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Skicos Mountain Town makes Aspenites want to live in Aspen

Joel Stonington

Aspen Times Staff WriterWhile the Skico’s latest marketing move isn’t as edgy as its über-environmental print ads, the film “Mountain Town” is still a departure from the norm. “The film itself has a broad take on Aspen and the valley,” said filmmaker Brendan Kiernan, whose RattleCan Films produced the movie. “It’s definitely an upbeat and positive view of the community, but if you didn’t know it was underwritten by Skico you’d have no idea it was connected to them.”The feature-length, documentary-style movie about living in Aspen united local filmmakers and local heroes. It’s the kind of movie that makes Aspenites want to live in Aspen, with sick powder shots, quick quips about what brought people here and interviews with genuine Aspen folk. Featured are 11 locals, ranging from the Aspen Highlands patrol director to pro skiers and snowboarders to a line cook at Johnny McGuire’s.The film, which Skico hopes to screen at various film festivals, has also been boiled down to a 22-minute version called “Live.Here.” It’s a tight flick that features four of the 11 characters: Aspen Highlands patrol director Mac Smith, Buttermilk terrain park supervisor Isabelle Falardeau, Olympian Gretchen Bleiler and telemarker Nick DeVore. The shorter version is set to air on networks, airline flights and through syndication. “Mountain Town” premieres Saturday night during “The Meeting,” Aspen’s innovative festival of hot new skiing and snowboarding films. A handful of all-star snow athletes, including Tanner Hall, Gretchen Bleiler, Mark Landvik, Peter Olenick and others, will be in town for the event and the NEPSA awards (Aspen spelled backward). The festivities begin Thursday with the NEPSA awards and an opening party at the Sky Hotel. Friday features screenings at the Belly Up and Wheeler Opera House during the afternoon and evening, including the premiere of “Mountain Town.” Sunday wraps it up with a pool party at the Sky Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.All shows are open to the public and are $5 per show or $25 for a weekend pass to six showings. For ticket info, call the Wheeler Opera House at 920-5770.Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.com