Doran Laybourn film wins top NEPSA prize

By Real Aspen
Real AspenSeptember 25, 2010
Snow is dusting the peaks around Aspen and the masses gathered here are licking their chops.

Twinkle Fantastic and Babyblue Magic hosting the NEPSA Video Awards on Thursday.
Aspen Skiing Co.

That's because The Meeting is under way in Aspen. The event — now in its sixth year — brings a gathering of snowsports filmmakers, athletes, sponsors, media and fans to get hyped for the upcoming ski season by watching films, partying and swapping stories.

It kicked off Thursday evening with the NEPSA Video Awards. NEPSA, which is Aspen spelled backwards, showcases amateur and local skiers and snowboarders who submit their own films for a screening at the Wheeler Opera House. Each submission had to incorporate one of these three themes: Ski School, Shreddin’ While Sleddin’ and Super Heroes. As usual, Chris “Babyblue Magic” Davenport and Travis “Twinkle Fantastic" McClain were the masters of the ceremony.

Here are the results from this year's NEPSA Video Awards:

1st Place – Doran Laybourn for “Good to Go” – $2,000

2nd Place – Pat Sewell for “What Would McConkey Do?!” – $1,000

3rd Place – Ryan Price for “Handmade” – $500

Winner of the Crowd Favorite (based on a text in vote by the crowd) – Aaron Berne and Chace Dillon for “BroMan”– $1,000 Target Gift Card.

The Meeting crowd at the Wheeler.
Aspen Skiing Co.

Laybourn's film “Good to Go” chronicled his January 2007 collision with a snowmobile off Aspen Mountain's Richmond Ridge and his recovery and eventual return to snowboarding.

Here is today's schedule:

Screening No. 5 – Wheeler Opera House

4:30 p.m. Doors open
5 p.m. Teton Gravity Research – "Deeper"
6:20 p.m. Standard Films – "The Storming"

Screening No. 6 – Wheeler Opera House

8 p.m. Doors open
8:30 p.m. Tyler Stableford – "The Fall Line"
8:50 p.m. Matchstick Productions – "The Way I See It"

Screening No. 7 – Belly Up

9 p.m. Doors open
10 p.m. Pirate Movie Production – "Hooked"
11 p.m. Forum Snowboards – "F’ It"
12 a.m. After Party with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – SOLD OUT

The Meeting is hosted by the Aspen Skiing Co. and is sponsored by Audi, Helly Hansen, Bud Light, Skullcandy, Alienware and Contour.

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