Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Telluride MountainFilm Tour to visit Cashiers, NC

The 2009 Telluride MountainFilm Tour will be making a two-day stop in Cashiers, NC next month, marking the first time the film festival has ever traveled to Western North Carolina.

The MountainFilm Tour will be in Cashiers, about 20 miles south of Cherokee, on July 10 and 11. This will be the last stop in the region for the tour. The festival made its way to Knoxville back in February. Both shows will be from 7-11 p.m.

The Mountainfilm festival began in 1979 as an opportunity for climbers and mountaineers to enjoy the rugged outdoors surrounding Telluride, Colorado during the day and watch films about mountains and mountain cultures at night. It has evolved over the intervening decades to embrace a much wider and more diverse audience which now stretches to the leading edges of contemporary social, cultural and environmental issues.

Both evenings will feature delicious food from local restaurants and live music under the stars at the Cashiers Village Hillside Park. Guests will also be treated to the fine North Carolina wines of Westbend Vineyards (two glasses are included with ticket) and have the opportunity to meet the owner and wine maker. A coffee and dessert intermission will be offered both evenings as well.

The festival will open on Friday with the flamenco/jazz/world music of Asheville-based Cabo Verde. This will be followed by dinner, courtesy of Cyprus International Cuisine of Highlands.

Saturday July 11th will be a casual evening featuring music by The Trainwreks, voted Western North Carolinas number one Alt-Country band by Mountain Xpress. Dinner will be the delicious sandwiches, pizzas and pastas of Sapphire Brewing Company. The film Pickin' & Trimmin' will be shown and the gentlemen from Drexel, NC will be there to play some of their fantastic bluegrass music!

Tickets are $45 for one night, $80 for both. Admission price includes two beverages, films, dinner, coffee, dessert, and a lanyard with your Film Pass, a flashlight and coupons to local businesses. A limited number of $10 tickets, good for film viewing only, will be available at Tommy's Coffee Shop two weeks before the event, and at the door. The gates open at 8pm for film-only ticket holders. WNC magazine will be offering prizes and give-aways. Proceeds will benefit Summit Charter School of Cashiers. Gates open at 6pm both nights. Arrive early to claim your spot in the grass (don’t forget to bring chairs or a blanket!): gates open at 8pm for ten dollar film-only ticket holders.

The event is hosted by Cashiers Village, located near where Highways 64 and 107 meet.

A different selection of films will be shown each night. Here’s the list of movies:

* The Job
* Red Gold
* Running Down the Man
* Pockets
* Home
* Pickin' & Trimmin'
* History Making Farming Author on the Move
* Look to the Ground
* Trial & Error Progression
* Deep (Shinsetsu)
* Revolution One
* ShikaShika
* The Last Butcher in Little Italy
* The Last Frontier
* Fridays at the Farm

For more information, please click here.

Here's a clip from Pickin' & Trimmin':

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