Aspen Film

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
Aspen Film

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.


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.

Off season binge TV viewing and pop culture review with Laura Thielen, Artistic Director of Aspen Film and Stewart Oksenhorn, Arts Editor of the Aspen Times.

Valley Roundup - September 27th, 2013

Sep 27, 2013

President Barack Obama made an announcement today about the battle in Congress.

One of the first deadlines for so called retail marijuana is fast approaching. By next Tuesday, October 1st, local communities are supposed to decide if they’re going to allow the pot to be grown, sold, and otherwise available in the community in the coming year.

“It’s pretty much going to be clustered in just a handful of areas. Denver and Boulder I think are the big cities, and then there’s mountain communities as well.”

John Ingold is a reporter for the Denver Post.  He’s keeping an eye on how the state is getting ready for retail marijuana and says even pot-friend places like Denver questions remain.

“There is concern about advertising, distances from schools, zoning, those kinds of things.”

Aspen Public Radio takes a look at a unique documentary showing at the Aspen Filmfest. It takes viewers inside one of the nation’s busiest emergency rooms where patients often wait hours for care.

And on the Download this week, we explore glitches with new iPhones, brainwashing kids to pay for movies & music and other unusual ventures in education.

Today on CrossCurrents - the Aspen Film Fest's Artistic Director Laura Thielen and Program Director George Eldred with a rundown of this year's event, today through September 29th.

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Aspen Film Opens 35th Festival Tonight

Sep 24, 2013

The Aspen Film Festival opens its 35th year this evening at the Isis Theater in Aspen. 21 films are scheduled through Sunday evening at the Isis and Paepcke Auditorium. Those are new locations because the festival’s long-time home… the Wheeler Opera House… is under renovation. George Eldred is Program Director for Aspen Film. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary about this year’s event.

GasLand II/HBO

Since our report on the documentary film "Gasland II" aired on Monday, August 12th, the story has generated online buzz.  We’ve received emails and tweets from people across the country as well as Facebook posts and online comments.

GasLand II/HBO

Residents and visitors of the Roaring Fork Valley have a chance to see the latest from controversial filmmaker Josh Fox. The man behind "GasLand," which galvanized and focused an anti-fracking movement and was nominated for an Oscar. Now, "GasLand II" is showing tonight in Aspen. 

“My name is Josh Fox. It’s been five years since the first proposal to drill thousands of gas wells came knocking at my door...”

Anita Hill, subject of the documentary Anita, directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Freida Mock. Anita Hill be in Aspen for a screening of the film at Paepcke Auditorium on Monday July 29th at 7pm as part of Aspen Films New Views documentary series.