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Joshua Berman is a freelance writer and author of MAYA 2012: A Guide to Celebrations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize & Honduras. His website is JoshuaBerman.net.

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Around Colorado: Bear Grylls Courses Teach Survival Skills for (Almost) All Ages

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 8:17 PM

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A group hike during the 24-hour family course with the Bear Grylls Survival Academy near Ward. (PHOTO by Joshua Berman)

"Looks like your shelters are about to be tested!" our instructor says as the temperature drops and a massive front rolls off...

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35 Fun Gifts for Dads Who Travel

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 12:10 PM

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I'm a dad. I travel. Sometimes I'm bumbling through airport security with three daughters, diapers and pacifiers flying in all directions; sometimes I'm flying luxuriously solo, rocking my wireless office through Denver International Airport, en route to a new adventure in Nicaragua, Mexico,...

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8 Ways to be an Informed Giver: Tips from Nonprofit Director Rodney McDonald

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 2:06 PM

How do you know -- without a doubt -- that your donation is going to the right cause? How do you know that your money will be well spent and effective? "The answer begins with doing a little research", says Rodney McDonald, Director of Emergency Response Services for Latin America...

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Travel Gear: 9 Items for the Slopes in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 1:37 PM

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Photo: Joshua Berman. Reflection in ski instructor's goggles.


"The weather can get a little rough at times," understates Craig Simson, Ski Patrol Director at Keystone Resort, Colorado, who begins each workday with a 7am briefing at the summit of Dercum...

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Colorado Environmental Film Festival Features Local Heroes Opens Thursday Feb. 21

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 8:37 AM

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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 12-year-old musician and activist from Boulder, is featured in the seventh annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival in Golden, Colo.; Feb. 21 to 24, 2013. PHOTO: Joshua Berman


GOLDEN, COLO. -- I first learned of Xiuhtezcatl Martinez's unique story in...
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A Chat With Nature Photographer Don Mammoser About Photographing Colorado

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 12:16 PM

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I can't find my slippers, so I step outside barefoot, picking through crusty patches of snow, toes stinging as I scramble for just the right angle. The colors are swirling in all directions, and though I've seen a thousand Colorado dawns before (I have...

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Maya Calendar 101: What Does 'December 21, 2012' Really Mean?

(322) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 6:00 AM

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The hour is upon us. This Friday at the stroke of solstice (4:12 a.m. Mountain Standard Time), the Maya Long Count calendar will click over to read "13.0.0.0.0," (pronounced "thirteen b'aktun") for the first time in 5,125 years.

The event has captured the world's...

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Short Film Shot on a Shoestring Features Untrained Nicaraguan Actors

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 11:07 AM

The short narrative film Volar en línea recta ("Fly in a straight line") by The Ninth Octave Films, introduces the talents of nine young northern Nicaraguans who had never acted before. Norman Flores, Walder Casco López, Anajhenci Gutiérrez Merlo, Jorge López Herrera, Janner Padilla Huete, Junior Mejía Padilla, Lenin Baez Moralez, David Uriel Nolasco Rodriguez, and Jarling Flores, first met Director Douglas Cushnie during his annual trips to San José de Cusmapa, their town in northern Nicaragua, near Somoto and the border with Honduras.

For years, Cushnie had worked with youths and students through the Fabretto Children's Foundation, a well respected non-governmental organization operating throughout Nicaragua. Volar en linea recta is a uniquely grassroots film project, partly in coordination with Fabretto Children's Foundation itself (they also helped with logistics), and successful crowdsourcing campaigns to fund each stage of production.

Volar, writes Cushnie, "is loosely based off of the poem 'Las Loras,' (The Parrots) by Ernesto Cardenal, as well as the real life stories of many of the actors involved in the film."

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Wrap party with cast & crew in Cusmapa, August 2012

"They killed it beyond belief," said Cushnie of his untrained actors and former students, "because they worked hard and made the parts their own."

Post-production on the film is nearly complete, as soon as Cushnie raises enough cash in a Kickstarter campaign for the next phase of the film, i.e. "to make a couple more beautiful things happen in the world of post-production."

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Related: Music Video Premiere of "Guerra Solo Muertos" by Moisés Gadea

Joshua Berman is the author of Moon Nicaragua and other guidebooks; he is assisting with press efforts for the film "Volar en línea...

