Aspens four-day ski-and-snowboard film festival, The Meeting, gets under way tonight with the annual NEPSA Awards at the Wheeler Opera House. The NEPSA Awards thats "Aspen" spelled backward recognize local amateur filmmakers competing in the eighth annual film-shorts competition, says Meredith McKee, spokeswoman for Aspen/Snowmass. This year, the contest accepted three- to five-minute shorts that took on one of three themes: Ski School, Shreddin While Sleddin and Super Heroes. Its just a really fun local kickoff, and every year it gets a little bit crazier, she adds.
The ceremony is followed by a late-night screening of Light the Wick, the latest ski epic from Teton Gravity Research, at the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain. Tomorrows screenings at the Wheeler start at 5 p.m. and include Chris Davenports Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey, Poor Boyz Productions Revolver, TransWorld Snowboardings In Color and Volcoms 9191; tickets are $10 for two films. Thats followed by an after-party at Belly Up with DJ Muggs, along with showings of Eye Tripfrom Denver-based Level 1 Productions and director Stan Evanss Say My Name. Tickets to the party are $25.
On Saturday at the Wheeler, you can catch TGRs snowboard film Deeper, Standard Films The Storming, Matchstick Productions The Way I See It and Tyler Stablefords documentary The Fall Line, about veteran Heath Calhouns journey from losing his legs in Iraq to competing at the Paralympics. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will headline the final after-party at Belly Up, which also features screenings of Pirate Movie Productions Hooked and Forum Snowboards F It; tickets are $32. For a complete schedule, go to www.aspensnowmass.com/themeeting.
Sept. 23-25, 2010