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2022 Winter Winners
Jury Award Best Documentary Feature - An Accidental Life
Audience Award Best Documentary Feature - Riverborn
Jury Award Best Documentary Short - Motus Avium: A Mission To Save California's Last Wetlands

3rd Annual Eastern Sierra Mountain Film Festival Winter 2022
Dec 1-4, 2022
All Screenings at the Edison Theatre
100 College Parkway
Mammoth Lakes, CA  93546

Opening Night

Dec 1 Thurs. @ 7pm

Dir. Holly Morris

Run Time 88 Mins

Against all odds and polar advice, a Muslim chaplain, a French biologist, a Qatari princess and 8 other women from the Arab World and the West attempt to ski across the melting Arctic sea ice to the North Pole. Director Holly Morris captures the struggle of these boundary-breaking adventurers who, led by veteran polar explorer navigate everything from frostbite and polar bear threats, to sexism and self-doubt in an intimate story of resilience, survival and global citizenry. This is the story of the audacious women who are, to date, the last ever to ski over the ice to the North Pole.

Screens along with short MOTUS AVIUM: A MISSION TO SAVE CALIFORNIA'S LAST WETLANDS dir. Rob McAllister Run Time 13:52 mins.

Friday Night

Dec 2 Fri. @ 7pm

Dir. Oden Few Roberts

Run Time 65 Mins

1996. After discovering his factory, Ford Glass Plant, is polluting a major Tennessee River, Vic Scoggin, a union autoworker, reports the devastation to local authorities. Unanswered, he takes matters into his own hands. Armed with a camcorder he plans a 696 mile protest swim to document the pollution and save the river, but soon discovers something far worse threatens the river.

Screens along with ENCHAINMENT  dir. Nick Kowalski

Run Time 30:00 mins and RECLAIM YOUR WATER: JAHMICAH DAWES Dir. Faith Briggs

Saturday Night

Dec 3 Sat. @ 7pm

Dir. Henna Taylor

Run Time 87 Mins
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Story of climber Quinn Brett, who suffered a horrific fall in Yosemite at the height of her athletic career that left her paralyzed from the waist down and forced to question her identity and community. Soon after her accident Quinn’s relationship ends throwing her into a lonely place where she wonders if this new version of herself is lovable - until an expected romantic connection reveals that she is indeed still Quinn Brett, and nothing can take that away from her. Over the course of the film, viewers watch Quinn's raw recovery and return to the world she almost lost as she eventually comes to accept the things she cannot change.

Screens along with short UNWITNESSED dir. Jeffrey Reid

Run Time 6:10 mins.

Closing Night Sunday

Dec 4 Sun. @ 7pm

Dir. Jessica Chen and Jeremiah M. Bogert Jr.

Run Time 88 Mins

As China trains its first generation of Olympic surfers, two promising young athletes - Alex and Lolo - navigate adolescence, freedom and their love of the sport. With unprecedented access, Surf Nation is an observational documentary that tells a story beginning in Hainan, China’s southernmost province where hundreds of athletes as young as 9-years-old train as part of the Chinese National Surf team. These young recruits have left their families around the country and are paid to become surfers with Olympic aspirations.

Screens along with short THE TRUTH AND DIGNITY PROJECT

dir. Will Truettner Run Time 7:28 mins.

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