Vail Symposium Free Film Series wraps up with ‘The History of Future Folk,’ Sept. 3 | VailDaily.com

Vail Symposium Free Film Series wraps up with ‘The History of Future Folk,’ Sept. 3

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“The History of Future Folk,” with introductions by writer and director John Mitchell, will screen as part of the Vail Symposium Free Film Series on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Little Beach Park in Minturn.

MINTURN — The population of alien planet Hondo has its plans to destroy the human race and take over Earth thwarted when the great General Trius is suddenly enchanted by a strange and mystical human invention known as "music."

Since they don't have music on planet Hondo, the general thinks it is the greatest thing he has ever heard. He abandons the mission, assumes the name Bill, starts a family and launches a one-man/alien bluegrass act. He is later accompanied by a fellow Hondonian, the Mighty Kevin, who not only joins the band, but also helps in the mission to save music, Earth and Hondo.

Such is the story of "The History of Future Folk," an independently produced comedy that will be shown at Little Beach Park in Minturn for free on Saturday, Sept. 23. It is the final film in the Vail Symposium Free Film Series and is family-friendly.

"We knew from the start that it was a very weird idea," said John Mitchell, the film's writer and director who will accompany the film to Minturn and make introductions from the stage. "The landscape of movies is so stale right now; we hoped it would break through and that its originality would bring it to the forefront."

Mitchell's gamble has paid off — the film has received great reviews from the largest of review houses. The San Francisco Chronicle said of the film, "Hilarious — a sure audience favorite." Robert Koehler from Variety said, "Close encounters of a charming kind." The Hollywood Reporter praised it for having "sheer originality," and the New York Times called it "downright charming."

Doors open at 7 p.m., with $2 beer deals from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. and burgers and hot dogs for purchase. The film begins at 8:30 p.m., with introductions from the stage by Mitchell starting at 8:15 p.m.

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The film will be shown under the stars, just after sunset. Temperatures are expected to drop into the low 60s and mid-50s. The audience is encouraged to dress appropriately and bring pillows and blankets. Food will be permitted. However, outside alcohol will not be allowed. Parking is available in the lots beside and below Little Beach Park, located just outside of Minturn and across the Eagle River.