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ASPEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS AND SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE AUGUST 2019 FESTIVAL

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                
 
Contact:       Gena Buhler                                                                  Craig Boleman
                           970-920-5790                                                             972-717-5181
                           [email protected]                           [email protected]
 
 
 
ASPEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS AND SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE AUGUST 2019 FESTIVAL
 
Aspen, CO (August 1, 2019): The Wheeler Opera House is pleased to announce community events as single tickets go on sale for the upcoming documentary film festival, Aspen Mountain Film Festival, on August 21 – 25, 2019. Single tickets for Aspen Mountain Film Festival start at $20 and are on sale now at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office (970.920.5770/ aspenshowtix.com).
 
“This year, we are bringing a diverse lineup of films, and we are thrilled to announce a diverse lineup of free community events to go along with the films,” says Wheeler Opera House Executive Director and Festival Producer Gena Buhler. “Whether you enjoy going on a run, learning about community activism, going on a nature walk, or doing arts and crafts with your kids, there’s something for everyone!”
 
Aspen Mountain Film Festival 2019 Community Events:
 
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019
 
Book Signing with Jennifer Pharr Davis
Post Evening of Adventure Screening | The Vault at the Wheeler
Explore Booksellers Hosts a book signing with Jennifer Pharr Davis. Her book “Pursuit of Endurance” will be available for sale.
 
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2019
 
Nature Walk and Discussion 
2:30 PM | ACES Hallam Lake
Join us after the “Explore Nature” lunch program as we partner with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies at Hallam Lake for a guided walk of the 25-acre nature preserve and discussion on conservation with Mimi deGruy. ACES is located at 100 Puppy Smith St. Aspen. Limited spots available. To sign up go to aspenshowtix.com.
 
Trail Run with Jennifer Pharr Davis in collaboration with Aspen Trailheads and Aspen Brewing Company
5 PM | Corner of Hyman Ave. and Mill St.
Meet at the fountains at the crossroads of Hyman Ave. and Mill St. just before 5pm and join Jennifer and Aspen Trailheads on an Aspen style trail run. Finish up at the Aspen Brewing Company’s Patio for a fresh Aspen Brew! 
 
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019 
 
D’Angelico Guitars to Host Mr. Jimmy Acoustic Teaser 
5 PM | D’Angelico Showroom, 240 S Mill St. Suite 201
Join us for a short happy hour and acoustic teaser of the band , with Mr. Jimmy playing a few acoustic songs in the D’Angelico Showroom.
 
Community Policing Panel
Post Ernie & Joe Screening | Wheeler Opera House
Stay after the film for a powerful dive into Community Policing with Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro, Jr. of the San Antonio PD Metal Health Unit, Aspen Police Chief Richard Pryor, and Kathryn Hundertmark of Aspen’s Co-responder program. 
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2019
 
Fun Community Run with City of Aspen Special Events Department
8 AM Start | Koch Park
AMFF will partner with COA Special Events and Aspen Trailheads, to produce a free, non-timed, community run. Runners will start and finish in Koch Park running a loop through Marolt Open Space approx. 2.5miles. Sign up at aspenshowtix.com by 8/24 at noon. 
 
Kids Arts and Crafts with the Red Brick Center for the Arts
Post Film Program | The Vault at the Wheeler
Join us for arts and crafts in The Vault at the Wheeler (second floor) immediately following the free Family Time Flicks program at 11am.
 
Aspen Mountain Film Festival 2019 Schedule:
 
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019
 
An Evening of Adventure hosted by Jennifer Pharr Davis
7:00 PM | Wheeler Opera House
Aspen’s favorite shorts film program returns! Buckle up as we take a deep dive into adventure, hosted by hiker, author, speaker, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis. Films include “A Grand Journey,” “The Mentor,” “The Redstone Pack,” “When I Look Back,” “Naretoi” (Colorado Premiere), “Is This the Top?” (World Premiere), “Rainbow Dive,” and “Rios to Rivers.”
 
In person: Jennifer Pharr Davis, Weston Boyles, Kelsey Doyle
 
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2019
 
Limelight Lunch Series: Explore Nature
Community Partner ACES, Hosted by Christy Mahon12:00 PM | Limelight Aspen Monarch Room
 
Calling all animal lovers, this  animal and ecology focused program includes short films  “The Love Bugs,” “Ferret Town,” “Fuel, Fire & Wild Horses,” “Detroit Hives,” and “Golden.” The program (90 mins) will include a screening of all of the films, as well as a discussion with special guests, and a buffet lunch. Q&A to follow. Lunch is included in the ticket price.
 
In person: Allison Otto
 
Mr. Jimmy (Colorado Premiere)
Directed, Produced and Edited by Peter Michael Dowd (120 minutes)
7:00 PM | Wheeler Opera House
In snowbound Tokamachi, Japan, teenaged Akio Sakurai took refuge in his room, escaping to another world with a pair of headphones and a pile of Led Zeppelin records. Moving to Tokyo, Akio worked as a kimono salesman by day, but by night became "Mr. Jimmy," adopting the guitar chops and persona of Jimmy Page. For 35 years, Akio recreated vintage Zeppelin concerts note-for-note in small Tokyo clubs, until the “real” Jimmy Page stopped by one night, and Akio’s life changed forever. Inspired by Mr. Page’s ovation, Akio quits his “salary man” job, leaving behind his family to move to Los Angeles and join “Led Zepagain.” Soon cultures clash, and Akio’s idyllic vision of America meets with reality.
 
