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Vail Symposium free film series returns to Little Beach Park in Minturn

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“Chasing Niagara” screens on Saturday, Aug. 20.
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Vail Symposium free film series

All films scree at Little Beach Park in Minturn. Doors open at 7 p.m., and films begin at 8:30 p.m., with free entry and $2 Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. beer. Visit www.vailsymposium.org to learn more.

• Saturday, Aug. 20 — “Chasing Niagara”

• Saturday, Aug. 27 — “The Rider and The Wolf”

• Saturday, Sept. 3 — “The History of Future Folk”

MINTURN — Two documentary-style action sport films and one family-friendly independent comedy will highlight the Vail Symposium’s free film series this summer. Some actors in the film will accompany each screening to introduce the evening and take questions following the film.

The first film selected was “Chasing Niagara,” which will be shown on Saturday, Aug. 20. This film follows the exploits of professional kayaker Rafa Ortiz as he pursues his dream of paddling over Niagara Falls. The plan sets in motion a series of events that takes his team to the rainforests of Mexico and the towering waterfalls of the northwest United States.

The second film on Saturday, Aug. 27, will be “The Rider and The Wolf.” The movie tells the story of Mike Rust, a hall of fame mountain bike pioneer who disappeared without a trace in Colorado. The story follows clues to the location of Rust’s body, which still hasn’t been located, all while exemplifying the impact Rust had on the mountain bike industry as it stands today.

The final film shown on Saturday, Sept. 3, is “The History of Future Folk.” This independent, family-friendly sci-fi comedy has been hailed as “downright charming” by the New York Times, “hilarious,” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “incredibly charming, incredibly absurd and accompanied by one of the best soundtracks in years,” by the A.V. Club.

All three movies will be screened under the stars at Little Beach Park in Minturn. Doors open at 7 p.m., with $2 beer sales from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. Films begin at 8:30 p.m., and entry to all three movies is free.

“The film series is a small departure from the Vail Symposium as usual,” said Dale Mosier, chairman of the Board of Directors for the Vail Symposium. “Among the many dense topics we cover, these movies are a great way to spend an evening outside taking in some wonderful stories.”