Mountainfilm 2019: Looking Back

As we look back on our travel study to Mountainfilm 2019, our reviewers reflect on some of the festival’s most impactful films, people, moments, and ideas.

First Year Experience at Mountainfilm 2019

This year’s Mountainfilm was a new experience for most of us, and the opportunities were limitless. We met new friends and filmmakers, saw dozens of great documentaries, were inspired by speakers and symposia, and enjoyed everything Telluride had to offer.

Mountainfilm 2019 Festival Theme: Equity

Mountainfilm 2019 Festival Theme: Equity

Our first vlog and review set from 2019 Mountainfilm takes a look at this year’s theme of equity and features reviews of films with topics as diverse as Woodstock, transgender athletes, America’s railroads, and the Telluride Valley.

Preview: The Blair Witch Project (1999, Dir. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez)

Preview: The Blair Witch Project (1999, Dir. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez)

Winona State will be showing The Blair Witch Project on October 31st at 7pm in SLC 120. This will be our Halloween addition to the Careers, Callings, and Readiness film series. Directed by Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick, this 1999 mystery/horror film takes you through the lost documentary footage of three aspiring filmmakers and their journey on finding out more about the Blair Witch.

Preview: Sorry to Bother You (2018, dir. Boots Riley)

Preview: Sorry to Bother You (2018, dir. Boots Riley)

Sorry to Bother You speaks to one’s career readiness, as well as the conflicts and callings one might face in their career. Its satire drives home the importance of moral integrity, self-knowledge, and–surprisingly–union representation.

Preview: 17 Blocks (2019, dir. Davy Rothbart)

Preview: 17 Blocks (2019, dir. Davy Rothbart)

Director Davy Rothbart’s award-winning documentary 17 Blocks shows us four generations of an African-American family struggling through tragedy and looking for hope. Rothbart will visit Winona State with his film Oct. 22, 2019, at 7 pm in Stark 103 Miller Auditorium.

Preview: North Country (2005, dir. Niki Caro)

Preview: North Country (2005, dir. Niki Caro)

In North Country (2005, dir. Niki Caro), Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron stars in the  inspiring true story of women pursuing careers and facing harassment in northern Minnesota’s mining industry in the 1980s.

Preview: Office Space (1999, dir. Mike Judge)

Preview: Office Space (1999, dir. Mike Judge)

The second film in this year’s “Careers, Conflicts, and Callings” series Oct. 5, Office Space is a hilarious look at the job of IT workers in the office environment, portraying how one might overcome the obstacles their bosses present.

Review: Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria, 2019)

Review: Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria, 2019)

Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers (2019) brings together a great team of A-List talents, but ultimately, leaves a lot to be desired both its ideological message and its cinematography. In the end, the only thing Hustlers will be hustling is your time and money.

Any One of Us (2019, dir. Fernando Villena): Mountainfilm Review

Any One of Us (2019, dir. Fernando Villena): Mountainfilm Review

Going into the Mountainfilm 2019 screening of Any One of Us, nearly every audience member knew that professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia was going to suffer a devastating accident leading to a spinal cord injury.  Fortunately, director Fernando Villena was very aware of this fact and used it to the film’s advantage.

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