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The inaugural Stories Worth Telling Festival – On The Road — brings short outdoor and adventure films, special guests, and a night of storytelling to Leadville’s historic Tabor Opera House beginning at 6:00 p.m. Oct. 15, 2022.

Tabor Opera House exterior signage. Photo by Craig Hensel.

Leadville native Melissa Simpson stars in one film, “From My Window,” which shares her journey with cerebral palsy and her friendship with blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer. Additional films feature a revolutionary woman-created packraft business, a trail runner pursuing a World Record, mentor-mentee relationships that break down barriers, the search for elusive fish, and the world of professional skiing.

All films are made by Colorado filmmakers and/or feature Colorado subjects, several of whom will attend the festival. The films focus on compassion, innovation, adventure, and community.

The Moth’s Nick P Ross opens the program with his renowned storytelling. His video work can be seen on SoulPancake, BuzzFeed, Refinery29, Yahoo! Studios, and PeopleTV.

The film festival is a new offering for the Tabor Opera House, which was built in 1879 and this summer entered Phase II of a $15 million rehabilitation to revitalize it as a hub for community, arts, and culture.  “We are excited to host this inaugural film festival and hope that it will be the first of many opportunities to support storytelling within our community,” said Sarah Dae, Executive Director of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation. “This event is the perfect cap to our first season back on the stage after two years of pandemic closures.”

The Tabor is part of the new Colorado Historic Opera Houses Circuit, which connects five mountain opera houses that offer world-class entertainment in unique historic settings. Nearly all are presenting fall films.

F4D Studio, Visit Leadville-Twin Lakes, the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation, and the Leadville Race Series have partnered to present this festival.

Tickets cost $25 and are available at Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for live music and concessions.