Film and TV

Sneak Peek: Mountainfilm in Telluride 2011

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Westword: Let's start with some of the biggies... Which films do you expect will be most popular this year?

Emily Long: If a Tree Falls is a documentary by Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman about the Earth Liberation Front and the arrest of arsonist Daniel McGowan. It's a powerful look at extreme protest actions and some of the people on all sides of the ELF story. It premiered at Sundance, and I expect it's going to be one of the most talked-about films at Mountainfilm this year.

I also think Revenge of the Electric Car, from filmmaker Chris Paine, is exceptional. It's the follow-up to Who Killed the Electric Car , which was a big hit at Mountainfilm in 2006. Harry Shearer's Hurricane Katrina documentary The Big Uneasy will be another big one this year.

WW: Are there smaller films worth pointing out, films that might not be on peoples' radar but that you'd recommend?

EL: Every film on the program this year is outstanding, but for under-the-radar films I'd shout out The City Dark and Truck Farm, two films from director Ian Cheney, who is one of our symposium guests this year. Also: Roko Belik's new film Happy and Cindy Meehl's Buck, a beautiful film about a horsetrainer.
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