The Gold Town Nickelodeon is currently featuring the 2014 Mountain Film on Tour short film festival, the traveling version of the four-day Mountain Film Festival held each Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colo. Mountainfilm on Tour showcases a selection of films from this festival, all of which center on outdoor activities, from kayaking to climbing, skiing, snowboarding, rollerblading, BASE jumping, skateboarding, adventuring, stunt biking and bike racing.
Here’s a look at what’s scheduled at Gold Town on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 14 and 15.
Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.: Best Of Mountain Film (109 min.)
• “SLOMO”: How has John Kitchin found a way to connect physically to the center of the world and spiritually to the divine? By rollerblading.
• “Cascada”: When a crew of filmmakers and kayakers head to the Mexican jungle to hunt big waterfalls, they find a place of unrelenting rain, heinous insects, thick mud, scary viruses and utter perfection.
• “Wolf Mountain”: The wolves featured in this short film live in a shelter and have never known life in the wild. But you would never know that by looking into their eyes or listening to their howls.
• “Paradise Found”: This short focuses on photographers Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes, who have spent nearly a decade documenting the 39 species of birds of paradise that live in Papua New Guinea.
• “Django Django”: A music video for Indie band Django Django’s song “Wor,” influenced by the infamous Indian “Well of Death” riders in Allahabad.
• “Split of a Second”: “Split of a Second” gets inside the thoughts and motives of wingsuit world champion Espen Fadnes.
• “Nord for Sola”: This film traces the story of Inge Wegge (25) and Jørn Ranum (22), who spent nine months on an isolated and frigid beach north of the Arctic Circle in Norway testing a hypothesis that they could live happily, and even comfortably, off the waste of others.
• “Paper Shredder”: A snowboarder shreds a sick line in this stop-motion animation film.
Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.: The Plunge/Pure Adventure (94 min)
• “Trip”: Twisting the perspective of skiing powder with dazzling colors, this film harks back to the days of Roger Brown and The Mobius Flip.
• “Kilian Martin”: Kilian Martin has brought his own unique style of skateboarding to the masses through the eye of Brett Novak.
• “The Black Line”: This three-minute vignette pays tribute to a photo featured in Kuroi Spur (“The Black Line”), the 1965 book by pioneering skiing cinematographer Keizo Miura.
• “Sea of Rock”: In “Sea of Rock,” mountain biker Harald Philipp recruits pro trails rider Thomas Ohler to ride down Mont Simmerstein, a rugged pocket of the Austrian Alps.
• “Strong”: A year to the day after Roger Strong and other skiers were badly injured in a violent avalanche in Washington’s Snoqualmie Pass, Strong — who spent three months in a wheelchair recovering — returns to ski the Slot Couloir.
• “The Kyrgyzstan Project”: This story of a climbing trip in Kyrgyzstan is haunted by the specter of an earlier one that had frightening and dire results.
• “Kunye”: Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding,” this short film tells the story of the 2012 Single Speed World Championships, the first held in Africa.
• “The Burn”: Every summer, forest fires burn wildly across the mountains. As destructive as they are, they have a purpose and beauty that often goes unappreciated.
• “Lacon de Catalonia”: The Antimedia film crew takes viewers to Andreu Lacondeguy’s training compound in the suburbs of Barcelona, Spain, for a day in the life of one of the best riders in the world.
• “Keeper of The Mountain”: A portrait of Elizabeth Hawley, who has interviewed thousands of expedition leaders, but has never been interested in joining them on any of the routes that she’s come to know intimately in her mind’s eye.
Mountain Film on Tour was launched in 2000 with shows planned mostly in the Western states. It has expanded in the years since, with tours now scheduled in China, Sierra Leone, Scotland, Brazil, Norway, Chile and Canada. For more information, visit www.mountainfilm.org/tour/stop/mountainfilm-on-tour-juneau-ak-1.
For more on the Gold Town, visit www.goldtownnick.com.