The third annual “Mountainfilm on Tour” happens tonight and tomorrow, January 25 and 26 at Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest. This is a rare opportunity to experience Telluride, Colorado’s acclaimed annual documentary film festival right here at home.
Compelling non-fiction stories with breathtaking photography are the perfect antidote to January blahs and will leave you inspired and determined to take action on worthy causes ranging from environmental, cultural, and outdoor adventure to political and social justice issues.
“This festival represents some of the finest documentary filmmaking, bringing our audience into unique landscapes and giving them a glimpse into the lives of such interesting individuals,” says Gorton Community Center Film Director Jamie Hall, who has attended the festival in Telluride.
“Mountainfilm on Tour” travels worldwide throughout the year to help promote its mission “to use the power of film, art, and ideas to inspire audiences to create a betterworld.”
The films shown on tour reflect a “best of”selection of leading documentary films featured at the main festival. This year’s Friday night feature film on January 25 at 7 p.m. will be Return to Mount Kennedy, which honors Bobby Kennedy’s historic ascent to the summit of Mount Kennedy in Canada’s Yukon Territory.
The programming on January 26 offers an Environmental Expo from 3-7 p.m., along with a series of “Shorts” (short films). The Expo, planned and coordinated by Gorton and Lake Forest Open Lands Association (LFOLA), will bring together local environmental and outdoor organizations, vendors, and businesses.
“Lake Forest Open Lands strives to connect people to nature every day of the year,” says Paula Claire, LFOLA’s vice president and director of development. “The Mountainfilm fest is a perfect example of capturing peoples’ passion for nature all over the world in stunning images on film.”
Also on January 26, Adrenaline Shorts will begin at 4 p.m., followed by Best of Fest Shorts at 7 p.m. Indeed, getting the worldwide festival in Lake Forest has been a real coup for Gorton’s state-of-the-art John and Nancy Hughes Theater and a gift to the community. After the festival closes in Telluride in late spring, Mountainfilm takes to the road, traveling year round and globally with a selection or curent and best-loved films from the festival archives. As one of America’s longest-running film festivals, Mountainfilm’s annual tour reaches more than 70,000 people each year in more than 150 locations to extend the reach of the Telluride festival and the work of its filmmakers since 1979.
Co-presented by Gorton Community Center and Lake Forest Open Lands Association, the festival is made possible through the support of several local organizations. The Butler Family Foundation is the lead sponsor of the event, joined by other sponsors including The Community Church of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, and the Deer Path Inn through the Gorton Producer Program.
Tickets for the “Mountainfilm on Tour” start at $8 with a full weekend festival pass available for $45. Gorton Community Center is located at 400 E. Illinois Road in Lake Forest, 847-234-6060. http://gortoncenter.org/