Films Listed in Alphabetical Order


Thursday, September 26, 12:00pm
Isis Theatre
Saturday, September 28, 5:00pm
Crystal Theatre (Carbondale)


Filmmaker Michael Barnett’s richly textured documentary illuminates an issue both timely and topical, but at its core captures the warm-hearted, courageous characters living within it. Caught in the center of a national debate on transgender civil rights, these athletes channel the endurance they’ve learned from their sports into their ever more public advocacy battles. Each of these dedicated teens shows immense perseverance in the face of unharnessed vitriol from choruses of parents and pundits alike, developing an emotional maturity far beyond anything their young age should require, and inspiring people of all ages to live proudly in their truths. Still, a network of support emerges to bolster their resolve, and despite the extreme anger of their opposition, each of these young forces of nature triumphantly overcomes hurdle after hurdle in their individual journey to live as their true selves and pursue what they love. (USA, 2019) 1HR 30MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Tribeca Film Festival, LA Outfest, Audience Award; Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, Audience Award; Woods Hole Film Festival, Grand Jury Award 2019
DIRECTOR: Michael Barnett
WRITTEN BY: Michael Barnett, Amanda Griffin, Michael Mahaffie
WITH: Mack Beggs, Andraya Yearwood , Sarah Rose Huckmann


Thursday, September 26, 8:00pm
Wheeler Opera House
Saturday, September 28, 7:00pm
Crystal Theatre (Carbondale)


In director Michelle Esrick’s Award-winning documentary, we witness the impact that childhood trauma can have across a lifetime through the incredibly courageous and personal story of comedian, actor and “Saturday Night Live” legend Darrell Hammond. Renowned for his impressions of Bill Clinton, Sean Connery and more, Hammond wowed “SNL” audiences for a record-breaking 14 seasons. Although Hammond performed brilliantly on live TV, behind the scenes he suffered from debilitating flashbacks, self-injury and addictions, symptoms which were misdiagnosed by over 40 doctors as mental illnesses, including: multiple personality disorder, manic depression and schizophrenia. Not until a suicide attempt that brought Hammond together with Dr. Nabil Kotbi, was he properly diagnosed and treated, unleashing the memories his brain had locked away for over 50 years. (USA, 2019) 1HR 35MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: DOC NYC, Maui Film Festival, Audience Award, “Heal the World Cinema Award; Reel Recovery Film Festival 2019
DIRECTED BY: Michelle Esrick
WITH: Darrell Hammond, Lorne Michaels, Steve Higgins, Christopher Ashley, Dr. Nabil Kotbi, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Whoopi Goldberg, Larry Laskowski (Darrell’s childhood friend)


Click here to listen to director Michelle Esrick’s interview with Aspen Public Radio.


Monday, September 23, 3:00pm
Isis Theatre


FANTASTIC FUNGI is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges. (USA, 2019) 1HR 21MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS:Audience Choice Award at Maui Film Festival
DIRECTOR: Louie Schwartzberg
WRITTEN BY: Mark Monroe
WITH: Paul Stamets, Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil
COMMUNITY PARTNER: Aspen Brain Institute


Monday, September 23, 7:00pm
Wheeler Opera House  


Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive. (USA, 2019) 2HRS 53MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival, François Chalais Award, 2019
DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick
WRITTEN BY: Terrence Malick
 August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Tobias Moretti, Bruno Ganz, Matthias Schoenaerts, Karin Neuhauser, Ulrich Matthes


Saturday, September 28, 4:30pm
Wheeler Opera House


From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el (BOMBAY BEACH, LOVETRUE) brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health. Fictionalizing his ascent to stardom, and subsequent crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe (A QUIET PLACE) and Lucas Hedges (BOY ERASED, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA) as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Dancer-singer FKA twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har’el’s feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope through the life and times of a talented, traumatized performer who dares to go in search of himself. (USA, 2019) 1HR 33MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Sundance Film Festival, Special Jury Prize; Toronto International Film Festival 2019
DIRECTOR: Alma Har’el
WRITTEN BY: Shia LaBeouf
WITH: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, FKA Twigs


Thursday, September 26, 4:45pm
Wheeler Opera House


Rio de Janeiro, 1950. Eurídice, 18, and Guida, 20, are two inseparable sisters living at home with their conservative parents. Although immersed in a traditional life, each one nourishes a dream: Eurídice of becoming a renowned pianist, Guida of finding true love. In a dramatic turn, they are separated by their father and forced to live apart. They take control of their separate destinies, while never giving up hope of finding each other. A tropical melodrama from the director of MADAME SATÃ. (Brazil, Germany, 2019) 2HRS 19MIN 


