The Beating Wrap-Up 2011: Silverton, Colorado
What better place to hold an amateur film festival than a 137 year old mining town at the base of some of the gnarliest terrain in Colorado? For the 5th year in a row the scene for "The Beating" amateur film festival was set within the walls of The Pride of the West saloon which is as rustic as it gets. The beer was flowing, shots of Jameson could be found at any corner of the bar, and if I had to guess the clear, seemingly flammable liquid that the bearded man to my right was drinking was a bit more home brew than menu option.
The lights were dimmed and the top 5 ski/snowboard films were played. To my immediate surprise, the lack of light and roar of music from the first entry quickly diluted all the attention from the bar and booze to the big screen. Even those, whom at first glance wanted nothing to do with the influx of rowdy patrons at their local watering hole, quickly had their eyes glued on some of the best entires The Beating has ever seen.
When all was said and done one lucky winner took home the heli drop, and all top 5 winners now have the newest Contour HD POV technology and other great prizes from Smith, Red Bull, and k2 to help with next years entries.
Special thanks to the Wyman Hotel for hooking us up with the most lavish accommodations Silverton has to offer, definitely felt like home away from home.