The Meeting brings early winter to local big screens
Snow-crazed locals jonesing for the ski season (and who isn’t?) can get a powder fix this weekend at The Meeting, when the latest ski flicks hit the big screen in Aspen. And, there’s partying.Dubbed a “celebration of snow film and culture,” the Nissan-sponsored event brings skiing and riding pros to town, along with some of the filmmakers behind the epic footage of sphincter-puckering vertical and the requisite big air of the genre.The Meeting actually convened Thursday night, with a showing of Matchstick Production’s “The Hit List” at the Wheeler, followed by an opening blast at the Sky Hotel’s 39 Degrees. Tonight, watch for local athletes Doran Laybourn, Wyatt Stasinos and Ryan Lougee when Grenade presents “Smell the Glove” at the Belly Up. Also on the nightclub’s big screen, Absinthe Films offers “Futureproof.”An all-ages show starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Belly Up; screenings for the 21-and-older set start at 9:45 p.m. (doors open at 9 p.m.). The partying follows at 11:45 p.m. Also tonight, Poor Boyz Productions and The Bigger Picture will premier “Pop Yer Bottlez!” at the Wheeler at 7:30 p.m. Poor Boyz presents “War” at the Wheeler at 9 p.m. “Smell the Glove” (Grenade makes a line of gloves) promises shots of Aspen backcountry, local rail riding and even some bits of Winter X Games Nine at Buttermilk. X Games competitor Danny Kass is prominent in the movie, but so are the local guys. The movie is “insane,” reports Laybourn, a Missouri Heights resident. “It’s so much of everything. You get the backcountry, the urban aspect with the handrails, and the contest aspect, which is Danny.”Grenade’s film crew – including Snowmass cinematographer Aaron Hooper – and local athletes spent plenty of time in the mountains surrounding Aspen last winter, Laybourn said.”A lot of people don’t realize Aspen has so much good backcountry. That’s what’s cool,” he said. “It’s all the secret stashes that we know.”You’ll see me catching lots of air, riding lots of powder.”The Wheeler is ski flick central on Saturday, starting with “Burning Bridges” from KidsKnow at 12:30 p.m. and Level 1’s “Shanghai Six” at 1:45 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., Standard Films presents “Paradox” and Teton Gravity Research shows “Tangerine Dream” at 6:30 p.m. (Watch for the local Olenick brothers in the latest from TGR.) Doors open a half-hour before each set of films.The Wheeler doors open at 8:30 p.m. Saturday for the 9 p.m. showing of “The Community Project” from 1242 and the Community Project. Then it’s over to Club Chelsea for the Afterburner party at 10:30 p.m.The Meeting adjourns Sunday with a pool party at the Sky Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Movie tickets are $5 per showing, available at the Wheeler Box Office. Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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