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‘Mountainfilm On Tour’: Adventure film series inspires, delivers adrenaline rush

October 8, 2018

A collection of short but captivating documentaries will be screened when “Mountainfilm on Tour” returns to Fairfield Theatre Company on Sunday, Oct. 21.

“Brothers of Climbing,” directed by Duncan Sullivan, is among the inspiring films to be screened. Just seven minutes long, it sheds light on the joys of climbing and seeks to spread the word — especially to people of color, who may never have been exposed to this sport.

According to the film’s description, “Brothers of Climbing co-founder Mikhail Martin says if young black people never see someone who looks like them, they will think a rock wall is no place for them. His organization aims to change that. With a mission of boosting minorities’ involvement in outdoor activities, the group’s positive energy is increasing diversity and challenging stereotypes in the climbing world.”

“Haley: 90 Seconds on Fear,” directed by Stian Smestad, is another selection. This film drives home the message that fear is a killer which must be faced. It shows how professional climber/base jumper Hayley Ashburn braves her own fear as she walks a 170-foot highline between outcroppings in the wintry Dolomites of northeasterm Italy.

A third film, “Life Coach,” follows climber/filmmaker Renan Ozturk “as he makes the pilgrimage to the toothy and harsh landscape of Alaska’s Ruth Glacier” with climber Alex Honnold. Their sights are set on a beautiful route up Mount Dickey, but the weather is horrendous. “So instead, they end up sitting in tents talking about their feelings. What unfolds is not your typical climbing film, but rather a touching examination into life’s big questions.”

The documentaries are between 2 and 15 minutes long, on average, and were all handpicked from the Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, Colo. Colin Sullivan, executive director at Telluride Theatre, will present the documentaries. Founded in 1979, Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals.

There will be a variety of vendors inside the venue and the event will likely go until 10:30 p.m. FTC says giveaways are planned, including some cool T-shirts, and someone may win a pair of skis.

The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St. Sunday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m. $20, members save $4 per ticket. 203-259-1036, fairfieldtheatre.org

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