by Eric Crowe, Brendan Kiernan and Frank Pickell; “Native Wind Powering America,” by Chip Comins; and “Of Wind and Waves: The Life of Woody Brown,” by David L. Brown.


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