5 Films Not to Miss at 2018 Mountainfilm in Aspen

With more than 60 films screening, it's hard to go wrong. These five give you a good starting point.

By Aspen Sojourner Staff August 22, 2018

Loved by All will show Wednesday evening as part of An Evening of Adventure. 

This week marks the 10th anniversary of Mountainfilm in Aspen, which kicks off Wednesday night with more than 60 captivating films being screened in Aspen, Basalt, and Carbondale throughout the weekend. From climbing to fishing, running to skiing, rafting to science, and music to good food, there's sure to be a film or program that will pique your interest. While picking a favorite is challenging at best, the Mountainfilm team offers this list of five films as a launch pad for your viewing. 
An Evening of Adventure 
Wednesday, August 22, 7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
This evening of high-stakes, high-adrenaline, and amazingly beautiful film includes seven shorts covering ski mountaineering, snowboarding, running, climbing, cycling, and more. Special guests: DJ JaBig, the star of the film Escape, and the Braford-Lefebvre family of the film The Wolf Pack.
Friday, August 24, 5 p.m., Crystal Theatre, Carbondale
Mariam Shaar is a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burl El Barajneh Refugee Camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. After she launches a catering company in the camp and subsequently decides to grow the business, her new venture results in a variety of challenges. Tickets for this showing may be purchased using the $30 Down Valley Pick 2 Pass. Special guest: Director Thomas Morgan. In addition, a special Soufra-inspired event is planned for 3:3o p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Cooking School of Aspen; the $125 cost includes a 90-minute cooking demonstration of Lebanese dishes by local chef (and Aspen Sojourner contributor Dipika Rai), glass of wine, light bites, and the official Soufra cookbook. 
Satan & Adam
Friday, August 24, 7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
One day in 1986, on a street corner in Harlem, harmonica player Adam Gussow asked if he could play with one-man band Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee. The result was Satan & Adam, a musical collaboration between a black Mississippi blues man and a Jewish Ivy League graduate. This film, an official selection of Mountainfilm 2018,  follows the arc of their partnership and subsequent friendship. Following the screening is a concert and 10th anniversary celebration party in the bar lobby featuring Gussow and his current band.
Science Fair
Saturday, August 25, 5:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
Mountainfilm calls this film, which is co-presented here by Aspen Film, a "sleeper hit." Watch as 1,700 teenage prodigies from around the world (narrowed down from 7 million entrants) compete to win a $75,000 cash prize, with plenty of teenage goofiness, goodness, and stress to go around. Special guest: Director Darren Foster.
Return to Mount Kennedy
Saturday, August 25, 8:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
In March 1965, Bobby Kennedy, accompanied by Jim Whittaker (the first American to summit Mt. Everest), became the first person to summit Mount Kennedy. The peak is located in Canada’s Yukon Territory, and the Canadian prime minister had named it in honor of John F. Kennedy in the wake of the US president’s assassination. Fifty years later, Bobby’s son and Jim’s sons honor that historic ascent with their own summit attempt. Special guest: Bobby Whittaker.

Throughout the weekend, be on the lookout for young filmmakers and critics in training, as Aspen Film's FilmEducates program, in partnership with Mountainfilm Aspen, offers local students from Aspen and Carbondale high schools the opportunity to participate on a youth jury. Students will screen festival films while discussing societally relevant issues, then announce the jury's winning film at the 10th anniversary celebration and awards program on Sunday, 5:30 p.m., at the Limelight Hotel. 

$100 full festival pass; $67.50 Pick 3 pass; $30 Downvalley Pick 2 pass; $30 individual ticket starting price.

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