Tuesday, September 25


Isis Theatre


Howard Ashman grew up in an average Jewish family in Baltimore with an extraordinary love for musical theater. After college, he opened a theater in a derelict section of New York and struggled to put on shows, until his adaptation of Roger Corman’s film Little Shop of Horrors became a huge Off-Off-Broadway hit and catapulted him into the limelight. Finally on Broadway, he collaborated with Oscar®- and Tony-winner Marvin Hamlisch to create the ultimately disappointing Smile. Embarrassed, Howard fled to Los Angeles and took up with a struggling gang of artists in a ware-house—Disney animators who had just been kicked off the studio lot until they could prove them-selves. Along with Alan Menken, Howard wrote the Oscar®-winning songs for The Little Mermaid. While the film became a global phenomenon, Howard was diagnosed with HIV—which he kept a secret in an era when AIDS was a death sentence and gay men were at the margins of society. After he created the initial songs for Aladdin, his health deteriorated and he wrote the lyrics to Beauty and the Beast from his hospital bed. Howard died before he was able to see his final Disney film released, but the legacy of his work lives on in Broadway productions and live action remakes for a new generation. (USA, 2018) 1HR 33MIN | Q&A TO FOLLOW WITH DIRECTOR DON HAHN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival 2018 DIRECTOR: Don Hahn
WITH: Howard Ashman




Wheeler Opera House


Cold War is a passionate love story of a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of postwar Poland. With different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. Living during the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris, the couple are separated by politics, character flaws, and unfortunate twists of fate—an impossible love story in impossible times. (Poland, 2018) 1HR 30MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award 2018

DIRECTOR: Paweł Pawlikowski
WRITTEN BY: Paweł Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki, Piotr Borkowski
WITH: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza

PRESENTED BY: Paulette and Mel Blumenthal


Wheeler Opera House

From Academy Award®–winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against a backdrop of crime, passion, and corruption. Widows is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. (USA, 2018) 2HRS 8MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival 2018

DIRECTOR: Steve McQueen
WRITTEN BY: Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen, based on the Television Series entitled Widows
WITH: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson

SPONSORED BY: The Aspen Times