The Tribe Does Telluride

The CVF team packed their flannel and hiking boots and headed to the 2013 Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, CO last week to nerd out on some phenomenal documentary films and to support our favorite Canadian environmentalist/creative activist Slater Jewell-Kemker. Slater’s film, An Inconvenient Youth, was highlighted in two documentary short programs at the festival and spoke at her own coffee talk. She’s kind of a big deal. We’re cool by association.

The team also managed to snag a captive audience at our Movies Into Movements panel discussion, where we got to impart a few pearls of wisdom to the mountain hipster crowd. Trevor got to judge the masses or at least the films contending for the Moving Mountains Award. 

Overall, the weekend was full of incredible filmmakers, change makers, and – you guessed it – creative activists. Who could ask for more? Check out some of the films we are now obsessed with.



Two words: ugly cry. Claire Danes can’t compete with our teams’ sobbing faces. Even our fearless leader, Trevor Hall, shed a few tears on this one. An instant team favorite, Rising from Ashes is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.


Our team didn’t know whether to applaud or scream at the screen. Such a stirring film about such a timely and crucial issue.This feature length documentary is an exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law.


We don’t have a trailer for you on this one, but take our word for it – this is a MUST SEE! Life According to Sam is a documentary feature about one family’s courageous fight to save their only son from an extremely rare and fatal disease, progeria. The average age of death from progeria is 13, because there is no treatment and no cure. Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns are set on changing this. Their son, Sam Berns, is turning 16 this year. When Sam was diagnosed with progeria at age two, doctors told Leslie and Scott to simply enjoy Sam while they could. They refused to believe this was the answer. They spearheaded a campaign to not only save Sam, but the other children in the world who share his disease.



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