Mountain Summit at the Wheeler
MountainSummit celebrates its fifth year of film presentations at the Wheeler Opera House this weekend.
Screenings at the mini film festival, presented by the Wheeler and Mountainfilm in Telluride, began Thursday and run through Sunday, Aug. 25. The lineup includes a mix of documentaries, adventure films and social activism. Movies on the slate include “Manhunt,” about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” focused on the jailing of feminist punk rockers in Russia, and “High and Hallowed: Everest 1963,” following the first American expedition to climb the legendary mountain.
“We worked hard to make sure it had an extremely diverse set of films,” said Wheeler executive director Gram Slaton, “all of which express different aspects of the human condition as well as challenges facing us as a society, or simply as human beings — all the while threaded through with that indomitable spirit that is the heart of MountainSummit.”
Mountanfilm has been running for 35 years in Telluride and in recent years has presented memorable movies here in Aspen.
Along with film presentations, the weekend includes “Coffee Talks” at 10 a.m. in the Wheeler lobby and a “Cocktail Talk” Friday Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. featuring filmmakers and guests.
Ute Mountaineer also hosts free adventure movies Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Tom Shadyac at Steve’s Guitars
You may know Tom Shadyac as a film director and producer.
Over the last 20 years he’s made some of the most memorable comedies out of Hollywood, starting with the instant classic and Jim Carrey career-launcher “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.” He’s also the man behind “The Nutty Professor” with Eddie Murphy, “Patch Adams” with Robin Willams and “Bruce Almighty.”
But this weekend, he comes to the valley to talk about his new book, “Life’s Operating Manual.” The book examines the meaning of life — no joke. For the past few years, Shadyac has been speaking to sold out audiences, inspiring young and old alike with his impassioned style and unflappable belief in the human spirit. He has appeared on “Oprah,” “The View,” “Nightline” and other programs talking about his work.
He comes to the cozy confines of Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. The event is free, and presented by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation. More information at www.aspenwriters.org