Ski films showing tonight will benefit AVSC Adaptive Program
The Aspen Times
A special benefit showing of two feature ski films will take place Friday night at the Belly Up in Aspen.
The showing is a fundraiser for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club Adaptive Program.
The films scheduled are the T-Bar Films production of “United We Ski” and Teton Gravity’s film “Co-Lab.”
Chris Romeyn of Glenwood Springs put together the benefit package with the showing of the two films before the performance of Jes Grew at Belly Up.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the first showing is set for 6:45 p.m. The films are open to all ages. Tickets ($15) are on sale at the Belly Up box office.
AVSC will field seven adaptive athletes in the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, which will be held after the regular Winter Olympic Games.
“Come show your support to these and other amazing local adaptive athletes at the Belly Up,” said Romeyn, who helped organized the benefit after reading about the AVSC adaptive funding situation.
“Meet the filmmakers, chat with some athletes, enjoy the special libations and celebrate an amazing winter,” Romeyn said.
He said the films themselves will be a treat.
“These are not your typical ski films,” he said.
Romeyn said he first learned about the T-Bar films project in his native Vermont.
“I grew up in Vermont, and my first turns as a little kid were at the Norwich University Ski Area, which has long since closed down … one of the lost ski areas,” Romeyn said.
He offered support for their initial project.
“I appreciate the importance of their project,” he said.
Through connections at the Alpine Shop in Burlington, Vt., Romeyn contacted the filmmakers and inquired about a show in the Roaring Fork Valley.
He put the film together with the AVSC adaptive cause and added a double feature with the TGR production.
In “United We Ski,” the two brothers from Vermont created a film to document the heritage of skiing. They focused on community ski hills. The film is 36 minutes and was released in early November.
The Teton Gravity show is part of an open-source film competition. With big bucks at stake, the filmmakers and athletes showcased the new generation of skiing and riding across the globe. The film is 54 minutes.
“I think these two films work really well together,” Romeyn said. “While very different, I think they both embody the true soul of skiing in a grassroots kind of way.”
Romeyn’s company, URS Corp., also helped underwrite the benefit. Other sponsors include Gould Construction, Belly Up, Aspen Brewing and Glenwood Caverns.
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