26 May The Aspen Institute Arts Program and Aspen Film Announce the 2021 Eisner/Lauder New Views Documentaries & Dialogue Series
Aspen, CO, May 26, 2021: Aspen Film and the Aspen Institute Arts Program are pleased to announce the line-up of acclaimed documentaries for the 2021 Eisner/Lauder New Views Documentaries & Dialogue Series: MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY, RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT and LFG. The series will be held virtually and will include post-screening conversations with the filmmakers. Each film will be available for streaming Friday, June 4, Friday, June 11, and Friday, June 18, respectively.
We are proud to present this year’s series of films which tell the stories of trailblazers fighting for representation and gender equity. The stories and life’s work of Pauli Murray, Rita Moreno and the members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team come together in this series to illustrate the past, present and future of the fight for gender equity in every aspect of American society—from education to law, the arts to business, and sports to the pervasive gender wage gap. These films raise up the voices and stories of landmark litigation, breaking down barriers, triumphant success and the persistence and courage that move us towards a more just and equitable society.
The schedule for the series is as follows:
Friday, June 4 – Saturday, June 5
MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY
Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist, priest and dedicated memoirist, Murray shaped landmark litigation—and consciousness—around race and gender equity. As an African American youth raised in the segregated South—who was also wrestling with broader notions of gender identity—Pauli understood, intrinsically, what it was to exist beyond previously accepted categories and cultural norms. Both Pauli’s personal path and tireless advocacy foreshadowed some of the most politically consequential issues of our time. Directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen the Oscar-nominated team behind RBG, and told largely in Pauli’s own words, MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY is a candid recounting of that unique and extraordinary journey.
Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West and Producer Talleah Bridges McMahon will be featured in a post screening panel.
Friday, June 11 – Saturday, June 12
RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT
Over a 70+ year career, Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and relentless racism to become a celebrated and beloved actor, one of the rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) Award Winners of our time. RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT illuminates the humor and the grace of Moreno, as well as lesser-known struggles faced on her path to stardom, including pernicious Hollywood sexism and abuse, a toxic relationship with Marlon Brando, and serious depression a year before she emerged an Oscar winner. Moreno’s talent and resilience triumphed over adversity, as she broke barriers, fought for representation and forged the path for new generations of artists.
Director Mariem Perez Riera and Co-Producer Ilia Velez will be featured in a post screening panel.
Friday, June 18 – Saturday, June 19
Directed by Academy Award-winners Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine of Change Content, LFG (Let’s F*cking Go) is a no-holds-barred, inside account of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s ongoing fight for equal pay as told by Megan Rapinoe, Jessica McDonald, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Sam Mewis and others. Three months before the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the players filed a class-action, gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, which sets the stage for LFG. The film interweaves transcendent athletic performances, with the players’ ongoing pursuit for equal pay and grants viewers unprecedented access to these game-changers as they meet the physical demands and pressures of being some of the world’s top athletes, while showcasing their courage, unflinching spirit and resiliency in an effort to create long-lasting social change with the biggest fight for women’s rights since Title IX. HBO Max will release the film on June 24, 2021.
The film is produced by the Fines and Abby Greensfelder, with Howard T. Owens and Ben Silverman serving as executive producers. The film is an Everywoman Studios and Change Content production, in association with Propagate Content in collaboration with CNN Films and HBO Max.
Directors Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine will be featured in a post screening panel.
To access films viewers can visit aspenfilm.org.
A limited number of Virtual Tickets will go on sale each Thursday the week prior to the film screening. Each virtual ticket will be $20 GA / $16 for Aspen Film Members & select Aspen Institute members.
In addition, there will be a limited number of 3 film bundle packages available. These bundles will grant access to all films and conversations in the series and will go on sale Thursday May 27th. Bundle ticket prices will be $54 GA / $42 for Aspen Film Members & select Aspen Institute members.
MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY – Tickets on sale May 27th at 12pm MT/2pm ET/11am PT
RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT – Tickets on sale June 3rd at 12pm MT/2pm ET/11am PT
LFG – Tickets on sale June 10th at 12pm MT/2pm ET/11am PT
Each film will be available for viewing starting at 3pm MT/5pm ET/2pm PT on the corresponding Friday listed above. Viewers will have 24 hours to unlock & start watching the film. Once they begin watching, they will have 24 hours to complete viewing before the watch window ends. All watch windows will close by Sunday at 3pm MT/5pm ET/2pm PT and viewing will not be extended beyond that time.
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ABOUT ASPEN FILM:
Established in 1979, Aspen Film is one of Colorado’s most active film arts organizations, presenting dynamic programs and featured guest artists throughout the year. Internationally recognized, Aspen Film organizes a major film event in every season, along with an extensive education program: Aspen Filmfest, Academy Screenings, Aspen Shortsfest and FilmEducates. With a mission to enlighten, enrich, educate and entertain through film, Aspen Film stimulates thought, encourages dialogue and broadens understanding of our world and selves through the diverse spectrum of ideas presented by filmmakers worldwide. To learn more, visit aspenfilm.org.
ABOUT EISNER/LAUDER NEW VIEWS DOCUMENTARIES & DIALOGUE SERIES:
A program of the Aspen Institute’s Arts Program, the New Views Series features critically acclaimed and thought-provoking documentaries with post screening conversations with filmmakers and special guests. New Views is generously sponsored by Leonard Lauder, and Jane and Michael Eisner.
ABOUT ASPEN INSTITUTE ARTS PROGRAM:
The Aspen Institute Arts Program champions the role of artists and cultural leaders as critical thought leaders, futurists and changemakers. Through our programs, the Institute’s well-known convening power and its vast network, we bring artists and cultural influencers to our audiences to celebrate and learn from their work and connect them with leaders across all fields to enlighten and to inspire us to face some of our greatest challenges.