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Breckenridge Film Festival hosts Hollywood & Wine event

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Courtesy of the Breckenridge Film Festival

Plenty has happened in 35 years of film in Breckenridge, and in 2015, the Breckenridge Film Festival is out to celebrate being one of the longest continually running film festivals in the country.

"2015 is an exciting year for the festival," said Janice Kurbjun, executive director of the festival. "We have a lot going on, between doubling our past record of submissions — which means a lot of excellent films from which to build a program — to hosting throwback events that celebrate the festival's bright history to bringing in new, excellent and progressive programming that engages broad audiences."

It all starts with the annual kick-off-to-summer fundraiser, Hollywood & Wine, on Saturday, June 20, which features throwback films in its "Blast from the Past" theme.

Though the schedule of film events is still to be finalized, the festival is considering bringing back the Oscar award-winning short film "My Mother Dreams Satan's Disciples in New York," a story about a widowed Midwestern housewife who travels to Manhattan for the first time to visit her daughter. Once there, she becomes obsessed with the Hell's Angels-ish bikers' club across the street from her daughter's East Village apartment. The film was made in 1998 and won the Academy Award in 2000. Hollywood & Wine will be among the only opportunities to see this film once again on the big screen.

Other possibilities for the lineup include comedic shorts "Road Rage" (2006), "Six and the City" (2003), "Peep Show" (1999), "Lost People of Mountain Village" (2006), "Text Me" (2010) and "Dodgeball" (2001).

The event has much more in store than film, though. It's a red-carpet evening of fine wines and local beers, delicious eats and a silent auction, featuring goods and services from the Summit County business community and beyond, including health and beauty and recreation packages, kid items, artwork, pet perks, dinner certificates, boutique shopping certificates, travel and entertainment, jewelry and more.

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Hollywood & Wine is also a chance to get a "sneak peek" of what to expect from the annual Breckenridge Film Festival, which takes place Thursday, Sept. 17, through Sunday, Sept. 20. Attendees should bring their trivia brains, too, as there will be opportunities to win a bottle of wine or two by answering Hollywood trivia as announced by longtime Breckenridge local, county manager and Film Fest president Gary Martinez.

"By purchasing tickets to our annual fundraiser and supporting us through the silent auction, people at the event are helping us further our mission of presenting and celebrating art in the form of cinema to the community, visitors and independent filmmakers through diverse film experiences in an authentic mountain environment, through collaborations, film nights, educational forums, free youth and family programming and the four-day festival," Kurbjun said.

If you go

What: Breckenridge Film Festival’s Hollywood & Wine annual fundraiser

Where: Beaver Run, Imperial Ballroom

When: 6-9 p.m., Saturday, June 20

Cost: $55 in advance, $65 at the door; tables are $500 in advance

More information: Visit http://www.breckfilmfest.com

Featured silent auction items

• Vail Mountain Haus Two-Night Stay, $1,500 value

• Park & Main: in-home dinner with wine pairing, $1,000 value

• Gary Soles: limited-edition photograph, $995 value

• Tim Faust: Taylor Park, Colorado, framed photograph, $799 value

• Private in-home dinner with Colorado Mountain College culinary master Ian Buchanan, $500 value

• Johnson family: Breckenridge condo stay, $500 value

• Sage Tutoring: 16-hour ACT prep course, $499 value

• Arkansas Valley Adventures Mountaintop Ziplining for four, $409 value

• Three days Summit County skiing on a Summit Foundation Medallion, $360 value

• A Racer’s Edge: two ski tunes with custom boot insoles/orthotics, $320 value

• Arapahoe Basin Ski Area season pass, $309 value

• Lodgepole Interiors: large faux coyote fur throw, $295 value

• Ethnic dining in Breckenridge, $250 value

• Keystone Science School: 25 percent off one-week Discovery Camp, $217 value

• Art on a Whim: Jeff Leedy print, $178 value

• Breckenridge Jewelers Timeless Collection: sterling silver necklace, $159 value