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‘Ski Porn’ plays the big screen

Aspen Times Staff

Micah Black finds a line in Slovakia. Whether footage of the descent found its way into Teton Gravity Research's latest, "Anomaly," is tough to determine from the production company's website. But, Black is featured in the film, which shows Friday at the Wheeler. (Epstein/TGR)

Epic air, face shots, extreme vert Ski Porn, if you will returns to the Wheeler Opera House screen this weekend as Aspen reconvenes The Meeting.The lineup features the latest in ski/snowboard action flicks along with parties, more parties, athletes, filmmakers, industry bigwigs and baggy pants. It all starts Thursday night with the NEPSA Video and Art Awards at the Wheeler Opera House from 8 to10 p.m, followed by the official kick-off party at the 39 Degrees bar in the Sky Hotel.NEPSA (its Aspen, spelled backward) will feature athletes competing in the world of multimedia. In other words, theyve put together presentations using video, photography, music and such, with a total of $3,500 in prize moolah up for grabs. This years prop, a Magic 8 Ball, must appear in their productions. We asked the Magic 8 Ball who’s gonna win. “Ask again later,” was the reply.Participating athletes this year include: Wyatt Stasinos, Jaime Culp, Kiffor Berg and Ted Davenport, Mike Marolt, Chris Anthony, John Spriggs, Lindsey MacIntire, Mark and Paul Stover, Bridger Gile and Catharine Pieck. Local big-mountain skier Chris Davenport, along with Travis Mclain, will host the evening. Then, the fun moves over to 39 Degrees from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. DJ Thunder presides.The film/party lineup for the rest of the weekend looks like this:FRIDAYAt the Wheeler4:30 p.m. Whiteout Productions presents Wear It Well, a 16-mm snowboard flick showcasing freestyle and backcountry snowboarding all over the globe, from the streets of Helsinki to the Whistler backcountry. Pillow lines, cliff drops, street rails you know.5:45 p.m. Draw the Line Standard Productions captures snowboarding, from big-mountain freestyle action to kickers, park riding and powder.8 p.m. Level Ones Long Story Short a tale of hundreds of thousands of miles, tens of thousands of feet, hundreds of quarts of two-stroke snowmobile oil, a dozen speeding tickets and a group of top skiers on the road.9:15 p.m. Teton Gravity Researchs Anomaly showcases the freakish and abnormal abilities of todays top athletes as they push the boundary of what is humanly possible.At Belly Up Aspen9 p.m. More Absinthe Films unveils the new Hover-Track jet-pack camera system, bringing the viewer closer to the action than ever before and separating this film from the pack. Expect urban riding, deep pow and massive jumps.10:15 p.m. Mongo Productions Who Cares introduces the work of a newly formed film company out of Mammoth Lakes, Calif. working with a seasoned crew of riders and filmmakers to capture some of the most creative and progressive technical freestyle shredding to date (at least, so says the promo lit).11 p.m. After-party featuring DJ Muggs.SATURDAYAt the Wheeler 2:30 p.m. Tanner Hall and CR Johnson present Show & Prove, chronicling the lives of professional skiers Hall and Johnson as they each struggle to overcome the greatest challenges of their lives. Follow Hall across North America and Europe has he pushes himself and the boundaries of the sport to a new level. Witness Johnson recover from a life-threatening head injury and make a comeback.3:45 p.m. Poor Boyz Productions Ski Porn Johnny Decesare, director of last seasons Film of the Year, presents his latest explosive, alpine thriller, capturing freeskiers as they tackle the latest challenges that the backcountry and urban skiing have to offer. Epic visuals, top-notch tricks.6 p.m. Volcom Entertainments Enscramble, the production outfits fifth featuring snowboarding film, has cameras rolling on slopes around the globe, from New Zealand to Austria, and from Bulgaria, Norway, Canada and Alaska to Utah, Montana and Tahoe.7 p.m. Mack Dawgs Follow Me Around follows 14 snowboarders as they take waist-deep pow runs in Alaska and hit 50-foot-plus cliff jumps.9 p.m. RattleCan Films Mountaintown, underwritten by the Aspen Skiing Co., premieres at The Meeting. A documentary about living in Aspen powder shots, quick quips about what brought people here and interviews with genuine locals.10:30 p.m. After-party at the Belly Up, featuring DJ Cysko Rokwel.SUNDAY10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pool party at the Sky Hotel.Film tickets are $5 per show or $25 for a pass to six showings, available at the Wheeler Box Office. Call 920-5770. Nissan sponsors The Meeting.

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