Short Film Showcase: The Life Cycle of Mountains

Captivating footage of Iceland’s towering peaks provides a powerful backdrop for this poetic short film uncovering the geological mystery behind a mountain‘s formation stages. Filmmaker Temujin Doran highlights the collective impact of natural and human elements on one of Earth’s most majestic creations. I spoke with Temujin about his film.

What drew you to this project?

I have always loved mountains, and I like to spend as much of my spare time as I can climbing and traveling in them. There’s a wealth of great literature about mountains and how they’re formed, how they affect us and our environment. ­I wanted to draw on these things to create a different film from much of the ones I’d seen about mountains—mostly quick-paced, loud, adrenaline-fueled films. Conquering the landscape via quick ascents or descents. [I wanted] something slow, tempered, perhaps more what I thought a mountain would be like. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy those films; they’re fantastically made, gripping, and often just as informative as straight ecological documentaries.

How did you find out about L. Dudley Stamp’s work?

I found a book of his called The Earth’s Crust in a secondhand bookshop in Keswick, Cumbria. It’s at the heart of —> Read More Here


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