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Some would say that, in April of 2003, Aron Ralston made a pretty stupid decision. Including Ralston himself. One always takes risks while canyoneering, but going solo without telling anyone where you`re going… Well, that`s a different story.

Nevertheless, Ralston made his choice, fell into a crevice where he became stranded, and persevered through what might be the most infamous 127 hours on recent record.

Today, when Ralston`s not spending time with his family or enjoying the splendors of nature, he travels the world, talking about the story that has become a book and the subject of a film by Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle, starring James Franco.

Q: What is it about Boulder that makes the town such a haven for outdoorsmen and rock climbers such as you?

A: It`s the landscapes, the actual physical locale. There`s open space right out your door, literally. It`s just so much. Plus, you have the proximity to Denver where folks who enjoy nature can also have jobs.

Q: Has the relinquishing of your anonymity affected your ability to enjoy climbing out amongst the public?

A: It`s never intrusive to the extent of being bothersome. And this kind of issue never comes up when I`m outdoors; those are my people! At the airport, maybe. Someone will come up and want a picture and I may be in a rush. But, I try to be obliging.

Q: Can you talk about the development of the film?

A: I actually received an email from producer John Smithson while I was still in the hospital. His original idea was to do a TV program about me. As things went on, I wrote the book and continued talking with John. Now the idea was to do a docudrama like the movie he produced, “Touching the Void.”

John shared my story with friends of his including filmmakers Alex Gibney and Danny Boyle. When Boyle came up with the idea of making the story into a dramatization instead of a docudrama, his idea won out, especially because we knew he`d be able to pull it off and also get the financing needed to make the movie. We knew he had the ability to make it authentic and compelling.

Q: Would you consider what has happened to you as a kind of “tradeoff?”

A: I absolutely believe a trauma can be a tragedy or a blessing. The boulder in its way was a blessing and a metaphor. I oftentimes will sign my book to people, “May your boulder be your blessing.” I left something behind in that canyon, but I didn`t lose anything; I only gained.

It has transformed my life in every sense. There`s nothing I would change about what happened.

If you go

What: IFS Screening of “127 Hours”

When: Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Where: Muenzinger Auditorium

More info: $6 ($5 for CU students); internationalfilmseries.com

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