By OLIVIA LIU
Third Wednesday of Block 1 proved to be an atypical night on the Colorado College campus. Many students, burdened by the workload at the end of their classes, took the night off to attend Mountainfilm on Tour in the Kathryn Mohrman Theatre, thanks to the Office of Outdoor Education along with the CC Film Union. This engaging film festival included documentary films related to the environment and people’s adventures and connections with the outdoors.
When CC students can’t lace up their hiking boots or hit the climbing gym, the next best thing is to marvel at other wondrous, sometimes crazy outdoor adventures. For a free three hours, our community had the option to watch as many of these films as desired. By making admissions free and widely known, the experience was accessible to anyone who was interested. Mountainfilm was an exciting way to get exposure to the outdoors through the comfort of Armstrong Hall and a great gateway into the possibilities that our natural world has to offer.
Some films, such as “The Time Travelers,” inspired students to embark on seemingly impossible endeavors. The film showcased a group of rafters attempting to break the record for the fastest raft down the 277 miles of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. However, the films weren’t only concerned with intense adventures that may seem out of reach. Other stories, such as “Conservation Generation,” focused on issues surrounding the environment. The film followed four farmers on their quest for sustainability in a time plagued by climate change; it most explicitly focused on water scarcity in the Southwest region of the United States. Finally, some of the films focused on people and culture. “Yasuni Man” portrayed a distinct region of the Amazon rainforest and the people who inhabit it as well as their fight to preserve their homeland in the face of governmental and industrial power.
Mountainfilm on Tour was more than just a movie night—it brought breathtaking imagery and inspiring stories and feats to students. The popularity of and excitement surrounding Mountainfilm on Tour speaks to the pertinent student interest and deep investment in the outdoors, whether it’s adventuring in it, conserving it, or cultivating it into meaningful experiences for others.
While sitting in a dark theatre might not seem to qualify as an active time, themes of exploration and activity were certainly cultivated and got students’ hearts pumping—maybe not from endurance, but certainly from adrenaline. The motifs in the films involved a sense of rugged adventure, daring exploration, and breathtaking feats that excite the active minds and bodies of eager CC students. This, combined with the beautiful scenes captured from the outdoors and its splendor, was a way to satisfy the ever-present appetite for novelty and adventure that runs through the school. Thanks to Mountainfilm on Tour, CC students were able to not only watch exciting experiences, but also to consider their own impact and agency in the world in which we live.