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MountainFilm: The great outdoors, on the screen
Short films to be screened at the Jepson Center this weekend
"Fridays at the Farm" is writer/director Richard Hoffman's visual memoir about his involvement with a community supported organic farm. Featuring time-lapse and macro photography sequences compiled from nearly 20,000 still images, Hoffman's film is "a father's meditation on his blossoming family and community."

Every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colo., a collection of short films is screened for those interested in ecology, conservation, wildlife, beautiful landscapes and thrilling adventure - the great outdoors, as it were.

The three-day-festival is called MountainFilm, and it began 32 years ago as a dose of reality to counteract the abnormally high Hollywood content of the big Telluride Film Festival, which takes place in the fall.

Many MountainFilm movies concern skiing, backpackaging, kayaking, mountain biking and other such outdoor challenges that those healthy Coloradoans enjoy so much. The festival's theme is "Celebrating the Indomitable Spirit."

For the rest of the year, many of the festival's best-loved films are packed up and sent on the road, bringing that Rocky Mountain "indomitable spirit" to those who don't have the means - or the time, or the inclination - to visit the source.

MountainFilm on Tour lands at the Jepson Center for the Arts this weekend, for a screening event co-sponsored by the City of Savannah's film office and the Telfair Museums.

Admission each day, cash only, is $10 for adults, $5 for children A MountainFilm representative will introduce each day's program.


Friday, Feb. 12. 8-10:30 p.m.

The Red Helmet (director: Tyler Young)

Running Down the Man (Ben Knight)

Fridays at the Farm (Richard Hoffman)

Trial and Error: Progression (Bjorn Enga)

Shikashika (Stephen Hyde)

Pickin' & Trimmin' (Matt Morris)

Samsara (Renan Ozturk)

The Job (Jonathan Browning)


Saturday, Feb. 13. 3-5:30 p.m.

The Red Helmet (Tyler Young)

Good Riddance! Termites (Nick Hilligoss)

The Leaning Tower (Brad Lynch)

Safari (Catherine Chalmers)

Kids Who Rip (Rod Parmenter)

Ride of the Mergansers (Steve Furman)

I Matter: One Kid's Fight Against Global Warming (Lynne Cherry)

Pacific Horizons (Barry Smith)