The second annual Mountainfilm on Tour festival is coming back to Invermere, bigger and better than ever.
Last year organizer Bill Johnston brought Mountainfilm on Tour to Invermere. Mountainfilm is an annual festival held in Telluride, Colorado. It features documentary films chosen to celebrate indomitable spirit, inspiring audiences to create a better world by using the power of film, art, and ideas. Mr. Johnston, an avid film buff, loved the festival and wanted to bring a selection of the Mountainfilm selections on tour to local audiences.
The inaugural event last year saw about 335 people turn out.
“I had no idea how it would go,” admits Mr. Johnston. “I was thrilled … the reaction was terrific and everyone really liked the films.”
In the first show last February at the newly-opened Columbia Valley Centre, Mr. Johnston admits the sound quality was not where he had hoped it would be for showing movies. However, this year, he is excited to be utilizing the updated sound setup and theatre seating recently installed.
“It’s stadium seating with great sound and a great picture,” he affirms.
Mr. Johnston screened all 75 films in the touring film list this year – “it’s my favourite part of the job,” he admits – then puts together a playlist he hopes will resonate with local moviegoers.
“I’m looking for strong characters and a good story,” Mr. Johnston explains.
He is optimistic local audiences will enjoy the selections, so much so that he is running the festival over two nights this year to open it up to more attendees.
One of the films will be of particular interest to local audiences. Panorama-raised skier Christina Lustenberger is featured in ‘Children of the Columbia’, a documentary following her and another skier as they travel through the Columbia River and seek out mountain adventure along the way.
Telluride’s Mountainfilm on Tour in Invermere happens at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February 9th at the Columbia Valley Centre. Tickets are $20 each, available at mountainfilminvermere.ca. or at Crazy Soles, 1045 7th Ave., Invermere. For more on the Mountainfilm, visit www.mountainfilm.org.