Rescue the Wheeler Film Society |

Rescue the Wheeler Film Society

Dear Editor: I appeal to the Wheeler Opera House Board to recognize the community service that Jon Busch has performed by providing a special and broad range of films with his Wheeler Film Society for more than 20 years. Now all that is threatened to come to an end, because the Wheeler has asked Jon, as well as others, to submit proposals for review as the Wheeler’s new film contractor. This means that, like threatened closure of The Red Onion, the closure of the Mother Lode and La Cocina, another unique aspect of Aspen may come to an end. Exactly those unusual films, albeit from Argentina, Nepal or other sources, apparently being sought in the motive for this contract review, have been inclusive in Jon Busch’s Wheeler Film Society showings, rather than absent. And, certainly, further participation of the community in the Wheeler Film Society’s showings, can be sought and offered in continued service. There was a time when Jim and Ramona Markalunas fortunately rescued the Wheeler from being torn down. There needs to be another community rescue now for the Wheeler Film Society. Tom KurtAspen

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