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A night with Oscar

Christine Ina CasillasVail, Co, Colorado
Oscar statuettes to be be presented at the Academy Awards are shown as part of a public display called, 'Meet the Oscars' at the Highland & Hollywood Center in Los Angeles, Friday Feb. 9, 2007. These 50 Oscars, four statuettes that belonged to Katherine Hepburn, two Testimonial Awards and one statuette for the public to hold will be on display.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LEADVILLE – The Tennessee Pass Cafe will play host to a pre-Oscar dinner event Saturday at 6:30 p.m., benefiting the inauguration of the Independence Film Fest of Colorado, which is slated for Sept. 6-9 in Leadville, Twin Lakes and Buena Vista.The cafe actually will have the Academy Award of a major best actress Oscar winner on display, along with Academy members and award-winning filmmakers Lawrence David Foldes and Victoria Paige Meyerink. “This is not a small, backwoods home-grown event,” said Lawrence David Foldes, a principal of Star Entertainment Group, Inc., who is organizing the Independence Film Fest of Colorado. The event will include a four-course gourmet menu, including wine, spring salad, signature appetizer, fish or vegetarian entree and award-winning dessert.There, residents not only will get to dine with Oscar but also will be able to find out how the Oscars are selected and awarded from the members, Foldes said. But, wait, there’s more.

Official Oscar ballots will be provided, along with door prizes and a raffle, silent auction of autographed memorabilia from the MG movie “Speedway,” which stars Elvis Presley and Victoria Paige Meyerink, a romantic getaway for two at the Twin Lakes Nordic Lodge and a one-hour therapeutic massage. Live music by the Mountain Minstrels of Colorado will entertain guests all evening.The dinner will be the beginning in a series of events to promote the Independence Film Fest of Colorado, Foldes said.”This is going to be the highest film festival in the world,” Foldes said.The film festival is expected to bring increased awareness, revenues and business to the region and provide arts-related educational opportunities to the participating communities. It’s also a celebration of independent filmmakers and filmmaking.

“What I love about the film industry is the independent film,” Foldes said. “It’ll be interesting to combine the history of the region and filming here, because we want to include the culture of the area and include it in the festival, the whole sordid history of this place,” Foldes said.

Leadville Chronicle Editor Christine Ina Casillas can be reached at ccasillas@vaildaily.com

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