A favorite from last year's Mountain Film in Telluride was honored with the first-ever Indomitable Spirit Award. Music by Prudence star Prudence Mabhena received a cash prize of $1,000, plus an additional $1,800 collected among festival attendees. Also an anonymous donor committed to make up the difference in the effort to raise $25,000 to build Mabhena a new home in Zimbabwe.
I’ve been up since 6:00 AM and I’m still scrambling to post photographs from the first day of Mountain Film. I have less than 15 minutes to pull together and post an album before I head out to the next morning coffee talk gathering at 8:00 AM. I didn’t get to bed until almost 2. I regret that these humble pictures do very little to give you an idea of how amazing and a bit overwhelming this year’s Mountain Film is. And we’re only half way through. A very...
I’ve personally shared two cups of tea with Greg Mortenson. This weekend I had hoped to have my third and enjoy another conversation with a man who has inspired me along with millions of people around the world. But that’s not likely to happen. Though the invitation remains open Greg won’t attend the Mountain Film Festival at Telluride after a devastating expose weeks ago on the CBS news show 60-Minutes. Accused of fraud and deception the subject and co-author of the best selling book “The Cups of Tea” is persona non-grata.
Sweetgrass Productions’ Nick Waggoner posts another installment of the advance screening series “On the Road With Solitaire.” Episode IV: Low Tide laments the drudgeries of film production in poor snow conditions though the bitter cold Andes Mountains of South America. “Argentine women, though some may think they’re a God send are more practically the devil’s handy work,” opines the narrator “Or moral landmines on the road to anywhere other than drink, party, dance, ski repeat.”
Travel is an event of transformation. In 1961 a long bus ride from Washington D.C. to New Orleans changed the world forever. But the PBS American Experience documentary “The Freedom Riders” will likely do little to alter your perspective of a journey upon the open road. Instead I hope that it will open your awareness to the fear and vulnerability a conspicuous minority will face even today while traveling and exposed to the hostility of an entitled majority.