Leadville’s Peaks Provide Backdrop for Film . . . Again!
The envelope, please! While all eyes and ears might be on Hollywood for tonight’s 89th Academy Awards, a smaller project will be packing up the cameras in Leadville Today after days of rolling film, and pumping cash into the local economy.
When it comes to gorgeous mountain backdrops for filming high-end, luxury car commercials, why wouldn’t you want to use Colorado’s two highest peaks? And that’s exactly what filmmaker Brooke Johnson with Colorado Film Locations, thought when he choose to film in Lake County last week.
In an interview with Leadville Today (LT), Johnson, while conscious of not disclosing any client confidentialities, was able to confirm that “two commercial productions for un-named ‘luxury’ cars were filmed in Lake County,” since the beginning of 2017, including last week’s production. Both shoots utilized the Leadville/Lake County Airport as well as other county roads and highways, which generates revenue for these public facilities. In addition, the economic benefit to local lodging and catering facilities is palpable, as it has been, for years.
In fact, Leadvillites are far from being the fresh-faced starlet on the big and little screen. Were you in the parade scene filmed on historic Harrison Avenue for the 1990 thriller “Silver City?” Or perhaps you were an extra in the Audi commercial filmed at the Leadville hospital in 2013? Or maybe you’ve seen your name in the credits of the internationally renown “Race Across The Sky” film?
“It’s great filming in Lake County,” stated Johnson, who’s no stranger to using Mts. Elbert (14,440 ft) and Massive (14,428 ft) as the backdrop for more than one of his productions.
In fact, Johnson credits “the snow, scenery and local county law enforcement & county departments as the key factors to having the shoots come here.” He ought to know, his Denver-based production company has been filming in Colorado since 1977. No doubt you’ve seen some of his work and LT will let you know when these latest productions may be available for viewing.
Coming up in other film news, Leadville will be “in the frame” again next weekend, as several production companies will be rolling video on historic Harrison Avenue for Leadville Ski Joring on March 4 & 5. There’s nothing like lightening-fast horses ridden by show-stopping cowboys (and girls!), pulling skiers over 9 foot jumps down a snow-laden, one-of-a-kind race course to make anyone’s camera sit up and take notice. This sport is growing significantly in popularity and with that comes the media attention. So, dust off that cowboy hat and get ready for your close-up Leadville!
And a reminder there are NO DRONEs (or DOGS) will be allowed on the Avenue during Ski Joring Weekend. If you’re interested in information about a media pass for Leadville Ski Joring, contact Leadville Today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re looking for a place to view the 89th Academy Awards, 02 by Periodic Brewing will be hosting the highest-elevated Oscar Viewing Party tonight, February 25 starting at 5 p.m. at 401 Harrison in downtown Leadville.
This community event, sponsored by the Leadville Film Commission is free and open to movie fans of all ages. There will be FREE gourmet popcorn, FREE games, FREE trivia, FREE prizes and a FREE costume contest for the kids. Special discounts will be available for the oxygen bar and the adult beverage bar. The event organizers will also offer FREE shuttles home for party-goers. Who will take home the Oscar? Join the fun and cheer on your favorite film! Who knows, you could run into a producer or two who’s wrapping up some local work! But for now, that’s a wrap on film news in Leadville Today!