Mancos Valley River Film Festival Features Films on Canyons, Colorado River, & Conservation

Tickets go on Sale early next week!

Thanks to the Cortez Journal for featuring MVRFF last week on their front page!

Outdoor adventure films are returning to Mancos this fall, for the third annual Mancos Valley River Film Festival.

The two-day event is hosted by Mancos Valley Resources, with proceeds going toward MVR and the Mancos Conservation District, which will use the funds for a cleanup of the Mancos River and to build a science station on the Mancos River at the Mancos Middle School.

“We showcase both national and local films, and offer a mix of exciting, action-packed stories with conservation-focused films,” said MVR board vice president Lizzy Scully in a statement. “I’m more excited about this year’s roster than I’ve ever been.”

The festival will happen Sept. 27-28. Alpacka Raft, Four Corners Guides, and Osprey Packs are other sponsors.

The event was started in 2017 as a fundraiser to support workers who lost their jobs after the Western Excelsior Corp. mill burned down. The first year highlighted short documentaries about pack rafting and other river sports, and then expanded last year to feature films about “bikes and boats.”

This year, the festival’s main features will revolve around the water.

Friday night, the festival will take over the Mancos Brewing Co. The films showcased will include a short piece on the Mancos River, along with “Glen Canyon Rediscovered” and “The Important Places.” The Glen Canyon film traces a sea kayaking journey to the Utah canyon, while “The Important Places” focuses on a 28-day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon that the filmmaker took with his father.

The second night will see a change of venue, as the festival moves to the Mancos Opera House. The Mancos River film will be shown again, along with a short on author and activist Katie Lee and “The Weight of Water,” a documentary detailing the voyage of Erik Weihenmayer, a blind man who kayaks the Grand Canyon.

A live auction will also happen on Saturday night. After the films, attendees are also invited to head over to Fenceline Cidery for live music until 11 p.m.

Scully said she hopes to continue the momentum from previous festivals, which drew about 500 people and raised just under $20,000.

“It’s going to be a fantastic event this year,” she said.

Tickets are $10 per night or $20 for both nights in advance, and $15 per night at the door. The festival will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and at 7 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit the Mancos Valley River Film Festival website.

Grand Canyon

Mancos River Film Fest to Feature Grand Canyon, Desert, Colorado River Theme

In celebration of the 150-Year Anniversary of John Wesley Powell’s Expedition, we’re featuring numerous films about the Colorado-River & the Grand Canyon for the 3rd Annual MVRFF

Mancos Valley Resources in conjunction with Founding Sponsor Alpacka Raft and Class V/IV sponsors Four Corners Guides, Roam Industry and Osprey Packs will hold the 3rd annual Mancos Valley River Film Festival on September 27 and 28 in Mancos.

The event proceeds will benefit Mancos Valley Resources and the Mancos Conservation District, which will utilize the funds for clean-up of the Mancos River as well as build a science station at the Mancos Middle School. Other top sponsors of the event include Four Corners Guides, Roam Industry and Osprey Packs.

“This is one of Mancos’ biggest and most exciting community-building and fundraising events,” explained lead organizer and MVR Board Vice President, Lizzy Scully. “We showcase both national and local films, and offer a mix of exciting, action-packed stories with conservation-focused films. I’m more excited about this year’s roster than I’ve ever been. I really look forward to our Saturday night feature, The Weight of Water, about two blind kayakers who run the Grand Canyon. It’s an inspirational story, and the footage is stunning.”

Ancient Native American ruins in the Grand Canyon. Photo by Steve Fassbinder.
Ancient Native American ruins in the Grand Canyon. Photo by Steve Fassbinder.

The event will begin at the Mancos Brewery on Friday at 6 p.m.  with a short film on the Mancos River followed by Taylor Graham’s film Glen Canyon Rediscovered which chronicles an epic sea-kayak-based journey to Glen Canyon and showcases the hidden treasures emerging from Lake Powell due to climate change. The evening will end with The Important Places, a film by Forest Woodward, which shows the filmmaker’s 28-day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon with his father.

On Saturday, the venue will change to the Mancos Opera House starting at 7 p.m.  The Mancos River short and a short on author and activist Katie Lee will be followed by a live auction. The second half will show The Weight of Water, an amazing and inspirational journey of Erik Weihenmayer, a blind man who solo kayaks the length of the Grand Canyon. After the event, attendees are invited to listen to live music at Outlier Cellars/ Fenceline Cidery until 11 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for both nights in advance and $15 per night at the door.  On Saturday night, film attendees will receive a Kleen Kanteen stainless steel cup to be used at the Opera House where beer, cider and wine will be available.

“Five hundred people showed up, over three nights of the first two festivals we held in 2017 and 2018, and we raised just shy of $20,000,” added Scully. “It’s going to be a fantastic event this year. I hope we can keep up the momentum!”

The Cortez Journal Features MVRFF — Event Raises $11K for Charity, 300 Attend Two Nights

The second annual Mancos Valley River Film Festival drew a crowd by spotlighting adventurers from around the globe and from Montezuma County’s backyard.

