TELLURIDE – Author, adventurer and photographer Wade Davis will host this year’s Mountainfilm winter fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 26, at the Sheridan Opera House. Five projects recently awarded $5,000 each will be highlighted.
Davis will anchor the program as well as speak about another grant project, Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey, a photographic exposition by Paul Colangelo about the so-called Serengeti of the North.
Along with Davis, Katie Mustard, one of the five grantees, will be a special guest and will speak about her film, Soul of the Sea, that profiles the unrelenting desire of one woman – Hayley Shephard – to solo kayak the most challenging waters on the planet for the sake of saving the Albatross – the world’s largest flying bird that is on the brink of extinction.
Kenworthy said the Opera House event on Dec. 26 will be “fun, fascinating and inspiring – so, classic Mountainfilm.” He urged anyone wishing to support Mountainfilm’s mission of educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, whether attending the Opera House event or not, to visit the nonprofit organization’s online auction and sale running through the end of the month at Mountainfilm.org.
“We have huge discounts on great sponsor merchandise – Wagner skis, Osprey and JanSport packs, First Ascent down jackets – and one-off opportunities like a lunch with Tom Shadyac, a kayak trip with Hayley Shephard and a day climbing with Steve House,” Kenworthy said. “There are amazing festival packages from our lodging partners, too. Get some great deals on worthwhile purchases and help Mountainfilm all at the same time.”
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and open bar. The theater presentation is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. Tickets are $100 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under and are available at mountaimnfilm.org or at the door.