s she viewed the documentary in a screening area at the annual Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, Colorado, Ali Bottari ‘21, felt an emotional connection forming that she knows only great films can draw.
“The intimacy the director was able to achieve with his characters during their interviews was incredible,” said Bottari, a film, television and media arts major. “The hardest parts of their lives were shaping the narrative.”
The film, “Minding the Gap,” directed by Bing Liu, followed three close friends and die-hard skateboarders as they attempt to escape volatile family lives, the economic downturn in their Rust Belt hometown and other circumstances. It was one of many on display for Bottari and her classmates at Mountainfilm, a four-day documentary film festival that showcased work on environmental, cultural, political and social justice issues.
Each year, Mountainfilm draws world-class auteurs and independent filmmakers, as well as famous athletes and artists of many mediums for screenings, interactive talks, community events and other presentations.