Rocky Mountain High—The Taos Mountain Film Festival is celebrating its recent induction into the International Alliance of Mountain Film by heading out on the road this winter with a selection of award-wining films from the 2003 festival. “The Best of the Taos Mountain Film Festival” will open at Keller Hall on the UNM campus on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. This special screening will feature Farther Than the Eye Can See, an inspirational film produced by Outside TV about blind climber Eric Wienmayer's ascent of the world's highest peak. Tickets are $12 and can be obtained at www.tickets.com (1-800-905-3315). On Monday, Jan. 12, the “Best Of” tour hikes up to Santa Fe's historic Lensic Theatre. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., ex-Gov. Gary Johnson and mountain guide Dave Hahn will appear in person to show a video presentation of their successful 2003 climb up Mt. Everest. Tickets are $12 and are available at the Lensic box office (505-988-1234).
Full details about this year's Taos Mountain Film Festival, a celebration of “adventure, environment and human rights in the remote ranges of the globe” are still being finalized. The festival will take place in October. As always, you can log on to www.mountainfilm.net for up-to-date info. In the meantime, this “Best of the Taos Mountain Film Festival” should whet adventurous filmgoers' appetites for high-altitude film.
Stone Reader Redux—If you were one of the lucky filmgoers who got to see Mark Moskowitz's literature-loving documentary Stone Reader last summer, you'll be pleased to know that the filmmaker's quest has finally borne fruit. Stone Reader explored Moskowitz's obsession with a long-out-of-print novel called The Stones of Summer by Dow Mossman. Decades after the book was printed, Moskowitz tried to track down the author. He quickly learned that Mossman had never written another book and that his masterpiece had been lost to the sands of time. Moskowitz's movie became a love letter to literature that touches our lives. Throughout the film, Moskowitz searched for Mossman and tried to convince publishers to re-issue the book. He did, eventually, locate Mossman, but was unable to generate much interest in The Stones of Summer. Thanks to the popularity of Stone Reader, however, Barnes & Noble has re-issued the book under its own in-house publishing label. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the elusive Dow Mossman will be making a book tour. He will be at the Coronado Mall Barnes & Noble on Saturday, Jan. 10, beginning at 2 p.m. Madstone Theaters will also re-open The Stone Reader on Friday, Jan. 9, to give filmgoers another chance to see Moskowitz' inspiring documentary.