Cinematic Peaks

Mountainfilm on Tour

Catherine D. Anspon
February 06, 2013

Celebrated cinematic festival Mountainfilm on Tour returns to Houston after its successful debut in Spring 2012. Chaired and sponsored by enlightened socials Shushana and Jack Castle, Mountainfilm moves to Asia Society Texas Center this month, where the Yoshio Taniguchi-designed building serves as HQ for year two. The dual-evening lineup melds documentary screenings about extreme sports with calls to action on environmental, social and cultural issues. Provocative programming includes Chasing Ice, a look at the disappearance of glaciers set to an Oscar-nominated song performed by Scarlett Johansson; My Toxic Reality, filmed in Port Arthur, Texas, and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry that explores the life of the Chinese artist and dissident. Festival Friday, February 22, 7 to 11 pm; Saturday, February 23, 6 to 11 pm; tickets from $35 nightly, from $60 for both evenings;