With the Spring Film Series winding down, a set of summer-oriented adventure films this Thursday, June 5, and Friday, June 6, is the last chance to catch independent film on the big screen, thanks to the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre and the Breckenridge Film Festival.
“H2indO” is an exciting journey to Indonesia with seven of the world’s greatest surfers in the world’s fastest growing sport. Stand-up paddleboard pioneers Dave Kalama, Connor Baxter, Slater Trout, Talia Gangini, Chuck Patterson, Dave Boehne and Jamie Mitchell travel to Indonesia to paddle Indo’s most famous surf breaks. Filled with idyllic surfing imagery and breathtaking underwater footage, the film weaves a tale of the athletes’ stories and experiences, their humor and camaraderie.
“It will leave you craving a tropical getaway,” said Laurie Rambaud, a Backstage Theatre board member, “if you are into that kind of thing.”
For those curious about the paddleboard movement but who want to enjoy the sport in Summit County’s backyard, Stand Up Paddleboard Colorado owner Javier Placer will be on hand to talk about the sport’s iterations, from paddleboard yoga on Lake Dillon to surfing river waves on the Upper Colorado River. Placer is offering a 20 percent discount on lessons and rentals exclusive to attendees of the Spring Film Series. Colleagues in the industry will join him to showcase different types of boards, how SUP can be taken to new levels and to answer any questions about the sport.
“Why We Climb” is a short film that will accompany “H2indO.” For a group of Southern California climbers, rock climbing isn’t just a sport; it’s an outlet, an escape and a way of life. “Why We Climb” explores this raw passion and commitment through its poetic and inspiring cinematography.
The Film Festival hosts its annual fundraiser, Hollywood & Wine, at Beaver Run on Saturday, June 21. Tickets are on sale now for the red-carpet evening, which includes a full-course dinner, fine wines, local beers and silent-auction items not found anywhere else. Films featured that night include the 2013 Academy Award-winning short “Lady in Number Six,” which screened at the 2013 fall Breckenridge Film Festival, and a sneak peek at films selected for the 2014 festival.
Meanwhile, the theater is getting a Medieval transformation for Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” opening Thursday, June 26. Spamalot is a Broadway musical that was “lovingly ripped off” of the cult classic movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” This hilarious musical pokes winking fun at Broadway musicals and features such hilarious oddities as the flatulent Frenchmen, a line of beautiful dancing divas, cows and, of course, killer rabbits.
Later this summer, on Thursday, Aug. 21, and Friday, Aug. 22, is another chance to get a sneak peek at 2014 festival films ahead of the official Breckenridge Film Festival weekend, slated for Sept. 18-21.
Spring Film Series films start at 7 p.m. Concessions are available for all film screenings and include Milk Duds, beer, wine and mixed drinks, which can be taken into the theater with you.
For information, visit www.backstagetheatre.org or call the box office at (970) 453-0199.