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard Award; Jerusalem Film Festival; Munich Film Festival, CineCoPro Award 2019
Karim Aïnouz
WRITTEN BY: Murilo Hauser
WITH: Carol Duarte, Julia Stockler, Gregorio Duvivier, Bárbara Santos, Flávia Gusmão, Maria Manoella, António Fonseca, Cristina Pereira, Gillray Coutinho, Fernanda Montenegro
PRESENTED BY: Helga Fisch & Richard Hodosh


Wednesday, September 25, 8:00pm
Wheeler Opera House


Writer director Taika Waititi (“THOR: RAGNROK,” “HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE”), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, JOJO RABBIT, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.(USA, 2019) 1HR 48MIN 


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Toronto International Film Festival 2019
DIRECTOR: Taika Waititi
WRITTEN BY: Taika Waititi
WITH: Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Taika Waititi, Thomasin McKenzie, Roman Griffin Davis


Tuesday, September 24, 5:00pm
Wheeler Opera House


Winter 1968: Showbiz legend Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in “The Wizard of Oz,” but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), her soon-to-be fifth husband. And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on? Featuring some of her best-known songs, including the timeless classic ‘Over the Rainbow’, JUDY celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer.” (United Kingdom, 2018) 1HR 58MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Toronto International Film Festival 2019
Rupert Goold
WITH: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon
PRESENTED BY: Melony & Adam Lewis


Saturday, September 28, 7:00pm
Wheeler Opera House


A widow (Meryl Streep) investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners (Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas) exploiting the world’s financial system. (USA, 2019) 1HR 35MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, San Sebastián Film Festival 2019
DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh
WRITTEN BY: Scott Z. Burns
WITH: Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Jeffrey Wright, Sharon Stone, Will Forte, Nonso Anozie, Amber Heard, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Rosalind Chao, Cristela Alonzo, Robert Patrick, Nikki Amuka-Bird, David Schwimmer, James Morris, Larry Clarke, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jaime Aymerich, Brock Brenner, Jessica Allain, Jonah Gould
PRESENTED BY: Darlynn & Tom Fellman


Sunday, September 29, 2:00pm
Wheeler Opera House


In the 1850’s two British officers, Capt. Richard Burton (Patrick Bergin) and Lt. John Speke (Iain Glen) set out on a spectacular adventure to discover the source of the Nile. They are warned that great dangers await them, but against all odds they push on deeper and deeper into the magnificent, untamed African wilderness, where no western man had ever gone. As the difficult journey takes its toll, Burton and Speke forge a strong bond. A bond that one will eventually betray. But history will be the judge as the two intrepid explorers venture into realms perilous to both body and soul in their quest for the secret of the Nile.(USA, 1990) 2HRS 16MIN

Bob Rafelson
WRITTEN BY: William Harrison and Bob Rafelson
WITH: Patrick Bergin, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant


Wednesday, September 25, 12:00pm
Isis Theatre


Six diverse dancers from an acclaimed American company travel the world, teaching the tools of choreography to young people who’ve experienced war, poverty, prejudice, sexual exploitation, and severe trauma as refugees, so that they can tell their stories through dance. In India they work with girls rescued from sex trafficking and gender violence; in Romania, with Roma kids from one of Europe’s worst slums; in South Korea, with North Koreans who risked their lives to escape; and in Iraq, with a gifted young Muslim dancer, fighting to survive. Incredibly, they have just one week to teach kids who may be enemies, who may have been abused, who may be suspicious and fearful, to create dances to perform for their communities. Yet as they prepare to perform in public in what seems an impossibly short time, both students and teachers experience surprising transformations, unlocking feelings and stories in wellsprings of creativity. (USA, 2018) 1HR 25MIN



FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Best Documentary, Chesapeake FF; Humanitarian Award Sedona FF; Best Direction of a Documentary, Chita Rivera Awards | FESTIVALS: Doc Fortnight/MoMA, Mill Valley, Cinequest, SXSW edu, Hamptons Doc FF, Jacob Burns Dance on Camera FF, Heartland FF, Berkshire FF, San Francisco Dance FF
DIRECTOR: Rob Fruchtman (a film by Rib Fruchtman, Cornelia Ravenal, Mikael Södersten and Wendy Sax)
WRITTEN BY: Cornelia Ravenal
WITH: Jonathan Hollander, Tadej Brdnik, Mira Cook, Clement Mensah, Robin Cantrell, Sean Scantlebury, Adel Euro
COMMUNITY PARTNER: Aspen Sante Fe Ballet


