MountainSummit lineup set |

MountainSummit lineup set

Staff report

Renowned mountaineers, filmmakers, writers, photographers, along with horses and a slackliner will be among the guests at MountainSummit: Mountainfilm in Aspen next month.

The Wheeler Opera House announced the guest lineup for the seventh annual festival Wednesday. MountainSummit will run Aug. 27 through Aug. 30.

The 2015 festival kicks off Thursday with “An Evening of Adventure” hosted by Aspen’s own Chris Davenport. The globe-trotting big-mountain skier will give a presentation on his recent completion of the Centennial Challenge. Aug. 27 also will feature Joey Schusler and Karl Thompson, the directors of “55 Hours in Mexico;” professional highliner and film subject Josh Beaudoin (“Walking Through Fear”); and film subject Jedidiah Jenkins (“The Thousand Year Journey”). Several of these guests will also lead an Aug. 29 morning Coffee Talk discussion about the Art of Flow.

The Friday Afternoon Conversation will be hosted by author Craig Childs, who also will host a program of short films focused on a water theme. Telluride Mountainfilm Director David Holbrooke will wear two hats during MountainSummit, also screening his new film, “The Diplomat,” about his father, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.

The Aug. 29 film schedule includes “The Rider and the Wolf,” a story about the life and mysterious disappearance of Mountain Bike Hall of Fame cyclist Mike Rust. In-person guests will include director Nathan Ward and executive producer Claude DeMoss, along with Mike Rust’s brothers, Carl Rust and Paul Rust. They will answer questions following the screening. On Aug. 30, members of the group also will host a Coffee Talk at the Ute Mountaineer, followed by a mountain bike ride.

Marcus Haney, director of “No Cameras Allowed,” will be on site to discuss how film and also will be part of a soon-to-be announced special late-night concert event at Belly Up Aspen.

The festival closes with feature-film subjects of Mountainfilm’s Audience Award-winning “Unbranded.” The film is an epic journey of self-discovery and friendship that includes runaway horses, perilous mountain passes, sweeping vistas and one sassy donkey. Ben Masters, a photographer, author and the mastermind behind the film will be joined by a few four-legged subjects from the film. Interaction with these beautiful creatures will be available throughout the festival and during a special workshop at Cozy Point on Aug. 29.

MountainSummit guests will interact with festivalgoers on many different levels throughout the weekend, as the event emphasizes off-screen community engagement.

“Our filmmakers, directors, athletes, stars, horses and artists will be a part of the festival experience from beginning to end,” said Wheeler Executive Director Gena Buhler. “This will include everything from being able to learn how to slackline in Wagner Park, having intimate discussions with filmmakers, a late-night special concert guest and more.”

Festival and day passes are currently for sale online, via phone and in person at the Aspen Show Tickets box office in the lobby of the Wheeler Opera House (; (970) 920-5770; 320 E. Hyman Ave.) Single-event tickets, based on availability, will be available for sale in mid-August. The full lineup and schedule is at

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