Mountainfilm 2012

Jon Turk

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Jon Turk
2012
USA | 99 minutes

Special Live Event!

At the age of 65, explorer and author Jon Turk joined 26 year-old pro-kayaker Erik Boomer for the first kayak circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island. The 1,500 mile journey earned the pair a nomination for National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, but nearly killed Turk, who will talk about his near-demise and the journey's other (mis)adventures.

Followed by: Shorts Program
Moonwalk
Mikey Schaefer | 2012 | USA | 4m
Dean Potter is nothing if not creative. In this short piece, he highlines across a desert landscape with a massive full moon as his backdrop.

The Freedom Chair | Mike Douglas | 2011 | Canada | 15m
Josh Dueck was a passionate free-skier who found himself coaching world-class athletes, such as TJ Schiller and Justin Dorey, at a young age. But one day, he misjudged his speed as he approached a jump, and what could have been a harmless mistake, brought inextricable, life-altering consequences. When he crashed, his spinal cord was severed, leaving him paralyzed. Instead of giving up on skiing, however, Dueck refocused his passion into sit-skiing, and the experience allowed him to jump-start a new career and find a new way to do what he loves the best: ski.

Not Yet Begun to Fight
Shasta Grenier & Sabrina Lee | 2012 | USA | 40m
There are few things more poignant than to see strong, brave men and women–warriors, all–reduced by the ravages of combat to brokenness: brokenness not just of the body, but also of the soul. Yet there is a tremendous redemptive power in witnessing those same tragically weakened and humbled men overcoming such harsh adversity to regain their honor, confidence and self-esteem. When such a story plays out against the timeless backdrop of Montana riverscapes and the meditative focus of flyfishing, it becomes all the more moving. In person: Col. Eric Hastings, who started Warriors and Quiet Waters, will talk about his life-changing organization after the film.

Series: Mountainfilm 2012

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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