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Short and Sweet: Mountainfilm fest brings a weekend of globetrotting films 

A taste of the wonderment that is the Mountainfilm fest.This is your chance to vicariously scale the globe. Mountain bike through an old growth forest, ascend Colorado's Black Canyon, or go fly fishing in Baja, all from the comfort of your Tower Theater seat. Bend-based nonprofit reSource hosts the touring film festival, Mountainfilm on Tour, as a fundraiser for the organization. With an emphasis on sustainable living, the event is also intended to encourage Central Oregonians to make everyday choices that reduce our impact on the environment. Play lists include 7-8 short films per night. Here's are some particularly eyebrow-raising films from the weekend schedule.

Friday, March 7, 7PM:

In "Fridays at the Farm," follow photographer/filmmaker Richard Power Hoffman as he employs time-lapse and macro photography sequences compiled from 20,000 still images, to achieve a condensed, but lush demonstration of vegetables growing on a community-supported organic farm. Motivated by a feeling of disconnection from their food sources, Hoffman's family decides to become actively involved in food cultivation. Next, you can investigate alternative forms of energy, in "Good Riddance: Air Pollution," which leads to a radical redesign of a VW Beetle, into an Eco Van.

Go mountain biking with top rider Ryan Leech, in "Trial & Error: Progression," as he creates a challenging mountain bike line through an old growth forest slated for destruction. Then experience the adrenaline rush of two Swiss "speed flyers," as they descend from the top of Switzerland's Eiger, wearing skis and a paragliding sail, in the film "Big Summit Speed Riding."

"Ride of the Merganzers" allows us to observe the rare hooded merganser, a duck found only in parts of North America.

Finally, raft through the Grand Canyon, in "Crawl Walk Run," with 14 severely injured soldiers from the war in Iraq, on their brief discharge from the hospital, as they focus on overcoming their disabilities.

Saturday, March 8, 7 PM:

The film "Running Down the Man" presents a sort of modern take on Hemingway's classic novella, "The Old Man and the Sea." Then head to Tecolutla, Mexico, where a man has dedicated himself to bring Kemp's ridley sea turtles back from near-extinction, in "Papa Tortuga."

Witness both the filming and the riding, in "Roam," a take on mountain biking in exotic locales. Next, Colorado's beautiful, but intimidating Black Canyon beckons two climbers, Jared Ogden and Topher Donahue, in the film "Black Canyon," as they scale difficult alpine crack lines.

Lastly, join spunky Doris Haddock, an 89-year-old widow, on her walk from California to Washington, D.C., in order to bring awareness to a political issue, in "Granny D Goes to Washington."


Mountainfilm On Tour

Tickets available at the Tower Theater Box Office or www.towertheater.org. Prices: $17.50/night in advance, or$30/both nights in advance; $20/night at the door.

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