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 On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy present a compilation of the week’s news.

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Joe Seo is an Asian-American actor whose latest role in “Spa Night”, as David —  a gay man growing up in a conservative, Korean household — has won him multiple awards. It’s his big break in the North American film market after years of working in Asia. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort about his experience before the film is screened this week as part of AspenFilm’s Filmfest.

  JT LeRoy penned two bestselling novels before it was discovered that he didn’t exist. LeRoy was a pen name used by Laura Albert - that became a little too real. Albert’s relative even went out in public as LeRoy. Jeff Feuerzeig heard about the story and decided to make a film about it. “Author: The JT LeRoy Story”, documents the creation and eventual breakdown of the JT LeRoy personality.

  

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Art non-profits up and down the valley are currently campaigning for votes from community members as they compete for a  $7,000 grant from First Western Trust.

In addition to high-profile speakers, the artistic components of the Aspen Institute has upped its game.

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.

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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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