Film festival to celebrate inspiration, adventure

Published 5:00 pm Friday, October 6, 2017

The Telluride Mountainfilm festival is returning to LaGrange College at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in West Side Recital Hall. Admission is free.

“We were delighted they were ready to return to LaGrange so soon after the inaugural Telluride Mountainfilm Festival in April,” said Lee Johnson, Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Music and Program Director of Digital Creative Media and Film.

A collaborative project between the festival and LaGrange College, the celebration of documentary filmmaking is a great fit for the college’s new Digital Creative Media and Film program.

Begun in 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival has presentations and panels throughout the Memorial Day weekend event with a wide diversity of special guests, ranging from artists to adventurers and academics to activists.

Johnson said the partnership with Telluride Mountainfilm can be attributed to Mark Callaway, a native of LaGrange and now senior vice president and financial advisor with The Indigo Group at Morgan Stanley in Atlanta.

“This relationship comes to us through the dedicated efforts of Mark and his talented team,” Johnson said. “This partnership puts LaGrange College in an enviable position that other colleges and universities with film degree programs wish that they had.”

The films that have been selected for this festival stop are “simply fantastic,” he said. “The range of emotion, meaningful inspiration, creativity and nail-biting entertainment that are contained in these award-winning films is truly remarkable.”

The works scheduled for the LaGrange visit include “Science in America-Neil deGrasse Tyson,” “Adaptation Bangladesh: Sea Level Rise,” “One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts,” “American Psychosis,” “Through the Wall,” “Dawn to Dusk,” “Ascend,” “Where the Wild Things Play,” “Zain’s Summer: From Refugee to American Boy,” “Owl Dance-Off Part II,” “The End of Snow” and “La Langosta.”

Johnson said they’d love to see the launch of an artist-in-residence program come from the relationship with Mountainfilm.

“There would also be amazing opportunities for our film students to submit their films to TMF to be considered for inclusion in the annual Telluride Mountainfilm Festival,” he said.

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