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Mountainfilm Director Returns to Geneva

Filmmaker David Holbrooke ’87 will return to Geneva on Thursday, April 10, as the special guest lecturer for the independent documentary film festival, “Mountainfilm on Tour,” that will take place at the Smith Opera House from 6 to 9 p.m.

Among the films that will be screened at the event in Geneva are “Cascada” “SLOMO” “Paradise Found” “The Rider and the Storm” “Honnold 3.0” “35” “Nord for Sola (North of the Sun)” and “The Burn.” Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Holbrooke is the director of the Mountainfilm in Telluride festival, in which he first participated in 1999. The Mountainfilm festival in Telluride showcases leading independent films and filmmakers. It also includes symposia and panels, gallery exhibits of art and photography, book-signings, breakfast talks, student programs, music and street parties.

The HWS film series was organized by the HWS Mountainfilm club. Started last year, the club set out to bring various documentary films to campus that explore a wide range of topics.  “Our purpose is to educate and inspire audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, and environments worth preserving,” says Kailee Winslow ’14, club leader.

On campus, Holbrooke will be available for one-on-one sessions with students on Friday, April 11, in the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development. Students can call 781-3514 to make an appointment. Members of the HWS Mountain Film Festival club will also have lunch with Holbrooke on Thursday.

“Hard As Nails,” Holbrooke’s most recent film, was a Mountainfilm 2007 award winner. His other documentaries include “Freaks Like Me” and “Time for a New God.” He also directed “A Redwood Grows in Brooklyn,” featuring acclaimed nature photographer James Balog, who presented at the Colleges in April 2013. All are part of an ongoing series he created called “Original Thinkers.” Other recent projects include “The Soul of Healing” with Deepak Chopra and co-producing “The Trials of Henry Kissinger.”

Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Holbrooke worked extensively in television news, producing long-form pieces for “The Today Show,” CBS News and CNN. He has been a contributing editor at GQ and written for the Huffington Post. His production company, Giraffe Partners, is developing narrative features and several documentaries. He earned his B.A. in political science from Hobart College.

His visit is sponsored by the HWS Mountain Film Festival club, the Media and Society Department and Osprey.