Summer of Cinema 2023 – Press Release

June 12, 2023

Summer of Cinema 2023 – Press Release

Susan Wrubel, Aspen Film Executive + Artistic Director explains: “Aspen Film helps create unique and diverse summer film experiences, even though our three major festivals fall outside of this period. By collaborating with a myriad of other non-profit organizations, we can amplify voices and stories through our partnerships with like-minded groups. Cinema is an incredible way to represent all missions and media.” Aspen Film is excited to announce its 2023 Summer of Cinema lineup, partnering with numerous Aspen-area organizations to bring a broad range of films to the community. 

This summer, Aspen Film will once again present a series of collaborations and special screening events in their Summer of Cinema — visit for more details.

JUNE 20, 2023 at 7 PM | Colorado Shorts Showcase | (48 minutes) | Q+A to follow | Three Short Films by Colorado Filmmakers | From comedy to documentary, the subjects of these films cover an engaging range of timely and relevant topics. Portraying a colorful artist, a wife with a dilemma, and an activist-turned-CO State Representative, these three short films have one thing in common: Colorado roots. Aspen Film is proud to present three incredible Colorado short films, made by or featuring Colorado residents, all of which premiered at our 2023 Shortsfest in April. Following the screening of each short, there will be a Q+A with filmmakers and film subjects to discuss the work. 








Panel guests include: Allison Volk  (ALL CHOKED UP), Felicia Hettinga, Lauren Tolfa + Sean Doherty (SEAN & THE RAMBLINGS OF A SCULPTURE ARTIST), Colorado State Representative Elisabeth Epps (HOW WE GET FREE) (Images at the bottom of the release.)


“Shortsfest 2023 allowed us to showcase some fantastic Colorado talent,” explains Susan Wrubel, Aspen Film Executive + Artistic Director. “We had such robust post-screening conversations with all of the filmmakers from these three films, that we wanted to bring them back to share some local filmmaking talent with a wider audience.”


JUNE 22 7:00 PM Grateful Dead Meet Up 2023 

JUNE 24 3:00 PM Grateful Dead Meet Up 2023 


NEW + ALMOST FREE!!! 6/28 to 8/30: Summer Family Film Series – One dollar only! Every Wednesday, 11 am $1 admission (10 films in total)

  • 6/28 – Sing 2
  • 7/5 – Secret Life Of Pets
  • 7/12 – The Land Before Time
  • 7/19 – Puss In Boots: The Last Wish
  • 7/26 – How To Train Your Dragon
  • 8/2 – Minions: The Rise Of Gru
  • 8/9 – The Bad Guys
  • 8/16 – Shrek 2
  • 8/23 – Kung Fu Panda
  • 8/30 – Trolls World Tour

FREE! WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 | 7:30 PM | THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT  | (104 min) | Aspen Film Isis Theatre | FREE screening hosted by AspenOUT in celebration of Pride month | Reserve tickets

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 | 7:00 PM & SUNDAY, JUNE 25 | 3:00 PM

National Theatre Live: THE SEAGULL  | Aspen Film Isis Theatre | $15 Aspen Film Member; $20 General Admission ticket link


FREE!!! JUNE 28 | FOOD AND COUNTRY | (100 min) | 7:00 PM | Isis Theatre  | This screening is in conjunction with Aspen Public Radio’s Lawn Bash event  | Free admission | Reserve tickets here. At 5:00 p.m., Aspen Public Radio will conclude the event at the main stage in front of the radio’s studios with a robust discussion, presented in partnership with Aspen Film. A panel of local voices will be joined by Food and Country film director Laura Gabbert, moderated by national public radio host, Jenn White of 1A. The discussion will aim to dive into some of the big themes of the film – ranchers, farmers, and chefs all dealing with changes in the food ecosystem throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to serious questions about how we can do better; with innovators attempting to shake up political and social divides as they explore where our food comes from and how fragile America’s food system has become. This film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year.

JULY 5 | Indie Showcase | 2023 Sundance and Berlin Film Festival hit | PAST LIVES directed by Celine Song | 7:30 PM start time | FREE for AF Members | $15 GA  | These monthly Indie Showcase screenings are always topical and engaging films, shown at the Isis Theatre, and are always FREE for Aspen Film members. Get yours now.


Aspen Film, in partnership with Buccellati, is delighted to present Cinema Italiano – a 4-film series of classic Italian titles on July 12, 19, 26, and August 9. Screenings will take place at the Aspen Film Isis Theatre. Films will begin at 7:00 PM and tickets are available here.  Prices are $12 for Aspen Film members and $15 for general admission.


