FILMFEST 2018 ASPEN FRIDAY

Friday, September 28

ON HER SHOULDERS

12:00pm
Isis Theatre

 

Twenty-three-year-old Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings—from giving testimony before the UN to visiting refugee camps to participating in soul-baring media interviews and one-on-one meet-ings with top government officials. With deep compas-sion and a formal precision and elegance that match Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in northern Iraq and escaped ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people, even when at times she longs to lay aside this monumental burden and simply have an ordinary life. (USA, 2018) 1HR 34MIN

 

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Sundance Film Festival, Winner of the Documentary Directing Award / Nominee for Grand Jury Prize; SXSW, Winner of the Chicken and Egg Award 2018

DIRECTOR: Alexandria Bombach
WRITTEN BY: Alexandria Bombach
WITH: Nadia Murad

COMMUNITY PARTNER: Aspen Institute

THIS MOUNTAIN LIFE

2:30pm
Isis Theatre

 

The awe that mountainous landscapes evoke is universal, yet few ever venture into true wilderness. Living among us is a special breed of people for whom the draw of the mountains is so strong that their lives must revolve around it. Martina Halik and her 60-year-old mother Tania attempt a bitterly cold 2300-kilometer ski trek from Canada to Alaska through the treacherous Coast Mountains. Woven throughout their adventure are vignettes of others who have chosen this life: a group of nuns inhabiting a mountain retreat to be closer to God, a photographer who is later buried in an avalanche, an impassioned alpinist, a focused snow artist, a couple who have been living off the grid in the mountains for nearly 50 years. This Mountain Life is a riveting and intimate portrait of human passion set high in the peaks of British Columbia. (Canada, 2018) 1HR 17MIN US Premiere | Q&A TO FOLLOW WITH DIRECTOR GRANT BALDWIN

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Hot Docs Top 20 Audience Choice, Official Selection of the Vancouver International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, and Banff Mountain Film Festival 2018

DIRECTOR: Grant Baldwin
WRITTEN BY: Grant Baldwin, Jenny Rustemeyer
WITH: Tania Halik, Martina Halik, Barry Blanchard, Bernard and Mary Thor

COMMUNITY PARTNER: Mountainfilm in Aspen presented by The Wheeler Opera House

 

WHAT THEY HAD

5:30pm
Wheeler Opera house

 

At her brother’s (Michael Shannon) urging, Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father’s (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together. (USA, 2017) 1HR 41MIN

 

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Toronto International Film Festival, Nominated for the People’s Choice Award; Heartland Film, Winner of the Truly Moving Picture Award 2018

DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Chomko
WRITTEN BY: Elizabeth Chomko
WITH: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga, Josh Lucas, Blythe Danner

MOMENTUM GENERATION

8:15pm
Wheeler Opera House

 

Momentum Generation is a feature-length documentary about the deep friendships that were formed and tested among surfing’s most legendary crew, including Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Taylor Knox, Benji Weatherley, Kalani Robb, Ross Williams, and Pat O’Connell. After leaving their families in their early teens to live crammed together in a house on the North Shore of Oahu, they courageously followed each other into Mother Nature’s most dangerous waves … and when some of them didn’t make it back to shore, together they found a way to mourn and adapt. Fueled by camaraderie—but even more by a deep-seated competitiveness—this tight-knit crew became known as the “Momentum Generation” after being featured in Taylor Steele’s groundbreaking surf films. They went on to win world titles, break records, and redefine the world’s perception of the surfer, of youth culture, and of what it means to be free. (USA, 2018) 1HR 43MIN | Q&A TO FOLLOW WITH DIRECTORS JEFF AND MICHAEL ZIMBALIST

 

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival, nominated for the Documentary Audience Award and Best Documentary Feature 2018

DIRECTORS: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
WITH: Jeannie Chesser, Thomas DeLonge, Shane Dorian, Kelly Slater

COMMUNITY PARTNER: Mountainfilm in Aspen presented by The Wheeler Opera House