Guest opinion: Ticket sales needed for documentary screening |

Guest opinion: Ticket sales needed for documentary screening

Signa Strom
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In January, the city of Aspen government Facebook page wondered if followers would be interested in seeing a tiny house development in Aspen. While the response was not huge, it was overwhelmingly in favor of such a development if it could be kept affordable.

It’s no secret that the Roaring Fork Valley hosts an interesting dichotomy between excess and minimalism, and the question it raises is, are these two extremes mutually exclusive, or can they exist in relationship to one another?

While residents and local government both seek solutions to the extreme shortage of affordable housing in the valley, movements such as minimalism and tiny housing are gaining interest, support and a foothold with the people who work and raise families here. But can movements like these help to solve the unique problems our valley is faced with when it comes to attracting, providing for and keeping “regular” folks living here?

With these questions in mind, I have taken on the task of organizing and hosting a local screening of the documentary entitled “Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things.”

The documentary speaks to a growing worldwide movement of people who are seeking a higher quality of life, not through the acquisition of more money and things, but just the opposite — the letting go of things in search of a simpler, more meaningful and less expensive lifestyle.

While there’s no guarantee that the movement toward minimalism will help alleviate the affordable housing crisis, it does have the ability to support the local community in some creative and amazing ways.

In conjunction with the screening, another local, Evan Zislis, a Post Independent community columnist who is author of the book “Clutter-Free Revolution,” has agreed to provide a complementary presentation and workshop following the screening to provide a number of ways local residents can immediately begin to simplify their lives, including the elimination of items within their homes and offices they no longer use, or that are underused.

Zislis encourages people not to throw away or sell, but to donate locally those items that are not used on a regular basis.

The screening and workshop will be held at Movieland 7 Cinemas in El Jebel at 7:30 p.m. July 5 — but only if the minimum number of advance ticket reservations are made. A total of 60 tickets must be reserved by June 24 for the July 5 showing to take place.

Interested moviegoers can reserve their tickets online at, and can connect on Facebook for more information and updates at

For more information, please contact event coordinator, Signa Strom at or 970-319-5343.

Signa Strom is a resident of Old Snowmass who rarely follows the crowd. She has spent a lifetime bucking the system, questioning the rules, swimming upstream and warmly embracing the label “troublemaker.”

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