Best Film on Mountain Culture, Kendal Mountain Film Festival

We’re very happy to announce that Mi Chacra has been awarded the prize for Best Film on Mountain Culture at the 2011 Kendal Mountain Film Festival in Kendal, England. The film screened at the festival, described as “by far the largest and most varied event of its type in Europe and it’s the main social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK,” last weekend.

Fall 2011 Update

Its been a while since our last post, so here’s a recap of recent news and a few announcements of upcoming screenings.

Nearly two years since its world premiere, Mi Chacra continues to screen at festivals around the world.

This past spring, the film toured Europe, screening at festivals in Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, France and Russia. Along the way, the film was awarded the prize for Best Film by a Non-Anthropologist at the Etnofilm Festival in Rovinj, Croatia.

In August, the film was presented at the Cervino International Mountain Film Festival in Valtourneche, Italy and the Inkafest Mountain Film Festival in Huaraz, Peru, where it was awarded the Grand Prize, as well as the award for Best Film on Mountain Culture, and Special Mentions for its portrayal of Andean Culture and its use of Music.

And I returned yesterday from Taipei, where the film was screened as part of the Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival. The discussion after the screening was excellent, and I was very happy to see Mi Chacra received so warmly.

Up next, the film will screen October 22nd at the Procrastinator Theater on the Montana State University Campus in Bozeman. Following the MSU screening, the film will be presented as part of the upcoming Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival in Montreal this November, where it has been announced that Mi Chacra is one of two films to have received an Honorable Mention. And finally, the film will screen at the Filmar en America Latina Festival in Geneva, Switzerland this October and November.

There will also be a handful of broadcasts of the film coming up around the world, and we’ll try to keep you posted.

World Television Premiere

We are very happy to announce that Mi Chacra will have its world television premiere next week on the French/German station ARTE as part of the channel’s ‘Faraway Places’ series. The broadcast will be May 26th at 4:40pm, and will be the 52 minute made-for-television version of the film. There will be a follow-broadcast on June 2 at 9:10am.

Mi Chacra at the Native American Film & Video Festival

We are very happy  to announce that Mi Chacra will be screening at the upcoming Native American Film & Video Festival at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. From the festival’s website:

This year we present a focus on “Mother Earth in Crisis” emphasizing Native knowledge of the environment in numerous and diverse locations.  Themes sounded throughout the festival – honor to elders and hope for youth, courageous community action, women’s perspectives, the survival of Native languages, and many others – speak of the Native realities of the 21st century. Throughout this week the Festival brings you Native storytelling at its best –wrenching at times, touching, risky, ironic, hilarious and experimental.

The festival runs from March 31st to April 3rd. Screening times will be announced soon.

Mi Chacra DVD Release

We’re happy to announce that the Mi Chacra DVD is now available here. The DVD includes the feature length version of the film, optional English and Spanish subtitles, and extras including excerpts from interviews with Feliciano and additional scenes.

The extras include two extended interviews with Feliciano: one in which he discusses his father and his life as a child, and another discussing his community from the time of the haciendas to the present day.

The additional scenes include a sequence focusing on the role of religion and belief in Feliciano’s community, a closer look at the porters preparing their packs on the Inca Trail, another outlining the chicha making process and telling the story of Feliciano’s mother, and finally a series of scenes focusing on Royer.

The educational edition of the DVD, which includes public performance rights, will be available soon from Documentary Educational Resources.

Upcoming Screenings

The Banff Centre will present an encore presentation of Mi Chacra on Saturday, January 29 at 7:30pm in the Max Bell Auditorium in Banff, Alberta. In February, the film will screen at the Boise Contemporary Theater in Boise, Idaho on Wednesday the 23rd at 7:00pm, and on the 27th at 5:00pm at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, Washington. Ticket info for the Boise and Seattle screenings will be available soon.

Grand Prize – Banff Mountain Film Festival

After a great screening and a warm reception at the Banff Centre on October 30th, Mi Chacra was awarded the festival’s Grand Prize at last night’s awards ceremony.

An excerpt from the festival’s press release:

“This story is beautifully told,” says Film Festival jury member Eric Valli. “The filmmaker has a deep understanding of his subject, and it puts mountain life under a microscope.” For jury member Jacqueline Florine, Mi Chacra gave her a sense of what it truly means to live in the mountains. “Adventurers, mountaineers, outdoor athletes, we’re really just joyriders out there,” she says. “This film showed us someone who ekes out a living at elevation.”

October and November Festivals

October and November will be busy months for Mi Chacra. The film will be screening at five festivals in five countries. It’s a great honor to be invited to each of these events, and I’m looking forward to sharing the film with such a diverse array of audiences.

First up will be the Taiwan International Documentary Festival. The film will screen as part of the Panorama section of the festival alongside a great selection of films. The screenings will be October 23rd, at 12:10pm, and October 26th, at 8pm.

Next, the film will screen at the International Documentary Encounters/Colombia in Bogota. Screening times have not been announced yet, but we’ll post them as soon as they are.

This will be followed by a screening at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Banff, Canada on October 30th at 4pm.

After Banff, the film will head south to screen at the Oaxaca International Independent Film & Video Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico. The film will screen Monday, November 8th at 7pm.

And finally, the film’s East Coast Premiere will take place November 14th at 4pm at the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The festival is the oldest documentary festival in the states, and I’m very excited to screen the film at the festival, at the museum, and in New York.

I will be attending the festivals in Banff and New York.

Calgary International Film Festival

We are very happy to announce that Mi Chacra’s Canadian Premiere will be held at the upcoming Calgary International Film Festival. The film will screen as part of the festival’s Beyond Borders series on Monday, September 27th at 2:00pm at the Emmedia Gallery. For more information, visit the festival website here.


A recent article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle about the film.