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"Melting Away" is a documentary by young filmmaker Liam Walton, 18, focusing on the impact of climate change on the ski industry. Walton will be at the film's debut in Minturn on Aug. 23.

VAIL — If brevity is the soul of wit, then the Vail Symposium's second installment of its free summer film series is as clever as they come.

Today, three short films will be screened at Little Beach Park in Minturn: "The Time Travelers," "Martin's Boat" and the premier of "Melting Away." The park opens at 7 p.m. and the films will start when it gets dark. The evening will feature three short films that have Colorado — and local — ties and focuses.

About the Films

"Melting Away," a documentary that explores the impact of climate change on the ski industry, will make its premier. Liam Walton, the 18-year-old filmmaker behind "Melting Away," will be in attendance.

"The Time Travelers," which follows the USA Rafting Team as they set their sights on breaking the speed record on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon on a 48-foot custom boat they built themselves, will also be shown. Locals John Mark Seelig and Jeremiah Williams will attend to answer questions and share their experiences in the film.

Lastly, "Martin's Boat" is a film that honors the legacy of Martin Litton and follows the newest boat in the Grand Canyon Dories fleet, the Marble Canyon, on its maiden voyage down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Award-winning filmmaker Peter McBride lives in Colorado.

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"The film series provides another great opportunity for our community to come together to learn and explore," said Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vail Symposium. "In addition to a great outdoor venue and exciting films we also have special guests at each of these screening to go behind the scenes as well as answer questions from those in attendance."

Come early, bring your blanket and chairs and make an evening out of it. There will be a food vendor, plus $3 beer for sale from Crazy Mountain Brewery Co.

IF YOU GO …

What: Vail Symposium Summer Film Series: An evening of shorts.

Where: Little Beach Park, Minturn.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 23. Park opens at 7 p.m.; Movie begins at dark.

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit http://www.VailSymposium.org or call 970-476-0954.