Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mountainfilm in Telluride inspired by happiness

Maybe it was the rarefied air with 17% less oxygen that made us giddy or maybe it was the action- packed days that started at 7:15 AM, early up and out, so we could make it to an 8 AM Coffee Talk or the action-packed days that ended late with drinks with new friends.

 One  Plastic Beach  screened four times - once to an auditorium packed with students for the Mountain Film in the Classroom program- Making Movies that Matter, two times in the regular film festival, and finally, because it was so popular, it was selected as a TBA- for the last day finale- picks of the festival.

We did a Q+A with each screening. First thing, each time, we gave a big shout out to Eric Slatkin and Tess Thackara (directors/producers) with a big expression of our gratitude. It was their vision for the film and commitment to seeing it through that got us to Telluride.

We were glad to be such active Mountainfilm participants from our Q+A’S, the exhibition at AH-HAA, the Coffee Talk and the making of the trophies. Although we were always on the job- we even had a chance to enjoy a few movies.

We are big fans of the friendly Telluride style where conversations start up impromptu- while standing in line waiting for a film or over the breakfast table where strangers exchange stories and become friends.

Coffee Talks One Word – Plastic
Judith held her own with esteemed colleagues, David deRothschild (Plastiki), Andy Keller (Chico Bags) and Suzan Beraza (Bag It)

On Saturday the SF Chronicle had a big feature about Andy and Chico Bags and the lawsuits against him by plastic bag manufacturers.

We were so happy for all of the award winners. Especially happy that Roko Belic won two trophies for his movie Happy - as the Audience Favorite and the Student Award by the students in the Movies that Matter program. 

Kudos to Prudence Mabhena who won the first Indomitable Spirit Award who rocked with her soulful rendition of One Love
Along the way we collected some authentic Telluride plastic and fashioned one very special trophy for Bebe, festival director David Holbrooke’s daughter. Bebe saw our film on the Internet then sent it on to her Dad insisting that he had to have us at Mountainfilm.

Big thanks to Jeremy Baron for permission to use his photograph of Prudence at the award ceremony and of Judith at the Coffee Talk.

USA Today reports on  Mountainfilm. 

Mountainfilm Mission statement -
educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations! Sounds like a great trip.

    On the topic of films about plastic, you have no doubt already seen Werner Herzog as a plastic bag: