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Vail Symposium brings Telluride Mountainfilm Festival to BeaverCreek

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Special to the Daily"Ancient Marks," a film about the culture of body art, shows Satruday at the Beaver Creek Film Festival.

VAIL – Sustainability and survival are the themes for the 2005 Beaver Creek Film Festival being held at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek on Friday and Saturday.The festival features an assortment of recent films from the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, now in its 27th year. Adventure, culture, expeditions, wildlife, climbing, kayaking and conservation are only a few of the subjects that will be represented in over ten hours of screenings from 30 films which will be presented in a two-day format moderated by nationally-renowned Telluride poet and author Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

Filmmakers Carol L. Fleisher and Ben Knight will be on hand to discuss their recent films. Fleisher, who has garnered two Emmy Awards, a CableAce Award for Best Documentary and a Writers Guild of America Award for her various efforts, will present and discuss her production “Papa Bear.” A film that follows New Hampshire naturalist Ben Kilham, who for years has been raising and filming “orphaned” black bear cubs in the wild, Kilham’s research has revealed remarkable levels of communication and cooperation among black bears, and provides a previously unknown level of understanding of socialization and survival among the black bear population. Telluride filmmaker Ben Knight will present and discuss his environmental film “The Hatch,” which chronicles the epic insect hatch that pervades Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison, sending tingles down the spine of every trout and angler in the gorge. The film is a tribute to the extraordinary place and the people who fight for its future as a unique ecosystem.

The award-winning documentary, “Daughters of Everest,” will be among the featured films of the festival. The documentary follows the first-ever expedition of Sherpa women to climb Mount Everest, and is told from a woman’s perspective rarely seen on Everest. Daughters is an absorbing portrait of the Sherpa community. Actress Kristin Scott Thomas narrates “The Monkey Prince,” the latest masterpiece from filmmaker Frederic Fougea, a film which delves into the destiny of a remarkable monkey and reveals the family life of two herds by showing their territorial wars as well as their interaction with the human and natural worlds. Narrated by author Terry Tempest Williams, “Wild for Good” celebrates the dedication of the three Aspen women who founded the Aspen Wilderness Workshop in 1967, and documents the importance of wilderness in America and the contributions of citizens who have labored to ensure a wilderness legacy for all Americans.Discussions, a Film Festival Kick-Off reception and a picnic hike in Beaver Creek with filmmakers are among the weekend’s events offered alongside the film screenings. Admission to the festival films is $25 for an all-weekend screening pass or $8 for each two-hour screening session. The kick-off reception at the Beaver Creek Chop House on Friday is $35 and the Filmmaker Picnic and Hike on Saturday is $20. For reservations or more information, call the Vail Symposium at 476-0954. Or see the longer feature on the film festival in Friday’s Vail Daily.

A nonprofit, grassroots organization, the Vail Symposium was created in 1971 as an educational, literary and cultural organization for the purpose of presenting programs that are stimulating, diverse and affordable for the Vail Valley. Vail, Colorado