2020 PAST SCREENINGS

Past Presentations

ASPEN FILM, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ASPEN ART MUSEUM & JAZZ ASPEN SNOWMASS, PRESENTS:

 

A rooftop screening of:

 

JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY (1959)

DOCUMENTARY/CONCERT  |  1 HR 26 MIN
AT THE ASPEN ART MUSEUM, 637 E HYMAN AVE, ASPEN

September 11-12

 

Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and directed by world-renowned photographer Bert Stern, JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition of The Lord’s Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning.

 

The 1959 classic is considered one of the most extraordinary and possibly the first concert film ever made. Its sparkling new 4K restoration by IndieCollect, recently premiered at the 2019 New York Film Festival. The film was named to the National Film Registry in 1999, and its restoration was funded by the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress in time to celebrate the film’s 60th Anniversary.
ASPEN FILM, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ASPEN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER, PRESENTS

 

THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME (2020)

DOCUMENTARY  |  1 HR 29 MIN

Sunday, August 30th

STREAMING ONLINE

 

They Ain’t Ready For Me is the story of Tamar Manasseh, the African American rabbinical student who is leading the fight against senseless killings on the south side of Chicago. The film explores the challenges and motivations of this fearless community leader as she works to prevent more people from being killed by gun violence. Tamar’s complex identity and magnetic personality combine to make her a force to be reckoned with, and she hasn’t even hit her stride yet.

 

*There will be a virtual conversation with director Brad Rothschild and Tamar Manasseh following the film.

 

 

Read more about Tamar Manasseh.
Forward.com
TimesOfIsrael.com
OnTheBlock.com

Aspen Film and the Aspen Institute Arts Program’s Eisner/Lauder New Views Documentaries and Dialogue Series, in Conjunction with Apple Original Films and A24

 

BOYS STATE (2020)

DOCUMENTARY  |  1 HR 49 MIN

Sunday, July 26th
STREAMING ONLINE

 

BOYS STATE takes you on a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a week-long annual program in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government. Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine closely track the escalating tensions that arise within a particularly riveting gubernatorial race, training their cameras on unforgettable teenagers like Ben, a Reagan-loving arch-conservative who brims with confidence despite personal setbacks, and Steven, a progressive-minded child of Mexican immigrants who stands by his convictions amidst the sea of red. In the process, they have created a complex portrait of contemporary American masculinity, as well as a microcosm of our often dispiriting national political divisions that nevertheless manages to plant seeds of hope.

MORE ABOUT BOYS STATE:
With all the rousing emotions of an underdog sports drama, at first glance, Boys State is the story of a no-holds-barred, mock teen election. But it is also a rare crowd-pleasing tale that holds a revelatory mirror up to a moment we’re so wrapped up in right now it’s hard to see it clearly—one of the most politically divided and disillusioned, yet fired-up, moments since America’s founding.

The film is rife with election fever; but there isn’t a seasoned politician in it. Instead, it embeds itself into the vibrant and volatile relationships between a group of alternately knowing and naïve, testosterone-fueled and still-maturing Texas teenagers embroiled in a venerable, summertime political competition known as Boys State.

Sponsored by the American Legion since 1935, Boys State (and the gender-separated Girls State) is a national civics education program designed to immerse high school juniors into the nuts and bolts of public governance. It is also a take-no-prisoners battle for victory. At the core of the week-long event is the pitting of two fictional parties—Federalists and Nationalists—against one another in a contentious campaign for Governor and other key positions for which there can only be one victor.

From within this electric atmosphere—packed with equal parts teen spirit, adolescent angst and the hilariously, maddeningly hyper-opinionated manners of our times—filmmakers Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss focus in on the stirring journeys of four talented boys destined to clash.

ASPEN FILM, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH KINO LORBER, PRESENTS:

 

HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (2020)

DOCUMENTARY  |  1 HR 33 MIN

Friday, July 24th
STREAMING ONLINE

 

Inspired by his roots in Berlin, German photographer Helmut Newton rose to a cult status that exists today, even after his tragic death in a Los Angeles car crash in 2006. He bounced around from Singapore to Australia to Paris to Los Angeles, but Weimer Germany would become the visual hallmark and signature of his work — the past would continue to haunt each and every image.