Sunday, September 29, 11:00am
Wheeler Opera House


An ambitious amphibian named Kermit goes to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune in this star-studded extravaganza. (USA, 1979) 1HR 35MIN


DIRECTOR: James Frawley
WRITTEN BY: Jerry Juhl, Jack Burns
WITH: Jim Henson




Thursday, September 26, 2:30pm
Isis Theatre
Sunday, September 29, 5:45pm
Crystal Theatre (Carbondale)


Jennifer Trainer’s captivating new documentary tells the story of a unique museum, the small town it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to transform a desolate post-industrial city. In 2017, MASS MoCA became the largest museum for contemporary art in the world—but just three decades before, its vast brick buildings were the abandoned relics of a massive shuttered factory. How did such a wildly improbable transformation come to be? A testament to tenacity and imagination, MUSEUM TOWN traces the remarkable story of how a small rural Massachusetts town went from economic collapse to art mecca. Threaded with interviews of a diverse cast – a tattooed curator, a fabricator, former factory worker, and shopkeepers—the film also looks at the artistic process itself, tracking the work and ideas of celebrated artist Nick Cave as he creates his groundbreaking installation at MASS MoCA, UNTIL. With appearances by artists ranging from James Turrell to David Byrne, narration by Meryl Streep, and a soundtrack from John Stirratt of Wilco, this documentary captures the meeting of small-town USA and the global art world as it tells a tale that is, like any great artwork, soulful, thought-provoking and unforgettable. (USA, 2019) 1HR 16MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: SXSW, Sarasota Film Festival, Provincetown Film Festival, Berkshire International Film Festival 2019
DIRECTOR: Jennifer Trainer
WRITTEN BY: Jennifer Trainer, Noah Bashevkin, Pola Rapaport
WITH: Nick Cave, David Byrne, Meryl Streep, Richard Criddle, Denise Markonish


Tuesday, September 24, 7:45pm
Wheeler Opera House


Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kim’s sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Park’s. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kim’s provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Park’s give the Kim’s a way out of their shabby circumstances. But this new ecosystem is fragile, and soon enough greed and class prejudice threaten to upend the Kim’s’ newfound comfort. (Korea, 2019) 2HRS 1MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Official Selection Cannes Film Festival Winner, Palme d’Or; San Sebastián International Film Festival 2019
DIRECTOR: Bong Joon Ho
WRITTEN BY: Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin-won
WITH: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Chang Hyae-jin
PRESENTED BY: Anna & Matt Freedman


Wednesday, September 25, 2:30pm
Isis Theatre
Friday, September 27, 7:00pm
Crystal Theatre (Carbondale)


As one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time, Amos Nachoum has swum with crocodiles and killer whales, with anacondas and with great white sharks. But one major predator has always eluded him. The legendary wildlife stills photographer had always dreamed of swimming underwater with a polar bear and capturing it face-to-face on film. Fascinated by the most fearsome creatures on Earth, he has developed a unique approach, that puts him directly in front of his subjects, without any protection. Now, at the age of 65, he is about to face his ultimate challenge: to swim with a polar bear with only his camera between them. While he is on this journey to the Canadian high Arctic, he will also have to deal with an old and painful memory. (Israel, USA, 2019) 1HR 12MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: DOC Aviv, Opening Film; San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2019
DIRECTORS: Yonatan Nir & Dani Menkin
WRITTEN BY: Yonatan Nir & Dani Menkin
WITH: Amos Nachoum
PRESENTED BY: Becky & Chris Steere


Friday, September 27, 2:30pm
Isis Theatre  


France, 1770. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly. (France, 2019) 2HRS


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Official Selection Cannes Film Festival, Best Screenplay, Queer Palm; Jerusalem Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival 2019
DIRECTOR: Céline Sciamma
WRITTEN BY: Céline Sciamma
WITH: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino


Friday, September 27, 5:00pm
Wheeler Opera House


A riveting political thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program created in the aftermath of 9/11. Tenacious by nature, he pursues the truth when others would have given up, and his explosive findings uncover a conspiracy by top government officials to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public. THE REPORT is written and directed by Scott Z. Burns and features outstanding performances by a powerful ensemble cast that includes Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys, T. Ryder Smith, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney and Jon Hamm. (USA, 2019) 1 HR 59 MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival 2019
DIRECTOR: Scott Z. Burns
WRITTEN BY: Scott Z. Burns
WITH: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Ted Levine, Maura Tierney, and Michael C. Hall
PRESENTED BY: The Aspen Times


