The Environmental Center has been bringing Mountainfilm on Tour to Bend for 19 years as its annual fundraiser. The event showcases a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed documentary films curated from the annual Mountainfilm festival held in Telluride, Colorado. In 2022, two weekends of powerful documentaries were shown virtually. Each show featured different films that were available for viewing during a four day window (February 17-20 and February 24-17). The stories in these films seemed to be a reflection of the “indomitable spirit,” just as Mouintainfilm promised. Themes of perseverance, isolation, resilience, connection, and belonging were highlighted throughout.
Photo: brother and sister mountain biking from film Sibling Rivalry
The 2022 featured films included: All Jokes Aside, The Mystery, How to Count a Wolf, Slim Pickins, Sibling Rivalry, 199 Little Heroes: Jésùs from Mexico, The Captain, Moving Meditation, FACETS, Charge 2, Born From Junk, Golden Age Karate, Tabira, Resilience, Eric and the Bees, Motherload, Made in the Mitten, A Concerto Is a Conversation, You And The Thing That You Love, and Blackberry Swirl.
The stories these films shared ranged from a youth teaching karate to residents in a nursing home to a woman who is the captain of a lobster boat to a businessman who has the only black-owned and operated outdoor shop in the country to a veteran who finds healing through beekeeping. It was genuinely moving. “I felt inspired and challenged watching these films,” said a Mountainfilm attendee, “They left me with a desire to join with members of my community to make a difference, care for our planet, and get outside.”
Photos: Mountainfilm on Tour – Bend attendees watching the shows from the comfort of their homes
In addition to the films, a fabulous raffle was put together with prizes donated by 43 businesses.
This event would not be possible without the support of generous local sponsors. Thank you to the following businesses who sponsored Mountainfilm on Tour – Bend in 2022: The Gear Fix, Lonza, Steel Technology, LLC d/ba/ Hydro Flask, Bend Craftsmen Company, Central Oregon Radiology Associates, Dream Home Building and Design, Skjersaa Group at Duke Warner Realty, Crow’s Feet: A Mountain Collective, Mountain Supply, 929 FM, The Bulletin, and The Source Weekly.
Photo: women’s snowboarding team camping under the night sky from film FACETS
Thank you to everyone who joined us for this event and we hope you enjoyed the shows! This event remains a successful fundraiser, fun way of engaging together as a community, and impactful avenue for ideas. We look forward to next year’s film tour, hopefully in person at the Tower Theater. Until then, check out our Earth Day event coming up in April!