 

As one of the great masters of photography, Newton made a name for himself exploring and elevating the female form. Through candid interviews, Grace Jones, Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Anna Wintour and others, including Newton’s wife June, share their thoughts on Newton’s life and legacy, and remain at the core of his work — capturing provocative, unconventional and, at times, subversive images of women. His unique and striking way of depicting women still begs the controversial question — were these women subjects or objects for Newton? The film also features home movies, archival footage, and of course still photographs to create this portrait of a controversial genius.

ASPEN FILM, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MAGNOLIA PICTURES, PRESENTS:

 

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE (2020)

DOCUMENTARY  |  1 HR 36 MIN

Friday, July 3rd

STREAMING ONLINE

 

“There’s nothing wrong with a little agitation for what’s right or what’s fair.” – John Lewis

 

 

 

Each stream is $12 and once purchased, you will have 72 hours to watch the film.

 

Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

 

“Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.” – John Lewis

 

Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary, and could not be more relevant.

 

See below to read some very moving recent interviews with Congressman Lewis.

 

The Washington Post
Oprah Magazine
New York Magazine

 

“The vote is precious. It’s almost sacred, so go out and vote like you never voted before.” – John Lewis

ASPEN FILM, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NEON, PRESENTS:

 

SHIRLEY (2020)

DRAMA/THRILLER  |  1 HR 47 MIN

Friday, June 5th

STREAMING ONLINE

 

Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.

 

2020 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking

 

Watch the film with a special introduction by director Josephine Decker. You can also tune in here for one of our live Q&As with Josephine Decker, Elisabeth Moss, and other special guests.

Aspen Film and the Metropolitan’s Isis Theatre Present:

LES MISÉRABLES (2019)

DRAMA  |  1 HR 42 MIN

Wednesday, March 4th

7:30 PM

Isis Theatre | 406 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen

 

 

Inspired by the 2005 riots in Paris, LES MISÉRABLES follows Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), a recent transplant to the impoverished suburb of Montfermeil, as he joins the local anti-crime squad. Working alongside his unscrupulous colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), Stéphane struggles to maintain order amidst the mounting tensions between local gangs. When an arrest turns unexpectedly violent, the three officers must reckon with the aftermath and keep the neighborhood from spiraling out of control. (France, 2019) French with English subtitles; France’s 2020 Academy Award selection for Best International Feature Film

DIRECTOR
 Ladj Ly
WRITTEN BY Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini, Alexis Manenti
WITH Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Zonga, Issa Perica, Al-Hassan Ly, Steve Tientcheu, Almamy Kanoute, Nizar Ben Fatma, Raymond Lopez, Luciano Lopez, Jaihson Lopez, Jeanne Balibar, Omar Soumare, Sana Joachaim, Lucas Omiri
DISTRIBUTED BY Amazon Studios


AWARDS
 2020 Best International Film Oscar® nominee; 2020 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize; Nominated for 11 César Awards (French Oscars); Goya (Spanish Oscar) for Best European Film; 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival Director to Watch (Ladj Ly); 2020 Rotterdam International Film Festival – IFFR Youth Jury Award; 2019 Athens International Film Festival — Audience Award Best Film and Greek Film Critics Association Award

Aspen Film, Jerusalem U and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Present:

 

SUSTAINABLE NATION (2019)

DOCUMENTARY  |  60 MIN

Sunday, January 12th

7:30 PM

Isis Theatre | 406 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen

 


Director:
 Micah Smith

 

Sustainable Nation, the new hour-long documentary from Imagination Productions, follows three individuals who are doing their part to bring sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet. Using solutions developed in water-poor Israel, they are working to change the status quo of a world where one in ten people lacks access to safe drinking water. But water is just the beginning. The work of this visionary trio highlights the nexus between food, energy and water and underscores how solving these enormous challenges can help free women, and the world, from life threatening poverty, illness and lack of opportunity. From the creators of Netflix-featured Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front, and PBS-featured Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big DifferenceSustainable Nation shows how fixing global water issues is not only a matter of life and death, it’s the start of healing the world.

Aspen Film and the Metropolitan’s Isis Theatre Present:

WHAT WILL BECOME OF US (2019)

DOCUMENTARY  |  1 HR 12 MIN

Wednesday, January 8th

7:30 PM

Isis Theatre | 406 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen

 

Director: Steven Cantor

 

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

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