The movie is based on the beloved book of the same name written by Richard and Florence Atwater in 1938 about Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless about the important things in life. Thanks to a surprise inheritance of six frisky penguins who proceed turn his swanky New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland and the rest of his life upside-down, he finally comes to understands what he has been missing.
This year's free screenings, courtesy of the Nugget Building's Katrine and Bill Formby, the Nugget Theatre's Luci Reeve and Jim Bedford, and Watch Newspapers, honor One to One: San Miguel Mentoring Program.
To that end, the Formbys engaged Dean Rolley and Amy Levek to put create a short documentary film highlighting One to One that will screen immediately before each free movie showing, the Nugget's way of saying “Nothing But Thanks” to One to One.
“One to One serves youth, ages 5-17, living in Telluride, Mountain Village, Norwood, Naturita and Nucla,” says Executive Director Vivian Russell, and “100 percent of the youth in our program have all demonstrated both a need and a desire to be paired with a caring adult.”
Research has shown that the single most important factor in a child’s success is his or her connection to a caring adult. A study funded by the Harvard School of Public Health reported that “kids with mentors were 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52 percent less likely to skip school.”
For more information about One to One go to www.onetoonetelluride.org.
So come on down to Telluride's Magical Colorado Ave. and stroll the streets and side-streets, shop, go out to dinner, toast the summer, visit with friends and top off the day with a great family movie – for “Nothing!”
Showtimes are Friday, July 22, at 5 and 7 p.m.; and on Saturday, July 23, at 4, 6 and 8 p.m.
Cast: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Andrew Stewart-Jones, Curtis Shumaker
Director: Mark Waters
Screenplay: Sean Anders, John Morris, based on the book by Richard and Florence Atwater
Rated: PG for mild rude humor and some language