The Mountain Film presentation at High Desert Middle School on Friday, Oct. 18 was dominated by two films connected with artist Douglas Miles and his organization, Apache Skateboards. The first film was a National Geographic documentary called “The Mystery of Now”. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw7XhAFwxqc or type in “youtube the mystery of now”)
It presented Miles’ take on the “power of the Past” as he explained in an appearance on Gila River Broadcasting Corporation’s program, “Downtime”, “the key to the future”, and “The Mystery of Now.” These themes are explored in the film through the lens of the Apache Skateboard experience in the San Carlos Apache community. This started 15 years ago, according to Miles, when he painted a skateboard for his son when Douglas Miles Jr. started skating. The Apache Skateboard Team has been going on since then and Miles said, “Everyone involved has pretty much gone on to greater success.”
The second film, was a trailer for “Apache Leap” a regular feature film that has been shot in Globe and in the San Carlos Community. It is a coming of age story featuring actors from San Carlos but also crewmen from a high school film program. The executive producer, Glen Lineberry is the principal of Miami Junior Senior High School. Shooting for the film is over and it is in post-production and will be available sometime in early 2020. (For information on it search for Apacheleapfilm.com).
After each film cast and crew of each film came up to the stage for Q and A, and the audience was introduced to a toddler, the newest generation of Apache Skate, whose father says he was successfully on a board at the age of one and a half.
Several other films were shown, all showing people of diverse backgrounds, skiing and climbing and in one apparently taking a baby on a hair-raising ride in a baby trailer attached to a mountain bike.
Mountain Film on tour thanked the Globe School District for furnishing the large screen necessary for the showing of the non-profit’s program. She said that they intended to add Globe to their more than 20 venues on six continents.