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2009 Featured Films
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2012: HEELS OF DESTINY
8:00pm - Thursday, October 8th, Taos Community Auditorium

Magically filmed in an underground sandstone castle (Embudo, New Mexico) and at the Rio Grange Gorge (Taos, New Mexico) this musical artist collaborated with Vali Valus of Charisma Communications on a cinematic portrayal of a thought-provoking song. Vali Valus, USA, 4 mins, 2009

ADDICTED TO PLASTIC
9:30am - Sunday, October 11th, The Taos Gallery

Ian Connacher gives us a point-of-view style documentary about plastic that encompasses three years of filming in 12 countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The film details plastic's path over the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. www.crypticmoth.com www.bullfrogfilms.com Golden Sun Award - Best International Documentary in FICMA 2009 International Environmental Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain Ian Connacher, Ontario, 85 mins, 2008

AFRICA REVOLUTIONS
3:30pm - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

Tyler Bradt and Rush Sturges have brought us an excellent kayaking film set in Africa. Amidst the Class V and VI rapids, and some rivers at floodstage, the team finds time to promote solar technology to many of the villages along the way. We are anxiously awaiting their latest production Dream Result, which will be released in Spring 2010. www.rev-inn.com 1st place in Rosenheim Paddling Film Festival, Peoples Choice Award at 5 Point Film Festival Tyler Bradt and Rush Sturges, USA, 33 min, 2008

AGNES DAY
6:00pm - Thursday, October 8th, Taos Community Auditorium
11:30am - Saturday, October 10th, The Taos Gallery

Local filmmaker Stryder Simms chose the village of Dixon for his delightfully atmospheric piece. Set to Barber's Adagio for Strings, and featuring nicely understated performances, Simms delivers a poignant study of untimely death. Stryder Simms, USA, 9mins, 2009 In person Stryder Simms, David Schweitzer

AMERICAN OUTRAGE
8:00pm - Friday, October 9th, Taos Community Auditorium

Why would the United States government spend millions of dollars prosecuting elderly native American sisters and confiscating their horses and cattle? Two feisty Western Shoshones, Mary and Carrie Dann have fought the feds since 1974 over grazing rights. The BLM claims the Dan's livestock are degrading the land. But could the fact that beneath the arid pasture lies the second largest gold deposit in the world have a bearing on the issue? Seasoned filmmakers Beth and George Gage weave a fascinating tale of government harassment and obstinate defense of tribal rights. George Gage, USA, 56 mins, 2008 In person: George Gage

BEYOND MIDNIGHT: THE GRAND TRAVERSE
8:00pm - Thursday, October 8th, Taos Community Auditorium

Few physical challenges can match the commitment and fitness required by the Grand Traverse. The competitors have to cover the forty miles of high country between Crested Butte and Aspen in one night. Conor Hagen's film takes us effectively into the mountains as well as into the hearts and tortured limbs of the skiers. Conor Hagen, 50 mins, USA, 2009 In Person: Conor Hagen

BIDDER 70
8:00pm - Friday, October 9th, Taos Community Auditorium
9:30am - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

The best ideas in the world are often glaringly simple. One such is Tim De Christopher's ploy to foil the federal government's auction of mineral rights to corporate interest. He registered as Bidder 70 and bid determinedly for the rights to mine ore in areas of Utah, with of course no intention of mining or paying for the privilege. He will attend the festival immediately after his trial, if he is not incarcerated. George Gage, USA, 8mins, 2009 In person: Tim de Christopher, George Gage

BLIND SKIERS EDGE
9:30am - Saturday, October 10th, Taos Community Auditorium

In his latest project, Michael Brown works with producer and blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer to give an inside look into the dark world of the blind skier: the guides, the skiers, the spirit. www.seracfilm.com Michael Brown and Erik Weihenmayer, USA, 17mins 31 sec, 2009

BLIZZARD OF AAHHHS
6:00pm - Saturday, October 10th, Taos Community Auditorium

Some would say this is the best ski movie ever!!! Blizzard is a rockumentary style look at the known and unknown heroes of the ski world. Featuring cliff-jumper Scot Schmidt, extreme skier/bad boy Glen Plake and precision skier Mike Hattrup, this movie contains some of the best ski action ever filmed from the premier extreme skiing destinations in the World; from France's Chamonix Valley to the awe-inspiring Squaw Valley in California. www.legendofaahhhs.com Greg Stump, USA, 80 mins, 1988




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