Join Vail Symposium and emcee Jim Butterworth for an evening of inspiring and captivating films handpicked from the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado.
Founded in 1979, Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. The annual festival is held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, CO. Mountainfilm is a dynamic nonprofit organization and festival that celebrates stories of indomitable spirit and aims to inspire audiences through film, art and ideas.
Mountainfilm on Tour in Beaver Creek will feature a collection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and engaging documentary short films that align with Mountainfilm’s mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.
The evening will follow the theme of “Indomitable Spirit” and feature the films: “To Be Frank,” “Well Worn Life with Dani Reyes-Acosta,” “4DWN,” “Rosalie Fish,” “Pass it On: Tami Knight,” “Apaqauq,” “High Road,” “Mink!,” and “Georgia Astle: Flip the Switch.”
“To Be Frank”
Anna Wilder Burns
“To Be Frank” explores authenticity and community in surfing via Frank Paine, a 73-year-old South Bay icon and humble local legend whose life orbits around a two-block stretch of beach. His unforgettable mustache and magnetic spirit are what most first notice, but Paine’s deeper layers expose a depth that might answer some questions that surfers continually ask themselves. Surfing, which for some becomes lost in isolation, is made whole again with Paine — welcoming, inspiring, kind and committed, with an unwavering passion centered on and springing from Hermosa Beach’s beloved shores.
“Well Worn Life with Dani Reyes-Acosta”
Daniel Mitchell, Trent Sugg
“Well Worn Life” is a short documentary film series that reveals the recipes of outdoor-minded individuals who love life deeply and live it to the fullest extent. Dani Reyes-Acosta is a mountain athlete, land cultivator and storyteller whose path consistently seeks the limits of possibility. Reyes-Acosta is constantly moving through the landscapes of Southwest Colorado — by bike, on foot, on skis and clinging to the side of a boulder — to see where she fits into it.
When Rob Cahill was growing up, skateboarding was a four-wheel freedom machine. As the co-founder of 4DWN, a service-driven organization in South Dallas, he uses skating to highlight the interdependency between people and their environment. 4DWN’s mission is to sustainably foster the health of kids, families, communities and the environment, providing free programs emphasizing recreation, education, cultivation and conservation.
Faith Briggs Rose, Tim Kemple
For Rosalie Fish, Indigenous student-athlete and activist, running isn’t just a sport — it’s how she represents the strength and resilience of indigenous women within her tribe and beyond. Rosalie’s story is told in the second episode of “Who is a Runner,” a docuseries collaboration with Brooks Running.
“Pass It On: Tami Knight”
“Pass It On” celebrates three locals who spread their love of Squamish climbing into the fabric of the broader community. In this short segment, we get to meet the charming Tami Knight, a route developer of the late ‘70s and ‘80s.
Dog musher Apayauq Reitan is on a journey of gender, mental health and purpose to become the first out, transgender woman to complete the legendary Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska. Named for her great-grandmother, Apayauq defies stereotypes as she travels over the starkly beautiful, frozen landscape in the same manner as her ancestors. Her four-year-old self, who wanted to be a girl when she grew up, would be proud.
“High Road” celebrates the unbreakable bond between Paralympian Meg Fisher and Jack Berry, a young Para athlete whose cycling career is just beginning to unfold. Together the two navigate life’s obstacles with grace and integrity, creating space for the next generation of Para cyclists.
Told by her daughter Wendy, “Mink!” is the story of the remarkable Patsy Takemoto Mink, a Japanese American from Hawaii who became the first woman of color elected to the U.S. Congress, on her harrowing mission to co-author and defend Title IX, the law that transformed athletics for girls and women in America.
“Georgia Astle: Flip The Switch”
Mountain biker Georgia Astle explores what can happen when you’re able to silence your thoughts and put matter over mind to achieve great things.