The creators of "Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story" are kicking off their Oscar campaign this weekend in Vail.

Producer George Antonopoulos and director/writer Lara Slife are hoping to receive an Oscar nomination for the documentary about the late Sal Aunese, who quarterbacked the Colorado football team in 1987 and 1988 before losing his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 21 in the fall of 1989.

The 100-day Oscar campaign will take the film to as many as 30 cities over the next few months in preparation for the short list of Oscar nominations, which are announced in December.

"Born to Lead" will be shown at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at CineBistro at Solaris in Vail. For tickets, call or text 415-494-8082. Former CU players Jeff Campbell, J.J. Flannigan other VIPs are expected to attend.

The film received an award for best documentary feature film at the FICTS Sports Film Festival in Milan, Italy, last year. Slife also received an award for best first-time director.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at or