2024 Festival Press Release

FLAGSTAFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN FLAGSTAFF TO CELEBRATE THEIR 22nd ANNIVERSARY 

FLAGSTAFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL CONTINUES TO HIGHLIGHT THE BEST IN CULTURAL, SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND OUTDOOR-ADVENTURE FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD – AIMED TO CELEBRATE, PROMOTE AND NURTURE NON-FICTION FILMMAKING AND INSPIRE CHANGE.

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – MARCH 19TH – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival (FMFF) supported by over 40 local businesses, organizations and artists announces its return to downtown Flagstaff on March 28-31st. FMFF will take place at the historic Orpheum Theater, but will also include many free and ticketed satellite events around town. 

Watch the 2024 Trailer  

This year, the festival welcomes 51 films, 46 filmmakers & special guests, and a Saturday afternoon art show in honor of the late Baje Whitethorne, Sr., and his ‘Art of the People.’

Head of the main festival, Flagstaff Climbing and Snow Mountain River will host two adventure-focused film screenings on March 22nd and 27th. 

On Thursday eve, the festival celebrates the long tradition of highlighting environmental stories with ‘Love the Planet.’ Many filmmakers will be in attendance including the subject Daniel Curry from the incredible story “Range Rider.”

Friday evening is all about adventures. In this session we will feature a film about adaptive climber and adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to climb Everest. The film is called “Soundscape.” Using expert camera work and emotive, novel animation to bring to life a concept by adaptive climbing pioneer and film director Timmy O’Neill. Timmy will be here to present the film and lead a Happy Hour at Hops on Birch before the screening at The Orpheum.  Adventure film will continue on Saturday afternoon, with a suite of extraordinary feats of human ability.  

The festival organizes many free events that help organizations reach bigger audiences, and creates spaces to help people become more aware of issues. On Saturday morning the pressing issue of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation will be addressed. This will take place at the Coconino Center of the Arts. 

In the afternoon, join many Art of the People artists at The HeArt Box Gallery to honor and celebrate the work of the late Baje Whitethorne, Sr. Excited to announce Billy Whitethorne, Stephanie Dann, Janet Yazzie, Nate Begay, Randall J. Wilson and Jerrel Singer. 

As part of Indigenous Voices at The Orpheum, the fest is honored to screen “Uniquely Blessed” about Baje’s work, alongside Jalen Whitethorne, Taina Whitethorne and Cultivated Arts. This event features another film “In the Dirt”about a group of passionate Native American cyclists who attempt to bring the sport of mountain biking to the Navajo Nation. 

On Sunday March 31st,  the film fest presents ‘The Power of Women,’ highlighting women breaking from convention and trailblazing wherever they go. This event is supported by The HeArtBox Gallery and The She Wolf Project.  Following the films, Bright Side Bookshop will host author Margo Steines in conversation with local Flagstaff author and professor Nicole Walker.  Both these events mark the close of Women’s History Month. 

The festival is honored to use official artwork from Amy S Martin for the 2024 fest. A Flagstaff local, and award-winning global documentary photographer, Amy  uses her camera’s lens to increase awareness, understanding and compassion across physical and social barriers.

The festival has been working with a local partner nonprofit Azulita Project for many years now to support the community in reducing their plastic footprint. They ensure that all events are single-use plastic-free. The fest encourages you to  #BringYourOwn cup and water bottle to every satellite event in town and work to #ReduceReuseRethink

The film festival was founded in 2003 as a response to the lack of a space to celebrate the stories of those in the outdoors. It started out as a one night event, and it has now grown to a multi-day, multi-venue event, with filmmakers from all over the world descending on Flagstaff to celebrate the art of storytelling. 

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JOIN US IN CELEBRATION OF 22 YEARS OF FLAGSTAFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL!

DATE: March 28th– 31st  

LOCATION: The Orpheum Theater 

TICKET INFO: Purchase VIP,  4-Day Passes and daily session tickets

For more information and to download the free online program, please visit: https://flagstaffmountainfilms.org/

 

PRESS CONTACTS

Board

Dr. John Tveten, Board President | johntveten@hotmail.com

Anne Walton, Festival Co-Founder, Film Programming |  anne@flagstaffmountainfilms.org

Colleen Cooley, Indigenous Program Director | colleen@flagstaffmountainfilms.org

Robert Henderson, Program Developer | rob@flagstaffmountainfilms.org

Ann-Marie Bringhurst, Schools Program Director | annmariedale@hotmail.com

Wolf Gumerman, Grants Director  & Trailer Creator | george.gumerman@nau.edu 

 

Staff

Montana Gia, Executive Director | montana@flagstaffmountainfilms.org

Dr. Maria Campbell, Sponsorships & Partnerships | mariashaunacampbell@gmail.com

Laura Kish Franke, Virtual Reality Program Developer | laurajeanfranke@gmail.com