In person: Peter M. Dowd, Akio Sakurai
 
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019
 
Limelight Lunch Series: Explore the Louisiana Bayou
Community Partner Roaring Fork Conservancy
12:00 PM | Limelight Aspen Monarch Room
“Last Call for the Bayou” (World Premiere) by filmmakers Nadia and Domic Gill,  is a set of short films focused on the erosion of Louisiana’s wetlands and the direct impact it has on five different residents in the area.  The program (90 mins) will include a screening of all of the films, as well as a discussion with special guests, and a buffet lunch.  Lunch is included in the ticket price.
 
In person: Dominic and Nadia Gill

Ernie & Joe (Colorado Premiere)
Directed and Produced by Jenifer McShane (98 minutes)
Community Partners Lead with Love and Aspen Police Department
7:00 PM | Wheeler Opera House
“Ernie & Joe” is an intimate portrait of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls.  The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together their experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis.  These two officers are not your everyday cops. They are part of the San Antonio Police Department’s 10-person Mental Health Unit.  
 
In person: Joe Smarro, Jr., Ernie Stevens
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019
 
Limelight Lunch Series: Explore Legacy
Community Partner Aspen Hall of Fame
12:00 PM | Limelight Aspen Monarch Room
The legacy and rituals of tradition lives on through this short film program that includes films  “Crabb Ranch,” “Bayandalai – Lord of the Taiga,” and “Sacramento at Current Speed.” The program (90 mins) will include a screening of all of the films, as well as a discussion with special guests, and a buffet lunch.  Lunch is included in the ticket price.
 
In person: Tom Bartels, Mitch Dion
 
Qualified 
Directed by Jenna Ricker, Produced by Caroline Waterlow (78 minutes)
Community Partner and Host Aspen Words
5:30 PM | Wheeler Opera House
In the world of motorsports, the Indianapolis 500 has long been considered ‘the only race’. In May 1977, Aspen’s own Janet Guthrie earned a place among the prestigious field of 33. A year later, overcoming impossible odds, Guthrie cobbled together her own team for a stunning success. Yet just when her career should have rocketed forward, it suddenly, inexplicably stalled.
 
In person: Janet Guthrie, Jenna Ricker, Caroline Waterlow


Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy 
Directed by Mimi Armstrong deGruy (83 minutes)
Community Partner ACES
8:30 PM | Wheeler Opera House
Known for riveting storytelling as well as stunning cinematography, explorer and filmmaker Mike deGruy filmed the oceans from the shallows to the very deep sea. After he dies in an accident his wife and filmmaking partner returns to the edit room to make a film that both celebrates his career but also highlights what he cared most about: we are destroying the ocean before knowing what is there, and we need to continue exploring.
 
In person: Mimi Armstrong deGruy
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2019
 
Family Time Flicks
Community Partner Red Brick Center for the Arts
11:00 AM | Wheeler Opera House
This FREE program is open for all ages, but curated especially for kids ages 5 to 15. Bring the whole family for a Sunday morning filled with short films that focus on topics like adventure, imagination, environmental concerns and more.

Like Harvey Like Son (Colorado Premiere)
Directed by Rudy Harris Jr. (78 minutes)
Community Partner Aspen Trailheads5:30 PM | Wheeler Opera House
 
On May 30th 2018, Ultrarunner and Cincinnati based high school teacher Harvey Lewis set out to conquer the Appalachian Trail in record-breaking fashion. Together, he and his 78-year-old father-turned-crew chief navigate remote wilderness and unpredictable weather on their 2,190 mile journey to the top of Mount Katahdin. Along the way they encounter a cast of colorful characters, discovering that the trail is about much more than just escape and finding their way back together.
 
In person: Rudy Harris, Harvey Lewis, Jr., Harvey Lewis, III
 
Aspen Mountain Film Festival Awards  & Mr. Jimmy LIVE  (Co-Presented with Belly Up Aspen)
8:45 PM awards, 9:00pm concert | Belly Up Aspen
Join us for the  annual Aspen Mountain Film Festival awards ceremony, immediately followed by a full concert of Mr. Jimmy LIVE.
 
For 35 years, Akio “Mr. Jimmy” Sakurai has dedicated his life to honoring the music of Jimmy Page.  He honed his skills playing in Tokyo clubs for more than two decades before moving to America and performing his faithful Led Zeppelin “revival” concerts across the country.  Today he is guitarist for “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening” but also maintains his own band “Mr. Jimmy” which recreates specific concerts and eras of Led Zeppelin’s live history in every regard - costumes, lighting, live arrangements, and improvisation.   The Mr. Jimmy band assembles the top Zeppelin tribute “masters” and the current line-up includes “Jimmy” Sakurai on lead guitar, August Young (of the Aviators) on vocals, Cody Tarbell (Slow Season) on drums, and Joel Pelletier on bass & keys.  For the first time ever, Mr. Jimmy will bring their full power to Aspen.
 
Aspen Mountain Film Festival is a 5-day celebration of diverse mountain cultures, highlighting Aspen’s unique philosophy of body, mind, and spirit through documentary film, music, art, food, and stage with shared experiences of travel, adventure, environment, sustainability, community and extraordinary storytelling. Building on the 10-year success of Mountainfilm in Aspen, the City of Aspen’s historic Wheeler Opera House produces this festival.
 
For more information about the Aspen Mountain Film Festival, visit www.aspenmountainfilmfest.com.
 
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ABOUT WHEELER OPERA HOUSE:  
Since 1889, the Wheeler Opera House has been Aspen’s community performance venue and has become the Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events, opera, and more. In recent years, the Wheeler Opera House has been a leader in producing exceptional festivals in Aspen (Aspen Laugh Festival, Aspen Mountain Film Festival, and Shining Mountains Film Festival), celebrating the comedy arts, global issues, and the craft of songwriting. The Wheeler Opera House is owned and operated by The City of Aspen.
 

4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

 

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