Lights, Camera, Action: From Mystic to Telluride to Savannah

This week’s blog is from Linnéa Lindstrom, recent arrival to Savannah and one who jumps in feet first to make a difference in the world around us. Read on as Linnéa puts the spotlight on one of our fav January events, the ever spectacular Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah. FYI – – The Creative Coast’s blogspot is Savannah’s sounding board for local thinkers, innovators, wanderers and wonderers. Guest bloggers share their thoughts, opinions and creative noodling from all over the map…


In my small hometown of Mystic, Connecticut, we held two festivals a year, and as director of the local Chamber of Commerce, I was in charge of producing them. When I moved to Savannah a few years ago I was astounded that there were festivals for films, marathons, and even dogs, and they were scheduled nearly every weekend of the year – an endless source of entertainment. I attended as many events as I could, and I wondered about what I used to do with my time back in Connecticut on the weekends without the cultural stimulation and breadth of what Savannah offers. And here I am, entrenched in Savannah, and now overseeing one of the most celebrated events of the year – Telluride Mountainfilm On Tour Savannah. Mountainfilm has grown exponentially in its seven years –from a one night event with 100 attendees to nearly sold-out audiences at the Trustees Theater. This year we have spread the festival over three days and will include a special kick-off with Racing Extinction on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Trustees Theater.   Racing is a masterpiece of film cinematography by academy-award-winning director Louie Psihoyos. Join Louie following the film as he engages the audience and talks about this “James Bond” real-life adventure in the making of this acclaimed movie. Famed race car driver Leilani Münter will join Louie on stage. She says “Never underestimate what a hippie vegan chick can accomplish.” She spreads her environmental message by racing her world-famous Tesla and her advocacy on behalf of our planet. You will want to come down to Broughton Street to see giant projected images of indigenous endangered wildlife dance across the SCAD Jen Library at dusk. This free event will precede the film and follows other Racing world premieres as the team has projected images on famous buildings throughout the world, including the Empire State Building and most recently at the Vatican where Louie met the Pope. An electric car show will also take place and includes the Tesla which was used as the get-away car in the film. Films include The Reinvention of Normal, a film about a quirky artist who finds creativity in ordinary objects, and Knee Deep, a Kickstarter-funded documentary that highlights the selfless efforts of the Mudslingers and the power of lending a hand in the face of monumental disaster. Adventure films are a big part of the festival and several films speak to man’s indomitable spirit. The Fisherman’s Son is a film that explores Ramone Navarro’s life in depth, following the trajectory of a boy who came from a fishing family, one of many that have long earned their livelihood from the bounty of the sea. Only this fisherman’s son found his passion riding the breaks just beyond his front door. I hope you will join me to celebrate “man’s indomitable human spirit” at this year’s festival – it’ll be a first for me, and I hope to see you there. Linnéa Lindstrom Director, Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah


2016 Film Summaries: Festival Schedule: Each 2-hour festival screening features a unique set of short films of thought-provoking adventures. Wednesday, January 20, Dusk – Projected Images on SCAD Jen Library and Electric Car Show 7:00 pm – Kick-Off Event Racing Extinction Friday, January 22, 7:00 pm Opening Night Saturday, January 23, 2:00 pm Family Matinee free Leopold’s Ice Cream to ticket-holders 12 and under Saturday, January 23, 7:00 pm Final Films Tickets: Tickets available at the Savannah Box Office Community Festival Events
  • Saturday, January 23, 9:30 am – Coffee Talk with Special Guests  – FREE Kennedy Pharmacy: Corner of Broughton and Habersham Street
  • Saturday, January 23, 11:00 am – “Tell-u-ride” Community Bike-RideFREE Starts @ Kennedy Pharmacy: 323 E. Broughton Street Ends in Forsyth Park with goodies from Sentient Bean and Brighter Day
For more information call Linnéa Lindstrom at 860-857-4375 or email]]>

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