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Vail Symposium’s film series returns

Evan Fairmont
Daily Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL – The Vail Symposium’s summer film series kicks off Thursday at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. This series has a history of high-caliber films and documentaries from around the world and this summer’s programming continues the tradition. Denver-based film critic Walter Chaw will once again share his insight and expertise during the film series.

Tonight’s film, “Life. Support. Music.” captures guitarist Jason Crigler’s incredible journey from near-fatal brain hemorrhage to near complete rehabilitation. While performing onstage, Crigler, a New York-born songwriter and guitarist, suffered a massive stroke and collapsed. He did not remember the next year and a half of his life and temporarily lost his ability to walk and speak. This film documents the musician’s recovery, from being completely paralyzed to eventually playing and recording again. The film is winner of several awards at the Rome International Film Festival and Boston Independent Film Festival.

“‘Life. Support. Music.’ is a conversation-provoking picture that should inspire a good conversation around the intersection of life and art; and of how a documentary is as much a work of narrative creation as any Hollywood mainstream feature,” said Chaw, the senior critic at Chaw watches more than 400 films a year and has participated in the film series for a number of years.

“The Vail Symposium is screening this inspiring film about the recovery of a traumatic brain injury patient as a part of our brain series, but it is about so much more… love, family, belief in recovery and music. Our returning film critic, Walter Chaw, will guide us through additional insights into the film,” said Liana Moore, Vail Symposium interim executive director.

The film series has been an integral aspect of the Vail Symposium’s summer programs. Over the years many different types of films have been included in the series – old and new, domestic and foreign – providing the community a chance to see films that may otherwise go unseen.

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Evan Fairmont is the program coordinator for the Vail Symposium. E-mail comments about this story to

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