The Ripple Effect |

The Ripple Effect

Dear Editor:

On Jan.2, the Wheeler Opera House and its wonderful staff was kind enough to donate its venue and services for the premier of “The Ripple Effect.” We would like to thank them for their support and hard work ” especially since the turnout was far greater than anticipated.

As for the turnout, we would like to apologize to and thank all the people who came and were turned away. We had no idea how big this was going to be. You showing up, and not being able to see the film, had to be really frustrating for you, and we are so sorry that this happened.

Also, as we said at the beginning of the film, we would like to thank all of the people ” in this community and beyond ” for your ongoing love and support and kindness as we slowly create a new way of holding Wallace in our hearts.

We also grieve alongside the many others who, in the past several years, have lost sons, fathers, and friends in the snow and in the air. We reach out to all of you with our hearts, hugs, and understanding.

We hope you all get an opportunity to see this film ” either on TV, or when the DVD becomes available in a few months. It is an elegantly crafted expression of the skill and insights of these amazing skiers and riders. Their dance with snow and gravity is truly magical.

Even though it’s a dance that can sometimes turn sad and harsh, it is also a powerful, graceful, transcendent, and worthy relationship with these beautiful mountains.

Finally, thanks to the Aspen Skiing Company and to Futuristic Films for following through on this project. It is a beautiful and fitting tribute, both to Wallace, and to the other wonderful athlete/artists in our community.

The Westfeldt Family


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