You’ll Ride Every Bull, Climb Every Mountain at Film Society’s Mountainfilm 2014
By: Ellis Nassour
Even if you are afraid of heights, there’s something for everyone at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Fifth Annual Mountainfilm 2014, November 21-23. The weekend will be filled with some dizzying, high-riding adventure, and high-minded documentaries. A couple border on feature film. Two that were advance-screened are in the don’t miss category.
Films will be screened at the FSCLC’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.
The lineup includes films that have won awards from film festival screenings. The roster segues from seat-of-the-pants, edge-of-the-seat bull and bronco riding in a different kind of rodeo to wrangling buffalo in the American West to bull-riding in a very different kind of rodeo treacherous high-up-in-the-sky mountain climbing in Yosemite National Park and the Grand Tetons. and fly-fishing in France.
Even if there’s not an inkling of daredevil in you, this is the series for you. Sit back, relax with a bucket of buttered corn and a cold soda or hot French coffee at the Reade in the Lincoln Center and Film Society complex and let others take death-defying chances.
Established in 1979 by rock climbers who would play on the sides of very tall and sheer mountains, Mountainfilm evolved from Colorado’s Telluride Film Festival into a traveling forum for documentaries of all stripes: dazzling adventure and compelling environmental films to those that examine current cultural and political issues and those behind them.
David Holbrooke, festival director of Telluride’s Mountainfilm, says: "What a great honor to partner with Film Society of Lincoln Center to bring the best in adventure films to New York. Our 2014 programming is top-notch, and what makes it more special is the number of guests making live appearances. These are the very ones who’ve seen and experienced what most of us can only imagine."
FSLC programming associate Isa Cucinotta adds, "Every fall for four years we’ve offeed stories about people who are compelled to take a step outside the box when facing physical or social challenges. This series will especially celebrate their tenacity, as well as those who stood by them in the amazing, often equally dangerous, and patient process to capture it all on camera."
The Opening Night event is an across-the-board Don’t Miss: Matt Livadary’s Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo, which covers a year in the lives of alternative lifestytle cowboys and cowgirls as they follow their dreams – some of which are wild and daunting. There’s something in it for everyone. And there’s even a "villain" or maybe "conceited jerk" is the right name for the so-full-of-himself egomanical champion of rodeo after rodeo [even when he didn’t deserve first place status] who struts through the various competitions without a kind word to even the runner-ups. The funny thing is that when there is finally a sound bite from him, he’s not quite the manly man he is when he’s striding a bull.
The series closes with Valley Uprising, narrated by Peter Sarsgaard, a scenic doc about the history of climbing in Yosemite National Park. There are fascinating anecdotes from a number of the "Yosemite greats" – pioneers who scaled the amazing heights, some only by bare hands..
Mountainfilm2014 tickets are $13; $9 for students and seniors (62+); and $8 for FSLC members. Discount packages start at $30; $24; and $21, respectively. Discounts apply with purchase of three or more films. or more. For more information on films and schedules, visit www.filmlinc.com
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