Friday, September 27, 8:00pm
Wheeler Opera House


The story is inspired by true events about the French New Wave darling and BREATHLESS star, Jean Seberg, who in the late 1960s was targeted by the FBI, because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal. She was the focus of the FBI’s attempts to disrupt, discredit and expose the Black Power movement. (USA, United Kingdom, 2019) 1HR 36MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival 2019
DIRECTOR: Benedict Andrews
WRITTEN BY: Anna Waterhouse, Joe Shrapnel
WITH: Kristen Stewart, Jack O’Connell, Anthony Mackie, Colm Meaney, Margaret Qualley, Vince Vaughn, Zazie Beetz, Stephen Root, Yvan Attal


Tuesday, September 24, 12:00pm
Isis Theatre


Multi-disciplinary French artist Prune Nourry has gained international recognition for her thought-provoking, educational, and often times humorous projects exploring bioethics through sculpture as well as video, photography, and performance. At the young age of 31, Prune is diagnosed with breast cancer. She starts documenting her treatment and its effect on her own body, turning her medical odyssey into an epic artistic adventure as she discovers new meaning in her impressive body of work and its serendipitous relationship to her own survival. (USA, 2019) 1HR 16MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Berlin International Film Festival 2019
DIRECTOR: Prune Nourry
WRITTEN BY: Prune Nourry & Alastair Siddons
WITH: Prune Nourry


Saturday, September 28, 2:00pm
Isis Theatre


Photographer Jim Marshall captures the heights of the Rock and Roll music era, from the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, to the civil rights movement and some of the most iconic moments of the 60’s. (United Kingdom, USA, 2019) 1HR 32MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Audience Award for Best Feature Length Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival
DIRECTOR:  Alfred George Bailey
COMMUNITY PARTNER: Wheeler Associates


Saturday, September 28, 12:00pm
Isis Theatre
Sunday, September 29, 4:00pm
Crystal Theatre (Carbondale)


Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from iconic street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham. Told in Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed 1994 interview, the photographer chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society. (USA, 2018) 1HR 14MIN 


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: New York Film Festival – 2018
DIRECTOR: Mark Bozek
WITH: Bill Cunningham, Sarah Jessica Parker (Narrator)


Friday, September 27, 12:00pm
Isis Theatre


The world is in the midst of a tremendous period of transition and our current models aren’t adequate to support the future that is quickly emerging. At this critical inflection point, WeRiseUP asks a fundamental question: What is success? Through an intimate inquiry with leading business, entertainment, and thought leaders, along with voices of global citizens from all walks of life, the film explores new personal, systemic and collective models of success, prosperity, contribution and what it will take for humanity to create a thriving future. Transitioning between intimate dialogue to cinematically stunning visuals and music driven interstitials, this film is a radical departure from the expert-driven documentary, into a profound personal journal of inquiry, reflection and action. (USA, 2019) 1HR 30MIN 


DIRECTOR: Michael Shaun Conaway
WITH: His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Amina Mohammed (Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations), Blake Mycoskie (CEO, TOMS Shoes), Prince EA (Spoken Word Artist), Moby (Grammy Award Winning Musician), John Mackey (CEO, Whole Foods Market), Dwight Howard (NBA All-Star), Tom Chi (Co-Founder, Google X & Innovator of Self Driving Car) Marie Forleo (Founder, B-School), Peter Diamandis (Founder, X-Prize), Luke Nosek (Founder, PayPal), Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky)


Tuesday, September 24, 2:00pm
Isis Theatre


Frank Lowy, founder of shopping mall giant Westfield, started with one Australian store and built it into a global, billion-dollar enterprise. Now in his late 80s and facing the prospect of a merger that will lead to his retirement, he reflects on his past and events that have molded him into the fighter, philanthropist and survivor he is today. Born Jewish in what was then Czechoslovakia in 1930, Lowy survived the Holocaust, moved to Australia and built a close family and business empire. Revisiting the sites of his childhood and young adulthood, this film takes us on an intimate journey of a man who seems to have it all but is keenly aware of the past and challenges of the future for himself and his family. Lowy’s extraordinary life—from the ghettos of Budapest to living as a refugee in Palestine—is the story of his achievements despite all challenges and a testament to the value and impact of a single life in the lives of others(USA, 2019) 1HR 12MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Tribeca Film Festival; Sydney Film Festival 2019
DIRECTOR: Steven Cantor
WRITTEN BY: David Kushner
COMMUNITY PARTNER: Aspen Jewish Community Center