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Watching The Snow From Gerald Ford's Beaver Creek Home (PHOTOS)

(32) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 7:00 AM

"I'm cooking dinner in Betty Ford's kitchen."

Not the most adventurous or daring status update I've ever posted, but a new experience nonetheless. I thumb the words into my phone, then keep chopping tomatoes on the former first lady's enormous kitchen island.

When Beaver Creek Resort opened in 1980, developers...

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5 Questions About Travel For Filmmaker Rafael Garcia

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Rafael Garcia began his film-making career after graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design and working in the Atlanta area on various projects. In 2006, he joined a start-up production company that took him on diving and fishing related programs throughout Central America. During this time, Garcia met...

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Travel Abroad In Your Own Backyard

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 7:45 AM

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I am walking beneath Tibetan prayer flags at dusk, watching an Asian bull elephant bathe itself with grass and straw in front of a dusty orange ball of a sun. Two gibbons swing hand-over-hand across vines above; flying foxes with four-foot wingspans creep across...

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Music Video Premiere of "Guerra Solo Muertos" by Moisés Gadea

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 3:13 PM

Moisés Gadea is a singer-songwriter from Managua who was once declared "Songwriter of the Year" by the Nicaraguan National Assembly. "Guerra Solo Muertos," or "War only death," is a song from his latest CD, Colección. On a recent trip to the United States, Gadea teamed up with some friends to...

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Celebrating Maya Culture, Calendar, This Friday in Boulder

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 6:35 PM

During the last 18 months of researching the Maya region, specifically researching travel and tourism in the Maya region during the final clicks of the 13th bak'tun (the sacred 5,125-year-chunk of the Maya Long Count, which will come to a close this December 21), I've had the privilege of meeting...

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Flying To The New Airstrip In Greytown, Nicaragua (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 7:00 AM

"Stories caught on film," says the mission statement of the Nomading Film Festival, "while traveling, are some of the most entertaining, educating, beautiful and authentic." I agree. This helps explain the allure of travel videos fresh from the field, now streaming in all corners of the Internet from...

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Moises Gadea, Nicaragua's Songwriter of the Year, to Play in Colorado for Children's Cause

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 1:19 PM

2012-08-19-eventsmoises2.jpgBOULDER, COLORADO -- Moises Gadea, a modern trovador, or singer/songwriter, from Managua who was once declared "Songwriter of the Year" by the Nicaraguan National Assembly, is headlining several unique cultural events during an upcoming U.S. mini-tour.

Gadea's debut mile-high performance is Saturday,...

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Denver Premiere of Mayan Renaissance showcase's Film Society's Women + Film series

(4) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 4:44 PM

2012-08-14-mayafilmposter.jpgOn Tuesday, August 21, the Denver Film Society will feature Mayan Renaissance, a 68-minute, feature length documentary shot in Guatemala, "which documents the glory of the ancient Maya civilization, the Spanish conquest in 1519, five hundred years of oppression, and the courageous...

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5 Questions About Travel For Photographer Macduff Everton

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Macduff Everton's latest book, The Modern Maya: Incidents of Travel and Friendship in Yucatán was 40 years in the making. It is no mere coffee table showcase. It is, as has been reported by a number of reviewers, nothing less than a magnum opus...

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Festival Celebrates Travel, Yoga, Music and Mountains

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 12:54 PM

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I'm a sucker for anything having to do with travel, especially events with "nomad" or "wander" in their titles. Whether these events are celebrating writing, film, yoga, or Spanish language teaching, if my schedule allows it, I'm there. So when I discovered that

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Nomading Film Festival Celebrates Travel Videos At NYC Youth Hostel

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 7:30 AM

The bold, pink-on-black banner hung against the century-old Victorian Gothic-style brickwork in upper Manhattan. It firmly declared the reason why several hundred travelers had gathered there on the lawn (and in the screening room) on this fine summer day:

We believe that stories caught on film, while traveling, are some...
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Fake Doesn't Fly: Mariachi El Bronx Coming to Fox Theater in Boulder

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 10:00 AM

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The Bronx is a hardcore punk rock band from Los Angeles. Their music is "abrasive and aggressive," as Matt Caughthran, the lead singer, describes it. Not so the band's alter ego, Mariachi El Bronx. That's what the The Bronx will become when...

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