On Tuesday, Dec. 26, in cooperation with The International Campaign for Tibet, Mountainfilm hosts an "Evening with David Breashears" at the Sheridan Opera House.
Former Mountainfilm boardmember Breashears, through a series of high-altitude cinematographic firsts his live broadcast from Mount Everest's summit in 1983 was a technological breakthrough has established himself as a leading mountaineering filmmaker. In 1996, Breashears produced his tour de force: lugging the heavy IMAX camera to the summit and directing a captivating film that remains the most popular IMAX production ever.
The focus of Breashears's presentation at the Opera House will be the series of tragic accidents that occurred on Everest during the 1996 climbing season. The evening will begin with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Breashears presentation at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 and are available under "Find an Event…" at www.tellurideticket.com.
A first-edition signed copy of Sir Edmund Hillary's autobiographical book High Adventure will be auctioned at the Opera House event.
The following Saturday, Dec. 30, at The Palm Theatre, Mountainfilm and The Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club, in collaboration with The Telluride Ski & Golf Company, will present a special sneak preview of Deep Winter, an action drama about a US Ski Team downhill racer and his best friend, a champion snowboarder. Produced by part-time Telluride resident Glenn Zoller and directed by former World Cup Freestyle skier Mikey Hilb, the film, a feature-length release in the spirit of Downhill Racer, is set largely in the deep snows of the steep and rugged Chugach Range in Alaska.
The film is also set in a small Colorado ski town that will look strikingly familiar to its Telluride audience. Also familiar to most will be Bobby Carradine, a longtime Telluride part-timer, who plays the part of the U.S. Ski Team head coach.
Zoller's family has been connected to Telluride since 1979 when they first built a home here. Zoller was the inaugural student of the Telluride Winter Academy in 1985. In 1996, he was married at Gorrono's.
Hilb, originally from Denver, has skied competitively against a number of Telluride's best, including Dylan Brooks, Harold Ehnbom, Caleb Martin and Fletcher Shuler.
Daron Ralves, a Green Mountain Valley School classmate of Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club director Justin Chandler, and one of the all-time top U.S. speed skiers, is one of the race skiers featured in the film, as is Chad Fleischer of Vail.
Zoller, Hilb and Fleischer are expected to attend the sneak preview in person.
Tickets for Deep Winter are $10 and are available from Telluride Sports, the offices of both Mountainfilm and TSSC, and at the door. Showtime is 6 p.m. Raffle tickets for a Subaru Tribeca will be on sale before and after the film and the car, replete with Telski logos, will be available for viewing outside The Palm. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the end of the 2006-2007 ski season on April 8.
Deep Winter is not yet rated but, due to some profanity, sexual and drug and alcohol content, a PG-13 rating is considered appropriate.