  • July 12 – LA DOLCE VITA (1960) – directed by Federico Fellini; starring Marcelo Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée; 1960 Cannes Film Festival – Palme d’Or; 1962 Academy Award® – Best Costume Design
  • July 19 – THE CONFORMIST (1970) – directed by Bernardo Bertolucci;

starring Jean-Louis Tritignant, Stefania Sandrelli

  • July 26 – CINEMA PARADISO (1988) – directed by Giuseppe Tornatore;

starring Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Leopoldo Trieste, Marco Leonardi, Agnese Nano, Salvatore Cascio; 1989 Cannes Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize; 1990 Academy Award® – Best Foreign Language Film

  • August 9 – ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968) – directed by Sergio Leone;

starring Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson


The series was created between the two organizations after a mutual connection. “Buccellati loved the idea of a classic Italian brand getting behind a classic Italian film series,” explains Susan Wrubel, Aspen Film Executive + Artistic Director.  “We agree that this is the best way to share Italian cinema culture in Aspen, bringing two beloved and longstanding brands together.”


“Art and culture have always been closely linked to the history of Buccellati as our jewels and silver are handcrafted by artisans.  These timeless Italian films embody the history and heritage of Italian culture,” says Lucrezia Buccellati, fourth-generation, Co-Creative Designer and US Brand Ambassador. 



In partnership with Aspen Film, The Little Nell is presenting a monthly film screening on Monday nights at the base of Aspen Mountain. Admission is complimentary and open to hotel guests and the general public. Enjoy hillside seating with blankets and fold-up chairs available for use during the films. House-made popcorn, a limited snack menu, and an outdoor bar with signature cocktails will be available to purchase. A VIP package will also be available with plush seating, dedicated service, and a special menu. For general admission, no reservations are required; walk-ins are welcome. The film names, screening times, and further information will be announced by the end of June. Cinema Under the Stars will take place just before dark on the following nights:

 – July 17 – CADDYSHACK 




– September 11 – THELMA AND LOUISE

JULY 31  | Aspen Film in Partnership with USC Shoah Foundation present REMEMBER THIS | July 31| 6:45 PM  | Q+A to follow with filmmakers and special guests | Admission will be FREE with advanced registration HERE

AUGUST 2 | INTERSECT ASPEN screening event (by invitation) | Aspen Film, in partnership with Intersect Aspen and The Artist Profile Archive, presents: “The Use of Photography and Representations of the Self.” The Artist Profile Archive, an online multimedia platform producing short-form documentaries on contemporary artists, will share their films on Sheree Hovsepian and Letha Wilson. The screenings will be followed by a conversation with the artists, moderated by Sophie Chahinian, founder of The Artist Profile Archive. The event will take place on August 2 at 5:30 pm at the Aspen Film Isis Theatre. | 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

AUGUST 10 | 5Point collaboration screening | 7 PM | Save the Date! Film and ticket info TBA – please check for more details

AUGUST 13 | ENTER THE DRAGON  | 50th anniversary screening | Details TBA

AUGUST 16 | Indie Showcase | Jean-Luc Godard’s CONTEMPT starring Brigitte Bardot (60th Anniversary) | 7:30 PM start time | FREE for AF Members | $15 GA | These monthly Indie Showcase screenings are always topical and engaging films, shown at the Isis Theatre, and are always FREE for Aspen Film members. 

AUGUST 23  | JEWS OF THE WILD WEST  | 7:00 PM screening | Q+A to follow | Tickets $36 GA; $28 AF members 

August 26  | Raizado Film Screenings |  a series of films with talkbacks for The Latinx House Raizado Festival attendees and the local community |1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

***For the third consecutive year, Aspen Film presents Summer Filmmaking Camps:


Aspen Film FILM CAMPS 

1 Week  | July 10 – 14, 2023 ANIMATION CAMP

Kids will craft individual stories using Stop Motion: Pixilation, Cut Out Animation, Object Motion, Claymation, and 2D Computer Generated Imagery. This camp is in collaboration with the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen.


2 Weeks  | July 24 – 28; July 31 – August 4, 2023, ROC DOC FILM CAMP

In conjunction with the Art Base in Basalt. Kids will create a documentary that follows their peers enrolled in the Roaring Fork Rock and Roll Academy along with a music video from the musicians’ live performance at Carbondale Mountain Fair.

Summer of Cinema is the lead-up to Aspen Film’s 44th Annual Filmfest, running September 19-24, 2023, Tuesday-Sunday, at the Wheeler Opera House and the Aspen Film Isis Theatre.



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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 featuring guest artists throughout the year. Internationally recognized, Aspen Film organizes a major film event every season, along with an extensive education program: Aspen Filmfest (September 19-24, 2023), 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 our understanding of our world and selves through the diverse spectrum of ideas presented by filmmakers worldwide. To learn more, visit



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