Voice of the River

Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour in Big Sky, MT

By Rich Addicks, Task Force board member 

Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour, a travelling collection of the best short films from the acclaimed Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, will be landing in Big Sky, MT for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Lone Peak Cinema.

“We are really excited to bring such an amazing collection of films to our mountain community,” said Brian Hurlbut, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Big Sky.  “It has been our goal for a long time to bring the art of film to Big Sky.  This is the beginning of an effort that we hope will grow into something very special in the years to come.”

Mountainfilm on Tour features a selection of documentary films from the annual festival that will explore the themes connected to Telluride Mountainfilm’s mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.  Each year, the tour reaches over 65,000 people on six continents.

Accompanying the tour is Mountainfilm for Students, a free educational outreach initiative for K-12 schools that involves learning through film.  The Big Sky School District has enthusiastically welcomed the effort with several classes taking part.

Started in 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads­, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring.

“I have no doubt our audience will be inspired by what they experience,” said Rich Addicks, who is overseeing the “Mountainfilm in Big Sky” effort.  “This year’s films will cover a lot of ground.  There will definitely be something for everyone, whether it be adventure, adrenaline, environment, humor, or inspiring profiles.”

The show begins at 7 p.m. with a Happy Hour event starting at 6 p.m. and a free band and after-party at 10 p.m.  A Mountainfilm presenter will introduce the films and engage the audience in discussion following the films.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at the Lone Peak Cinema.  The cost is $15 per person.  Tickets can be purchased at the Cinema in person prior to the event, or by calling 406-995-4478.  Organizers expect a sellout.

Big Sky’s Grizzly Outfitters is the main sponsor of Mountainfilm in Big Sky with help from the Yellowstone Country Regional Tourism Commission, and the Big Sky Resort.  The event is a collaborative effort between the Arts Council of Big Sky and the Gallatin River Task Force.  The Arts Council of Big Sky is dedicated to providing residents, visitors and artists with premier events, education, and creative opportunities in the arts.  The Gallatin River Task Force is dedicated to partnering with the community in an effort to inspire stewardship of the Gallatin River Watershed, now and for future generations.

For more information contact: Rich Addicks, 404-281-0694, or Brian Hurlbut, 406-209-0189.


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