The Breckenridge Festival of Film is about to offer weekly movie screenings.

The first special event begins March 8, with Warren Miller’s “Climb to Glory.” Then, beginning April 3 through June 13, Breckenridge Festival of Film will replay some of its best indie films from 2009 and beyond, every Thursday and Friday.

Pioneers of skiing

“Climb to Glory” not only tells the story of 10th Mountain Division soldiers as they trained for and fought in World War II; it also challenges pro skiers like Chris Anthony and the late Tony Seibert to zip up the soldiers’ old jumpsuits, strap on long, wooden skis, and see how they match up to the “old timers.” (Spoiler alert: Warren Miller’s humor comes in here, as the modern pros can’t quite hack the long boards.)

10 Mountain Division soldiers move on snowshoes at Camp Hale

10 Mountain Division soldiers on snowshoes at Camp Hale

This movie shows what military skiing was really like — made up of groups of fun-loving but tough mountaineers, who, on some days found the snow so great, they bailed out on training. Though these men became the “fathers of the ski industry,” they also paid a price, in the form of approximately 1,000 10th Mountain Division deaths and 4,000 injuries during the war. Yet, as one veteran puts it, their “greatest lesson” endured, and that was their common love for the mountains. “It became the lives of most of us,” he says in the documentary.

Jim-Kennett-on-skis

Jim Kennett on Skis

Miller paid homage to these men in “Flow State,” and then sought grant money to create a longer documentary. He found it through the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum. Olympian and future museum inductee Jeremy Bloom narrates it.

“The film fest is about showing films that appeal to a wide audience and have an artistic and storytelling quality, and (this film) has those elements; that separates it from other ski movies,” said Breckenridge Festival of Film executive director Janice Kurbjun.

Poster for "Climb to Glory" documentary at Colorado Mountain College.

Poster for “Climb to Glory” documentary at Colorado Mountain College.

“Climb to Glory” begins at 7:15 p.m. (with cocktails at 6:15 p.m. and doors at 7 p.m.). Veteran Dick Over will field a Q&A after the 45-minute screening at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. Tickets are $15 in advance, which includes a free beer, and $20 at the door.

Weekly indies

Beginning April 3, the Breckenridge Festival of Film partners with the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre to present Film Fest Thursdays and Fridays, through June 13.

The weekly screenings are part of the film fest’s effort to bring movies to Breckenridge year-round.

April’s films focus on snow and ice and target the “concert, adventure-minded crowd,” Kurbjun said.

Shane McConkey base jumping.

Shane McConkey base jumping.

“McConkey,” the 90-minute documentary about extreme skier and base jumper Shane McConkey, kicks off the fest April 3. It delves into his passion, both on and off the mountain and ultimately shows the devastation of pushing an extreme life to its limits.

April 10 and 11, the short “The Scenic Route” follows three recent graduates as they pursue nontraditional career paths, from a mechanic of vintage cars to an underwater photographer. Then, “Antarctica: A Year on Ice,” which sold out twice at last year’s Breckenridge Festival of Film, reveals what it’s like to live on the remote continent for a full seven years as a surveyor and photographer.

April 17-18 features “The Gold Sparrow,” a short, animated film Kurbjun describes as “comic book meets music video, and “We Ride: The Story of Snowboarding,” about how Jake Burton and Tom Sims helped form snowboarding on opposite sides of the country.

The rest of the season will feature “best-of” indies, including comedies, adventures and dramas from the film festival’s 2009-2013 seasons.

The Breckenridge Festival of Film celebrates its 35th anniversary Sept. 18-21, 2014.

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the “Climb to Glory” or any of the Thursday/Friday shows, click here.

  • What: Climb to Glory, a film by Warren Miller Entertainment and the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum
  • When: Saturday, March 8 beginning at 6:15 p.m.
  • Where: Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge
  • Who: Everyone
  • Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, includes free beer and chance to win door prizes
    Details: “Climb to Glory” tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers and how they championed the U.S. Ski Industry following World War II. The event includes a presentation by and chance to speak with 10th Mountain Division veteran, Dick Over. Tickets include one free beer and chance to win door prizes. Arrive at 6:15 p.m. to redeem drink tickets, as no food or beverage is permitted in the auditorium.

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Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum "for a season," assuring her parent's she'd return to Illinois to finish college. But, the ski bum life stuck. After three years of full-time skiing in Summit County, she decided to finish her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of classes, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). Then, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master's degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.) In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit's great events and later working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country. She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddleboard, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life. She's highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in "deep play" when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she's a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County.

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