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Aspen Times Weekly: Current Events

with Andrew Travers
The short film "Mending the Line" is among the outdoor adventure movies playing at 5 Point Film's Aspen event on Jan. 17.
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The 5 Point Film Festival comes to Aspen on Saturday Jan. 17, when the Carbondale-based nonprofit hosts a night of inspiring stories at the Wheeler Opera House.

The evening, emceed by Carbondale climber Chris Kalous, will feature nine short films in the 5 Point spirit.

Among the featured movies is “Mending the Line,” which tells the story of World War II veteran Frank Moore returning to Europe to fly fish in the streams he first crossed as a 20-year-old soldier fighting the Nazis. Moore, now a virile 91, and his wife, Jeanne, will be in attendance and will speak to the Wheeler audience.

“Mending the Line” won the People’s Choice award at last year’s 5 Point Film Festival, and went on to capture the same prize at Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

The film vividly portrays how fishing and family lent meaning to Moore’s life following the war. During peacetime, he spent years building and running a lodge in Steamboat, Oregon. In one moving scene in the film, Moore brings his wife to a French café, where he wrote her a letter in 1944 during the war after landing at D-Day. The letter, which he reads aloud to her, mentions the local rivers and how he hopes to return to fish them in peacetime. The film vividly captures Moore doing just that.

The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m. Movies start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available at


Trumpeter and singer Bria Skonberg will make her local debut at the JAS Café with four shows Jan. 16 and 17.

Skonberg’s fusion of hot jazz, traditional and modern forms have helped make her an emerging star and a can’t-miss live act. In 2013, the Jazz Journalists’ Association named her Up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year. Tickets and more information at


Guitar legend Bill Frisell returns to Aspen for a performance at the District Theatre Jan. 20. Frisell was most recently in town over the summer at the Aspen Music Festival, where he played his score for the film “The Great Flood” in one of the summer’s musical high points.

This show brings Frisell to the stage performing songs from his latest album, “Guitar in the Space Age,” which was released in the fall. It showcases Frisell’s inimitable style to 1960s surf and rock songs that influenced him as a kid.

Tickets available at

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