Athletes, filmmakers convene in Aspen for The Meeting
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – The Meeting, a gathering of skiing and snowboarding’s influential athletes and filmmakers, convened Thursday in Aspen and continues Friday with a slate of films and a party atop Aspen Mountain.
The seventh annual weekend gathering, hosted by the Aspen Skiing Co., will showcase a mix of films. Parties and concerts round out the entertainment, ending in the wee hours of Sunday.
“I don’t think we’ve ever seen a series of films that are all this level,” said Deric Gunshor, Skico’s event marketing manager.
Friday and Saturday, the event features 11 movies, to be screened at three locations: the Wheeler Opera House, Belly Up Aspen and the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain.
Much of the buzz surrounds two flicks – “The Art of Flight,” a film by Curt Morgan, which features snowboarding stars Travis Rice and Scotty Lago, and “The Ordinary Skier,” a narrative feature about skier Seth Morrison, directed by C.P.
“It’s great to be a part of the lineup,” C.P. said. “The Wheeler is really classy and it’s cool to watch your stuff in that setting.”
Gunshor said that enjoying the films with other interested audience members is part of the experience.
“It’s not the same when you download them and watch them at home as it is seeing them on the big screen, in a packed theater full of people,” Gunshor said.
C.P. said he hopes his new film appeals to an audience other than just avid skiers, because “The Ordinary Skier” tells the story of Seth Morrison, the Summit County professional big-mountain skier who has gone through trying circumstances.
“We always try to identify some special unique projects that we can add, including some of the other film companies that don’t make a movie every year,” C.P. said.
The Meeting closes Saturday night with a musical performance at Belly Up by Lance Herbstrong, the electronic-dub group from Austin, Tex.
“It’s cool to hang out,” said C.P. “Everybody’s there so it’s always a good time.”
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