Editor’s Picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend
Although things are beginning to slow down for most of the county, Breckenridge is full steam ahead this weekend with its 35th annual film festival. You may have missed the opening night feature on Thursday, “Snowman,” with professional skier and director Mike Douglas and star Kevin Fogollin in attendance, but don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to get in on the action.
What I’m most looking forward to on Friday is the CU Denver Alternatives in Filmmaking forum at 3 p.m. in the Hopefull/Discovery Room at the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and South Branch Library. Howard Cook, Michelle Carpenter and Craig Volk will discuss other areas of filmmaking we don’t normally think about, such as motion and title graphics, gaming cinematics, animation, the future of virtual reality and webisodes. All three professors work in the CU Denver College of Arts & Media. Check out my interview with Howard Cook for some interesting discussion on the future of virtual reality. It’s pretty mind-blowing to think about where filmmaking is headed.
At 9 p.m. at the Speakeasy, is a documentary following The Denver Post’s coverage of the new marijuana law. Here in the state, as we are finally starting to work out all the logistics when it comes to retail marijuana sales, you can bet the rest of the nation is still watching closely. “Rolling Papers” explores the new concept of pot journalism during a monumental year in Colorado’s history.
Summit locals will be especially interested in the Bob Craig memorial, which precedes the film “The Search for Freedom.” Craig has a long history with the county, and the film plays at 6 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center on Saturday. The Colorado Filmmaker Forum is at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Breckenridge Town Hall Theater.
Our content management editor (Translation: she edits our magazines and a whole lot of other stuff) Jessica Smith geeked out about zombies and Star Wars with director Alexandre Philippe, and those into pop culture will be interested in “Doc of the Dead,” 9 p.m. Saturday at CMC, or “The People Vs. George Lucas” at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Speakeasy.
No interest in film? No worries. Copper Mountain Resort is hosting one final summer festival before its lifts begin turning in early November. The Chubby Chili Pepper Fest features live music with Rolling Stones and Neil Diamond cover bands playing throughout the day. Chefs with Copper restaurants are dishing up what looks to be some pretty tasty concoctions, all paired with a signature whiskey cocktail. There is even a community cook-off, where anyone can win cash prizes for their red or green chili dishes. More on that event in tomorrow’s paper.
The 18th season of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival continues this week with two events — a soiree at a private home in Silverthorne Friday, and a concert at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon on Saturday. Visit alpenglowchambermusic.org for more information on tickets.
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