2019 Special Events

Tuesday | February 12

6:30 – 8:00 PM | Best of 2018 | Wanderlust Brewery

Come watch a selection of the best films of 2018, chosen by our Flagstaff film aficionados. Hungry? Pizzicletta will be on-site from 5:30 – 8:00 PM! A Flagstaff trifecta evening!

Wednesday | February 13 

7:00 – 8:30 PM | Festival Pre-Party | Dark Sky Brewing 

Critically Awesome
With their nine-and-a-half foot wingspans, California Condors are the largest land bird in North America.  With only 500 in existence they are also one of the rarest birds on the planet. What does “critically endangered” really look like? Join John “Verm” Sherman as he embarks on an audacious quest to photograph every individual California Condor in the Arizona/Utah population. Will he ever meet his White Whale, the elusive, reclusive Condor 203?

10:30 PM – Close | The Collage Development | 8 West Route 66

Created by Flag Mountain Film Fest Wordsmiths, Brianna, Cynthia, and Adrianna. The show is an interdisciplinary experimental art experience derived from structured multimedia improv performances produced by established community artists and upcoming student artists. The focus is bonds to each other, ourselves, the communities we are a part of and how we build bridges to what we want to become. Each artist grouping will have 5-10 minutes to create a piece based on this central theme. 

Thursday | February 14 

5:30 – 7:00 PM | 15 By Flagstaff | Dark Sky Brewing 

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.

10:30 PM – Close | Words of Love Late Night Happy Hour | Rendezvous 

Join Craig Childs and The Scatterlithics as they trade words and songs with Flag Mountain Film Fest Wordsmiths. Love is the theme. 

Friday | February 15

5:00 – 7:00 PM | Grand Canyon National Park Centennial Happy Hour | The Lumberyard Brewing Co.

Celebrating 100 years of the Grand Park in our own back yard with live music from Peter McLaughlin of the Sonoran Dogs along with FMFF multimedia house band and a book signing with Nat Geo filmmaker/photographer Pete McBride.

10:30 PM – 1:00 AM | 2019 Grand Canyon Speakeasy Soirée | The Pole House

Flag’s premiere Speakeasy, The Pole House, will once again be hopping until the wee hours with The FMFF House Band and Special Guests

Saturday | February 16

9:30 – 11:00 AM | Coffee Talk: The Making of The Weight of Water | Bright Side Bookshop

Fresh off their Grand Prize Award from the renowned Banff Mountain Film Festival, Emmy winning director Michael Brown and his team which includes local filmmaker and guide Harlan Taney, give us a behind the scenes account of the making of their adventure documentary The Weight of Water which will make it’s Southwest premiere tonight at The Orpheum.

1:00 – 3:00 PM | Uranium Issues on the Colorado Plateau | Firecreek Coffee Company  

Please join an amazing collection of regional activists and artists for an in depth discussion of the legacy and current impact of Uranium Mining on The Colorado Plateau. Featuring Klee Benally, Davona Blackhorse, Helen Jaccard, Jerrel Singer, and Chip Thomas.

5:00 – 6:00 PM | FMFF at The Wing Ding | The Coconino Center for the Arts 

-FESTIVAL PASS REQUIRED- This year the Whale Foundation and FMFF have joined forces in celebrating the Grand Canyon and those who work there. We’ll have a happy hour presentation of spoken word riffs with Craig Childs, short films, and some filmmaking insight with the help of Michael Brown and Harlan Taney. Your pass gives you free admission to the Wing Ding and their delicious food and amazing auction. More information is at: www.whalefoundation.org

FREE shuttle transportation from Orpheum Theater to the Coconino Center for the Arts and return trips.

  • 4 pm – FIRST SHUTTLE departs Orpheum Theater arrives Coconino Center for the Arts
  • 4:30 pm – departs Orpheum Theater arrives Coconino Center for the Arts
  • 6 pm – departs Coconino Center for the Arts returning to Orpheum Theater
  • 6:30 pm – departs Orpheum Theater arrives Coconino Center for the Arts
  • 7 pm – departs Coconino Center for the Arts returning to Orpheum Theater
  • 7:30 pm LAST SHUTTLE departs Coconino Center for the Arts returning to Orpheum Theater

5:30 – 7:30 PM | Filmmakers Reception | The 106

-VIP or FILMMAKER PASS REQUIRED- Pass holders will get a chance to meet visiting filmmakers and guests, over excellent food and beer provided by Wanderlust Brewing Co. at The 106, located in the South Side. Plus, a private art show with artist Jihan Gearon.

Guardians & Gateways Art Show
Jihan started painting in the summer of 2018, a year after being diagnosed with endometrial cancer and cured with a total hysterectomy. For Jihan, painting is healing and her method of creation. This set of paintings give appreciation and respect to the beings that protected, motivated and transformed her during this time. Jihan’s paintings are simultaneously vivacious and heavy, recognizable and hidden. While the bright colors and detailed lines hint at a signature style, this is only the beginning of what we might see from this fresh, new artist. 

6:00 – 8:00 PM | Climbing Blowout | Flagstaff Climbing Center  

Join Dawn Kish & John “Verm” Sherman for a special climbing film blow out featuring some of the best films of the past year, all washed down with the new Film Fest beer from Historic Brewing Co.

Sunday | February 17

9:30 – 11:00 AM | Coffee Talk: Authors of The Colorado Plateau | Bright Side Bookshop

Join an outstanding panel of regional authors which includes Craig Childs, Brad Dimock, Susan Deaver Olberding, Larry Stephens, Morgan Sjogren and Gwendolyn Waring, as they share some of their work and the inspiration they gain from living in the amazing landscape of the Colorado Plateau.

10:00 – 11:30 AM | Adventure Films | SMR Exchange

Cozy up with us for a family-friendly screening on Sunday morning at Flagstaff’s premiere gear shop – Snow Mountain River Exchange, as we take you on a ride from snow, mountain, river & Beyond! 

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Day of Discovery | Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Join Tynkertopia, Lowell Observatory, Azulita Project and Museum of Northern Arizona for a Day of Discovery with Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival at Bookmans Flagstaff. Dazzle your senses and join us on a journey from the microscopic to the macroscopic world on the Colorado Plateau with Museum of Northern Arizona, explore the final frontier and learn of the discovery of Pluto with Lowell Observatory. Learn how to reduce your impact on our environment, in particular our oceans by reducing how much single-use plastic you use. Plus, world-renowned author Lili DeBarbieri will be reading from her book, ‘Sand Dune Daisy’ for a special “Love of Literacy” event, followed by a family screening of some of the best films from around the world.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Todos Dignos Panel | Firecreek Coffee Company 

Join us for a special (Un)Documented event featuring Professor Judith Costello, NAU, two DACA students, Alexandra Samarron from Repeal Coalition and members of our undocumented community. We are honored to screen 2019 Oscar nominee ‘Lifeboat,’ alongside ‘I was Born in Mexico, But’ and ‘La Madre Buena (The Good Mother).

Monday | February 18

5:30 – 10:00 PM | Director’s Pick Wrap Party | Dark Sky Brewing

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