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NEPSA awards kick off The Meeting

Charles Agar

Kiffor Berg and Ted Davenport celebrate their first-place win at the NEPSA Awards Thursday at the Wheeler Opera House. (Jordan Curet/The Aspen Times)

Two-time “bridesmaids” became winners Thursday at the fourth annual NEPSA Video and Art Awards at the Wheeler Opera House.Kiffor Berg and Ted Davenport have come in second place twice, both times to Aaron Hooper films starring 18-year-old Wyatt Stasinos. But this year, their film “Point It,” a sendup of the Hollywood action film, took first place.”Those guys had a great film last year,” Berg said, “and we were thinking they were the guys to beat this year going in.”Stasinos and Hooper took third this year.Berg and Davenport will split $2,000 and two round-trip tickets anywhere in the U.S. – they’ll hit the beach and “Go surfing like in ‘Point Break,'” Berg said.The NEPSA Awards challenges local skiers’ and snowboarders’ talents on the slopes, as well as their creativity with a camera. Judging criteria for the three- to five-minute films include quality of story, use of multiple media, creativity, music, overall impression and use of a required prop – this year a fortune-telling eight ball.Second place went to the Stover brothers. Mark, 19, and Paul, 15, told the story of “Chronicles of the Skier, the Witch and the 8 Ball,” with lots of good blue-screen effects and character-acting by Paul (as the witch).The event kicked off The Meeting, two days of ski/snowboard flicks that wrap up today, with a pool party at the Sky Hotel Sunday.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is cagar@aspentimes.com.