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December 11, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Spotlight On DIFF Part 5
(2008-02-19)
(ksut) - One of the short films being presented at this year's festival is entitled Yes to the No.
It is an 11 minute documentary short about taking the bindings from your snowboard and really surfing the mountain.
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Yes to the No, is among several adventure sport films on the bill for the Durango Independent film Festival next Wednesday through Sunday.
Programming and Screening Director Jane Julian says they want to fill more seats this year and one way they hope to do that is by offering an Adventure Sports Program Saturday and Sunday of the festival.
JULIAN: PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN DURANGO REALLY LIKE THE OUTDOORS AND WE'LL NEVER GET THESE PEOPLE IN THE SEATS NORMALLY, BUT MAYBE IF WE HAVE THIS ONE PROGRAM THEY'LL COME TO SEE THAT. WE TRY TO TIME IT SO IT DOESN'T CUT INTO THEIR BIKING MORNINGS AND, YOU KNOW, KAYAKING AFTERNOONS, WHATEVER, BUT WE HAVE A FULL GAMUT OF REALLY ADRENALIN KIND OF FILMS FOR THEM TO SEE AS WELL.
Another slightly longer, 32 minute documentary, entitled Oil and Water Project, is billed as an environmental adventure film.
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In this film, Kayakers Seth and Thomas take a 35 thousand kilometer road trip from Alaska to the tip of South America in a Toyota Fire Truck, fueled by everything except petroleum...pig lard, palm oil, vegetable oil, and of course, along the way they do some of the best whitewater in the Americas.
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Of four local films being featured this year, two are among those adventure sport offerings.
Matt Mulligan's Ski Movie Adventure is a 6 minute short, shot by the local 16 year old as he and friends ski around Southwest Colorado.
And Durango Cyclery Tech Jon Bailey's 30-minute mockumentary Mallethead, follows seven local bike polo enthusiasts and biking legends as they take on an out of town team for the first time.
Mulligan and Bailey, as well as filmmakers from Telluride, Taos and Denver, will be among 35 expected to attend this years DIFF.
The festival format and scheduling will be similar to last year's, with showings Thursday through Sunday at 9am, noon, 3, 6 & 9pm at both the Abbey and Gaslight theatres, with two screens at the Gaslight Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Festival Coordinator Joanie Fraughton says also like last year, Opening Day, Wednesday, will be free, starting with a special feature length film at 4pm at the Abbey.
FRAUGHTON: IT'S CALLED "SPEEDDATING" AND IT'S A FEATURE AND WE TRIED TO GET IT LAST YEAR BUT THE PREMIER HAD TO BE IN IRELAND AND THEY PUSHED BACK THE PREMIER IN IRELAND, AND SO WE WEREN'T ALLOWED TO HAVE IT. SO NOW THIS YEAR HE'S OFFERED TO US, WE JUST REALLY WANTED IT, BECAUSE WE WANTED IT SO BAD LAST YEAR AND WE'RE LIKE, YOU KNOW, WE'LL LET HIM SCREEN IT ONE TIME, AND IT'S THE COLORADO PREMIER. IT'S ONE OF THOSE FUN, QUIRCKY IRISH FILMS.
DIFF Director of Programming, Jane Julian says the success of this years festival will again be measured in part by how many seats are filled.
The other measure of success, she says, is how the community responds.
JULIAN: THE THING THAT I LOVE ABOUT OUR FESTIVAL BESIDES THE FILM IS THAT THIS IS SOMETHING BIG IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT CREATES DIALOGUE WITH YOUR NEIGHBOR. I THINK IT'S SUCH A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO STRIKE UP A CONVERSATION WITH A COMPLETE STRANGER AND HAVE SOMETHING TO SHARETHAT IS OUR PAYOFF, WHEN WE PRESENT A FESTIVAL THAT HAS QUALITY FILMS, THAT GETS PEOPLE TALKING HERE, AND THEY COME UP AND SAY, GREAT JOB ON PROGRAMMING GUYS, WE LOVE EVERYTHING WE SAW, OR I DIDN'T LIKE SOMETHING AND HERE'S WHY, YOU KNOW, I LIKE THOSE CONVERSATIONS TOO.
The Durango Independent Film Festival presented by Glacier Club, February 24th through March 2nd, on a screen near you.
With this Spotlight on DIFF, I'm Victor Locke, for KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio.
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