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Screen Asia: Mountainfilm on Tour—Houston

Screen Asia: Mountainfilm on Tour—Houston

Schedule | Featured Films | Additional Screening | About Mountainfilm | Support

Mountainfilm, through a dynamic spectrum of content, generates energy and inspiration, hope and exhilaration, love and tears.

Join us for this 2-evening event, which includes delicious food, drinks, and of course some of the very best thought-provoking and exciting documentaries on the planet.

 

Schedule

Light Reception: 5:30 pm
Doors Open: 6:15 pm
Screenings: 6:30 pm

Refreshments will be available during intermission.

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Featured Films

Cascada

Directed by: Skip Armstrong and Anson Fogel, 2013 USA
Duration: 8 min.


When a crew of filmmakers and kayakers head to the Mexican jungle to hunt big waterfalls, they find a place of unrelenting rain, heinous insects, thick mud, scary viruses and utter perfection. Cascada, another gorgeous short film by Forge Motion Pictures, follows the crew as they explore a world beyond expectations, where biting flies, tangled vines, and shoddy hotel rooms can’t detract from the unrivaled waterfalls and powerful rapids they discover.

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Cascada

 

Nord for Sola (North of the Sun)

Directed by: Inge Wegge and Jorn Ranum, 2012 Norway
Duration: 46 min.

Last winter, if you had happened upon a particular isolated and frigid beach north of the Arctic Circle in Norway, you might have been surprised to find two young men, two surfboards, and a pile of garbage. Inge Wegge and Jørn Ranum spent nine months of the year—of which all could arguably be considered winter in the frozen north—testing a hypothesis that they could live happily, and even comfortably, off the waste of others.

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Nord for Sola

 

The Freedom Chair

Directed by: Mike Douglas, 2011 Canada
Duration: 8 min.

Josh Dueck was a passionate free-skier who found himself coaching world-class athletes, such as TJ Schiller and Justin Dorey, at a young age. But one day, he misjudged his speed as he approached a jump, and what could have been a harmless mistake, brought inextricable, life-altering consequences. When he crashed, his spinal cord was severed, leaving him paralyzed. Instead of giving up on skiing, however, Dueck refocused his passion into sit-skiing, and the experience allowed him to jump-start a new career and find a new way to do what he loves the best: ski.

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The Freedom Chair

 

Paper Shredder

Directed by: Paul Gemignani, 2013 USA
Duration: 3 min.

A snowboarder shreds a sick line in this sweet stop-motion animation film.

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Paper Shredder

 

High & Hallowed: Everest 1963

Directed by: David Morton, Jake Norton, and Jim Aikman, 2013 USA
Duration: 50 min.

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. Jim Whittaker summited on May 1, planting the American flag for his teammates to see when they reached the top. Whittaker had climbed the traditional South Col route, but two of his comrades—Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld—attempted the daunting, and previously unclimbed, West Ridge. High & Hallowed is primarily the story of the Americans on Everest 50 years ago, but is also incorporates a modern-day attempt on the West Ridge in 2012.

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High and Hallowed

 

Paradise Found

Directed by: Tom Swartwout, 2013 USA
Duration: 13 min.

Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes have spent nearly a decade documenting the 39 species of birds of paradise that live in Papua New Guinea. The birds—which are both gorgeous and silly—prove to be elusive prey for the cameras of Laman and Scholes, but, as usual, the adventure is as much about the journey as it is the destination.

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Paradise Found

 

Additional Screening

Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm
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About Mountainfilm

Started in 1979, Mountainfilm in Telluride is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the Mountainfilm in Telluride Festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring. Far more than any other adjective, that’s how festival audiences describe their experience.

In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival includes a full-day symposium on a critical contemporary issue, art and photography exhibits, early morning coffee talks, a book signing party, an ice cream social, student programs and a closing picnic/awards ceremony. Presentations and panels are scheduled throughout the Memorial Day weekend event with a wide diversity of special guests, ranging from artists to adventurers and academics to activists.

Year-round and worldwide, we take a selection of festival films out on the road. We present both single-event and multi-day shows, hosted by a wide array of organizations, including schools and colleges, corporations, community groups and theater operators. Through the tour, we touch the lives of some 20,000 people every year and visit more than 70 locations on five continents.

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In collaboration with Mountainfilm Telluride and ICE: Issues, Cultures, and Environments Worth Sustaining. Asia Society Texas Center is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

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Event Details

22 February 2014
6:30pm

1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004
713.496.9901

$30 each day/$50 weekend pass Members, $35 each day/$60 weekend pass Nonmembers. All sales final.
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