Mountainfilm on Tour’s Family of Filmmakers

Mountainfilm is an amazing festival that takes place each year in Telluride, Colorado.

Here is their mission statement, “Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, adventures worth pursuing and conversations worth sustaining.”

I have been honored to have three short films screen at the festival and each time I attended, I left a different person than when I arrived.  I found my time at Mountainfilm inspiring as a filmmaker and as a member of this incredible community.  After my first trip to the festival I said, “I arrived a filmmaker but I am leaving an activist.”

In order to share the films they screen, they created Mountainfilm on Tour and take films all over the world.  They screen for groups, schools, organizations, etc.  Each year they come to Los Angeles and do a special screening for the employees of Sony Pictures.

Last week, I was invited to attend their latest screening out here.  I did so gladly and was absolutely blown away and inspired by the films and the filmmakers in attendance.  Passionate people spoke about why it was so important to make the films and the subjects of many of the documentaries were there to see their stories told on the big screen.

What makes this festival so special to me is that it not only invites filmmakers from around the world, but it also creates a family.  I am deeply honored to be part of this family and will be eternally grateful to Mountainfilm for adopting me into it.  After the screenings several of the filmmakers went out together and I found myself in the company of artist that were comprised of some of the best filmmakers in the world.  They shared their future projects with a passion that burned inside them.

Mountainfilm gave me the opportunity to share my work with the world but it did so much more!  It continues to inspire me to create and to be a passionate member of the human race.

At the end of the evening a photograph was taken of the Mountainfilm family and I will treasure it.  This frozen moment in time reminds me that I am part of something bigger than myself and that they have given me the gift of standing shoulder to shoulder with people I respect and am humbled to call my friends.

Thank you Mountainfilm!

Second Row L to R: Jonathan Browning ("The Job" and "Eco-Ninja"), Lucy Walker ("Wasteland," The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossomand The Crash Reel), Joe Peeler (editor of "The Crash Reel"), Brendan Nahmias (co-director "Wolf Mountain"), David Holbrooke (director of Mountainfilm, Chris Smith ("Tiny: A Story about Living Small"), Ryan Suffern ( Running Blind The Movie"), Tom Shadyac ("I AM") — with Adrian Belic, Jonathan Browning, Lucy Walker, Joe Peeler, David Holbrooke, Christopher Carson Smith, Ryan Suffern, Jackie Zampella and Tom Shadyac.

Front row L to R: Adrian Belic (“Genghis Blues” and “Beyond the Call”), Omi Vaidya (star of Big in Bollywood) and his wife, Dan Duran (co-director of “Wolf Mountain”), Jackie Zampella (AP on I AM – The Film),
Second Row L to R: Jonathan Browning (“The Job” and “Eco-Ninja”), Lucy Walker (“Wasteland,” The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossomand The Crash Reel), Joe Peeler (editor of “The Crash Reel”), Brendan Nahmias (co-director “Wolf Mountain”), David Holbrooke (director of Mountainfilm, Chris Smith (“Tiny: A Story about Living Small”), Ryan Suffern ( Running Blind The Movie”), Tom Shadyac (“I AM”)


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