The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre and Breckenridge Film Festival have partnered to bring two nights of wine on film Thursday, May 22, and Friday, May 23, including one short film and one illuminating documentary.
“Boom Varietal: The Rise of Argentine Malbec” is a documentary about the explosion in Argentine Malbec wines exported to the American market. Anyone who has ever traveled to some particularly beautiful spot on the globe and has attempted to describe the grandeur to friends upon their return knows just how insufficient and futile that gesture is. In this amazingly beautiful, 70-minute film, director and cinematographer Sky Pinnick has managed to captured the essence of the glorious place that is Mendoza, Argentina. An optional wine tasting of two vastly different Malbecs from the Mendoza region will be held before the film. “Malbec is one of the fastest-growing varietals in the U.S. and definitely in my store,” said Trevor Johnson, general manager and wine buyer at Antlers Liquors. “Because of its relatively inexpensive cost, and how different one Malbec can be from the next, it is a great wine to experiment with.”
Johnson, who has been buying wine at Antlers for nearly eight years, is also an executive-level sommelier with the International Wine Guild and general lover of all things wine and beer. He will be guiding the tasting and answering your questions. The wine tastings are $7, in addition to the film admission fee. Film fans must be 21 or older to participate in the tasting, but all are welcome to see the films.
“Pizzangrillo,” an Italian short film, will also be screened. Tired of life, Ettore, 65 years old, every day tries to find the courage to drive himself and his three-wheeler down a country ditch. When 10-year-old Luca finds out about his grandfather’s intentions, he decides to furtively follow him.
Up next week: Political satire
Winner of Breckenridge Film Festival’s Comedy award, “I’m Harry Clark” will tickle your funny bone while it deconstructs the discrepancies between a small-time politician’s politically correct sound bites and his politically incorrect lifestyle. It is accompanied by “The Garden of Steven,” where Steven Crosby wakes up in Antigua, Guatemala, with a mission. He has just one day to convert as many locals as he can, armed with only some religious comic books and a couple of words of high school Spanish.
These films are followed by only one more set of films, “H2IndO,” an exciting journey to Indonesia with seven of the world’s greatest surfers, and “Why We Climb,” a short that shows that 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 cinematography-driven aesthetic. Then brace yourself for Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” opening Thursday, June 26.
All films start at 7 p.m. Concessions are available for all film screenings and include Snickers bars, beer, wine and mixed drinks, which can be taken into the theater with you. For more information about the film series or to purchase tickets, visit www.backstagetheatre.org or call the box office at (970) 453-0199.