Films filled with high adrenaline

Annual film festival kicks off Wednesday at Chief Plaza Theater

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— As part the 88th annual Winter Carnival, a conglomerate of local and national businesses will present an Adrenaline Film Festival Wednesday and Thursday for all ages and all genres of outdoor sports films.

With the purchase of a $7 Winter Carnival button from various local businesses, anyone can view the 10 different films from five-minute blurbs on mountain climbing excursions to 30-minute documentaries on the world's greatest surfers.

What: Outside Magazine Adrenaline Film Festival When: Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Where: The Chief Plaza Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave. Admission: Winter Carnival Button for $7, available at local businesses

More than three years and going strong, Outside Magazine and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club have presented a film festival in a theater donated by the Chief Plaza Theater chain on behalf of benefiting the community.

For the first year of film festival, local and national filmmakers debuted their latest works, highlighting friends and festivities in outdoor sports. For the 2001 Film Festival, local filmmakers had minimal time to prepare their works.

Ander Foor, event director for Outside Magazine, said last year Warren Miller films were the theme of the film festival. This year, the audience can clench the arms of the theater seats for the variety of adrenaline-seeking films that leave someone hanging.

"We've worked with different filmmakers in the past, and we picked films based on the unique, high-adrenaline, rushing qualities," Foor said. "We've packaged it all together to make this a fun time and show cool experiences."

Along with helping sponsor the film festival, Foor said Outside Magazine will have a kiosk downtown that will give away free copies of the latest issue as well as other promotional materials.

Mark Green, general manager of Chief Plaza Theater, said his role in the film festival is to promote the events and donate the auditoriums to the Winter Sports Club. The $7 button can get patrons into the film festival and other events comprising Winter Carnival.

"Everything's an incentive to sell those buttons," Green said. "This is Ski Town USA we do whatever we can to help support the community."

Foor said Outside Magazine will be educating people on the events going on around town and "branding" themselves for promotions. Generating more knowledge of Winter Carnival is a major goal, Foor said.

"It should be pretty cool. We're trying to build how we can work better with the community to raise awareness," Foor said. "It's really a win-win situation."

Greg Danziger, buyer and manager at Ski Haus, one of the sponsors, said the company does a large amount of promotional events for other companies, and this year, it will promote and encourage local athletes in the Winter Sports Club.

"It (sports) is what we like to do," Danziger said. "Everyone in this shop is a user of some kind of equipment. We enjoy it as much as everyone else."

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