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Mountainfilm World Tour 2017, Durango, CO

Mountainfilm 2017 World Tour, Duran

Mountains, rivers, wild animals, free spirits, good tunes and powerful stories are the name of the game for the 9th annual Mountainfilm 2017 World Tour. With a mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world, Mountainfilm is one of the premier adventure film fests in the world. Locally, it serves as an invaluable fundraiser for Durango Nature Studies.

Emceed by a Mountainfilm presenter, the tour presents a selection of current and best-loved films from the annual festival in Telluride that not all of us are able to attend. Between shows, the emcee guides the audience through personal stories from his or her interactions with the filmmaker or the film's subjects, and sometimes a filmmaker makes a guest appearance. A silent auction is also scheduled.

This year features three shows on Saturday, November 18, at the Durango Arts Center. Here's all you need to know:

Where: Durango Arts Center, 802 East 2nd Avenue

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Why: To support Durango Nature Studies, get educated and get stoked!

Tickets: Tickets are on sale at Maria's Bookshop and Backcountry Experience or at the DNS offices at the Smiley Building. Prices found below.

Family Matinee (doors at 1:30 p.m., showtime at 2:00 p.m.) - Experience the best of this year's Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride with age-appropriate flicks. A mix of short films shown during the general audience show and moving stories directed by youngsters serve to get those budding naturalists, artists, adventurers and curious minds in your life excited to create and explore. Highlights include Part II of Owl Dance-Off (need we say more?) and The Pits, a short film about two avocado halves roaming lonely city streets in search of love; this tale e(pit)omizes what it means to find your other half. Tickets: $8 kids/$10 adults advance; $10 kids/$13 adults at the door.

General Audience (5:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. / doors 30-minutes before showtime) - From an amputee mountain biker who refuses to stop shredding to a dog-sledding, seal-soup eating family in the Canadian Arctic, these short films will take you around the world and back again with some films featuring local skiers and farmers living the dream. Waking Dragons, an ode to winter in the San Juan Mountains, and The Time Travelers, an epic voyage to break the speed record rafting the Colorado River through Grand Canyon, will have you plotting your next great adventures, while Das Fischer will make you think twice about wearing a flannel shirt ever again. Tickets: $15 advance / $20 at the door; $10 Students/Kids.

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