A collection of documentary films about environmental and social issues is coming to Laramie next week.
Mountainfilm on Tour is scheduled to screen at 7 p.m. Oct. 12-13 at the Gryphon Theatre, 710 Garfield St. Different films will be shown each evening. Admission is free, but donations will be collected to support the University of Wyoming Environment and Natural Resources Club.
Courtney Carlson, a faculty member in the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, which is sponsoring the tour, said the films on the Laramie playlist were chosen from movies part of Telluride Mountainfilm, an annual film festival during Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado.
She said Mountainfilm on Tour is more than just a collection of movies about outdoor adventure.
“It’s a good range of documentary films about the environment and culture,” she said.
Among the selections are films about rodeo, falconry, sustainable agriculture, climate change, adaptive sports, fishing, dog sledding and water issues in Flint, Michigan.
“Films on the first night are more focused on geopolitical and conservation issues, and then on Friday night there’s a little more adventure mixed in,” Carlson said.
This is the sixth year the Haub School has sponsored the film tour. Carlson said it fits with the school’s goal of exposing people to natural events happening across the West and around the world.
“We’re always looking to put together a festival that tells those stories about the environment,” she said. “We’re also looking for a diversity of voices, perspectives and stories, which we think Mountainfilm as a festival is uniquely able to provide.”
The Haub School is also taking Mountainfilm on Tour into local classrooms by offering free screenings for students in Laramie and Cheyenne next week. Telluride Mountainfilm has been showcasing nonfiction films since 1979. The tour has an audience of more than 50,000 people on six continents.