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Lost civilizations

Tim Dudley

In hardcore Jackson, Wyo., the loudest applause at a recent showing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival came not for a flick about some crazy first descent, but for a film about mansions.

And for good reason. “The Lost People of Mountain Village,” a “mockumentary” about palatial second homes in the Mountain Village area of Telluride, strikes a cord with ordinary folks who are increasingly being forced from the place they love because of skyrocketing real estate prices. Aspenites should be able to relate.

And it’s funny. Really funny.

The 15-minute film employs a TV news magazine format to poke fun at the absent owners of so-called McMansions and their seemingly ghost-town community of Mountain Village.

Such authorities as anthropologist Wade Davis and Jerrold Sapphire, author of “Vanished: Why Bad Things Happen to Bad Civilizations,” lend their expertise.

So why is Mountain Village so empty all the time?

One theory: At some point a rowdy mob of locals ” perhaps slowed by a little weed but hopped up on a lot of coffee ” took up arms and drove the wealthy residents off.

Catch “The Lost People of Mountain Village” at the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s Aspen stop, sponsored by the Ute Mountaineer, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Paepcke Auditorium.

Tickets cost $10 and are on sale now at the Ute.

Also, don’t miss the four-minute “Solilochairliftquist,” a stream-of-consciousness monologue from a ski bum riding up a lift on his 100th day of the year. Pretty funny.

Other films showing in Aspen are: “Hockey Night … in Ladakh”; “Balancing Point,” another highlight; “Return2Sender: Parallelojams”; “Grand Canyon Dreams”; “The Khumbu Mighty-Mites”; and “Charles, Edouard ou les temps suspendu (Suspended Time),” also a must-see.


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