Mountainfilm on Tour - Big Sky / Expert Panel Experience Post-Show
As part of The Adventure Circuit Film Festival Series, the Arts Council of Big Sky is bringing the 2023 Mountainfilm on Tour to Big Sky in partnership with the Big Sky Waypoint.
This year’s selection includes films about surfing, biking, running, skateboarding, climbing, and more. This selection of culturally rich and adventure-packed films will leave you feeling inspired! Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the festival starts at 7 p.m. Enjoy and watch films throughout the evening. We encourage you to stay for an opportunity to engage with experts selected to answer your questions about the topics in the films.
Inspired by Mountainfilm’s goal to inspire audiences to create a better world through film and art, we are thrilled to add an extra special element this year. In addition to an incredible playlist of films, we will have a panel of experts from our community to answer your questions about disabilities, BIPOC, aging, LBGTQ+, diversity, and inclusion. Your questions will be anonymously collected throughout the film festival, and we will end the night with an opportunity to have our experts answer your questions. If you are not interested in the panel, that’s ok, we’d love to see you there just for the films too.
Meet our Panel!
Moderator: Dr. Jelani Mahiri (He/Him)
Dr. Jelani Mahiri is a parent, musician, photographer and educator currently teaching part-time at Montana State University in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Physics and Spanish at Morehouse College and went on to study sociology and anthropology and folklore at UC Berkeley where he completed his Master's degree and Ph.D.
Expert: Gracey (Ace) Carter (They/He/She)
MSU double-major Ace is currently the only open Non-Binary athlete. Ace throws the Javelin on the Track & Field Team, and they also work at Bridgercare in the LGBTQ+ Allies Training to help educate about the LGBTQ+ community and how to support those in the community.
Expert: Mikayla Pitts (She/Her)
Holding a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Community Health from MSU Mikayla is passionate about community health practices. She has a passion for community work and she sits on the Bridgercare Board of Directors and the BIPOC Advisory Committee.
Expert: Juliana Kilmurray (She/Her)
Juliana is experienced in educating healthcare providers on recognizing how ableism impacts patient care. Juliana herself is chronically ill, disabled, and neurodivergent. She is passionate about reproductive healthcare, works at Bridgercare, and serves on the Forward Montana Board of Directors.
Expert: Dani Aravich (She/Her)
Although born missing her left hand and forearm, Dani's drive and athleticism developed into her incredible career in competing in international competitions such as the Paralympics Games in Tokyo, competing in track & field, and the Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing competing in nordic skiing and biathlon events. Living and training in Bozeman, MT, Dani additionally works full-time in a variety of fields, including social media management, sports sponsorship sales, and consulting for disability inclusion work.