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Environmental film festival makes tour stop in Breck

Leslie BrefeldVail, CO, Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE After a sneak preview of the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival from the High Country Conservation Center which will be shown on Saturday night, I am now determined to start my own farm. It might seem a little dramatic, but the films, a selection chosen by the folks at the HCCC, are the type that make you think about your current life. The Lost People of Mountain Village, a 15-minute film, takes a satirical view of an abandoned ski village near Telluride. Though humorous, its message rings true in our mountain community. Another short, Amsterdam: Bike Capital of Europe offers a paradigm shift when it shows a parking lot full not of cars, but bikes. The nearly feature-length Birdsong & Coffee explains how migratory birds can be supported with a little awareness about the coffee you purchase.The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival began in California as a fundraiser for a group protecting a local watershed. After five years, the home event features 110 films and has now taken to the road with selections from the festivals.The High Country Conservation Center will host the showing of nine (short and feature-length films that total about two hours) on Saturday at the Riverwalk Center.Theres a lot of doom and gloom when we talk about global environmental issues these days, said HCCC director Carly Wier. We are very happy to bring these amazing and beautiful films to Summit County to showcase some of the good things that are happening in our world.Wier and Susie Sutphin, festival tour manager, will give an opening address before the films.

The Wild and Scenic film festival connection was made to Summit County by part-time Breckenridge resident and co-owner of Ripstoke Mountain Bike Productions David Nash. Hes putting on the first zero-waste and carbon neutral mountain bike festival in the county this weekend, and through his connections to Patagonia (the presenting sponsor of the films), came the idea to have the film festival tour stop in Breck. The environmental flicks are incorporated into his three-day noncompetitive bike event.The bike event, which starts today with a night ride, will continue with rides Saturday and Sunday in the Breckenridge area.Being carbon neutral and zero-waste goes hand in hand with getting out in nature and on a bicycle, Nash said. Since getting to the biking destination can use a lot of energy whether driving or flying, participants in the Breckenridge Singletrack Festival are offered an opportunity to bring a balance back by purchasing CO2 offsets. The High County Conservation Center will have a carbon calculator set up so participants can nullify the CO2 they used to get to the Breckenridge event. The Breckenridge Singletrack Festival is $30 and includes rides, trial shows and games along with schwag and beer. Get more information at brecksingletrack.com.Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.


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