Last year, Mancos Valley Resources and Alpacka Raft started the event to highlight short documentaries about pack rafting and other river sports, while raising money for people affected by the Western Excelsior plant fire. This year, organizers expanded it to two nights focused on “bikes and boats” and pledged to give the proceeds to MVR and the Mancos Trails Group. The festival lineup included 12 short films including “Our Wild,” a fly-fishing documentary by Durango filmmaker Ben Kraushaar.

Read the full article by clicking here.

Mancos Valley River Film Fest Film Lineup

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FIRST HALF – ~41 MIN of FILM

Alpacka Raft Wright Award Submission – 1:30 – Katie Schuler (Coral & Oak)
The Land We Live In – 5:32 – Jayme Dittmar
From the Doorstep – 4:00 – Pursuit Films
Our Wild – 4:21 – Benjamin Kraushaar
Chicken Raper – 7:19 – Rig to Flip
Packrafters of Telemark – 1:25 – Bjorn Moen & Frederik Feyling
Skeptical – 2:29 – Coastal Crew
Little White From the Sky (Heli Aerial) – 4:03 – RiverRoots
100 Miles – 10:01 – Fly Out Media

SECOND HALF – ~52.5 MIN of FILM

The Wild President – 6:27 – American Rivers
Blue Heart – 43:37 – Patagonia
Show Up Blow Up Meghalaya – 2:39 – Luc Mehl

2nd Annual Mancos Valley River Film Fest FREE for All Burro & 416 Firefighters

Thank You Firefighters!

In appreciation of your hard work, we’d like to offer free tickets to all Burro and 416 firefighters for the Mancos Valley River Film Fest. Thank you for saving our homes and properties!

Read updates about the fire here.

For more information or to buy tickets, please visit www.mancosvalleyriverfilmfest.com. Friday night’s event is free for everyone, and Outlier Cellars is donating 10% of the proceeds of sales from cider to the Mancos Trails Group. The Saturday main film event coincides with Mancos Grand Summer Nights, which will end just as the film fest begins. Tickets are $20 if you purchase online and $25 at the door. Please bring your own mug for beer, or purchase a 2018 Mancos Valley River Film Fest mug for $5.

Photo by Steve Fassbinder of a huge plume of smoke over the La Platas.

Thanks SO Much to All Our Sponsors! + The Poster Is Done!

Special thanks to our Founding Sponsor Alpacka Raft, our Class V Sponsor Specialized Bikes, and our Class IV Sponsor Osprey!

Poster by Jon Bailey.

Also thanks so much to our newest Class III sponsors 1st Southwest Bank, Patagonia, The Wells Group (real estate company, Durango, Colo.), The Durango Cyclerly, Hyperlite Mountain Gear (we just got in their brand new 5400 Backpack and a River Rescue Throw Bag!). As well, Kleen Kanteen just donated 200 pint glasses! Mancos Brewing Company is donating a keg. Outdoor Research and is donating some fantastic outdoor clothing. Revelate Designs and Durango’s Bedrock Bags are donating some sweet bikepacking bags.

Of course, we wouldn’t get any coverage if it wasn’t for our awesome Media Sponsors. Thanks KSUT, an independent, non-profit organization and radio station broadcasting from studios in Ignacio, Colorado. Also thanks to the region’s newest magazine, The Gulch; our favorite local newspaper, The Journal, out of Cortez; Adventure Pro, for the adventurer in all of us, and ZuMag!

To see a full list of sponsors, visit our Sponsors Page!

Specialized Bicycles & Osprey Packs Sign on as Class V and IV Sponsors!

Thanks so much to Specialized Bicycles for just signing on as our Class V sponsor last week! The featured photo in this post was taken by Specialized and Alpacka Raft athlete Steve “Doom” Fassbinder. Check out this Adventure Dispatch film featuring Doom and Adam Zurn (we aren’t showing it at the festival).

Thanks also to our favorite neighbor in Cortez, Colo., Osprey Packs. They have signed on for a second year in a row to be our Class IV sponsor. We are thrilled to have you on board!

The 2nd Annual MVRFF Seeks Support!

Alpacka Raft, the Founding Sponsor, of the now Annual Mancos Valley River Film Festival, is partnering up for the second year in a row with Mancos Valley Resources (MVR) to run the event. Organizers include President Clara Martinez, Vice President Lizzy Scully, and Alpacka Raft Ops & Outreach Director Sarah Tingey, plus two dozen awesome volunteers. The theme for this year’s festival is “Boats & Bikes,” and films will showcase everything from mountain biking to boating of various kinds, fly fishing, and bikerafting.

This year a local’s night will be added at Outlier Cellers Cidery in Mancos, Colo.; and Durango-based adventurer Ashley Carruth will do a multi-media presentation on her month-long bike and boat journey through Bears Ears National Monument.

The main series of both long and short films will be held on Saturday, June 30th, at Mancos Opera House. American Rivers will be in house Saturday night to do a presentation on their conservation efforts and their involvement with the 2018 campaign, 5000 Miles of Wild.

Half the proceeds from the film fest will go to the Mancos Trails Group to support local trails in Montezuma County, and the other half will go to MVR to help us continue our work as the fiscal agent for 16 nonprofits in Mancos and Montezuma County.

Stay tuned for details!