Spruce Peak Arts, in conjunction with the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, hosts Mountainfilm on Tour on Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, a showcase of inspiring documentary short films covering adventure, sports, environment and culture.
The tour launches on Friday with an education program at Peoples Academy in Morrisville with a family-friendly screening of “Romance,” the final chapter of annual films by Level 1, which captures a modern-day, golden age in skiing. Co-directed by Stowe native Freedle Coty (whose grandfather was famed Stowe-based ski film pioneer Victor Coty), the film features a generation of talent that came of age in the best time ever to do it.
Other films include: “A Grand Journey,” the story of a former competitive freerider who didn’t let a birth defect slow her down; “Cowboys,” where cowboys and chairlifts meet in the American West; “Every Nine Minutes,” where a group of artists create a life-sized sculpture of a blue whale made of single-use plastic trash gathered in the Bay Area; “Missing Dolomites,” in which French freerider Kilian Bron takes his mountain bike into the Dolomites, where he faces impossibly tight turns, hair-raising exposure and massive consequences for the smallest error in line choice; among others.
Saturday features two film screenings at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at Stowe Mountain Resort, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Two special guests will attend the evening screening on Saturday — Simon Perkins (director) and Jon Wilson (subject) of “Broken.”
Wilson lost a leg to cancer at 23. He found joy some years later by developing a solitary routine of skinning and climbing up a ski mountain on his remaining leg, at night, to ski down. Wilson wrote and narrates this tone poem about perseverance and the unexpected gift that came from having been “broken.”
After the film is shown, there will be a brief Q&A with Wilson and Perkins.
Tickets: Friday night, 7 p.m., $10 all general admission tickets; Saturday afternoon, 3 p.m., $20 adults, $10 students and seniors; and Saturday night, 7 p.m., $20 adults, $10 students and seniors. Kids 12 and under are free for all screenings.
Go to sprucepeakarts.com for a description on the full lineup of films and when they show.