Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Mountainfilm digs deep

Films cover nuts to figs

Express Staff Writer

?Kids Who Rip? will be screened Saturday at nexStage.

Ever wonder who helped save the grand Canyon or where a bamboo fishing rod came from or who the next extreme athletes might be? The answers, or at least some musings, will be on-screen during Mountainfilm On Tour.

Originated in Telluride nearly 30 years ago, Mountainfilm takes its show on the road every year with some of the best adventure films from around the globe. The tour returns to the Wood River Valley for three shows over two days, Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20. The Ketchum-based Environmental Resource Center will host and be the beneficiary of the event.

There will be an evening show in the Community Campus Theater in Hailey at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, and at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum at 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 20, there will be a free children's matinee. Adults are free accompanying a child. The evening show will follow at 7 p.m.

Each program will be different and will include short and longer works including educational films about cultures on the edge, portraits of remarkable people, animated masterpieces and adrenaline-pitched adventure and exploration films.

Among the films being shown will be "South Central Farmers" about some 350 low-income families who, to avoid receiving welfare, farm 14 acres of land in South Central Los Angeles. A wealthy land developer who has acquired the land threatens to drive the farmers out. This is the story of their passion and struggle to survive.

"Queen of Trees" is the story of an African fig tree and the special, interdependent relationship it has with a tiny insect partner. Each fig is a microcosm of life with the stage set for birth, sex and death as the tiny players battle against predators and parasites to fulfill their mission. The "Queen of Trees" details one of the most amazing stories in the natural world—one filled with intrigue and drama and set against a backdrop of grand Africa.

Written and narrated by celebrated author David James Duncan, "Trout Grass" follows the transformation of bamboo from a vibrant plant on the hillsides of southern China to a featherweight fly rod on a Montana river. In a lyrical cinematic journey, "Trout Grass" reveals a century-old method of connecting with the natural world and shows that fly-fishing can be about much more than just catching fish.

Follow the next generation of superstars in "Kids Who Rip" as they show off their jaw-dropping tricks, riding big waves and catching big air just like the professionals. Kids Who Rip invites you into a new world where the future is wide open.

"Moon Girl" is about a boy and his pet squirrel who are caught by a giant fish-of-stars and taken to meet the girl in the moon one night while out fishing.

Tickets are available at the ERC, Chapter One Bookstore, Iconoclast Books in Ketchum and Hailey and at the door of the event.

Show 1 -- Community Campus, Hailey

- "Defect," 10 minutes. Unicycling.

- "New World Disorder," 7 minutes. Mtn. Biking.

- "Tears of Wood," 26 minutes. Environment.

-"Paving Shangri-La," 15 minutes. Human Interest/Environment/Culture.

- "Sacred Angkor Wat," 9 minutes. Cultural.

- "Global Focus -- Honduras," 5 minutes. Environment.

- "Madagascar," 13 minutes. Adventure.

- "Trout Grass," 49 minutes. Environment.

Show 2 -- Ketchum Matinee, nexStage

- "Antarctica," 10 minutes. Kids.

- "Good Riddance! Termites," 5 minutes. Kids.

- "Khumba's Cars," 10 minutes. Human Interest.

- "Doolittle Does Something," 20 minutes. Environment.

- "Zoltan," 5 minutes. Humor.

- "South Central Farmers," 9 minutes. Human Interest.

- "Moon Girl," 9 minutes. Kids.

- "High Fly Summits," 13 minutes. Adventure.

- "Kids Who Rip," 16 minutes. Adventure.

Show 3 - Ketchum Evening Show, nexStage.

- "First Ascent: The Obscurist," 12 minutes. Climbing.

- "High Fly Summits," 13 minutes. Paragliding.

- "Beyond Iraq," 9 minutes. Human Interest.

- "The Good Fight," 10 minutes. Environment.

- "Zoltan," 5 minutes. Humor.

-"Boondog," 10 minutes. Cultural.

- "Queen Of Trees," 53 minutes. Environment.

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