5 reasons why Mountainfilm on Tour is worth watching

Telluride Mountainfilm is an annual festival and worldwide tour, displaying an array of beautiful and unique films from around the globe. Mountainfilm on Tour hit UAA’s Wendy Williamson Auditorium Jan. 30-31. Films can be watched online at www.mountainfilm.org

1. It’s visually pleasing.

Every film had a beautiful sight for the eyes the second night of the screening, January 31. “Stars Above Lofoten” and “North Slope, Alaska” specifically focused on the aurora borealis that glides its way across the black, starry sky. From Lofoten, a district in a county of Norway, to endless miles of pipeline on the North Slope, directors Chris Hanson and Jorn Nyseth Ranum capture the northern lights at full capacity.

2. It makes you value nature more.

In the two and a half hours of footage, several films showed extreme sensations in nature. “Catch It,” a film directed by Sarah Menzies engulfed the viewer in Lea Brassy’s crazy lifestyle consisting of riding ice cold waves into a snowy coastline. Her 10-minute biography shows us that living simply is living fully. “14.C,” directed by George Knowles, has the same effect, but with a more mountainous terrain. Kai Lighter, a 14-year-old climber, has an accomplished resume, consisting of seven USA Climbing youth national championships. Lighter uses strength and balance to climb his way over every obstacle. The film also portrays how parents will give anything for their kids, as Lighter’s mother sacrifices her time and money to her son’s passion, as long as he keeps his grades. This beautifully shot film gives you a glimpse at an amazing young individual.

3. It gets your adrenaline pumping.

“Kelly McGarry Rampage” and “Tyler Howell” are adrenaline junky films that get your heart racing. Jack Boston directs “Tyler Howell,” a short four-minute movie of downhill skateboarder Tyler Howell racing down hills in Santa Barbara, California. Howell skids past death-defying cliffs wearing only a helmet as gear. Pro mountain man Kelly McGarry documented his 2013 Red Bull Rampage with just a GoPro helmet camera. McGarry flips and drifts through the course in a matter of minutes. The audience cheered at the performances.

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4. It makes you laugh.

This film festival certainly makes you laugh, but more in a “You’re crazy — are you serious?” kind of way. “Dubai: A Skier’s Journey” reveals a ski resort in the middle of a desert. Yes, you read that right. Ski Dubai is a 200-foot vertical rise hill in a luscious mall in the largest sand desert in the world. Air conditioners are constantly running to keep the slope cool while skiers enjoy the fresh powder. Shots show Dubai, a sand storm outside, then back into the skiers riding up on a single lift. “Sound of the Void” relates to skiers as well, but in a more insane manner. Sebastien de Sainte Marie shows his journey at his first descent of a 55-degree mountain of Gspaltenhorn in the Bernese Alps. This film makes you gasp and question his sanity.

5. And it makes you cry. (In a good way)

In the several hours of film, one specific movie pulled every audience member’s heartstrings in the matter of 48 minutes. “Mending the Line” tells the story of a 90-year-old Frank Moore, who returns to Normandy after almost 70 years. When in World War II, Moore fantasized about fishing in the French Countryside. After many years, he finally returns to fish where he always dreamed with his wife and son. In his journey, he meets characters that appreciate his sacrifices, and they try their hardest to reward and help him with his dream. In a small coffee shop, Moore reads a 69-year-old letter to his wife, Jeanne where in the end, the whole audience is wiping their eyes. At the end, the aged couple kisses, proving their eternal love. Moore brings his life full circle by returning to the rivers he dreamed of, seeking a sort of peace.