‘Haulin’ Ass’ to be screened in Westcliffe

A special debut screening of the film “Haulin’ Ass” will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Jones Theater in Westcliffe.

The documentary film by New York filmmaker Trevor Velin explores Colorado’s indigenous sport — pack-burro racing. Velin made the film during the 2009 racing season.

Velin is well-known for his camera work for such reality television shows as “Paranormal State,” “Psychic Kids,” and “Z Rock.”

In “Haulin’ Ass,” Velin not only captures images of this remarkable but obscure adventure sport, but also explores the personal world of three devoted competitors.

“Haulin’ Ass” is a documentary about one of the most challenging, yet least recognized, sports in modern culture,” Velin says. “It follows three men in their quests to take the triple crown while overcoming their own mental and physical obstacles.”

“Haulin’ Ass is a celebration of perseverance and dedication, and ultimately a testament to the communities that support this incredible sport,” Velin says.

Prior to the screening a pack-burro fun run/ride is planned nearby and runners are urged to bring their animals for a day of fun. Horses and mules are welcome too.

Theater owner Anne Relph urges burro racers to park their animals in front of the Jones for the screening.

After the film Velin and film characters will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $4 for children under $12.

For more information on the run/ride or the film screening, email: jackassontherun@gmail.com.

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