Woodwell @ Mountainfilm

Woodwell Climate returns to Mountainfilm Festival this year as their nonprofit partner. Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art, and ideas to educate and motivate audiences to take productive action. The festival brings together leading artists, thought leaders, and community members in Telluride, CO. To learn more, visit the website at www.mountainfilm.org.

Woodwell Climate has been a Mountainfilm sponsor and participant for several years. Each year is memorable and brings fresh ideas, connections, and collaborations. With an incredible line-up of films, Guest Director Bill McKibben, and a full slate of cultural and environmental thought leaders in attendance, this year’s festival promises to be thought-provoking and action inspiring, with climate change featured front and center.

Mountainfilm attendees can connect with Woodwell Climate at multiple events during the festival. See below for event information.



Thursday, May 25

Filmmaker’s After Party | 8–11pm MDT at Smuggler Union Brewery

Woodwell Climate will host a gathering after the Filmmaker’s dinner for refreshments and conversation.


Friday, May 26

Mountainfilm Brunch with Woodwell Climate Research Center | 10am–12pm MDT at Madeline Hotel and Residences

Doing Well by Doing Good: Supporting Rural Livelihoods and Reaping Climate Benefits

Thriving working lands are critical for sustaining humanity. By applying climate-smart land management strategies, working lands can also play a crucial role in mitigating climate change. Woodwell Climate works with local land stewards on four continents to design and monitor optimal climate-smart land use practices. Join us to learn more about our pioneering research programs across US rangelands and rural India.

Featuring Drs. Jennifer Watts and Jon Sanderman.

For more information, please reach out to Nancy Bridges.


Fireside Chat with Max Holmes and Bill McKibben | 2:30–4:30pm MDT at High Camp, Mountain Village

Activism At a Crucial Moment

We are at what may be the most difficult moment in our career as a species, facing a climate system that we have knocked askew. In order to have any hope of limiting the damage, we need to change the way we power the world—but strong vested interest stands in the way. Hence, huge movements have arisen to help open the way. McKibben will describe the birth of some of that work, and its latest manifestations, including the new development of ThirdAct, which aims to organize folks like him over the age of 60 to back up the demands of youth for progressive action.

Featuring Dr. Max Holmes.


Saturday, May 27

Coffee Talk with Woodwell Climate Research Center and Friends | 8–9am MDT at Mountain Lodge

Food and Fields: Moving Toward a Climate-Smart West

Agriculture, land management, food distribution and processing, and food waste are all major sources of climate-warming emissions. That presents opportunities for climate solutions at every step, from land managers to individual consumers. Join us for an empowering, fact- and fun-filled conversation about the role of food and fields in moving toward a climate-smart West.

Featuring Drs. Jenny Watts, Jon Sanderman, and Heather Goldstone, as well as Kris Holstrom and Dani-Reyes Acosta.


Ice Cream Social | 2–3:30 pm MDT at Main Street

Permafrost Virtual Reality

Stop by Woodwell Climate’s table on Main Street to experience a virtual reality tour of a permafrost research tunnel, showing frozen features underground from up to 40,000 years ago.


Happy Hour Panels | 3-5pm MDT on the Village Green

North Face will be hosting panels featuring North Face Athletes and Woodwell Climate’s Dr. Max Holmes, with Dr. Heather Goldstone moderating.


Sunday, May 28

Happy Hour Panels | 3-5pm MDT on the Village Green

North Face will be hosting panels featuring North Face Athletes and Woodwell Climate’s Dr. Jenny Watts, with Dr. Heather Goldstone moderating.

May 25–29, 2023
Telluride, CO
Max Holmes
R. Max Holmes

President and CEO

Jennifer Watts
Jennifer D. Watts

Assistant Scientist

Joanthan Sanderman
Jonathan Sanderman

Carbon Program Director

Heather Goldstone
Heather Goldstone

Chief Communications Officer

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