Learning How to Change the World at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival

If you want to learn how to change the world, start by attending this year's Telluride Mountainfilm Festival on Tour in Savannah.

Telluride Mountainfilm is an organization that puts on a festival of films, people, stories, and ideas that celebrates spirit, educates and inspires audiences, and motivates individuals and communities to advance solutions for a livable world. Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world; it is more than just inspiring films. From January 19 to January 21, they will be having events and film screenings of many moving films, ranging for 5 minute shorts to feature films.

The events are all to be held here in downtown Savannah with prices ranging from free and open to the public to $15!

Check out some of the films and events offered by Telluride Mountainfilm this weekend:

TelluRIDE Bike Tour & Veterans Walk

The popular TelluRIDE Bike Tour is back again on the last day of the festival. The event will start at 11 am at the Kennedy Pharmacy on Broughton. The ride will coincide with a Veterans Walk led by Johnnie Jameson who is the film subject in “Mile 19”—showing on Friday night at 7 pm at the Trustees Theatre. Jameson is a member of a special group called “Legacy Runners,” runners who have completed every race of the Los Angeles marathon since 1986. Jameson found solitude in this race after serving as an infantryman in Vietnam. He wears his signature Payless shoes for every race, stopping, talking and taking his time along the way. “Mile 19” conveys a lifetime of lessons in 10 short minutes, so, be sure to catch Jameson after the show for a special Q & A. 



“Throw” will also have a Q & A after the show on Friday night with its film subject Coffin Nachtmahr, a world-class yoyo-er, or “thrower”. Through throwing he found purpose, acceptance, and community, something he had been searching for his whole life while growing up in East Baltimore. Now, he is the best, transforming the childhood hobby of yoyo-ing into a mesmerizing dance of creativity, innovation and connection.



On Saturday night one last Q & A with Harold Mintz, film subject of 1-800-Give-Us-Your-Kidney, will close out this truly inspiring and uplifting weekend. The short film is focused around the question, “If I don’t give my kidney to somebody this week, will somebody die waiting for it?” It is the story of a kidney donor and recipient who demonstrate the phenomenon of more people needing kidneys than kidneys available. The director insightfully portrays the willingness of a living donor to undergo surgery and bodily mutilation to help a complete stranger. She strives to leave with the viewer one question racking their brains: “What am I doing walking around with two healthy kidneys?” 


For more information about the film festival and associated events, please visit mountainfilmsav.org.