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Story last updated at 6:09 PM on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mountainfilm Fest brings light to winter

By Lindsay Johnson
Staff Writer

For the 10th year, Homer audiences will witness a selection of exotic, adventurous and thoughtful pieces from Telluride's Mountainfilm festival.


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Audiences at this year's Telluride Mountainfilm Festival will take a flyfishing trip to Russia's far east Kamchatka Peninsula in "Eastern Rises," by Ben Knight and Travis. The duo's film "Red Gold" was featured in last year's festival. Complete film descriptions may be found online at: www.mountainfilm.org/tour/films/index.asp

"I'm really excited about that. The reason why it keeps going back is because people really enjoy it and because it's fiscally doable. If we don't get enough participation we can't do it," said Coordinator of Community Recreation Mike Illg.

The film festival generates a significant part of Community Recreation's revenue, which helps support programs throughout the year.

Besides bringing in vital funds, Illg said the films bring a tremendous amount of energy and inspiration.

"I've had people come up to me and say 'thank god, this is perfect in the middle of winter to get me inspired about life and getting outside'," said Illg.

Two different shows will be held, one on Jan. 20 and another on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Mariner Theatre. Tickets are $10 per person, per show, and can be purchased at the Homer Bookstore, 235-7496, or at the Community Recreation office in the High School.

A shortened version of The HoWL Movie, by Libby Bushell will show both nights of the festival. Mountainfilm presents Eastern Rises, by Ben Knight; Alone on the Wall, by Peter Mortimer; Sluice Box and a Rocker, by Deco Dawson; 11 Degrees, by Anna Ewert; As It Happens, by Renan Ozturk; Brother's Wild, by Peter Mortimer; Fishman, by Kathy Kasic; The Last Frontier: Conservation and Exploration in Papua New Guinea, by Trip Jennings; Lost Tribes of New York City, by Andrew London; Nico's Challenge, by Steve Audette; The Mouse That Soared, by Kyle Bell; Music by Prudence, by Roger Williams; Flathead Wild, by Trip Jennings.