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Curated - April 11th

Apr 11, 2016

On Today's episode of Curated, we speak with  author Dan Dunn about his latest book, "American Wino". We go inside an upcoming piece of art development in the Valley. We hear what it takes to be a good film critic, and we talk with author James Hannaham.

Courtesy, Lisa Kennedy.

David Ansen and Lisa Kennedy are two of the jurors at Aspen Film’s ShortsFest this year. They are veteran critics who will be helping to decide the winners of this year’s festival. Winners become eligible for the Academy Awards.

Judges will start watching films during the 25th year of Aspen Film’s ShortsFest tonight.

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"God Willing” is a documentary short film following the life of Palestinian woman, Mais Rosol Abu Saa. The film was selected to be screened during Aspen Film’s ShortsFest film festival. Aspen Public Radio Arts reporter Patrick Fort spoke with director Gayle Embrey about how she found Mais and how cultural differences allowed Embrey to learn about this woman.

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The Aspen Film ShortsFest lineup was announced by the art organization yesterday. The festival includes 78 films (only about 60 are competing) including everything from animation to dramas and comedies.

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The film documenting the life of Janis Joplin is being screened tomorrow.

 

AspenFilm and Metropolitan Theaters are co-presenting the film “Janis: Little Girl Blue” on Wednesday night.

 

The film tells the story of rock and roll’s most interesting characters before her untimely death at the age of 27.

 

Her life story is told through archival footage and her own voice. It also features concert footage that has rarely been seen before.

Aspen Film's 2015 edition of its Academy Screenings kick off Tuesday. The lineup includes "Room", "Spotlight" and "Trumbo" as well as indie hit "Tangerine."

Howie Movshovitz is a film critic for KUNC in Greeley, CO. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Patrick Fort about the top films of this year and what to expect out of the festival.

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After the screening of Rolling Papers during the 2015 Aspen Film Fest, Aspen Film artistic director Maggie Mackay led a panel discussion with the film's director Mitch Dickman, The Cannabist’s Jake Brown, Aspen City Councilman Adam Frisch, and Kyle Vetter, manager of Native Roots Dispensary in Aspen.

Mountain Edition - April 9th, 2015

Apr 9, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

A federal mid valley investigation turns out to be a gang crackdown.

Glenwood Springs residents elect two new city council members.

Questions are raised about an Aspen City Council candidate running in the spring election.

He and other candidates tackle issues at the chamber of commerce forum.

Forest Service offices reopen in Glenwood Springs.

We hear what comes next for Explore Booksellers in Aspen...as well as for local alpine skier Wiley Maple.

On today's show, Shirley Tipton and Jim Salan from the Aspen Elks Lodge on the lodge's volunteer efforts with the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

Also, Rob St. Mary with Laura Thielen and George Eldred from Aspen Film on this year's Shortsfest, April 7-12th.

Aspen Film Co-Directors announce they're stepping down

Mar 11, 2015
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The non profit Aspen Film announced Wednesday its co-directors are leaving. After 20 years at the helm, married couple Laura Thielen and George Eldred are stepping down. 

Thielen and Eldred have been part of Aspen Film for more than half of the non-profit’s existence. It formed in 1979 to educate and entertain through film. Each season it holds major movie events. Thielen says she and Eldred have worked hard to bring Aspen Film to where it is today: financially healthy and well-regarded.

This week on CrossCurrents, Laura Thielen of Aspen Film and APR's Rob St. Mary with their picks on who will win at this year's Academy Awards.

Aspen Film continues with its “Hollywood’s Big Night” event this Sunday as a fundraiser for the non-profit’s programs in the Valley. You can find out more here: http://aspenfilm.org/index.php/events/special-events

Aspen FilmFest Brings New Films, 35 Years of History

Sep 26, 2014

Aspen Film’s annual celebration of features takes to screens in Aspen and Carbondale over the next week. The screenings start today and run through Wednesday. Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary talked to co-director of Aspen Film Laura Thielen  about the festival’s 35th year.

Mountain Edition - September 25th, 2014

Sep 25, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

The Roaring Fork Valley is awash with fall colors this week.

Basalt puts together a commission to decide on a way to revitalize old town.

Health insurance rates are going down next year for some residents in the Glenwood Springs area. And that’s partly because some doctors and hospitals have agreed to get paid less.

U.S. Senate candidates in Colorado battle it out for the women’s vote in the November election.

And we look at the 35th annual Aspen Film Fest, opening this weekend.

This week on CrossCurrents, Aspen Filmfest runs September 26th-October 2nd. Guests on the show are Laura Thielen and George Eldred from Aspen Film with a preview of this year's event.

Also, Filmfest’s first Documentary Spotlight recipient, Daniel Junge, Oscar award winning documentary filmmaker.

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Actor and director William H. Macy has just released his directorial debut, "Rudderless". He and his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, will be speaking & screening the film at Paepcke Auditorium on Saturday night as part of Aspen Film's summer season.

RUDDERLESS is a poignant musical drama about the power of a parent's love. Sam (Billy Crudup) is a former high-profile advertising executive whose life has been torn apart by the tragic death of his son. Off the grid, living on a docked sailboat, he drowns his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son's demo tapes and lyrics, his own child's musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he'd been absent from his son's life. Communing with his deceased son's dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to play one at a local bar. When Quentin, a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo form a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and changes both of their lives.

A searing performance from Billy Crudup leads an exemplary cast that includes Anton Yelchin as Quentin, plus Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne and Felicity Huffman. Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison's potent screenplay was the launching pad for Macy's auspicious debut as a feature film director.
 

APR Special: Aspen Film Screenwriters Panel

Apr 18, 2014
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Writing for the Screen: How to Create Characters and Keep Your Friends

What's the creative core of every film and TV story? The script. Once again, in partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation, we're delighted to present an entertaining discussion with a talented group of award-winning writers whose collective experiences cover television and film, comedy and drama. How are story and series ideas created? How do writers find their characters and motivations? What are the unique aspects and challenges of writing for film or television? Join us for a spirited and illuminating conversation with an engaging set of screenwriters. Participants confirmed at press time: Peter Blake (Elementary, House M.D.), Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club), and David Pollock (M*A*S*H).

Special thanks to Nancy Wall + Charles Wall

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Laura Thielen and George Eldred of Aspen Film on this year's Shortsfest. The festival runs April 8-13 in Aspen and Carbondale.

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A group of kids are traveling to Haiti as part of the Haiti School Project, a non-profit started by Carbondale builder Tim Myers after the devastating earthquake. Also, Laura Thielen from Aspen Film with her picks for the Academy Awards.

More about Aspen for Haiti: https://www.facebook.com/aspenforhaiti

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It's that time of year, again - the run-up to the Oscars.

Laura Thielen and George Eldred, Co-Directors of AspenFilm, join us to talk about the Academy screenings.

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