While Colorado has more than its fair share of mountain-centric film festivals, Telluride Mountainfilm stands out for its diversity. Some of the biggest awards at this year's edition of the 34-year-old conclave went to films with little to no connection to the mountains, including best cinematography winner Dirty Wars, which tells the story of a U.S. drone strike that mistakenly hit a Yemeni wedding, and the Audience Award-winning God Loves Uganda, Roger Ross Williams's lauded feature about American missionary activity in Africa.
Neither of those features will be screening tonight when Mountainfilm On Tour stops at the Oriental at 7 p.m. Rather than those main courses, viewers will be treated to kind of an abbreviated sampler platter of outdoor-centric short films both traditional and more modern, most clocking in between five and fifteen minutes long. Below, we pick out three cuts that we're looking forward to seeing.
The Gimp Monkeys
Directed by Fitz Cahall, the filmmaker behind popular podcast The Dirtbag Diaries, and climbing photographer Mikey Schaefer, The Gimp Monkeys follows the first "all-disabled" ascent of 3,000-foot-tall El Capitan by amputee climbers Craig DeMartino, Jarem Frye, and Pete Davis. The climb, which took place over five days in 2012, was DeMartino's second attempt; his first try with Frye ended when the latter broke his prosthetic leg.
Split of a Second
If you've ever wondered why people would voluntarily throw themselves off of a cliff, this movie may just answer that question. The film follows Norwegian BASE jumper and wingsuit pilot Espen Fadnes as he prepares for and executes a jump. Along the way, he discusses what pushes him to keep at the world's most dangerous sport.Django Django Wor
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When we first saw photos of Indian performers driving cars and riding motorcycles around the Well of Death, a barrel-like carnival stunt track, we were entranced. So were British indie rockers Django Django, who decided to build the entire music video for their song "WOR" around the attraction.