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Mountainfilm in Aspen boasts packed lineup of weekend events

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Mountainfilm in Aspen will hit the weekend in full stride, with a packed lineup of screenings and other events today and Saturday and closing ceremonies Sunday.

One of the weekend highlights will be Uncharted Water Shorts in Carbondale’s Crystal Theatre starting Saturday at 5 p.m.

First up will be the 12-minute film “Seldom Seen Slight” about Ken Sleight, an Idaho farm kid-turned-river rat who inspired the character Seldom Seen Smith in Edward Abbey’s book “The Monkey Wrench Gang.”

Sleight first floated the Colorado River through Glen Canyon in 1954. The experience moved him enough that he built his life around the canyon and its tributaries as a river running outfitter.

“In this film, the 87-year-old recalls the heartbreak of watching his paradise drown under Lake Powell, and the hope that it will one day return to its former glory,” says the promotional material from Mountainfilm.

Today, Mountainfilm in Aspen continues its 10th anniversary celebration with two noon events. The Lunch Film Series features “Indomitable Spirit Shorts” at the Cooking School of Aspen.

There also will be a lunch discussion at The Cottage Aspen titled, “Impactful Filmmaking: Telling the Story Well.” It’s aimed as aspiring filmmakers and aficionados of films.

“As a documentary film festival, Mountainfilm in Aspen showcases the work of masterful storytellers who cultivate their craft with the realities of the world,” the promotional material said. “What does it take to tell a story well? How do you work with people and their desires to be portrayed in a certain light? How do you know when you’ve found the story?”

Accomplished filmmakers will share their thoughts.

The general-interest screenings will wrap up Saturday with “Return to Mount Kennedy.”

Sunday the festival will expand its reach to youngsters by showing one hour of family-friendly short films and providing educational activities in a free program. The fun begins at 11 a.m.

The 10th anniversary celebration and awards program will be held at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen at 5:30 p.m.

For the full lineup, including information on tickets, go to http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/mountainfilm.


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