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Friday night, feast on Hollywood and Wine

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI

BRECKENRIDGE – You wouldn’t expect “The Fine Art of Poisoning” to go along with an elegant evening of premier wine tasting and gourmet appetizers.

But that’s exactly what’s happening at the Breckenridge Festival of Film’s fundraiser, Hollywood and Wine, Friday. The event features wine tasting and appetizers paired with short movies.

Hearthstone Catering will present three courses, featuring smoked trout, gingered pork and petite eclairs and cannolis, each served between the short films: “The Fine Art of Poisoning,” “What Are You Having?” “Ocha Cups for Christmas” and “Ephemeral: Return to Sender.”

For the first time, the event will take place at the Silverthorne Pavilion, allowing patrons to sit at tables rather than in rows as they dine and also expanding the festival’s presence beyond Breckenridge (and limited shows in Dillon).

n The evening begins with the Breckenridge Festival of Film’s 2003 Best Music award winner, “The Fine Art of Poisoning.” The montage of 2D and 3D animation, still photography and hand-drawn images seduces viewers into an elegant netherworld of deceit and revenge – all in five minutes.

n Once “The Fine Art of Poisoning” ends and guests dine, they’re treated with “What Are You Having?” The 11-minute comedy features a young man who dreams of introducing himself to a beautiful woman seated across a crowded cafe.

n After another round of gourmet appetizers and wine, patrons watch “Ocha Cups for Christmas.” In the short film, Karen, an American exchange student, steals her Japanese host family’s precious Ocha cups because she feels homesick. When she meets Mr. Tomori, a charming English teacher, he offers some comfort – and another secret to for her to hide.

n The final film is “Ephemeral: Return to Sender.” In the 14-minute comedy, Waldo falls for Marcia at the National Spelling Bee. They exchange passionate love letters at first, but over time Marcia’s letters become platonic. When Waldo’s lovesick fever spikes, he must find a way to see her.

“The films represent a variety of independent films the festival receives, from the interesting to the dramatic to comedic,” said festival president Dave Downer. “It will give people a taste of the kinds of films we show every year.”

The festival relies on Hollywood and Wine as its biggest fundraiser. Organizers hope to attract 100 people.

The event is also a time to don some of your finer clothes.

“If people want to dress up, that’s fine – if you want to come funky, come funky, or if you want to come fashionable, come fashionable,” said Dawna Fox, executive director.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday and includes a silent auction with spring cleaning services, art, jewelry, massages, Aspen, Santa Fe and Taos lodging packages and more. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 the day of the event. They can be purchased by calling (970) 453-6200.

The 24th annual Breckenridge Festival of Film takes place Sept. 9-12.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.

Lights, camera, action:

What: Hollywood and Wine

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Silverthorne Pavilion

Why: Breckenridge Festival of Film fundraiser

Cost: $45 in advance; $55 day of the event; includes premier wines, gourmet appetizers and short films

To purchase: Call (970) 453-6200


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