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3 Must-See Movies at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival


The combo of movies and mountains makes us awfully happy.
The combo of movies and mountains makes us awfully happy. Image courtesy Telluride Mountainfilm.

Telluride’s Mountainfilm Festival kicks off May 22 and we couldn’t be more excited. Here are a few of the films that are on our to-do list:

A Line Across the Sky

The “line” referred to in the title is the Fitz Roy Massif, the mother of all climbing traverses. Patagonia’s iconic toothy skyline traces seven summits, spans four miles and includes 13,000 imposing vertical feet of rime- and snow-covered climbing. Watch as Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold attempt the first-ever successful traverse of the alpine route.

Being Evel

Before the X Games, there was Evel Knievel — the original daredevil showman built for the age of mass media. Was he an athlete, entertainer, rebel without a cause, hustler or just nuts? Daniel Junge’s Being Evel, which also played Sundance this year, suggests that he was all of the above, a product of his times and an American original.

No Cameras Allowed

Where there’s a will, and a couple cameras, there’s a way. As a broke film student in California, Marcus Haney snuck into Coachella, where he proceeded to have the time of his life, capturing amazing footage of such bands as Mumford & Sons and experiencing a revelation about the power of music festivals. That was the start of a run of covert festival missions that, thanks to his skills behind a camera and in creating fraudulent passes, opened up a whole world of photography assignments and filmmaking for Haney.


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