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The Meeting: A Marriage Proposal and More

The Meeting: A Marriage Proposal and More

[ September 27, 2009 - 11:44am ]
Riley Proposes
Dek: 
People come to The Meeting in Aspen to watch ski and snowboard movies. The last thing they expect to see is a marriage proposal. But that's just what happened at a screening on Friday night high up on Aspen Mountain.

For the first time in the five years Aspen has hosted The Meeting—an annual gathering of ski and snowboard athletes and filmmakers—movies were show at the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain. So Friday night, we loaded the gondola and floated 3,000 vertical feet up to a high-mountain screening. Teton Gravity Research’s film Re:Session played first, with filmmaker Todd Jones and athletes Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Seth Morrison introducing the flick.

Next up was Empire Attire’s Transitions, a film starring Simon Dumont and Tanner Hall, which was made by Riley Poor, a cinematographer who suffered a spinal core injury last year. Before the film premiered, Dumont introduced his friend Riley and praised his talent and skills. Then Riley took the microphone and thanked everyone for being there. “I have to bring up a very special woman,” he said. At that point, his girlfriend came and stood by his side. “I’ve been meaning to ask you a very important question. Will you marry me?” Of course, she said yes, and the crowd burst into applause.

On Saturday, Level 1’s Refresh and Matchstick Production’s In Deep played at the Wheeler Opera House, followed by an after party with several snowboard movie screenings at Belly Up. “I’ve seen the movie a few times now,” said Hugo Harrison in his thick French Canadian accent after the MSP show, which he starred in. “After a while, I just don’t pay attention anymore.”  —Megan Michelson

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