Mur­der to moun­tains in Chau­tauqua doc series

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Christy Fantz

In 1974 in Boul­der, six Chi­cano ac­tivists were killed by two car bombs in a mat­ter of 48 hours. No one has been con­victed and ques­tions about the deaths have never been an­swered.

“Neva Romero: Ja­mas Olvi­da­dos,” ex­plores the events of this un­solved mys­tery and fol­lows a group of ac­tivists work­ing to­ward so­cial jus­tice. The film kicks off the doc­u­men­tary film series at Chau­tauqua with a screen­ing Sept. 21. Ni­cole Esquibel, the film’s di­rec­tor, will in­tro­duce the film and con­duct a post-screen­ing dis­cus­sion.

The series, which runs monthly through April, will screen films in the 125-seat his­toric Chau­tauqua Com­mu­nity House, with each one in­clud­ing a post-screen­ing dis­cus­sion. From climb­ing treach­er­ous Hi­malayan peaks to Colorado pi­o­neer­ing women artists to un­told sto­ries of Spock, here’s the 2017-18 lineup:

“Neva Romero: Ja­mas Olvi­da­dos” is the story of a group of com­mit­ted young ac­tivists work­ing to­ward so­cial jus­tice, and one young wo­man’s strug­gle to make a dif­fer­ence dur­ing a pe­riod of col­lec­tive tur­moil fol­low­ing two car bomb­ings in Boul­der in 48 hours in 1974. Ni­cole Esquibel, the film’s di­rec­tor, will in­tro­duce the film and con­duct a post-screen­ing dis­cus­sion. 7 p.m., Sept. 19

“Meru: The Strug­gle to Climb Mount Meru” fol­lows

three elite climbers on a jour­ney to tackle Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru — a spot at the head­wa­ters of the Ganges River in north­ern In­dia that has seen more failed at­tempts by elite climb­ing teams over the past 30 years than any other as­cent in the Hi­malayas. Best-sell­ing au­thor of “Into Thin Air” Jon Krakauer will in­tro­duce the film and lead a post-screen­ing dis­cus­sion. 7 p.m., Oct. 6

“Aatsinki: The Story of Arc­tic Cow­boys” fol­lows

a fam­ily liv­ing north of the Arc­tic Cir­cle in Fin­nish La­p­land, who are a col­lec­tive of tra­di­tional rein­deer herders man­ag­ing the last group of wild rein­deer in all of Fin­land. Film­maker and di­rec­tor Jes­sica Oreck will lead a post-screen­ing dis­cus­sion. 7 p.m. Nov. 3

“Mon­key Busi­ness: The Ad­ven­tures of Cu­ri­ous Ge­orge’s Cre­ators” ex­plores

the lesser-known tale of Ge­orge’s au­thors, Hans and Mar­gret Rey. From flee­ing Nazi-oc­cu­pied France on hand­made bi­cy­cles to en­coun­ters with ex­otic an­i­mals in Brazil, the Reys lived lives of ad­ven­ture that are re­flected in the pages of one of the most trea­sured chil­dren’s book series of all time. James Erek­son, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of read­ing at the Univer­sity of North­ern Colorado, will in­tro­duce the film and lead a post-screen­ing dis­cus­sion. 7 p.m. Dec. 1

“Sign Pain­ters” stylis­ti­cally ex­plores this un­ac­knowl­edged art form through anec­do­tal ac­counts from artists across the coun­try. These van­guards of un­seen orig­i­nal­ity are lead­ing a re­nais­sance with a keen cre­ative pur­pose and ex­em­plify the work­ing class Amer­i­can suc­cess story. Steve Beach, known as Steve the Sign Pain­ter, will lead a post-screen­ing dis­cus­sion. 7 p.m., Jan. 12

“The Great Alone” cap­tures the in­spir­ing come­back story of cham­pion dog sled racer Lance Mackey. With an end­less amount of strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion, Mackey is the first in his­tory to win four con­sec­u­tive Idi­tarod races. Idi­tarod run­ner Jorge La­tre will lead a post-screen­ing dis­cus­sion. 7 p.m. Feb. 9

“Pioneers: Women Artists of Colorado” fol­lows

the un­sung sto­ries of four women artists, ed­u­ca­tors and ac­tivists, whose pi­o­neer­ing spir­its, in the early days of Colorado his­tory, forged today’s land­scape of op­por­tu­nity. Erika O’conor, the film’s di­rec­tor, will lead a postscreen­ing dis­cus­sion.

7 p.m. March 9

“For the Love of Spock” be­gan as a cel­e­bra­tion

of the 50th an­niver­sary of “Star Trek: The Orig­i­nal Series,” but af­ter Leonard Ni­moy died in 2015, his son, di­rec­tor Adam Ni­moy, was ready to tell an­other story: his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence grow­ing up with Leonard and Spock and the ups and downs of be­ing the son of a TV icon. “For the Love of Spock” is laden with never-be­fore-seen footage and in­ter­views, in­clud­ing Wil­liam Shat­ner and the orig­i­nal Star Trek cast, Zachary Quinto and the new crew of the Star­ship En­ter­prise, film­maker JJ Abrams and as­tro­physi­cist Neil de­grasse Tyson. 7 p.m., April 6

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