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MountainSummit: MountainFilm in Aspen Festival

8/22/2018 - 8/26/2018

MountainSummit: Mountainfilm in Aspen is a documentary film festival - in partnership with Telluride Mountainfilm showcasing nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. Along with exceptional documentaries, the festival goes beyond the film medium by bringing together world-class athletes, speakers, change makers and visionary artists for a multi-dimensional celebration of the indomitable spirit.


2018 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 22

7:00pm - Wheeler Opera House - "An Evening of Adventure" includes new shorts, including "Loved by All: The Story of Apa Sherpa" and "The Wolf Pack", the story of the Braford-Lefebvre family from Silverton, CO. Also on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., the festival will present "Cine de las Montanas" featuring Spanish language films for mountain lovers at The Temporary in Willits. This Spanish language program will include English subtitles, and Q&A in English and Spanish. 

Thursday, August 23

7:00pm - Wheeler Opera House - A double feature of adventure biking films with "North of Nightfall" and "The Moment" Down valley at The Temporary, film lovers can caych and evening of "Beyond Borders"- featuring short films including "3,000 Miles," "Lifeboat," "Wildlife and the Wall," and more. Both film programs will include Q&A with special guests TBA.

Friday, August 24

5:00pm - The Crystal Theatre in Carbondale - a screening of the inspiring "Soufra". The film, produced by Aspen native Trevor Hall, chronicles the myriad of challenges that stand between refugees and success. 

7:00pm - Wheeler Opera House - a screening of the fasinating story of the musical duo "Satan & Adam". Spanning more than 20 years, the film introduces a young white harmonica master (Adam Gussow), badly bruised by a failed affair of the heart, who finds himself in Harlem. While in the famed NYC neighborhood, his life is forever changed after stopping to islten to an African-American street musician (Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee) play the blues. Following the film, there will be a concert and 10th anniversaru celebration party in the bar lobby feauting Adam and his band. 

Saturday, August 25

5:00pm -The Crystal Theatre in Carbondale - A series of short documentaries, "Uncharted Waters", can be enjoyed at the Crystal Theatre. The evening continues with two documentary features at the Wheeler including the motivating hit "Science Fair," (5:30 p.m.) which focuses on teenage prodigies from around the world as they compete against 1,700 other brilliant Generation Z peers to win a $75,000 cash prize.

8:30 p.m. screening features the Eric Becker film, "Return to Mount Kennedy". In March 1965, Bobby Kennedy became the first person to summit Mount Kennedy. He was accompanied by Jim Whittake, the mountaineering icon, environmentalist, and first American to summit Mt. Everest. Fifty years later, Bobby's son and Jim's sons honor that historic ascent, and the close friendship that evolved between their families, with their own summit attempt. 

Sunday, August 26

11:00am - Wheeler Opera House - SUNDAY FUNDAY: KIDZ KINO . Hands on educational activities, and an hour afternoon program of family-friendly short films.

6:30pm - Limelight Aspen's Monarch Room- The festival will close with the 10th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Program, featuring audience favorites from the past 10 years of the festival in a shorts program and awards ceremont at the Limelight Aspen's Monarch Room (6:30 p.m.) Before the final event, festival goers are invited to enjoy a light dinner outside on the Limelight patio (5:30 p.m.) for one last chance to mix and mingle with their favorite festival guests. 


Special guests and more details on the daily lunch film and discussion series, and other events at Mountainfilm in Aspen, will be announced later this month, with additional events going on sale August 1. 


Wheeler Opera House
Location Address: 
320 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611
Admission Price: 
Full pass $100, Pick 3 pass ($67.50), Down Valley Pick 2 pass ($30)
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