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Steamboat Institute’s film festival features world premiere of ‘Life With Dog’

One of the featured films at The Steamboat Institute's Film Festival will be "Little Pink House."
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Institute’s 10th annual Freedom Conference returns to town this weekend, featuring an impressive list of guest speakers, panelists and films.

The Steamboat Institute Film Festival will showcase five films celebrating themes of individual freedom, personal responsibility, the entrepreneurial American spirit and the inspiration of faith and family.

“A great story connects with people,” said Jennifer Schubert-Akin, co-founder and CEO of The Steamboat Institute. “It’s a way to connect with someone on a personal level.”

One of the festival’s highlights is the world premiere of Corben Bernsen’s new movie “Life With Dog.”

“Having reviewed thousands of movies over the years, I can attest that the five movies included in the film festival are full of ideas that have the power to reach and impact a broad audience,” said Ted Baehr, publisher and editor-in-chief of “Movieguide” who will serve as the film festival’s emcee.

Each film will feature remarks from a producer or star of that film as well as an audience Q&A.

The festival kicked off Thursday with a screening of “What If…” featuring remarks by Kevin Sorbo, known for his starring role in the popular television series “Hercules” and “Andromeda” followed by “Chappaquiddick” with remarks by co-producer Chris Fenton.

“Atlas Shrugged” will be shown from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Burgess Creek Room at The Steamboat Grand. The film will be followed by remarks from Yaron Brook, chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute.

“Little Pink House” will screen at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the Strings Music Pavilion. A panel discussion with co-producers Courtney and Ted Balaker and Susette Kelo, whose home was the subject of the landmark case, Kelo v. City of New London, will follow the film, which centers on the subject of eminent domain.

A world premiere showing of “Life With Dog,” featuring remarks by producer and film star Corbin Bernsen, who was nominated for multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his starring role as Arnie Becker on the TV series “L.A. Law,” will take place at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Strings. The event will include a red carpet photo op with Bernsen prior to the screening.

“Despite what political views you may have, we tell people over and over we welcome everyone to our events, and with the film festival, we try to break down political and ideological barriers to discover what we have in common,” Schubert-Akin said.

Tickets are available for $12 per film or $50 for a festival pass, which includes all five films. Kids 12 and younger are free but will still need to register for a free ticket to guarantee a seat.

“I hope audiences will be inspired by the films and walk away feeling like they can make a difference,” Schubert-Akin added.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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