Mountainfilm in Aspen announces 10th anniversary lineup
The Wheeler Opera House will host 60 films during a five-day 10th anniversary celebration of Mountainfilm in Aspen next month.
Running Aug. 22 to 26 at the Wheeler, the outdoor film festival — formerly known as MountainSummit — is themed “One World. One Community.” Its mix of adventure films includes shorts and features, and for the first time will include events downvalley at the Temporary at Willits and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. The festival is produced by the Wheeler and the Telluride-based Mountainfilm On Tour.
“Every year, our patrons tell us how inspired and motivated they are during and after our Mountainfilm in Aspen festival,” Wheeler executive director Gena Buhler said in the program announcement. “We expect this year will be no different.”
The festival opens Aug. 22 with “An Evening of Adventure,” showcasing new shorts like “Loved by All: The Story of Apa Sherpa” and “The Wolf Pack,” the story of the Braford-Lefebvre family of Silverton. At The Temporary on Aug. 22, the festival will present the Spanich language program “Cine de las Montañas.” It will include English subtitles and a bilingual Q&A.
On Aug. 23, the Wheeler will host a double feature of adventure biking films with “North of Nightfall” and “The Moment,” while the Temporary presents “Beyond Borders,” a shorts program including “3,000 Miles,” “Lifeboat,” “Wildlife and the Wall.”
Aug. 24 brings a screening of “Soufra” to the Crystal. Produced by Aspen native Trevor Hall, the film chronicles myriad challenges that stand between refugees and success. The Wheeler will screen the musical doc “Satan & Adam,” following the Harlem duo over a course of 20 years. It will be followed by a concert and a 10th anniversary celebration party in the bar lobby featuring Adam and his band.
The program on Aug. 25 opens in Carbondale with a series of short documentaries, “Uncharted Waters,” followed by two documentary features at the Wheeler including the motivating hit “Science Fair,” about teenage prodigies from around the world in a science competition, and the Eric Becker film “Return to Mount Kennedy.” It recounts the story of Bobby Kennedy’s 1965 first summit of Mount Kennedy with Everest pioneer Jim Whittaker and their son’s historic ascent 50 years later.
The festival will close Aug. 26 with the family-favorite program Kidz Kino at the Wheeler. The free program will include hands-on educational activities and a one-hour afternoon program of short films. That evening, Mountainfilm in Aspen will host a 10th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Program, featuring audience favorites from the past 10 years of the festival in a shorts program and awards ceremony at the Limelight Aspen and a dinner on the Limelight patio with filmmakers and festival special guests.
Passes go on sale Thursday at the Wheeler box office and aspenshowtix.com. Prices range from $30 for a Down Valley Pick 2 Pass to $100 for a full festival pass. The full film lineup is online at wheeleroperahouse.com.
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