Mountainfilm on Tour Stowe, will be presented Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.
Two screenings, each featuring 11 films, are planned for the inaugural festival. The afternoon screening at 3 p.m. is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages. The evening screening at 7 p.m. features some more adult and PG-13 themes.
Here’s a sampling of the lineup for each screening.
3 p.m. family-friendly
• “A New View of the Moon” is just the reminder we need to keep looking up. Directed by Wylie Overstreet (2018 USA / Duration: 4 minutes).
• “Brighter Night”: a dash of spelunking. A pinch of ice climbing. A sprinkle of semi-psychedelic light show. Directed by Jordan Halland (2018 USA / Duration: 5 minutes)
• “Drop Everything,” Michelle Parker segment: fast, fearless, steep and deep: that about sums up Michelle Parker as she carves graceful lines into the spines of Alaska. Directed by Scott Gaffney (2017 USA / Duration: 4 minutes)
• “Escape”: A risk-averse, non-athletic, native Rwandan DJ finding the real meaning in his life by pedaling across Canada to its frozen Arctic Ocean shore for the longest continuous fixed-gear bike ride. Directed by Anjali Nayar (2018 Canada / Duration: 8 minutes)
• “Intersection”: Micayla Gatto takes us inside the vibrant space where artist and athlete collide, as she pedals through her artwork with a splash of color. Directed by Lacy Kemp (2017 Canada / Duration: 5 minutes)
• “Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa” leaves no doubt that for many sherpas, the hard, dangerous work of hauling gear and guiding westerners on Everest is undertaken not for glory, but to provide for their families. Directed by Eric Crosland (2017 Canada / Duration: 14 minutes)
• “My Mom Vala”: this short film paints the fantastical and mysterious country of Greenland through Mathilda’s fantasies and Vala’s eyes as a fishing guide. Directed by RC Cone (2018 Greenland / Duration: 10 minutes)
• “Sky Migrations”: twice a year raptors soar overhead between British Columbia and Argentina on their seasonal migrations. It takes the entire Western Hemisphere to raise a hawk. Directed by Charles Post, Forest Woodward, Max Lowe (2017 USA / Duration: 15 minutes)
• “The Wolf Pack” chronicles a family raised on fresh air, high peaks and the wonder of the outdoors. Directed by Nick Waggoner, Zac Ramras (2018 USA / Duration: 12 minutes)
7 p.m. festival screening
• “A Letter to Congress”: a short, lyrical visual poem was inspired by and is homage to Wallace Stegner’s 1960 “Letter to Congress,” in which the writer advocated for the preservation of the wilderness that then remained. Directed by Christopher Newman (2017 USA / Duration: 3 minutes)
• “Adventure Not War,” racked by survivor’s guilt and reliving the horrors of their tours of duty, amateur skiers are challenged to find redemption on rickety towropes and bony couloirs. Directed by Max Lowe (2017 USA / Duration: 25 minutes)
• “One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts”: Will Harris is not a typical back-to-the-earth organic farming advocate: He’s a hard-bitten, fourth-generation, good ol’ boy, commodity cowboy who raised cattle in strictest post-WWII industrial fashion. Directed by Peter Byck (2016 USA / Duration: 15 minutes)
• “Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna”: Riccarda de Eccher is twice blessed: She found her passion as a climber when she was young; and, she discovered her passion as a painter when her climbing years were past. Directed by Dave Brown (2017 USA / Duration: 7 minutes)
• “The Mirnavator”: Teacher, blogger and mom Mirna Valerio is an endurance runner whose weekends are packed with marathons, 50Ks and other races. But she doesn’t fit into the typical mold of ultra-runner; Mirna is black, and she’s not stick-thin. Directed by Sarah Menzies (2017 USA / Duration: 11 minutes)
Tickets for the 3 p.m. screening are $15 for adults, and $5 for ages 12 and under. For the 7 p.m. screening they are $25 per person. sprucepeakarts.org.