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.)
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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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- 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.