The Telluride Mountainfilm Festival returns to Hampshire this weekend as part of its global tour! The outdoor-film festival has stopped at Hampshire since 2011 and is sponsored this year by OPRA and the Hampshire Climbers. The festival runs from 7pm to 11pm this Saturday, Feb. 27 in Franklin Patterson Hall. The featured film, A Line Across the Sky, portrays the epic mountain peak traverse completed by Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold in February 2014 (8.8/10 IMDb rating). The 11 additional short films, some as short as four minutes, are just as intriguing. For instance, Knee Deep tells about the Mudslingers—a group of outdoorsy volunteers who rescued folks near Boulder, CO after a massive flood in 2013. Dog lovers need to see Denali, and Afterglow is described on the festival’s website as “one of the most cinematically profound ski films ever made.” The one I’m especially excited to watch is Rinpoche Speaks, which depicts the Tengboche Rinpoche Ngawang Tenzin Norbu’s views about climbing beyuls or sacred mountains. To boot, there is also a raffle with proceeds going to the Amherst Survival Center!
There are free tickets available to Hampshire students: email Clemencia Caporale at ccOP@hampshire.edu with the name on your school I.D. to reserve a ticket at will-call. Tickets are available for purchase at http://bpt.me/2480079. If you want to check out the films not mentioned here, go to the event page on the Telluride Festival website: http://www.mountainfilm.org/tour/stops/mountainfilm-on-tour-amherst-ma.