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Adventure Activism, Environmental Justice, Film Festival, Film Review, Freedom Ride West, Mountain Film / 03.06.2011

Port Arthur, TX is a long way from Colorado. But when Texas environmental justice advocate Hilton Kelley delivered a message to the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, he demonstrated an activist power that transcends that distance. Kelley, who fights for the rights of poor populations whose health is negatively impacted by oil refinery pollution, spoke on the importance of protecting the rights of all to enjoy clean air, water and soil.

Adventure Media Review, Breaking News, Film Festival, Mountain Film / 31.05.2011

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.

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Film Festival, Mountain Film / 29.05.2011

  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...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Film Festival, Mountain Film / 26.05.2011

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.
Adventure Activism, Art, Environmental Justice, Photography / 25.05.2011

Long after a natural disaster fades from the headlines the human tragedy continues. To most, the Sumatra earthquake and tsunami of 2004 is a distant memory. But a young photographer from Wyoming wants the world to keep in mind the thousands who died and hundreds of thousands more who survived but still suffer. Becca Skinner wants to tell their story. And working in collaboration with photographer James Balog and a grant from National Geographic, she and fellow student Chris Michael will make sure we never forget.   “A place after a natural disaster is in the media for only a short period of time,” Skinner said. “Communities rebuild or don’t rebuild behind closed doors. Nobody really pays attention to how communities recover.”
Adventure Activism, Commentary, Film Festival, Mountain Film / 23.05.2011

Mountain Film inspired me to be a writer for good. I actually came to the world of journalism predisposed to telling stories about people working toward the benefit of others and the preservation of our planet. But the annual celebration of adventure culture in Telluride, Colorado has helped to focus my attention and create a conversation about how we all might do good in the world, to ask the question: how are you making the world a better place? As a reporter I’m prompted also ask that question of...