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Telluride’s Mountainfilm on Tour, a touring short film festival, makes an appearance this evening at Champaign’s Virginia Theatre. Ten short films (mostly documentary shorts, with some animation and political satire mixed in) will be screened, and “indomitable spirit” is the theme: an 89-year-old woman walks across the country to raise awareness about campaign finance reform, rare baby ducks make dangerous leaps to water so they can get their lives started, 40 kids climb the summit of Mount Everest… Ten tales of outdoor adventure, environmentalism, and social consciousness, all told in 17 minutes or less.

The festival begins at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $10. According to festival sponsor Champaign Surplus, $1 of every ticket will go to the Virginia’s restoration effort, while the rest will support outdoor programs of the Prairielands Council of Boy Scouts of America.

The Prairielands Council will also present an exhibition of local photography illustrating outdoor adventure, adventure environments, and scouting the outdoors.

More information on tonight’s event can be found at the Virginia Theatre’s website, and descriptions of each film are posted on the Mountainfilm in Telluride tour site.