May 28, 2021


ASPEN, CO (May 28, 2021) Aspen Film is excited to announce its 2021 Summer of Cinema lineup, partnering with numerous Aspen-area organizations to bring a variety of film programming to the community. This summer, in addition to a special drive-in screening with Jazz Aspen Snowmass and an art film series with Anderson Ranch, Aspen Film will continue the tradition of presenting series collaborations with The Collective at Snowmass Base Village for Movies Under the Stars and with the Aspen Institute for the Eisner/Lauder New Views Documentaries & Dialogue Series. Amid all this, Aspen Film will also be partnering with the Red Brick Center for the Arts and Aspen Historical Society to present a Summer Filmmaking Camp for Teens hosted at the Red Brick.

“Aspen Film is once again presenting an abundance of great cinema throughout the summer, thanks in large part to our incredible arts partners​,” says Aspen Film Executive + Artistic Director, Susan Wrubel. “Film is certainly a medium through which we can share and represent all forms of art and culture ​to ​create dialogue, stimulate thought and offer entertainment. We’re so proud of our partnerships and another robust lineup of offerings.”

The following is a complete listing to-date of the 2021 Summer of Cinema Series.

Aspen Film + Aspen Institute Present:

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.

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.

LFG | JUNE 18 – 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.

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 three film bundle packages available. These bundles will grant access to all films and conversations in the series. Bundle ticket prices will be $54 GA / $42 for Aspen Film Members & select Aspen Institute members.

MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAYTickets on sale May 27th at 12pm MT/2pm ET/11am PT

RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR ITTickets on sale June 3rd at 12pm MT/2pm ET/11am PT

LFGTickets 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.

Aspen Film + Anderson Ranch Present:
Anderson Ranch Arts Center – 5263 Owl Creek Road | Snowmass Village, CO

WASTE LAND (2010, Directed by Lucy Walker; Co-Directors João Jardim + Karen Harley) WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 7PM
Waste Land is an uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves.

A virtual panel with artist Vik Muniz and filmmaker João Jardim, moderated by Aspen Film Executive + Artistic Director Susan Wrubel will screen immediately following the film.


BABETTE’S FEAST (1987, Directed by Gabriel Axel)
Charming and melancholy, Babette’s Feast is a timeless Scandinavian treat that explores the complex relationships between people, beliefs, and what it means to be an artist. This film includes a multi-course meal inspired by the food of Babette’s Feast and presented by Rob Ittner and the Ranch Café. Tickets include beverages, hors d’oeuvres and dinner, and is presented in conjunction with Anderson Ranch’s “Recognition Week” fundraising event.

In the 2010 film Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, director Tamra Davis not only pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neo expressionist work emerged while minimalist, conceptual art was the fad; as a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions. Much can be gleaned from insider interviews and archival footage, but it is Basquiat’s own words and work that powerfully convey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man.

A virtual panel with filmmaker Tamra Davis, moderated by Anderson Ranch President and CEO Peter Waanders will screen immediately following the film.

Tickets are $10 for GA and FREE to the first 20 sign-ups from each group who are Aspen Film members, Anderson Ranch National Council and on-campus workshop students.

All tickets include a complimentary popcorn and beverage. Additional beverages and food items will be available for purchase.

Aspen Film + Jazz Aspen Snowmass Present:
A Drive-in Screening of SUMMER OF SOUL
Snowmass Town Park | 2735 Brush Creek Rd, Snowmass Village, CO

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

SUMMER OF SOUL premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. It will stream on Hulu in conjunction with Disney General Entertainment’s Onyx Collective; Searchlight Pictures will release it theatrically.

Tickets go on sale Monday, June 7 and are $50 for GA and $40 for Aspen Film and JAS National Council Members. A very limited number of VIP packages for $350 will also be available.

Aspen Film + The Collective at Snowmass Base Village Present:
Snowmass Base Village – 110 Carriage Way | Snowmass Village, CO
Screenings begin at dusk and are FREE & open to the public.

An animated comedy film detailing a story of a mean lord who exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre. The ogre, Shrek, must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back. Voices of the lead characters feature Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz.

An animated musical comedy that goes into the world of the Emperor Penguins who find their soul mates through song. The movie follows an adorable penguin who is born and cannot sing, but he can tap dance. It stars the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.

An animated superhero film following the Parrs, a family of superheroes who hide their powers in accordance with a government mandate and attempt to live a quiet suburban life. Mr. Incredible’s desire to help people draws the entire family into a confrontation with a vengeful fan-turned-foe and his killer robot. Voices of the lead characters feature Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson.

This family film stars Jason James Richter and features the story of a foster boy who befriends a captive orca named Willy. When he learns the beloved killer whale is to be killed in an aquarium, he risks everything to free the whale.

Unlike last summer, reservations are not required. Moviegoers are encouraged to come early, save a space on the green, and enjoy all Base Village has to offer until the movie begins at sunset. Picnics and non-alcoholic beverages may be carried in. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from moxiBar or the Limelight Hotel Snowmass.

Aspen Film Presents:

Aspen Film is proud to announce our first Summer Filmmaking Camp for Teens. This camp will be presented in partnership with the Red Brick Center for the Arts, the Aspen Historical Society and the Colorado Film School. The day camp runs August 2-6 at The Red Brick Center for the Arts. It is open to youth 12-16 years old and will be limited to 8 students. Registration is open now and more information can be found at

Summer of Cinema is the lead up to Aspen Film’s 42nd Annual Filmfest, running September 21-26. The Aspen community has sustained Filmfest for 40+ years. Please continue to show your support by becoming a member of Aspen Film or renewing your membership. To do so, visit

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