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Aspen Athletes Star In The Meeting FilmFest’s Drive-In Screenings This Week

Courtesy Teton Gravity Research
Teton Gravity Research’s “Make Believe” screens Thursday, Sept. 24th as part of The Meeting FilmFest at Buttermilk’s drive-in theater.";s:3:"u

Drive-in movies have seen a comeback this summer thanks to COVID-19 public health protocols, but the most recent films playing at Buttermilk’s drive-in theatre as part of The Meeting FilmFest have audiences dreaming of winter. 

Teton Gravity Research’s newest ski film “Make Believe” has its Aspen premiere at the drive-in theatre on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. The Buttermilk big screen played Matchstick Productions’ latest ski film “Huck Yeah” last week, which featured X Games star and Aspen local Torin Yater-Wallace.

Colter Hinchliffe, another Aspen local, is featured in TGR’s “Make Believe.” He said that screening this year’s ski films at a drive-in will be a different experience, but a novel one for fans.



“It’s kind of a bummer that we can’t have the big, packed halls like we usually do, and face-to-face contact with fans and signing posters and all that,” says Hinchliffe. “But it sounds like the drive-in has been really unique and really fun … fans can still expect a fun TGR vibe. That’s a silver lining of this whole COVID thing—things are just a little different and unique.”

Hinchliffe said that along with a filming trip to Japan for the movie, Colorado’s notoriously fickle snowpack cooperated for scenes shot in the Aspen area, too. 

“We ended up putting together a really cool segment from the Aspen area, so that’s really exciting for me as well to have a home town segment,” he said.

The final installment of The Meeting FilmFest will be a screening of “TransAmericana,” on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. It chronicles Aspen ultramarathoner Rickey Gates’ 2017 cross country run from South Carolina to San Francisco. Parking passes for both films can be found online


Kirsten was born and raised in Massachusetts, and has called Colorado home since 2008. She moved to Vail the day after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. Before relocating to Basalt in 2020, she also spent a year living in one of Aspen’s sister cities, Queenstown, New Zealand.
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