Stowe Mountain Film Festival ready for October 25 opening

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STOWE — Stowe Mountain Film Festival is gearing up for a lineup of 20 films, 3 screenings, 2 VIP guests, and 1 rousing party at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.

The Festival launches on Friday, October 25 with an education program being offered at People’s Academy in Morrisville, led by “Mountainfilm on Tour” out of Telluride, Colorado.

On Friday night, films kick-off 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.

On Saturday, there are two Mountainfilm on Tour screenings featuring inspiring documentary short films in the broad categories of adventure, sports, environment, and culture.

All the films reflect the interests of the Stowe community spirit and celebrate every local adventure and adventurer in local towns.

The 3 PM screening includes films on topics as varied as skiing, climbing, mountain biking, wild horses, and ecology.

The 7 PM screening feature films on topics including mountaineering, boarding, running, activism, and biking.

They’ll have two special VIP guests in attendance, Director Simon Perkins, and Jon Wilson, subject of Broken, which will be part of the Saturday screening.

Wilson lost a leg to cancer at age 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.”

Following the screening of the film there will be a brief q&a with Perkins and Wilson.

General Admission tickets are $10 for the Friday 7 pm screening.

Saturday screenings are both $20 adults, $10 for students and seniors.

Kids 12 and under are free for all screenings.

For passes, tickets and festival info, go to www.sprucepeakarts.org or by call (802)760-4634.