The first films for the 32nd annual Telluride Mountainfilm Festival were announced today. The festival will be held May 28-31.
Louie Psihoyos's Oscar-winning documentary The Cove is the highest-profile picture of the bunch. The National Geographic film follows Flipper star-turned animal rights activist Ric O'Barry as he attempts to stop the slaughter of dolphins on the southwest coast of Japan.
The film with the most local interest here in Colorado will be Point of No Return, a documentary of Johnny Copp's last days alive on China's Mt. Edgar with Micah Dash and Wade Johnson before an avalanche killed all three. Copp was the founder of Boulder's Adventure Film Festival.
Other films include...
The Wildest Dream, documenting Conrad Anker's trip to Everest to place a photograph of George Mallory's wife Ruth at the summit, 75 years after Mallory was last seen just below the summit. Ankers was a member of the 1999 Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition that found Mallory's remains. The film is narrated by Liam Neeson with Ralph Fiennes, natash Richardson, Hugh Dancy, and Alan Rickman.
Suzan Beraza's Bag It, starring Teluride local Jeb Berrier
180 South, a retracing of Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins and Lito Tejada-Flores' 1968 trip to Patagonia that gave birth to the companies Patagonia and North Face.
Monte Thompson's extinction crisis documentary Call of Life
Etienne Sauret's psychedelic Ecstasy documentary Dirty Pictures
Stanley Nelson's Freedom Riders documentary
Sebastian Junger's Afghanistan war documentary Restrepo
Jennilyn Merten and Tyler Measom's Sonsof Perdition, following polygamist teens
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