Documentary Short Film Programs


Pack Your Bags

Adventure and people from around the world

Total Running Time - 97 minutes

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 10 AM - MALLARDI CABARET THEATRE
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 1:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE #2

 

THE TRAIL TO KAZBEGI

Joey Schusler, Filmmaker in person
(USA, 2016, 15 mins)

The former Soviet Republic of Georgia, located in the heart of the Caucasus Mountains, has a complicated past in a mostly forgotten part of the world - which makes it ripe for exploration and mountain biking, sketchy border regions, sub-machine guns and all.

NASCENT

Lindsay Branham, Jon Kasbe | click for director bios |
(USA, 2015, 7 mins)

A bloody civil war in Central African Republic has divided a once peaceful nation along religious lines. Two children, one Christian and one Muslim, seek answers in each other.

EXPEDITION Q - A CROSSING OF BAFFIN ISLAND

Skip Armstrong |click for director bio|
(Canada/USA, 2015, 12 mins), Colorado Premiere

A group of friends set out on an adventure across Baffin Island's Penny Ice Cap on skis. They then kayak a first descent of the Class V, Weasel River. Then, in hand-built kayaks, they follow an age-old Inuit hunting route across the southern portion of the island all the way to sea.

SKATEBOARDING IN PINE RIDGE

Farm League
(USA, 2016, 17 mins)

Skateboarding In Pine Ridge chronicles the building of a skateboard park on the Lakota reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and the lives of the youth who live and skate there. It’s built by the Stronghold Society out of Denver - an organization dedicated to empowering native youth through skateboarding, art and music.

OUR LOCAL EPIC

William G Taggart, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 47 mins), Colorado Premiere

Staged against the backdrop of one of North America’s wildest and most remote areas, Our Local Epic is the story of the Box Canyon of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River and the desperate battle to protect it. Sometimes the battle to protect an area is its own reward. Starring Yvon Chouinard.


The Best Laid Plans

A program about animals... and humans.

This program has been generously sponsored by James Brennan, Wendy Chatham, and CB Enterprises; and by Ryko Pet Gear.

Total Running Time - 89 minutes

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 6 PM - MALLARDI CABARET THEATRE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 7 PM - MALLARDI CABARET THEATRE

 

ACE AND THE DESERT DOG

Brendan Leonard, Stefan Hunt, Forest Woodward | click for director bios |
(USA, 2016, 9 mins)

For his 60th birthday, adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Kahn, set out for a 60-day walkabout in Utah. The pair tells the story of their trek and friendship, and Genghis records it on the "Desert Dawg Adventure Blawg".

PROPERTY

Allison Otto, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 4 mins)

The National Wildlife Property Repository is a 22,000-square- foot warehouse outside of Denver where law enforcement agents send illegal wildlife items confiscated at US ports of entry. Doni Sprague has worked there for 20 years. In Property,  she reflects on the challenges of cataloguing the more than one million items stored at the repository.

HOW WE CHOOSE

Alexandria Bombach, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(Afghanistan, 2016, 15 mins)

How We Choose is a conversation with five Afghans about the difficult choice that they must make every day: to leave or stay in Afghanistan. Filled with regret, promise, disappointment, pride, frustration, and hope – every individual stands to lose so much no matter what they decide.

FISHER OF THE TARN

Pascal Gaubert | click for director bio |
(France, 2015, 7 mins), Colorado Premiere

"Fly fishing is an art and art is difficult" Norman Maclean. A spectacular fly fishing visit to the Tarn River in southern France. French with English subtitles.

PRONGHORN REVIVAL

Ben Masters | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 6 mins)

Wildlife Biologists fight to save the pronghorn antelope, the fastest land mammal in North America. "We drew a line in the sand not to watch this species diminish on our watch." From the director of last year’s Unbranded.

FLASHES OF THE ALTAI

Joey Schusler, Filmmaker in person
(USA, 2016, 5 mins), Colorado Premiere

Mongolia – a land of extremes: home to the coldest capital city in the world and the intense heat of the Gobi desert. Three childhood friends set out on a bike-packing, pack-rafting traverse of the Mongolian Altai, a remote range of high glaciated peaks. Oh yes, there are eagles.

