2018 Special Events

Wednesday, February 14

“Do What You Love” Festival Pre-Party
-FREE- Dark Sky Brewing, 7-9 PM

Join us for a special snow film blow out featuring some of the best ski films of the past year – Pedal to Peaks II: Norway and A Line in the Snow – Greece among others. Watch as people test their physical limits drawn by the sheer love of the sport. Grab your sweetie or a delicious beer and help us start the festival off right! Raffle prizes and giveaways!


Thursday, February 15

“Fifteen By Flagstaff” Happy Hour
-FREE- Dark Sky Brewing, 5:30–7 PM

Join us as we host some of Flagstaff’s finest artists and storytellers for a fast-paced slide presentation where each presenter is challenged to share a story through exactly 15 slides with only 30 seconds per slide. Brevity is key as presenters are challenged to take us on a journey in only 7.5 minutes while we all enjoy a beverage and celebrate the diversity that makes Flagstaff a wonderful place to live. Hosted by local filmmaker Justin Clifton.

Lounge Talk with Craig Childs and The Scatterlithics
-FREE- The Rendezvous, 11 PM

Grab a drink and join author and spoken word artist Craig Child and his band the Scatterlithics for a reflection on The Desert.


Friday, February 16

Coffee Talk — Behind the Scenes with Dawn Kish & Harlan Taney
-FREE- The Rendezvous, 10-11:30 AM

Join local filmmakers Dawn Kish and Harlan Taney as they take us behind the scenes on their various film projects. You’ll get a glimpse of what it takes to set up and capture that perfect sequence. 

Celebration – the Life & Legend of Katie Lee, Happy Hour
-FREE- Dark Sky Brewing, 5:30-7 PM

Join filmmakers Beth and George Gage, musician Peter McLaughlin, FMFF storytellers Brad Dimock and Dave Edwards, as well as many friends and admirers, in a celebration of the glorious life of southwest icon Katie Lee.

‘Follow Your Heart’ film tribute to our dear friend Katie Lee
-TICKET REQUIRED- The Orpheum Theater, 7-10 PM

Katie learned at a young age to follow her heart and in doing so deeply touched ours.  Friends and collaborators of Katie will be on hand to help celebrate her spirit on a stage she graced many times. We’ll have a special selection of films that evoke the daring, passion, and hope she inspired in us.

FMFF Speakeasy Celebration
-FREE- The Pole House, 10:30 PM-Close

The celebration of Katie’s life will hit a crescendo at Flagstaff’s greatest ‘underground venue’ The Pole House for our Friday night Speakeasy. It will go down in Katie’s style with libations from Lumberyard Brewing Company and live music courtesy of Peter McLaughlin and the FMFF House Band.


Saturday, February 17

Coffee Talk — Public Lands
-FREE- The Rendezvous, 10-11:30 AM

Public Lands are the backbone of America’s natural spaces. Recently these lands that belong to all Americans have suffered attacks by the current Presidential Administration. Join a writer, cowboy and an artist, which combined have over 100 years of visceral experiences working and enjoying our Public lands. The group’s talk will be guided by local conservationist and storyteller, James Q Martin, as they discuss their personal experiences and thoughts on the value of Public Lands past, present and future. Talk includes Bruce Aiken and Craig Childs.

Theodore Roosevelt said, “I hope that the United States of America is not so rich that she can afford to let these wildernesses pass by. Or so poor that she cannot afford to keep them.”

Coffee Talk — Art as a Political Act
-FREE- Bright Side Bookshop, 10-11:30 AM

An open talk-back with Flagstaff’s dynamic collection of poets discussing one of the prominent aspects of poetry; the politics behind it. A small Q&A will be held after an open discussion led by Flagstaff Poetry Slam’s Co-Host Briana Hammerstrom.

Uranium: Ignominious Legacy on the Colorado Plateau
-FREE- Firecreek Coffee Co., 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Join artists, activists, and representatives of Colorado Plateau Indigenous communities as we discuss the devastating effects of Uranium mining that has already occurred, instill motivation to clean it up, and fuel the desire to speak out against the threat of new mines opening near Grand Canyon. Two films Too Precious to Mine and Half Life: The Story of America’s Last Uranium Mill will be screened in this special event followed by a panel discussion with Tribal leaders who are directly affected. Hosted by artist Amy Martin, filmmaker Justin Clifton, and advocate Davona Blackhorse.

Filmmakers Reception
-TICKET REQUIRED- Bruce Aiken Studio, 5-6:30 PM

VIP pass holders will get a chance to meet visiting filmmakers and guests, over excellent food and drink at Bruce Aiken’s Studio, located in Heritage Square. Food catered by Laura Chamberlin Personal Chef. Wanderlust Brewing Company will be providing some stellar beers for the occasion. The event is also supported by Friends of Flagstaff Future, and their Zero Waste Program.

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

Dirtbag Film Screening – The Legend of Fred Beckey
-FREE- Flagstaff Climbing – Downtown Crag, 7-9 PM

Join us for Patagonia Inc. film about the life of legendary Fred Beckey. Timmy O’Neill and Wyatt Haden will join us to talk about climbing in the modern world.

Late Night Tales
-FREE- Headspace Southside Salon, 9:30 PM-12:00 AM

Weaving between film, poetry and music we celebrate a night of stories; our stories. Screening alongside, Brujas, Bayard & Me and Jonah, a selection of Flagstaff’s Slam Poets including guest Diné Poet, Rowie Shabala will deliver rhapsodies to our late night audience. Other poets include: Joy Young, Bianca Lamas, Jennifer Vega, Megan Atencia, Chelsey Burden, Lydia Gates, Kim Jarchow, Sherdes Leona and Margarita Cruz. As our voices come together and resonate, DJ Tamtaco will spin tunes into the morning. Lets amplify!


Sunday, February 18

Intro to Climbing Class
Flagstaff Climbing – Downtown Crag, 9 AM-Noon

Experience the thrill and accomplishment of rock climbing while learning the fundamentals of vertical movement, climbing knots and belay technique. No experience required. This is a special rate/event for film festival attendees. $20 per climber. To learn more: www.flagstaffclimbing.com

Coffee Talk — Wellness in a Whacked World
-FREE- Bright Side Bookshop, 10-11:30 AM

Join FMFF Special guests artist/medical doctor Chip Thomas MD, and professional climber/comedian Timmy O’Neill as they discuss some strategies they use to maintain their health and sanity in an increasingly insane world.

Earthtones, A 6-piece folk-rock group

FMFF 16th Anniversary Wrap Party with the Earthtones
-FREE- The Orpheum Theater, 9:30-11:00 PM

One of our favorite bands, Earthtones, will set up in the lounge to help us celebrate another year of taking part in the most inspiring and thought-provoking cultural, environmental, and adventure-related outdoor films from around the world.


Monday, February 19

Director’s Pick wrap-up & Local’s Night
-FREE- Dark Sky Brewing, 5:30-10 PM

Join us for the best Local’s Night in town alongside a selection of the directors’ favorite films from this year’s festival.

Brewery Partners


Dark Sky Brewing Lumberyard Brewing Company Wanderlust Brewing Company Historic Brewing Company