Telluride Mountainfilm: Hosting Special Guests For 3/23 Screening

Sierra Quitiquit and Coffin Nachtmahr are in person for Telluride Mountainfilm screenings, March 23, 6 p.m., at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village. Tickets, $20  for adults; $15 for children, are available online here or at the door. Scroll down to watch a trailer for “Sierra Quitiquit.”

Sierra Quitiquit in a scene from the 2016 Mountainfilm documentary Sierra Quitiquit: How Did I Get Here.

In response to perennial feedback that audiences can’t catch every film and special guest during its jam-packed Memorial Day Weekend festival, Telluride Mountainfilm offers encore screenings of festival favorites throughout the year in Telluride. And the upcoming event has an added bonus: special guests and film subjects Sierra Quitiquit and Coffin Nachtmahr will be in the house.

Mountainfilm’s community screening on March 23 includes the feature-length documentary “Sierra Quitiquit: How Did I Get Here,” the short film “Throw” and Q & A sessions with both film subjects.

“It’s really exciting,” festival director David Holbrooke said. “We don’t often get the opportunity to bring people back to Telluride after they’ve made their star turn at the festival. So to get two people and have them come to Telluride during ski season is exciting for the entire Mountainfilm community.”

Coffin Nachtmahr, subject of the 2016 Mountainfilm short film Throw, shows off his yo-yo skills during the 2016 festival. Nachtmahr will be in town for a special Mountainfilm event on March 23.

“Throw” a short that won the 2016 Festival Director’s Award, tells the incredible story of Nachtmahr, a young man who grew up surrounded by challenges in East Baltimore before discovering a lifeline in the unlikely form of a yo-yo. Nachtmahr attended the 2016 festival, where he was a total hit with audiences.

“Sierra Quitiquit: How Did I Get Here,” meanwhile, is an intimate portrait of the travails and triumphs of Quitiquit, best known as a professional skier and model. This coming-of-age film follows the protagonist from humble beginnings to far-flung adventures, through heartbreak and exploration and, ultimately, a place of real growth.

“Though they seem divergent, a similar theme runs through both films,” Holbrooke said. “One of the big takeaways is to be yourself, to embrace and own your truth. These are free-thinking, creative and courageous people who so embody what we believe here at Mountainfilm.”

Along with the films, Mountainfilm will auction off a yo-yo session with Nachtmahr and a ski session with Quitiquit – both scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 25 – as well as a pair of Wagner custom skis.

During their trip to Telluride, Quitiquit and Nachtmahr will also spend and afternoon with students of Mountain School, talking, skiing and yo-yoing with kids in grades one through 12.

About Mountainfilm:

Established in 1979, Mountainfilm is dedicated to using film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Working at the nexus of filmmaking and action, its flagship program is the legendary Telluride Mountainfilm festival, a one-of-a-kind combination of films, conversations and inspiration. Mountainfilm also reaches audiences year-round through its worldwide tour and Mountainfilm for Students, an educational outreach initiative for youth. Mountainfilm has the power to change lives.

To learn more, visit www.mountainfilm.org.

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