WILD HORSE REVOLUTION

Ben Masters | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 6 mins)

What is the solution to the mustang crisis in the American West that has 50,000 wild horses locked away in government pens? Follow horse advocate TJ Holmes as she darts wild horses with fertility drugs to control the population. From the director of last year’s Unbranded.

I AM YUP’IK

Daniele Anastasion & Nathan Golon | click for director bios |
(USA, 2016, 17 mins)

I Am Yup’ik tells the story of Byron Nicholai, a 16-year-old Alaskan Yup’ik boy who leaves his tiny village and travels across hundreds of miles of frozen tundra to compete in an all-Yup’ik basketball tournament. Unskilled as a Yup’ik hunter, a tradition passed down over thousands of years, Byron is determined to prove himself by leading his village to a championship in the District Tournament.

PICKLE

Amy Nicholson
(USA, 2016, 16 mins)

One of the funniest and oddest films you’ll see this year. Pickle is an ode to people’s capacity to care for all creatures throughout their sometimes protracted existence, until their occasionally sudden and unfortunate demise.


Town and Country

Stories from the wild places: the inner city and the mountain ranges.

Total Running Time - 86 minutes

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 1 PM MALLARDI CABARET THEATRE
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 7 PM MALLARDI CABARET THEATRE

This film program has been generously sponsored by the Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media.

 

WHAT'RE YOU SCARED OF, KID?

Alex Coppola, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 7 mins), Colorado Premiere

What Are You Scared Of, Kid? is a docu-memoir about that scary thing behind the attic door. Flashing between interviews with children, old home movies, and recreations of the director's own nightmares, it asks questions about the nature of our fears and why we never quite outgrow them.

EDGES

Katie Stjernholm, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 9 mins)

At the ripe age of 90, Yvonne Dowlen ice skates five days a week and still competes in figure skating competitions. Her secret to longevity seems to lie not only in staying active, but simply in doing what she loves. Edges is a celebration of a long life lived well.

WE ALL WE GOT

Carlos Javier Ortiz
(USA, 2015, 9 mins), Colorado Premiere

A stunning, heartbreaking, visual poem. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and the country’s recent focus on youth violence, police brutality, and marginalized communities, We All We Got is an elegy of urban America, and an intimate portrait of the people affected by gun violence in Chicago.

1000 CUTS

James Balog | click for director bio |
(USA, 2015, 10 mins)

Utah’s Canyonlands National Park is known for its fantastically formed arches and pinnacles, its canyon mazes and pristine solitude. Famed photographer, James Balog, finds that the rugged, primitive land that he loves is being transformed by industrial development— right up to national park boundaries.

SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR

Mick Follari, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2015, 11 mins)

Alpinist Mick Follari fled to the mountains, finding solace on alpine expeditions. His dreams of a climbing legacy are suddenly interrupted by the impending birth of his child. He struggles to embrace a new life and a new identity, but not before a dangerous and remote expedition in Afghanistan.

120 DAYS

Ben Knight | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 7 mins)

This gorgeous black and white film reveals the 120 day, tarpon, saltwater fly fishing season on America’s Gulf Coast and its most obsessive, poetic guide, David Magnum.

EQUAL FOOTING

Dan Holz, Eric Elofson, and Kaare Iverson, filmmakers in person | click for director bios |
(USA, 2016, 8 mins)

Wyoming’s remote and vast wilderness provides the perfect canvas for alpinists Kim and Julia to redefine preconceptions of the feminine. Isolated and exposed on the raw granite peaks of the Wind River Range, the experience of these two women explores the fabric of loss, life, and friendship.

JOE’S VIOLIN

Kahane Cooperman | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 24 mins), Colorado Premiere

In this award-winning short documentary, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin of 70 years to a local instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old schoolgirl in the nation's poorest congressional district, and unexpectedly, his own.


The Hero With A Thousand Faces

All kinds of people in all kinds of places

Total Running Time - 96 minutes

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 3 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 4 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS

 

SIMON BECK - SNOW ARTIST

Sindre Kinnerød and Audun Fjeldheim | click for director bios |
(Norway, 2016, 6 mins)

By creating mesmerizing designs in the snow just by walking in a pair of snowshoes, British artist Simon Beck takes hiking in the mountains to a whole other level.

