The Meeting comes to Aspen or is it NEPSA?

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Tickets scanned and a full house the lights dimmed down low, enter Aspen's Chris Davenport, sporting his fine Italian suit, and Travis McLain both revved up the crowd for the flicks about to be screened.

Tickets scanned, a full house, and lights dimmed down low, enter Aspen's Chris Davenport. Sporting a fine Italian suit, he and Travis McLain revved up the crowd for the flicks about to be screened.

“The Meeting” is back in town and this time Lou sent in young blood, with a fresh liver, to report on the latest ski flicks debuting this year.

After receiving my tickets for ten film events, I was tempted by the drink that “gives you wings.” I declined as others surrounding me chugged away. I knew right then and there that this extended weekend was going to involve a bit more debauchery than expected.

I met up with DPS’s Erme Castino fresh from a lightspeed journey from SLC. He was ready for Aspen to take his Colorado virginity. Armed with tasty beverages, we entered the Wheeler Opera House to sample local cinematic creations.

NEPSA (Aspen spelled backwards) kicks off The Meeting each year with a bang and this year’s submissions are stronger than ever. Filmmakers were required to theme their videos into one of the following categories:
Before Aspen
First Chair
Duct Tape to Diamonds

Below are the results:
1st – “Erste Stuhl: 2012” by Howie Kuhn and Kendall Reiley taking home $2,000
2nd – “Before Aspen” by Geoff Stump winning $1,000
3rd – “Circle of Corduroy” by Derrin Carelli taking home $500. Carelli, who documented what it’s like to be a snowcat driver on Aspen Mountain in “Circle of Corduroy,” also took home a $500 Target gift card for winning crowd favorite, based on a text-in vote.

Howie Kuhn and Kendall Reiley estatic on taking home the 2 grand.

Howie Kuhn and Kendall Reiley ecstatic about taking home two grand.

Even Klaus Obermeyer made an appearance in Geoff Stump's movie and in person. Of course he yodelled the crowd to applause.

Even Klaus Obermeyer made an appearance in Geoff Stump's movie and in person, yodeling of course.

The night carried on as the crowd shuffled over to the gondola plaza. Awaiting at 11,000 feet was Josh Berman's Level 1 movie, Sunny. I filled up my rail sliding ski movie intake for the season.

The night carried on as the crowd shuffled over to the gondola plaza. Waiting at 11,000 feet was Josh Berman's Level 1 movie, Sunny. It filled up my rail sliding ski movie intake for the season.

Once the crowd downloaded some sought refuge in their hotel rooms whilst others continued to use their wings, supplied by bartenders, to dance, er pole dance, the night away.

As the crowd downloaded some sought refuge in their hotel rooms while others continued to use their wings, supplied by bartenders, to dance, er pole dance, the night away.

Check out the films:

For those that aren’t near the latest ski porn premieres you can always pick up the ski films here.

More reports on The Meeting forthcoming

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5 Responses to “The Meeting comes to Aspen or is it NEPSA?”

  1. Crazy Horse September 29th, 2012 8:18 am

    Haven’t used the kind of recreational drugs necessary to appreciate these flicks since the days of Hunter Thompson. For those of you with more conventional body chemistry, check out “La Grave, the Center of the Universe”. I particularly like the segment where the narrator compulsively scratches his body lice (after living in his van in the parking lot for four years) as he explains why La Grave is not the end of the universe but its’ center. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZxAp5lM_bI

  2. Lisa Dawson September 29th, 2012 8:49 am

    Crazy Horse, beautiful footage of La Grave! Thanks for the link.

  3. Lisa Dawson September 29th, 2012 8:50 am

    Joe, I hope that’s not you on the pole.

  4. Rob October 1st, 2012 7:37 am

    @Crazy Horse – when I was at La Grave last year, I didn’t spot this van, or this dude. And I definitely didn’t share a gondola with that guy…I think I would have noticed! :-) Great town, though, and an incredible mountain.

  5. Jason February 6th, 2014 7:09 am

    Nice videos added at the end. I enjoyed them a lot!

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