LAKE FOREST – After enjoying sell-out crowds last year in their debut at Gorton Community Center, Telluride’s Mountainfilm Fest will return to Lake Forest this January, thanks to the Butler Family Foundation as the event’s lead sponsor, as well as the Community Church of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. It is co-presented by Gorton and Lake Forest Open Lands.
Held every Memorial Day Weekend, Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival in Telluride, Colorado that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. The festival aims to inspire audiences to take action on worthy causes. After the festival closes, Mountainfilm takes to the road, traveling year round and worldwide with a selection of current and best-loved films from the festival archives.
“We’re so excited to build upon the success of last year’s Telluride Mountainfilm,” says Jamie Hall, Gorton’s Film Manager, who attended Mountainfilm in May. “This festival represents some of the finest documentary film making, bringing our audience into unique landscapes and giving them a glimpse into the lives of such interesting individuals. I’m so excited for our community to see this year’s ‘Best of Fest.’”
In addition to bringing one of the filmmakers to Gorton for a question-and-answer session on Friday evening, Gorton and Open Lands plan to leverage the inspiration offered in the films by offering an expo with local environmental and outdoor organizations, vendors, and businesses on Sunday, January 28. “We’re hoping our audience will be moved by the films they see and then want to do something with their enthusiasm,” adds Hall. “At the expo, you can pick your next adventure or decide to donate time to a cause you care about right after you’ve been inspired to do so.”
Tickets to the Mountainfilm Fest can be purchased at gortoncenter.org.
Gorton Community Center is a privately-funded, nonprofit 501c3 organization that operates in partnership with volunteers and the City of Lake Forest to enrich the lives of its residents through cultural arts, education and charitable service. Gorton relies on the generosity of residents and businesses to help fund programs, services and building improvements offered in the historic building owned by the city.
Submitted by the Gorton Community Center