This year’s Beaver Creek Documentary Film Series features five films with Colorado roots, including the opening act, the Academy Award-winning Saving Face, from Denver director Daniel Junge and Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
“The idea for doing a Colorado-based film series came out of a conversation I had with a woman at Colorado Creative Industries and the realization that not only is the local filmmaking scene growing immensely, but that Colorado directors and producers are now behind some of the very best documentaries in the world,” says Lianna Moore, executive director of Vail Symposium. “Saving Face — a really touching documentary about Pakistani women who have been victims of brutal acid attacks — is the one that’s been getting the most buzz, thanks to the Academy Awards, but as we were planning our series, there were a lot of really great films.”
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Other films in the series include Junge’s Chiefs, about the Wind River Indian High School basketball team; Michael Nash’s Climate Refugees; Lisa Hartman’s U.S. Health Care: The Good News; and Amanda Stoddard’s One Revolution, about paraplegic athlete Chris Waddell’s unassisted ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
The documentaries begin screening at 3:30 p.m. every day this week through Friday at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, 136 East Thomas Place in Avon. Tickets are $15 for individual screenings/lectures or $45 for the full series; $99 dinners are also available. For tickets and more information, visit www.vailsymposium.org.
June 25-29, 2012