For this year’s Summer of Cinema, Aspen Film in conjunction with Snowmass, is excited to present an experiential drive-in screening of Amir Bar-Lev’s revered documentary LONG STRANGE TRIP at the Snowmass Town Park Center parking lot. This groundbreaking 2017 documentary defines one of the most beloved bands of the century, the Grateful Dead. Honoring ‘The Days Between’ lead singer Jerry Garcia’s birth (August 1) and death (August 9), the drive-in will be held on Sunday, August 7 at 8 PM. Gates open at 6:30. Food will be available for purchase from Chamo’s and The Dreamery food trucks from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Guests are welcome to bring in their own food and beverages, but no alcohol is permitted. Picnicking, dancing, and socializing outside of vehicles is encouraged.

Emerging from the Bay Area’s vibrant 1960s counterculture, the Grateful Dead were a motley crew whose unique sound sprang from an eclectic blend of influences: bluegrass, folk ballads, R&B, free-form jazz, classical, and jug band. The tale of the Grateful Dead is inspiring, complicated, and worthy of documenting. This film contains never-before-seen footage and interviews which offer an unprecedented and unvarnished look at the life of ‘the Dead’. The film has not been available for viewing as a full-length feature, nor has it been screened in the Aspen area since 2018.

Aspen Film Executive + Artistic Director, Susan Wrubel exclaims, “I have been looking for a way to bring this world-class and defining documentary back to Aspen since we presented LONG STRANGE TRIP in 2018 as a special event screening at the Isis Theatre. Commemorating what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 80th birthday, and showing this film during ‘The Days Between’ seems ideal. Wrubel continues, “The response to the film, and the appreciation for the Grateful Dead in this valley is palpable. A drive-in setting allows viewers and fans to dance and shake their bones in a concert-like atmosphere.”

Producer of Long Strange Trip, Alex Blavatnik explains, “This film originally launched at Sundance and then had several big screenings throughout 2018. I must’ve seen the film about 20 times in a theater setting and loved the communal events — which felt a lot like Grateful Dead shows. I am excited to have that feeling back by screening this film in Aspen Snowmass, one of my favorite areas, with such a fun crowd. I am also excited for new viewers to experience the film as it will be incredibly fun to watch in a drive-in setting.”

Year: 2017

Runtime: 235 minutes

Language: English

Country: United States

Director: Amir Bar-Lev

Producers: Alex Blavatnik, Jenny Carchman, Ken Dornstein, Eric Eisner, Nicholas Koskoff, Justin Kreutzmann, Evan Lesser, Stuart Macphee, Jim McDonnell, Ezekiel Morgan, Ross O’Connor, Annie Salsich, Austin Short

Executive Producers: Bernie Cahill, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Thomas J. Mangan IV, Alicia Sams, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Rick Yorn

Cast: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Robert Hunter, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Brent Mydland

Cinematographer: Nelson Hume

Editor: Keith Fraase, Brian Funck, John W. Walter

TIMES: Aspen Film and Snowmass will begin loading the lot approximately one and a half hours before showtime at 6:30 PM for the 8 PM start of the show. Gates open at 6:30 PM, screening begins at 8 PM. If you arrive late, you will be asked to “fade away.” We will begin loading the lot approximately 1.5 hours before showtime.The screening will be held rain or shine. In the event of extreme unforeseen inclement conditions, the screening will be canceled and refunds will be issued.

Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, July 29. Prices are: Aspen Film Member tickets: $32; General Admission tickets: $40. Drive-in tickets are per vehicle, not per person.

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Aspen Film memberships can be purchased at

Snowmass Town Park Rec Center Parking Lot
2735 Brush Creek Road., Snowmass Village, CO, 81615
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Larger vehicles will be directed towards the sides and rear of the lot to allow all guests to view the screen. The parking lot holds approximately 120 cars.

Food trucks from Chamo’s Mexican cuisine and The Dreamery ice cream will be available with food for purchase from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Guests are welcome to bring in their own food and beverages and eat them in, or around your vehicle. No alcohol. Restrooms are available on-site.


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 (September 27-October 2, 2022), Academy Screenings (December 19-23, 2022), Aspen Shortsfest (April 10-15, 2023), Summer of Cinema, 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. Aspen Shortsfest was voted one of the top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2022 by Moviemaker Magazine. To learn more, visit


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Lea Tucker