OFFSEASON

Ben Moon | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 7 mins)

For Daniel Norris, baseball has been a passion, career, patient teacher and cruel master. But becoming a professional athlete means life in a high-stakes world of intense pressure where players are constantly under the microscope. That’s why during the offseason, Norris lives in his VW van, Shaggy.

NYCHAPTERS: BRYAN “MONKEY” NORTHAM

Alexander Hankoff | click for director bio |
(USA, 2015, 9 mins), Colorado Premiere

Made by former a Western State College University student, Monkey shows a day in the life of Central Park carriage driver, Bryan "Monkey" Northam as he "hacks" customers and tells wild tales of his life and career in New York City.

1-800-GIVE-US-YOUR-KIDNEY

Samantha Smith, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 17 mins)

An intimate portrait of two strangers - as different from each other as they can be. Their differences begin to blur as they tell personal and candid details about the country's first altruistic kidney donation - and why one decided to risk surgery to help the other.

CANYON SONG

Dana Romanoff and Amy Marquis, filmmakers in person | click for director bios |
(USA, 2016, 14 mins)

A Navajo family balances modern life with the traditional "Navajo Way," teaching their children their language, culture, and ceremony within the sacred walls of Canyon de Chelly National Monument.

KICKASS KATIE LEE

George and Beth Gage, filmmakers in person | click for director bios |
(USA, 2016, 10 mins)

Kickass Katie Lee celebrates 96-year-old singer, songwriter, actress, and activist, Katie Lee. Abandoning Hollywood, she discovered her true passion: the Colorado River, where she learned to cuss like a cowboy. When the Glen Canyon dam was first proposed, she opposed it. She is forever its immutable warrior and foe. By Beth and George Gage, filmmakers of Bidder 70.

WATER FROM STONE

Ben Masters | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 8 mins), Colorado premiere

Fifty Years ago, David Bamberger purchased an overgrazed, abused ranch in the Texas Hill Country and devoted the rest of his life to restoring it. The result? Water From Stone. From the director of last year’s Unbranded.

MARTIN’S BOAT

Peter McBride | click for director bio |
Ian McLeod, Composer in person
(USA, 2016, 22 mins)

Martin’s Boat honors the man who saved the Grand Canyon from two proposed dams in the 1950s and follows the newest boat in the Grand Canyon Dories fleet on its maiden voyage down the legendary Colorado River.


Shorts Before Features

Play at various times during the festival.

 

MUIR SONG

Janssen Powers, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 3 mins), Colorado Premiere

Muir Song is an inspirational montage of backcountry visuals that captures the energy and attitude of the great Pacific Northwest through the eyes of people who outdoor religiously.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 9 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 6:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE #2
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 10 AM - MAJESTIC THEATRE #1

PROPERTY

Allison Otto, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 4 mins)

The National Wildlife Property Repository is a 22,000 square-foot warehouse outside of Denver where law enforcement agents send illegal wildlife items confiscated at US ports of entry. Doni Sprague has worked there for 20 years. In Property, she reflects on the challenges of cataloguing the more than one million items stored at the repository.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 1:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE #2
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 10 AM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS

REMEMBER WHEN?

Jenny Nichols, Filmmaker in person, Andy Maser, Hayden Peters (Canada, 2016, 3min) | click for director bios |

Remember when you were young? Did you play outside? Did you explore? What makes you remember? All to remind us all why nature is worth protecting.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 9 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 10 AM - MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 10 AM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS

ACROSS THE SKY

Renan Ozturk, Tim Kemple | click for director bios |
(USA, 2016, 2 mins)

On November 15, 2015 Théo Sanson walked nearly 500 meters on a slackline rigged from The Rectory to Castleton Tower in Castle Valley, Utah - likely a new world record. Rigging the line was perhaps as significant a feat as walking it.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 12 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 4:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE #2
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 4:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE #2

SIMON BECK - SNOW ARTIST

Sindre Kinnerød, Audun Fjeldheim (Norway, 2016, 6 mins) | click for director bios |

By creating mesmerizing designs in the snow just by walking in a pair of snowshoes, British artist Simon Beck takes hiking in the mountains to a whole other level.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 3 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 9:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE #2
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 4 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE #1