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Mountainfilm Junior Saturday, January 25

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Mountainfilm Junior Part of the Mountainfilm on Tour

  • Date: January 25, 2020
  • Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Price: $5 – $8
    $8 general admission, $5 student. Festival Pass gives access to all Mountainfilm events Friday & Saturday

Gorton Center and Lake Forest Open Lands present…Mountainfilm Junior


Experience a taste of Mountainfilm shorts curated specifically for the whole family to enjoy! This screening includes some of the very best of Mountainfilm – we have just chosen films that are appropriate for all ages. Adults and children alike will be inspired by the film-making and cinematography, and also the wonderful stories and life lessons that can be learned or re-visited. If you love Mountainfilm, you’ll want to see these films.

1 hour 25 minutes




Do you know what it feels like to ski awesome powder? Then you know how Kai feels. This film shows the best parts of being in the snow. You might know how it feels to ski, but if not, watch this film and you will! -Joe Galbo, age 13

USA / Duration: 5 mins
Directed by: Steve Jones, Todd Jones, Blake A. Campbell



Inner-city Memphis is not the likeliest setting for an enormous rock climbing gym. But since it opened in March 2018, Memphis Rox, the nation’s only nonprofit climbing gym — open to all, regardless of ability to pay — has proven that the challenges of technical climbing have strong appeal, and can provide benefits well beyond the traditional outdoor-recreation community.

USA / Duration: 8 mins
Directed by: Tim Kressin



Do you like to ride your bike even when it is winter? If so, then you’ll love this film about a little girl and her bike.
—Caroline Merritt, age 8

USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Aly Nicklas



The physical challenges and risks associated with certain jobs have, historically, skewed them almost exclusively toward men. Example A: firefighting. As this short film ably shows, however, there is nothing about the job that women can’t handle. And no reason to keep it off little girls’ “when-I-grow-up” wish lists.

USA / Duration: 8 mins
Directed by: Tim Kressin



Tune in for a tutorial on how to absolutely shred Alaskan spines.

USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Scott Gaffney



In the high steppe of Little Tibet, a young boy develops an unlikely obsession: ice hockey. He fashions pucks out of stones, trains on homemade skates and worships Czech hockey icon Jaromír Jágr. And he has his heart set on an outsized dream.

Czech Republic / Duration: 2 mins
Directed by: Marek Partys



Ricky Jones lives in a van with his wife, spends his days roaming the woods and makes a living making a difference — collecting genetic data of big-leafed maples as part of an effort to cut down on illegal logging. “Why wouldn’t you want to do your part to give back to the community?” he asks. “And the community being the entire world.”

USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Pablo Durana



Artists find a unique way to raise awareness about plastic waste. —Henry Martin, age 15

USA / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: DJ O’Neil, Oliver Hamilton



Do you like getting funky out in the woods? Well, these newts sure do. —Townes Merritt, age 12

USA / Duration: 5 mins
Directed by: David Herasimtschuk



Mountainfilm Commitment Grant
Honeybees lead the charge in Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey’s fight against urban blight in Detroit. Their fast-growing Detroit Hives has resurrected seven of the city’s approximately 90,000 abandoned lots by setting up flourishing beehives. With Detroit’s more than 2,000 registered hives, the couple are part of a growing community movement. They built their first apiary on a lot purchased for $340 in partnership with Detroit Land Banks. As Nicole says, “you don’t have to have a million dollars in your bank account to start an idea.”

USA / Duration: 6 mins
Directed by: Palmer Morse, Rachel Weinberg



“On my drive to school in the morning, I would see the Grand,” says Jackson, Wyo. native Kira Brazinski. “And then learning, as I got older, that people could climb up, that was just mind-blowing.” Born with a rare birth defect, Brazinski uses a prosthetic leg for walking. “My parents did an awesome job of never telling me I was different, or that I couldn’t do something,” says the former competitive freerider. When knee pain curtailed her skiing, it could have spelled the end of outdoor pursuits. Instead, she doubled down, setting the grandest of objectives

USA / Duration: 15 mins
Directed by: Amon Barker



So long coloring books and cartoons. Goodbye stuffed animals and nap time. Danny MacAskill is your new favorite babysitter ever.

Scotland / Duration: 4 mins
Directed by: Stu Thomson




Mountainfilm on Tour is back for its 4th annual run in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater! One of the longest running film festivals in America, this adventurous, conservation-driven festival brings leading documentary films from around the world to its audiences. Enriched by an interactive discussion-based format, this is catered to environmental enthusiasts! Click here for the full lineup of Mountainfilm on Tour — Lake Forest.

Mountainfilm on Tour’s presenting sponsor is The Butler Family Foundation. It is also supported by the Community Church of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff and the Deer Path Inn. 


Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

Year-round and worldwide, we take a selection of festival films on the road. We present both single-event and multi-day shows, hosted by a wide array of organizations, including schools and colleges, corporations, community groups and theater operators. Through the tour, we touch the lives of some 65,000 people every year and visit more than 120 locations on five continents.

Started in 1979, Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring. Far more than any other adjective, that’s how festival audiences describe their experience.

In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival includes a full-day symposium on a contemporary issue, art and photography exhibits, early morning coffee talks, outdoor programs, a book-signing party, an ice cream social, student programs and a closing picnic/awards ceremony. Presentations and panels are scheduled throughout the Memorial Day weekend event with a wide diversity of special guests, ranging from artists to adventurers and academics to activists.

For more information visit www.mountainfilm.org


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Film and Event Refund and Cancellation Policy: There is no refund given for unused film or event tickets.

Seating is general admission


If you have any questions please contact Special Events & Film Director, Jamie Hall at jamie@gortoncenter.org


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